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Today I did my first event with author Alan MacDonald, who wrote our new picture book, The Prince of Pants! We're both super-proud of this book.

'So where did you get the idea for this book?' I ask, in this interview with Alan:

Big thanks to everyone who came along and drew a barmy corgi with me and designed awesome pants!

And thanks to the Cartoon Museum and to Scholastic UK's Olivia Horrox (the chip-eating gent on the left):

Lots more events coming up in the next couple months! This is the Prince of Pants biggie, our official book launch at Daunt Books Marylebone (don't forget to RSVP!). We'll also be appearing at the Alligator's Mouth bookshop in Richmond, and lots more (check my Events page for details).

Earlier this year Stuart and I went on a Scottish Book Trust tour where two fab book people named Beth and Thomas drove us right up to the north of Scotland and worked our way back down, visiting lots of schools on the way. (You can read about that in an earlier blog post here.) So I've spent a lot of time in this car - as do a lot of illustrators and writers - and they commissioned me to decorate it! Spot the red squirrel on the bonnet:

And lots of other Scottish animals! I managed to get Vern the sheep in there (from my comic book Vern and Lettuce and it was fun drawing him again. Also, who doesn't love drawing a shaggy Highland cow in a Hawaiian shirt?

Okay, there's a badger on this side:

Please don't get culled, little badger. Badgers and libraries, they have something in common. :p (Read about Julia Donaldson's protests of the library closures in Argyll & Bute.)

Next week Children's Laureate Chris Riddell will be touring in the van, and I think writer David Almond will be using it, too. I wish them happy times on the road! Read more about the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tours here.


this party's gonna be PANTS!

Come to our party! Alan MacDonald and I will be celebrating the launch of our new picture book, The Prince of Pants at Daunt Books, Marylebone - one of the most beautiful bookshops in London!

Come listen to us talk about how we made the book and learn to draw a silly corgi in pants! The event event isn't specifically aimed at children, but if you want to bring some along and get your book signed and doodled by Alan and me, that's great.

Feel free to leave a note on the event Facebook page! :)

Places are limited, so please RSVP to Olivia Horrox (the lovely lady on the right) at ohorrox@scholastic.co.uk!

My web designer Dan Fone just built a new web page for my latest book with Philip Reeve, Jinks & O'Hare Funfair Repair. Click here to learn how to draw Emily from the story, and more!

Also, I suspect Emily would be a great Fancy Dress or World Book Day costume!

Essential items:
*Hankerchief tied on top of the head

Optional items:
*Pointy ears
*Stripey shirt
*Tools or toolkit
*Peladorian Puffball

#portraitchallenge: queen victoria

Last week's #PortraitChallenge over on @StudioTeaBreak on Twitter was Guglielmo Faija's miniature portrait from 1856 of Queen Elizabeth.

Mine might be a bit influenced by Jenna Coleman, who's currently playing Victoria in the ITV series (which I'm rather enjoying).

It's so fun seeing the variations: