Very excited to have a new book out!
Stitches and Stuffing (Carrie Gallasch, illus by Sara Acton, Little Hare)
'Loving relationships are so important in children’s lives. It doesn’t seem to matter if the relationships are with humans, animals or toys—they are all a vital part of growing up. This book is about a small girl’s relationship with her Nanna and her long-lasting best friend, a toy called Bunnybear. He goes with her everywhere and leads quite a dangerous life, as soft toys do in the life of a child. As frequently happens with these sorts of relationships, Bunnybear is forgotten on an outing one day and he eventually meets with a most unfortunate accident. Nanna sets about mending him with stitches and knitting, but he’s not the same and Adeline finds it difficult to relate to him as she did previously. It is only when Nanna has to go away for an unexplained reason that Adeline begins to accept the new Bunnybear, as he reminds her of Nanna. The simple, warmly told story is complemented by soft and expressive watercolour illustrations in a blue and green palette, and multiple small vignettes on double-page spreads to depict the different actions in a child’s day. It is recommended for bedtime reading for under-fives or for independent readers aged five to eight.'
Margaret Hamilton is a former children’s book publisher. She is now proprietor of Pinerolo, the Children’s Book Cottage in Blackheath, NSW
Oh Albert! written by Davina Bell and illustrated by myself hits the shelves in July. Published by Penguin, the story follows a family and their cheeky, but loveable dog who can't help but get up to mischief!
'Davina Bell—author of many books for young readers, including The Underwater Fancy Dress Parade—has again delivered a rollercoaster narrative that is both humorous and suspenseful. Readers who enjoy Sara Acton’s style will love her work here, and her illustrations are a perfect match for this story—bright, expressive and carefree.'
Reviewed by Amy Nicholls-Diver, Bookseller & Publisher, June 2016
Daddy Cuddle, written by Kate Mayes and illustrated by myself is out this month!
We are accustomed to visits from early morning risers in our house and I very much enjoyed working on Kate's gorgeous story of a little rabbit who is determined to wake up daddy to play.
Here are are some of the initial pencil drawings in my sketchbook...
and concept sketches.
This is how I remember my day starting, when my daughter moved out of her cot into a big bed - VERY EARLY!!
Here's Kate talking about writing, books and Daddy Cuddle.
Thrilled to have BRIDIE'S BOOTS, written by Phil Cummings, illustrated by myself and published by Working Title Press, on the CBCA Early Childhood Notable list 2015.
In April BRIDIE'S BOOTS traveled with the Hello! from Australia exhibition to the Bologna Book Fair 2015.