I’m celebrating as my new picture book ‘Daddy and I’, illustrated gorgeously by Sophie Burrows, is out today! It was a tricky one to write and to be honest I wasn’t expecting a yes from my publishers at Maverick… maybe because I’d just spent so long hammering away at it, trying to get every verse to include a different rhyme for the word ‘I’. Sometimes you just wish you’d never started something!
I’d been thinking for a while of writing something that worked on two levels, the child’s point of view and the adult’s. What can be quite a mundane experience for us can be full of wonder for a child because they see everything with a fresh eye. A walk was the simplest way of expressing this, and I’ve got lovely memories of going for super-long walks with my Dad (probably quite short now I come to think of it) which we treated as a huge adventure. I thought it would add a fuller background to the story to put it in the context of a Saturday visit where the child doesn’t necessarily spend the rest of the week with her dad, so the time they have together is extra special. When I saw Sophie’s sketches I knew she completely understood what I was trying to say!
I’m glad I finally got the chance to write the idea that had been simmering for so long. Sometimes it can take a long while for a story to brew. At other times it can be very quick. One of the mysteries of the writing process!
And a last minute ‘good luck’ to anyone entering the Writing Magazine/Amy Sparkes/Julia Churchill picture book writing contest. I know a lot of my critique customers are going for this. I’ll be crossing my fingers for you!
9 thoughts on “‘Daddy and I’ is out today!”
Congratulations, Lou. 😊
I love this picture book because so many people can relate to the subject matter. I just spent time with my dad this morning. I brought him a coffee and a muffin. We sat watching the birds fly into the plum tree. Spending time with my dad is special just like your book! Congratulations! All the best, Lily
Congratulations on your new book – it looks beautiful:)
Congratulations on the release of your latest book – I’m sure it will be a great success!
What an amazing concept. I’m sure the book will I’ll heartstrings. Congrats.
Congratulation Lou. Now for the next book!!!
What an amazing concept. I’m sure the book will pull heartstrings. Congrats.
Wow what a beautiful book and what a beautiful theme. Must have been emotional to create. Love T x
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