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Launching Brave Squish Rabbit (Part 2)

As promised, here’s the second launch in all its rabbity glory:

Melbourne Launch

Held at The Little Bookroom in Carlton North, on not just any day but the store’s 52nd birthday! It was incredibly special to be a part of their celebrations. Believe it or not, they are the world’s oldest children’s bookstore, and in my opinion one of the most warm and beautifully designed stores. They also did a lovely post about the day over on their blog. It was a surprisingly chilly Spring day in Melbourne, but that didn’t stop the little rabbits coming out of the woodwork…

A brave and squishy window display

Look at those decorations!

A very special rabbit hopped along to help us celebrate

The brilliant and cheeky man of children’s lit, Andy Griffiths, launched my brave little rabbit

In a demonstration of what it means to be brave, Andy unleashed a crawling hand into the little audience (and they were brave indeed!)

Pretending I can stil fit in a mini children’s chair…

Book signing (no spelling mistakes this time)

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A ‘secret treehouse’ image the kids and I created together – click to see a larger version (see if you can spot Andy’s signature ‘bum’)

A final callout to my wonderful man. He manages to love and support the strange lady that is behind Squish Rabbit, help put together these launches (ie. arrange the whole thing) and somehow still be smiling by the end of it all. You are truly inspirational.

Launching Brave Squish Rabbit (Part 1)

It seems like only yesterday I was playing around in my art room, finishing the first ever full colour image of my wee rabbit. But that was back in 2009. Now it’s nearing the end of 2012 and little Squish Rabbit has two books out in the world. I have to pinch myself sometimes.

Squish’s second title, Brave Squish Rabbit, was lucky enough to have not one but two lovely launches, in Brisbane and Melbourne. Thank you to all those who made them such special days – to the bookstores and writing community and family and friends and little readers and especially to all those wearing rabbit ears. Squish and I had a ball, as you can see from the photos below…

Brisbane Launch

Held at the delightful Black Cat Books in Paddington, on a bright September morning out on their back deck.

How to prepare for a starry night book launch: glittery cardboard, star stencil, scissors and (40 stars later) tenacity

How to prepare for a rabbity book launch: carrots, thread and a precise hand

The wall of Squish (and someone in the way)

My two favourite bunnies

The lovely Steph from Black Cat, getting serious about books!

Chris Bongers, teen novelist extraordinaire, did a beautiful job of launching my little rabbit out into the world of books

Those pesky chickens (Richard Grantham understands, who is playing his wonderfully moody sound track behind)

Some floppy eared bunnies – even rabbits feel sad sometimes (although one looks a little cranky)

Glittery cupcakes to cheer up the bunnies!

Skye Staniford did a beautiful set of songs for the little-uns while I signed books

With my lovely smiley publishers, Cathy and Kristina from UQP

My pup couldn’t come, but we still celebrated with him when we got home

Keep an eye out for my next post, where I’ll put up all the photos from the Melbourne launch…

Brave Squish Rabbit – Book Trailer

Only a few days now until the Brave Squish Rabbit launch. Three to be precise. Our household is bursting with rabbity books and madness. Busy busy. Lots to do.

Like:

  • Baking carrot cup cakes
  • Making fairy bread
  • Cutting out sparkly stars
  • Threading carrots with twine
  • Warming up my illustrating fingers
  • Ironing my dress (I never iron … that’s how special you are to me)
  • Practising my talk (ie. writing my talk)

But before I get back to it, I wanted to hop by for a special something. I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I’ve been working on a little animation for the book … and it’s finally done. Click below to see the Brave Squish Rabbit book trailer. Hope you like it!

Brave Squish Rabbit Launch (Brisbane)

Behind the scenes I’ve been busily scurrying away organising the Brisbane Brave Squish Rabbit launch event. It’s all coming together beautifully, thanks to the wonderful Black Cat Books in Paddington.

There will be a bunny book reading.

There will be live illustrations.

There will be carrots and cupcakes.

There will be music and crafts and maybe a chicken pinata (random? Not if you read the book!)

I just wanted to hop on here quickly to post up the official launch invite. If you’re around, please join us for a Saturday morning full of rabbity celebrations – Squish and I would love to see you (click on the image to see a bigger version):

We’ll also be launching in Melbourne again, and I’ll be back soon with dates.

Now I’m off again for the Brisbane Writers Festival, followed by Write Around Qld and the Cairns Tropical Writers Fest. I promise when I return to do a post full of photos from these events as well as all the amazing schools that welcomed Squish and I over book week.

In the mean time, happy reading…

Melbourne Squish Rabbit Launch (in photos)

I love my sunny hometown of Brisbane. But because the grass is always greener, when asked what my favourite Aussie town is I’ve always answered Melbourne. I love the pastel colours of the city, the old-London architecture, the hum and crackle of tram wires, and the graffitied alleyways with their hole-in-the wall coffee and soup joints. Also the Haigh’s stores (dark choc-pepermint frogs are an old favourite indulgence). I’m always looking for an excuse to pop down south, so it’s no surprise that I jumped at the chance to launch Squish Rabbit in Melbourne-town.

On November 5th a bunch of wee bunnies and readers gathered at The Little Bookroom to help me do just that. The lovely store owner, Leesa, did a beautiful job of decorating the store in true Squish style (plenty of carrots, apples and red balloons) and the delightful Wendy Orr launched my book. Musical maestro Richard did an amazing job of accompanying me on keyboard with his original music while I did a book reading. There was also a craft table with Squishy scribblings happening throughout the talks, I did an illustration demonstration and there were lots of delicious nibbles. Such a fun day. If you couldn’t make it but would like to get your paws on a signed copy, there are plenty in both of The Little Bookroom stores, as well as Dymocks (city), Readings (Carlton) and Brunswick Street Bookstore (Fitzroy).

At the launch with some peonies given to me by the lovely Neridah McMullin

As much as I enjoyed my time away I was really glad to get home. Not surprising considering my partner and I worked out on the plane back to Brisbane that in 8 months we have done 15 work related trips away – including New York, Sydney, Townsville, Toowoomba, Mackay, Broken Hill, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Byron Bay. Luckily we now have a few months at home (mostly), that is until the work starts up again in the new year…

In the meantime, here’s a sampling of photos from the launch day. Thanks to all those who hopped by!

The Little Bookroom, Carlton North

Colouring table

Little bunnies clutching crayons and carrots

Leesa making enthusiastic hand gestures

Wendy saying nice things

Bunny book reading

Awesome spec-fic writer, Bren, caught herself a rabbit

Signing and posing

So many rabbits (they do have a habbit of multiplying)

You can also read about the day and see more photos over at My Little Bookcase and at Claire Saxby’s blog.

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)

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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

Rabbity Book Launch

As of yesterday, Squish Rabbit is now officially in Australian stores! Only a few days now until the Brisbane book launch, which will be held at the glorious Black Cat Books in Paddington. Please join us if you can.

There may even be an appearance from a little furry friend…

(click on the image to see a larger version of the invite)

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!

Squish Rabbit Downunder

I’m excited to announce that Squish is now officially an Aussie rabbit! He will be published here by the wonderful University of Queensland Press (who distribute through Penguin Australia) in early September. An extra bit of excitement for me is that UQ is my old stomping ground: I studied Occupational Therapy there and lived on campus for several years. I’ve been working with the delightful team of editors and designers at UQP, sprucing Squish and polishing him and preparing him for his downunder release. He has even been rumoured to be getting a special squishy cover…

I hopped on over to their offices yesterday afternoon to see the print proofs and they’re looking amazing! Have you noticed I’ve now used TWO exclamation marks in one post? And you know how much I hate those. I must be excited.

Stay tuned for details of the launch (which may just be on my September birthday, where this little rabbit will be exiting her 20s).

Pippa’s Perfect Ponytail

2009-04-28On Wednesday the 15th of April, a very good friend of mine, Julie Nickerson, held the launch party for her first children’s book, Pippa’s Perfect Ponytail.  This book is a delightful early reader, released as part of Penguin’s highly successful ‘Aussie Nibbles‘ range.  The story follows Pippa, who is getting ready for her birthday party.  For parties, Pippa always wears her hair in a perfect ponytail, but on the big day, not everything goes perfectly to plan.

The launch was particularly special to me because Julie and I have been crit partners for many years now.  I have had the joy of watching both Julie and the story grow and develop on their journey towards publication.  So I was also incredibly touched when Julie asked me to launch the book.  It was such a joy, although Julie may have secretly regretted asking someone who knows her so well to speak publicly about her, because I may have given away a few secrets… (this is a snippet from my speech)

As writers, we’re often asked if the characters in our books are based on people we know.  Specifically, we’re often asked if our characters are actually us in disguise.  Writers spend a lot of their time trying to convince people that they’re not – that the characters in our stories are actually their own people, with their own unique quirks, strengths and weaknesses.  But I have a secret.  Pippa, the main character in this book, is actually a LOT like Julie.

Just like Pippa, Julie needs things to be not just perfect, but perfectly perfect.

There were about 80 children and adults at the launch, and lots of food, laughter and books.  Party games were played and creativity was encouraged at an illustration table (which the delightful Peter Allert helped me to run).  Following is a photo diary from the day, chronicling the general hilarity:

 

Me, pulling silly faces during my speech to entertain the kiddies (although not consciously)

Me, pulling silly faces during my speech to entertain the kiddies (although not consciously)

Julie, hugging me after my speech, possibly out of relief that I didn't give away anything too embarrassing...

Julie, hugging me after my speech, possibly out of relief that I didn't give away anything too embarrassing...

Julie doing a reading from the book

Julie doing a reading from the book

Julie playing 'Pin the ponytail on Pippa', but I think she got a bit confused about the rules...

Julie playing 'Pin the ponytail on Pippa', but I think she got a bit confused about the rules...

Julie signing books for her hordes of fans

Julie signing books for her hordes of fans

Sheryl, Ally and I being entertained by some books Julie created as a wee thing

Sheryl Gwyther, Ally Howard and I being entertained by some books Julie created as a wee thing


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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