CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK BECKONS!
Term starts with a surge of "Author Visit" requests, many centred around 3rd - 7th October, which will be CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK 2005. How great to have these National Celebrations, but how beneficial that some schools avoid them, letting authors spread their visits to everyone's comfort. Oh dear! How my heart sinks when the call includes those over-booked dates, when I have to say no when I wish to say yes!
Alongside, reading JULIA CLARK's new teen novel THE OTHER ALICE (OUP) which is great, and wanting to get hold of the new JULIA DONALDSON & AXEL SHEFFLER picture book, "CHARLIE COOK'S FAVOURITE BOOK". I'm sure it will be this generation's "EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM", great fun with its references to all sorts of other tales. Look out for it! You can find details on the ACHOKABLOG website - plus lots of other good stuff - but I'm sure CCFB will be in your nearest bookshop now. Go read!
Hmmm - BOOKSHOPS! Don't get me started on the OTTAKERS takeover news. My nearest Ottaker's only recently took over a wonderful Hammicks! And choice? Even while I've been a writer, the chains etc. have offered few and fewer selected titles, all placed ( I suspect!) on a deal and a discount, but with less choice, fewer authors, a smaller range of viewpoints and language, kids being sold much more of the same. Though great if you are a media celeb already, I guess.
Thank heavens for the few true independent bookshops - no, not the "remainder title" sellers - who, despite their continual struggles, keep a wider view alive. THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK! Yes, folks, sometimes Penny Dolan is warped and bitter! Right, Deep breath. I'm back to the sunny smile, okay? : - )) !!!