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there are cats in this book!

Here's Viviane Schwarz reading from her brilliant cat book!

Isn't it the most beautiful and simply ingenious book you ever saw? And I love listening to the way she reads! (Wait, Viv, how did you do that underwater voice??) Here's her blog post about it, everyone, go leave a comment for her!

And very excitingly, Viv's going to be sharing a studio with me, starting this August! And the other awesome person we are going to share with, Gary Northfield, just had his Derek the Sheep book taken up by Booktrust's Booked Up reading scheme. Two million kids will get to choose one free book from a stack of twelve... I bet they'll all go for Derek, heh heh! I feel sorry for the other eleven people whose books were chosen that don't have any pictures, they can't compete with a sheep going crackers.


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Jun. 10th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
In my house we do the underwater voice by waggling a finger across the lips as you speak, causing them to flap and make a sort of bubbling sound.

Also, I am pleased to see my kids serving as the book's unofficial human mascots on her site...
Jun. 10th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, I recognised them straight away!
Jun. 10th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah -- they're pretty hard to miss.

Also, I thought of you when I saw this. Have you met him?
Jun. 10th, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
Hey, that's great! I've met Axel Scheffler a few times, and he's SO lovely. Last time he was wearing the cutest yellow cardigan and I just wanted to pick him up, take him back home and feed him custard.

Actually, I think I even know where that's filmed, in a storytelling tent down a very narrow passageway near Liverpool Street station. Next to an old church called St Ethelberga, I believe.
Jun. 10th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
lol my favorite part was "Aaah! Lots of wool!"
Jun. 10th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
I think I NEED that book.
Jun. 10th, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, what a great video (such a lovely reading voice, and nice bits of post-prduction).

I remember the launch event for There Are Cats In This Book at Review in Peckham, but unfortunately I couldn't go in the end. I shall have to keep my eyes open for Vivian in the future!
Jun. 10th, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
that's incredable in so many ways, very charming, and i hope this is where comics and childrens books go in the future! you know, soemtihng more interactive and so cleverly written, like that!
golly i love the art too, the dash of colour and brush stroes- it kinda rmeinds me of the commercial 50's art; i'm convinced i've seen her art around beofre too =0
Jun. 10th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
I love the sixties fashion mags!
I like the green one best. The sixties had such amazing patterns. -mary
Jun. 10th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
Re: I love the sixties fashion mags!
Yay! Ha ha, I think this is the first time you've ever commented on my blog! ;-D (If you're the Mary I think you are.)
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