December 17th, 2015

pugs of the frozen north: christmas media round-up

It's been a funny year. My new picture book Dinosaur Police has sold steadily and Scholastic are happy, but it's my Pugs of the Frozen North with Philip Reeve and Oxford University Press that's had all the media attention. (I think because PUGS and SNOW.)



I was surprised to get a tweet from Anna James at The Bookseller to say that Pugs has been the fourth most reviewed children's book this season! I don't really know what this actually means, but I hope it means that shops will stock it. Fingers crossed, anyway.



But just so I'm not blowing our trumpet, here are a couple other Christmas reads I bigged up in The Guardian. They're not new books, but probably my favourite Christmas-themed books. My mother used to have a big cosy basket of Christmas books that she only brought down from the loft at Christmas and I'll probably spend the rest of my life trying to track them down again.



Okay, back to pugs... which I see really can pull a sled!



Lots of Christmas book round-ups! Here are a few I've spotted or people have linked for me. Thanks, Imogen Russell Williams, top pick in Metro! (I saw this while riding the Underground!)



Toby Clements at The Telegraph: (Click on the articles to find out about more books.)


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african rock art doodle

I caught sight of some tweets from the British Museum today with photos of some amazing ancient #AfricanRockArt paintings. (Here's the full article.) I loved this photo with all these big-hipped people:


Four Warrior style figures, Eastern Aïr Mountains, Niger - by TARA/David Coulson, British Museum collection online

...So based on the painting, I made a little doodle. :)


I'm letting my membership pass go to waste; I really must get back to the British Museum and do some more drawing.