Squish Rabbit Launch (in Photos)

On Saturday 3rd September a bunch of old friends, new friends, family, families and a horde of little rabbits (plus one spiderman) all gathered together at Black Cat Books to help me launch my first picture book, Squish Rabbit. Everyone warned me that the day would speed by and be over before I knew it, so I made sure I enjoyed every second. The classy Pascalle ‘Bunny’ Burton MC’ed the day, while Michael ‘Bouncing’ Bauer (amazing writer and good friend) did the honours of launching the book. We had live music from the talented songstress Skye ‘Rabbit’ Staniford, while Richard ‘Hoppy’ Grantham entertained with his playful keyboard tunes. There was even an appearance from a real bunny (quite a feat in Queensland where rabbits are illegal), and also a visit from a not so real one…

Some of my favourite moments from the day:

  • Signing my first book
  • NOT misspelling a single child’s name
  • Michael revealing the little known beginnings of Squish Rabbit as ‘Squish Cockroach’
  • Promising myself that during my thank-yous I wouldn’t cry and would only make others do so (failing at one but succeeding at the other)
  • The kidlets hopping around eating the ‘for-decoration-purposes-only’ carrots (instead of the cupcakes)
  • People pointing out that I had worn a carrot coloured dress (unintentional win!)
  • Pascalle’s unexpected magic trick (multiplying rabbits! – exactly why they’re illegal in QLD…)
  • Richard’s lollypop formal shirt (designed by him but made by his grandmother)
  • Skye’s impromptu version of ‘Old McDonald had an Alien’
  • The magician performing mind blowing rabbit magic while seeming to have some kind of meltdown mid-act
  • Spiderman running around amongst all the little kids dressed as rabbits (there’s always one)


Then again, rather than telling you about it all, why not let the images speak for themselves?

Morning launch? So what - let there be wine! Plus red balloons from the book

Lots of orange and green type food (Squish would be proud)

We were up until midnight making hundreds of little carrots for the cupcakes

David and I enjoying the fruits (or veg?) of our labour

Skye and Richard delighting the kids and adults alike

Rabbit! (I didn't Squish this one)

Magical bunnies

Some of my favourite little rabbits

Michael clutching his book (I did promise not to steal it...)

Kathleen, Jules and Peter (some favourite writing/illustrating peeps)

Some notorious bunnies from the day (including one tiny pink one plucking the decorative carrots for her lunch)

Who knew spiderman also enjoyed carrots?

Signing a book for a little pink bunny

Some of the precious rabbity gifts I got on the day

16 Responses to “Squish Rabbit Launch (in Photos)”

  1. 1 aaronpocock September 21, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Looks like you had a brilliant day Katherine… sorry I couldn’t be there. Wishing you continued success with the book! (ps… how did you get to be so darned photogenic!)

    • 2 Katherine Battersby September 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm

      Ha! It’s called selective photo choices, Aaron :) There are plenty I didn’t put up from the day of me pulling strange faces… Thanks for all your support and we WILL manage to catch up one day soon!

  2. 3 goatboy September 21, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Pink bunnies / spiderman eating carrots / a magician breaking down and a pretty pretty lady signing books….I first had that dream when I was 12 :)

  3. 5 deescribewriting September 21, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Congratulations, Kath on a beautiful launch for your beautiful book. Looks like you had a magical day.

    Those ‘carrot cakes’ look amazing.

    Looking forward to your Melbourne launch so bunny/s and me can be there:)

  4. 7 Karin September 21, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Thanks for sharing. Loved the photos.

  5. 9 Karen Tyrrell September 21, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Congratulations Kath for an amazing Rabbity Launch.

    Sorry I couldn’t be there. ( We were away at Stanthorpe)

    Wishing your book multiplies and breeds like a plague of rabbits.

    Karen T.

    • 10 Katherine Battersby September 21, 2011 at 8:58 pm

      Thanks Karen! Hope you enjoyed your time away – well deserved by the sounds of all you’ve been up to recently, you busy girl.

      And a plague sounds a tad unappealing … let’s hope for more of a fluffy inundation :)

  6. 11 Dimity Powell September 21, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Looks like it was a brillianlty bunniful day Katherine. Wish I could have been there to nibble a carrot and wipe away a tear too. And those ears again…is that Bling I see in them? Outstanding, like Squish. Best Dimity

  7. 13 Debbie Johansson September 22, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Love the photos Katherine – just gorgeous. It’s good to see that the day was a success (if ever there was any doubt)! :)

  8. 15 kathleennoud September 23, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Reason #127 for checking your friend’s blog posts in a timely manner: They can and will post photos of you that you have never seen. ;)

    Gorgeous book and launch, Kath. I’ve said it before, but I’m so proud of you and Squish!

    • 16 Katherine Battersby October 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm

      Ha! So true. It honestly wasn’t a test to see if you’re all still checking in on my blog … but I may start randomly posting photos of people from now on to do just that! But not of you of course, especially not when you’re saying such lovely things about me :)

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About this Blog…

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.

All text & images  Katherine Battersby

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