It was wonderful to have so many children and parents there with us to celebrate at The Children's Bookshop in Beecroft. This time Paul had organised some baby farm animals to come along - it was very appropriate given that there are numerous animal stars of Alice-Miranda Shines Bright including a cheeky donkey called Cynthia, two devious goats called Cherry and Pickles as well as cocker spaniels, Maudie and Itch, alongside Alice-Miranda and Millie's ponies, Bonaparte and Chops. Clementine Rose's latest outing is all about a farm excursion so the two went together perfectly.
There were ducklings, chicks, guinea pigs and rabbits, all of whom seemed very calm (or had been drinking Phenergan water before the event!). There was also a face painter extraordinaire who created Clementine Rose hand paintings!
I decided that to get through the 'talk' part of the event, I had to make a self explanatory presentation lest the voice go west completely, but it held out and I was even able to answer some questions. I adore my readers - their enthusiasm for the stories blows me away and I feel so humbled that children and parents seem to enjoy what I spend so many hours pouring my heart and soul into.
I loved having my sisters, brother in law and nephews and niece there too, along with my husband Ian who is the best support crew in the world. Our niece Eden inspired the look for Clementine Rose and now that we have a Clementine standee (along the same lines as the Alice-Miranda one) it was hilarious to see her standing next to it. She's definitely a star in the making and loved having her photograph taken over and over.
Today is the official release date for the two Alice-Miranda books and the other very exciting news is that Alice-Miranda Shines Bright is part of the Get Reading program for 2013. It's an honour to be selected for the list of 50 Books You Can't Put Down and this year I'm looking forward to doing some touring in South East Queensland in the upcoming school holidays for Alice-Miranda Shines Bright Parties - you can get all the details here Get Reading Queensland Events
But there's not a lot of time for celebrations - I have a Clementine Rose book to write (quickly!) and another straight after that. So, I'd best get on with it.
Happy Father's Day to my Dad, Pop, Grandad and husband - and to all the other dads out there, I hope wherever you are, that you get to stop and enjoy the beautiful weather and time with your families.