Brave Squish Rabbit

I love mail. Bills – not so much – but letters and postcards and invites and … packages. Oh yes, especially packages. Most especially those that come in the shape of books. Or those with little white rabbits tucked away inside. And yesterday I received just such a package.

These are the final print proofs of the Australian version of Brave Squish Rabbit, which will officially be released on October 1st, just after the US release date of September 14th. And this version has a very special difference. Something we’re super hoppy excited about. Which is…

It’s glow-in-the-dark

It was all my editor’s idea, who has been looking for the right book to use this effect on. Along came Squish with his second tale, set at night and with luminous little glow bugs on the cover. It couldn’t have been more perfect. It’s taken quite a mammoth effort to get the printing of this book just right, and the UQP editorial team and I have spent much time together in dark cupboards testing glowing samples. Not quite how I imagined this whole publishing thing would work. But a lot of fun :)

The glow effect is on the glow bugs on the cover and the little stars on the back:

l always imagine that because I have spent so long illustrating a project and have seen it every day on my computer screen, that I wont react when I see the final book. But it’s just not true. When I opened the package I might have been heard repeating the words ‘It’s a book! It’s a book!’ like some kind of neanderthal who has just discovered the written word. Needless to say, I was pretty excited. I’m really proud of this book, and so thankful of the support my two publishers have given me in helping bring it to life.

But I wasn’t the only one in this household who was excited about the arrival. You can see what happened below:

First, Squish (who has a giraffe beanie on – don’t ask) wanted to read his story

Then my pup, Frank, got jealous and wanted in on the action

Like all good siblings, they finally settled their differences and decided to share


21 Responses to “Brave Squish Rabbit”

  1. 1 Jackie Hosking August 7, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Looks gorgeous Katherine – I’m sure reviews will be glowing too :-)

  2. 3 Aimée Lindorff August 7, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    That is totally awesome, Kat. Congrats! It looks lovely :)

  3. 5 Sheryl Gwyther August 7, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    It does look gorgeous, Kath. Congratulations to you and my little friend, Squish! :) xx

  4. 7 Scott Chambers August 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I thought it was supposed to be the authors, not the editorial team, who were kept in the dark throughout the publishing process? Oh well, learn something every day! ;-) Fantastic job Kath, love the look of the book. If he’s the first radioactive, glow-in-the-dark bunny, I hope he has a super-long half-life =) Cheers, Scott

  5. 9 Jackie Small (@littlebookcase) August 7, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Certainly looks like you’ve received the best type of mail.
    Glow in the dark- how very cool!

  6. 11 Michael Gerard Bauer August 7, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Love the cover Kath and having read the story I know that what’s inside is even better. Congratulations!

  7. 13 Kerry August 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Oh mushy lovely glowy sparkly gorgeousness. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy for my little Jess. (She won’t have to hide under the covers and turn on her night torch to sneak some late night book reading in – she will have her own glowing copy to read under her sheets when she’s supposed to be asleep!!!) LOVE love love it.
    Big congrats and bunny hugs to you!
    xxx Kerry xxx

    • 14 Katherine Battersby August 10, 2012 at 11:58 am

      Oh you are adorable! Thanks love. That sounds a lot like what I’ve been doing ever since the book arrived. It’s been on my bedside table all week, glowing merrily through the night.

      Hope you’re well miss smiley x

  8. 15 Dimity Powell August 7, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Sensational Katherine. (and I had to refrain from my usual sprinkling of exclaimation marks). So over joyed for you. Rabbits and fire flies – utterly wonderful. I have a HUGE favour to ask of you…will PM you my request ;-)

    • 16 Katherine Battersby August 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      You kind of need exclamation marks in written conversation, don’t you? Otherwise you end up sounding a bit flat :) So go ahead and use them with abandon.

      Thanks for the excitement – like my little rabbit, I too used to catch fireflies at night.

  9. 17 Tina Burke August 8, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Genius!! That is so fun – I can’t wait to see it in real life! Super excited for you – congratulations! I can’t believe we’re already nearly at the launch of the sequel – where does the time go??

    • 18 Katherine Battersby August 10, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      I’ve certainly been having fun with it!

      Time is funny like that – sometimes it feels like only yesterday my first book came out, sometimes it feels like a millennium ago :) Wish you were closer so we could catch up for girly illustrator coffee chats x

  10. 19 Emma @ My Book Corner August 8, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Oh wow, that looks gorgeous. Perfect for late night readers!!

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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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