If you've never heard of a book birthday - well, it's the day when your book officially comes out in the shops. And today is the book birthday of Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face and the Great Big Story Nickers! Written by me, and illustrated as ever by the fabulous and fantastic David Tazzyman, without whom...
I'm really proud of this book. I mean, I'm proud of all my books, and I'm certainly proud of the whole Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face series; but I'm feeling particularly proud and pleased with this one at the moment. I do honestly think I've written a very clever story.
The thing is... well, if you're a S&KF fan, you'll know that Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face know that they're in a story. And sometimes the story sort of intrudes upon itself, like in Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face and the Quest for the Magic Porcupine when Miss Butterworth takes a look at the library's copy of Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face and the Quest for the Magic Porcupine so that she can advise our heroes. Or in Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face and the Bees of Stupidity, when they get a note from the writer to tell them they're in the wrong place..
And as if that wasn't complicated enough, we held a competition. You know those competitions where the winner gets to be in a story? One of those. So there's a young chap called Alfred Kendon-Furtado who keeps popping up and adding to the complications.
But however complicated it gets, it's still an awful lot of fun. Why not get hold of a copy and see for yourself! And to get you in the mood, here's First Draft with the Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face theme song!
But a special mention has to go to my very best author pal Jo Cotterill for her gorgeous A Library of Lemons. This is a really, really lovely and moving book about grief, friendship, and the power of books. It made me cry, in a good way. Do get yourself a copy.
Jo and I are having a book launch party tomorrow in Oxford to celebrate our new books - any librarians, writers, booksellers, reviewers etc. reading this who would like an invitation, please leave a comment to that effect. And any other author friends with a book out today - do let me know!
Paula Harrison has some very shiny new books out today. And several lovely writers including Susie Day, Elen Caldecott and Sally Nicholls have a collaborative book out - 12 short stories by 12 great authors.
Jonathan Meres is celebrating the publication of his TENTH 'World of Norm' book today!!!
And UPDATE 3;
My lovely friend Cas Lester sees the latest of her Nixie the Bad Bad Fairy books in the shops today, too!