This is Sadiewas published nearly three years ago now but is getting a new life thanks to this board book edition from Tundra Books. I couldn't be more pleased. Working on this book with Julie Morstad was an utter joy and the thing that really convinced me that picture books were where my heart lay.
Our conversation touched on enchantment and bluebells and magic. We talked about how illustrator Ashley Crowley lives in England and I live here in Canada and how strange it is to make something with someone you've never met. And about various references within the book's text and images to other books, particularly The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. And we talked about how much I'd like to go to England and visit a bluebell wood.
Celebrating a new edition for This is Sadiewith a new edition Sadie doll!
As of March this year, you will be able to buy a board book edition of This is Sadie.
Smaller, cheaper, and very small-hand friendly!
This is a first board board book for me and I'm pretty thrilled. Celebrating by commissioning this Sadie doll. The doll--based on Julie Morstad's brilliant illos--was built by Atelier Caroline, and we couldn't be more pleased with her.
And so long as I'm here, I might as well remind you to check out Emily Arrow's brilliant This is Sadie song either here on youtube or at her site where you can find lyrics and other goodies.
You can read more (including lyrics) at Emily's website here and download a copy of the song for yourself, Also check out some of her other children's-book-inspired songs and see what's on offer in her shop.
Since This Is Sadiewas published I've had the privilege and joy of meeting a number of Sadies. Some of them are named Sadie and some of them just are. If you'd like to share a pic of your Sadie you can find me over on Instagram as 123olearyo.
I loved working with Julie Morstad and our brilliant editor, Tara Walker, on this book. One of the things we took a good deal of time over was the cover image. Because of the way the story opens, we wanted to both show and conceal our main character...and the question became how best to do that. Julie sketched out a few suggestions before we arrived at the fox mask and I think we can agree that we made the right choice.
One of the many reasons to be grateful to Tundra Books is that they made us a fab activity kit.
Click here to find a fox mask you can print yourself, paper dolls, and bunting featuring some of Julie Morstad's patterns from the book.
Imagination Library sees books sent directly to children (ages five and under) in Canada, the United States, the UK, and Australia. It is such a cool program! But beyond all that it is Dolly Parton. And the day I got the letter in the mail was one of the more surreal experiences of my life.
Updated to include periodic reminder that Julie Morstad is wonderful and you really need to buy ALL of her books.
Thrilled that a little over a decade after its first publication When You Were Small is now available in paperback. Simply Read Books plans to bring the whole trilogy out in paper over the next year and I'm happy to think of the books finding their way into more small hands!
This seems like a good time to look back at some of the nice things that have happened since the book was first published. The original WYWS blog for the books is still up and it's been interesting trawling through the posts. A lot has happened and I've met a number of wonderful people because of these books and a fair few wonderful things have come my way because of these people. The books are being seen into publication in French by Éditions de L'Étagère du bas and are also scheduled for publication in Simplified Chinese by Beijing TIANDAI Multimedia Publishing. My dream is to one day see the books published as board books for babies or in a miniature boxed edition for people who love Sendak's Nutshell Library. Our little Henry got a nice spotlight moment in The Walrus recently thanks to writer Kerry Clare. One of my favourite things about that whole experience was when I got the call from the fact-checker at the magazine. "Is it true you like small things?" she asked. And here's one of the loveliest of small things that has come my way. A gift from Kellie Diguangco (whose friendship is itself a gift).