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prog rockin' stuart

Hooray, happy birthday to Stuart, the best ironing prog rocker on the planet!

Gary popped up to town this afternoon and saw You Can't Eat a Princess! already on sale!!! I thought it wasn't launching til March 1st, so I was well surprised, but also very pleased to see it on the rack at the front of the children's book section in their Trafalgar Square shop. (And it looks like it's on sale on Amazon, too!)

I'm doing some school events at the beginning and giving the book a good push at Hi-Ex comics festival in Inverness, but I just got an e-mail from Scholastic that they're going to take me out for 'fashionista afternoon tea' at The Berkeley to celebrate, whoo hoo! Fashionista tea and cakes!

The author, Gillian Rogerson, just sent me a link to this article by Nicolette Jones on Book Brunch mentioning my stuff and calling for Waterstone's to set up a Best New Picturebook prize alongisde it's Children's Fiction award:

Perhaps all booksellers should consider offering their customers a 'Best New Talent' picturebook range, and creating a sense of discovery and surprise, of diversity and novelty. Perhaps this is the moment to look to build illustrators for the future. Otherwise, as one publisher puts it, "How are you ever going to find another Gruffalo?"

Yes, that would be brilliant! ... a cash prize, maybe? :) I think it's still going to be awhile before I start seeing any royalties.



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Feb. 23rd, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
You Can't Eat A Princess is displayed in the front window of Waterstones in Uxbridge along with a number of other picture books.

Feb. 23rd, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
What's he listening to, Amon Duul?
Feb. 23rd, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
Ooooo some of those fashinista cakes and fancies look far too pretty to eat.
Feb. 23rd, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday to Stuart !

I never remember what Prog Rock is, though...

Speaking about music, how much of the references in the Gainsbourg movie did you get ? I get you'd heard about Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin, but did you know who Fréhel, Boris Vian, Les Frères Jacques or Georges Brassens were ?
Feb. 23rd, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday to Stuart! I did genuinely laugh out loud (well, snort and chortle) at this :)
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