Thank you Joy Lawn for the wonderful early review in Australian Bookseller + Publisher:
‘The Shark Caller breaks new ground in junior YA fiction. [I]ssues of conservation and identity, as told from Izzy’s dual-cultural perspective, with a scattering of creole Tok Pisin words, will intrigue readers aged 11 and up.’ Joy Lawn, Australian Bookseller + Publisher
Here is a link to their website with the full review.
And, my very first uncorrected proof copy arrived this week.
As I read through it for the multi-hundredth time, I couldn’t help getting out a pencil and making just a few more changes. How did I miss 2x ‘massive’ on pg 80 ? And why didn’t I delete ‘suddenly’ on pg 208?
Too late for this edition, but fingers crossed for a second print run. In the meantime, I think I need to channel Elsa and let it go…
More details closer to the publication date (1st August).
Being asked to launch a book is an honour, especially when the book is created by someone who has illustrated one of my books!
In 2013, Gabriel Evans brought Annie and her snails to life for me and he has since illustrated and written several more titles. Gabe’s website is a great place to find details and workshop tips: Gabriel’s website
Last night was the Albany launch of Gabriel’s new book,The Mice and the Shoemaker, a joyful reinterpretation of the fairy tale with sweet furry characters instead of elves. The book is a delight with intricate illustrations that will stimulate young imaginations.
The Albany Library was packed with fans and well-wishers and it was great to see so many young readers coming along to celebrate. Lockie from Paperbark Merchants was kept busy, but says he still has a few signed copies at the shop.
Clare Valley with her signed copy
The book’s themes of kindness and generosity link to Christmas and best of all… The Mice and the Shoemaker has fun pop-ups. I love pop-ups!
Congratulations Gabriel and Five Mile Press on this beautiful book.