Earlier this month I launched my new picture book ‘The Grouse and the Mouse’, illustrated by Kirsteen Harris-Jones. Here are the highlights of the launch thanks to photographer Chris Scott (and to all of you who tweeted your own pictures too!).
We arrived at the venue to discover these amazing birds were already waiting for us:
Eyebrows were painted red, just like Bagpipe the black grouse by Katie Smith. Katie is the friend who the book is dedicated too – read more about that here:
My lovely editor Eleanor Collins introduced the evening:
I introduced the audience to the characters from the story, Squeaker the wood mouse, Bagpipe the black grouse and also some of the minor characters – this is the fox from the story:
I had some help to demonstrate how camouflage works:
I introduced the highland cow from the story, MacMoo with a true of false quiz:
Most of the audience think what I’m saying to them is MacMoo True:
But this statement is definitely Poo False:
Then it was time for the story with actions (Squelch Squelch):
Round of applause from a lovely audience:
And then it was a Q and A hosted by poet and friend (with red eyebrows) Elspeth Murray:
Thanks to everyone who asked questions:
And there were lots of thank yous to be said:
And then it was book signing, I got to meet my illustrator Kirsteen Harris-Jones for the first time that night too! We signed books together:
Here are some of my favourite tweets about the event:
Huge thanks to everyone who came along and made the evening so lovely! Special thanks to the children, seeing your reaction and enthusiasm for the book made my night.
Thanks to photographer Chris Scott for these wonderful photos. You can see more photos in the album from the book launch here.
The Grouse and the Mouse is published by Floris Books in the Picture Kelpies range. It is for sale now at all good book stores. Help your local independent book store by buying it online from the Hive. If you enjoyed it, please review it on Amazon! You might also enjoy ‘Can’t Dance Cameron: A Scottish Capercaillie Story‘.