My goodness me! How fiddly is it to format a children’s book with pictures in and everything?! I’ll tell you, since between myself and Abela Publishing, that’s what we’ve been doing for the past week! It’s very, very, very (with a heap more ‘verys’ thrown in for good measure!) fiddly! Having said that, it’s always worth it and hopefully by the end of this weekend, ‘Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree’, (book 5 in my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series) will be winging its wonderful self off to the printers! Incase you’d like a sneaky beaky preview of the front cover and some of the incredible illustrations inside, done by the amazingly talented Sarah Mauchline, then please cast your wee eyes below and click on the link 😉
You may be excited to learn, that this fabulously festive book will be available from October the 25th and can be pre-ordered now!! I will also be able to post the date, time and venue for the launch of ‘Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree’, very soon! 🙂
Whilst I’ve been busy helping move text, illustrations and the new map at the back of book 5, up and down and side to side on the numerous pages, the ‘Whimsy Wood’ folk have also been incredibly busy! Autumn has well and truly arrived in ‘Whimsy Wood’, as the blackberries are in abundance on the hedgerows and the leaves are changing to golden yellows and burnt oranges. ‘Humbug Hedgehog’ has been rolling around the woodland floor, tidying up the fallen autumn leaves with his prickles, whilst ‘Mrs Spottisdowne the sparrow’ (‘Whimsy Wood’s’ Scottish seamstress), has been frantically sewing Halloween costumes for Mr and Mrs Dusty the dormice’s little ones.
In another part of ‘Whimsy Wood’, ‘Mrs Scarlet the squirrel’ has been scurrying about ‘The Woodland Store’, as she puts away boxes and boxes of cherry chews and hazelnut fudge. Looks like she’ll need to order in more pumpkins and apples this week, as the excitement of October with all its pumpkin-carving and apple-bobbing antics take hold of ‘Whimsy Wood’!
Well on that amazingly Autumnal note, I shall close the ivy-covered, heavy oak doors on the world of ‘Whimsy Wood’ for another week and wish you all a wonderfully whimsical Wednesday 🙂