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flight time stories: monkey on a plane!

Do you recall the Emirates Flight Time Stories competition Philip Reeve and I were taking part in? Well, it's resulted in a brand-new picture book! Presenting... Monkey on a Plane!

monkey on a plane

You can read the whole book online, over on the Flight Time Stories website!

Our book was loosely inspired by the story and picture submitted by the competition's winner, four-year-old Maddison Penney. I liked her cover image and used its basic design on our title page!

My favourite part was drawing Enrico the monkey, I love how he's earnest and cheeky at the same time, and he has this quiff of hair that sticks up no matter how often his mother tries to lick it down.

Emirates also announced today a competition for World Book Day, giving young readers the chance to win a holiday to Dubai for themselves and their family. Families can enter the World Book Day (Thursday 2nd March) competition by sharing pictures of their children dressed up as their favourite storybook character on social media, including the Emirates social handles (Twitter @emirates / Facebook Emirates) and the hashtags #FlightTimeStories and #WorldBookDay in their post. (Check out the hashtags to see other people's entries!) Emirates judges, Philip and I will select the final winner, and competition runners up will also receive a copy of Monkey on a Plane!.

I'm also looking forward to visiting the Emirates Festival of Literature next week, launching Monkey goes on a Plane! Philip Reeve and I have LOADS of fun events with schools and families happening while we're there! Here's a link to my events, and check out the overall schedule, it's jam-packed with great stuff by other children's book writers and illustrators, too, including local writer-illustrator Maitha Al Khayat (we're doing a pirate picture book event together!), Candy Gourlay, Smriti Prasadam-Halls, Francesca Simon, Abi Elphinstone, Andy Stanton, Eleanor Updale, Frances Hardinge, Jon Klassen, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Michael Foreman and Tanya Landman.


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 3rd, 2017 03:38 pm (UTC)
Is that an actual banana in a yellow plastic case with your monkey painted on it? Peel slowly and see!
Mar. 5th, 2017 07:55 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, I think it is! I have not yet seen the real-life bananas, but I'm going on an Emirates flight tomorrow and SO hoping I get one of these. :D
Mar. 5th, 2017 06:05 am (UTC)
Monkey business
I love the look of this, Sarah. Will have any general release?
Mar. 5th, 2017 07:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Monkey business
Thank you! :) I think it's just being printed to give to kids on Emirates flights, and only the read-online version is being offered generally. But I will ask!
Mar. 6th, 2017 09:32 am (UTC)
Re: Monkey business
Ha ha. Strangely, I happen to be flying Emirates later this month. I shall ask!
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