The New York Times (.com)

There are many things I could be blogging about right now. In fact I seem to have spent the last month collecting things to blog about but lacking the time to do it. I’m experiencing a bit of bloggers guilt, as I haven’t yet posted about book week, Brisbane Writers Festival, my new project, the two Brave Squish Rabbit launches or any of the amazing schools I’ve visited recently … and I will get to all those things (I promise). But I’ve had a little news that kind of cuts through the normal scheduling.

While I may occasionally whinge (a little) about the intrusiveness of the blooming digital age, on Thursday I decided I quite liked it. Because a little bird (possibly a tweet) popped up from a New York Times editor with the following:

Click through and you’ll find a lovely article she wrote for called ‘Be Brave, Little One’, where she reviews Brave Squish Rabbit (as well as another Australian picture book that sounds fascinating – check it out). With the approach of Halloween, she is celebrating books that “pay tribute to those little ones who manage to be braver than you might expect”. She gets right to the heart of the two stories, and she writes this about Brave Squish Rabbit:

The story Battersby tells is deceptively simple, but it conveys valuable ideas — for instance, that distraction, companionship and resourcefulness can help us to combat fearfulness. And acting brave even when you don’t feel brave makes a difference too.

They also include this spread as the feature image:

I’m thrilled they enjoyed my little rabbit, and Squish has been doing a happy dance (called a binky) ever since we read the article. Pamela also did a beautiful print review in the New York Times of Squish’s first story in their Sunday Book Review last year.

Now, as promised, I’ll be back next post with some book launch photos…

10 Responses to “The New York Times (.com)”

  1. 1 Tina Marie Clark October 29, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Congratulations Katherine, this book is wonderful and deserves its credit in the NYT!!!!

    Squish will always have a special place in my heart!

    Bye 4 now

  2. 3 Pip October 29, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Yaaay!! Its such a lovely book. We adore reading it here & Sophie likes to point at your author photo & say “that’s my friend Katherine.” Congrats.

  3. 5 Dimity Powell October 29, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    This news created more warm fuzzy glowing moments than hugging a soft silky rabbit for me. And it’s not even my bunny to hug. How brilliant Katherine? Good on you and good on Squish.

  4. 7 Hettie Ashwin October 29, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Well deserved Katherine. Global squish…world domination next?

  5. 9 Angela Sunde October 29, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Oh, that is a warm fuzzy moment! Congratulations, dear Katherine.

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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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