Happy Squishy Day!

It’s finally here. It feels wonderful and surreal and a whole mix of different things. It all began back in 2006 with the first spark of an idea. It’s come such a long way since those first baby rabbit steps. Today it’s emerging from it’s burrow, all grown up and ready to enter the world. And with a hop, skip and a jump…

Squish Rabbit is finally in bookstores.

Only in the US so far, but it will also be available here in Australia by the end of the month. I’ve been spoiled with some lovely reviews so far.  Kirkus Reviews says:

Battersby’s expert, ample distribution of white space provides room on each page for readers to luxuriate in her impressive, evocative ink, watercolor and collage illustrations — and to absorb a small rabbit’s feelings. Minimal, moving and adorable, little Squish makes a big impression.

Publisher Weekly also had some encouraging things to say, as did a lovely mummy blogger over at Baby Centre.

I’ve been busy organising the Brisbane book launch (Saturday 3rd September) with my wonderful Aussie publishers, UQP, and the amazing indie bookstore, Black Cat Books.  All are welcome – kids and adults and anyone willing to go back down the rabbit hole. I’d love your company if you can make it. I’ll have the official invite up soon, and have a facebook page all about the launch that you can check out too.

Now this little cotton tailed writer is off for a day of celebrations … welcome into the world Squish!

8 Responses to “Happy Squishy Day!”

  1. 1 chrisbongers August 4, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I am so there! Cannot wait to hold Squish in my hands and I have a very special two-and-a-half year old who needs her own autographed copy. Congratulations Kath, and here’s to the start of a stellar publishing career for you and your bunny. xx

  2. 3 Carol Warner August 4, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Congratulations, Katherine! Sorry I can’t be there to meet you and Squish, but I wish you both much celebrating and success.

  3. 5 Jennifer Levitt August 7, 2011 at 5:41 am

    Congratulations! I know a few little people who would love to meet Squish. I am looking forward to your workshop at QWC in a few weeks. Best, Jennifer.

  4. 7 Jennifer August 13, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Fascinated by your talk [ just got the report via Sheryl]- would have thought Aussie publishers would have jumped at your cute little Squish [saw drawings you were developing back in 2009 at Ipswich and thought it a winner]. So glad it has found success in US and that has woken the Aussie market up to Squish’s potential! More Squish power to you ! :)
    Have a ‘wonder’ full weekend,

    • 8 Katherine Battersby August 17, 2011 at 5:58 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! It’s always hard to know why one project resonated with a certain editor over another, and I think initially the Aussie market was more wary of taking on an unknown pb author/illustrator, but I’m lucky with how it’s all worked out in the end. Thanks for your support and encouragement x

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A blog of ramblings about the world of writing and illustrating for children, by an author / illustrator who might just have a thing for rabbits.

Katherine's picture books, 'Squish Rabbit' and 'Brave Squish Rabbit', are out with Viking (Penguin, US) and UQP (Australia). Please e-mail if you would like her to blog about something in particular.

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