We honestly had so much fun making this:
To come up with good material for the book, we knew we'd have to be able to bounce ideas off each other, so Philip came to London and sat right at my desk with me, and we worked like this. (We included a picture of it in the book so people could make up details.)
Putting together an activity book's more complicated than you might think! We wanted to include characters from all four storybooks we've created, and how to get the balance right. So we had a working lunch with our editor Liz Cross and our designer Jo Cameron, who came with lots of different colour pens to keep things organised! (I was very impressed with her pens.)
We wanted the book to be a fun read as well as a place to draw, so we included stories and comics, including several pages of this one by Philip, about a day in the life of Lord Krull, a rather imposing character in Jinks & O'Hare Funfair Repair.
And here's Mr Culpepper from Oliver and the Seawigs, having a little accident.
And as the name suggests, the book includes lots of PUGS from Pugs of the Frozen North!
Big thanks to Stephen Holland for giving the book a wonderful, lively and thorough review on the website of his independent Nottingham bookshop, Page 45. If you'd like to order it online from his shop - support an indie! - he'll be glad to help you and he ships internationally. This is just a preview, below; click here to read his whole review! You can also download two of the PUG COMIC pages from my website here. (Feel free to use it at home, schools, libraries, etc.)
Do join us on Saturday for the launch party at excellent independent bookshop Tales on Moon Lane in Herne Hill, south London! Book your place here!