Regulars to the blog will know I’m a huge fan of Polly Faber’s gorgeous ‘Mango and Bambang’ series with Clara Vulliamy. So I’m really excited to have been asked to host the cover reveal of Polly Faber’s debut MG novel illustrated by Sarah Jennings which will be published on the 7th June by Walker Books.
So without further ado here it is…….
Illustrated by Sarah Jennings with cover design by Laurissa Jones, this cover hints at the fun and mayhem that is bubbling away inside this book. I’m a huge fan of illustrated books for children and I’m totally enchanted by this glorious cover. As if that wasn’t enough to entice you, the lovely Polly and Sarah have stopped by the blog to tell us more about the hilarious ‘Pony on the Twelfth Floor.’
I’m completely delighted that Jo is letting me loose on her lovely blog today to formally announce my first, proper, “middle grade” book coming this June and to show you the really wonderful cover that has been drawn by Sarah Jennings and designed by Laurissa Jones at Walker Books.
This is the book of my heart; and it was born out my own blogging. I started writing about children’s books in 2011 and then (inevitably!) started writing my own children’s book a year or so later. That first manuscript was about a pony. And, although I was very happy to divert to writing about a tapir for my first published books, I am delighted that six years later my pony, or more accurately the great-great-grand-draft of my pony, is finally going to trot into the world.
I don’t want to give away too much about my pony yet, but I will say that there were about four years of my life where pony stories were all I read and where I also used to volunteer at a local stables every Saturday. And I couldn’t help feeling there was a slight mismatch between the perfect ponies I read about and the real ponies I knew. I also used to fantasise about how I, as a central city dweller, might perfectly feasibly keep my own pony in our small back garden. I don’t suppose I was the only one.
So here, finally, is my answer to that mismatch: I’m proud to introduce you to:
‘PONY ON THE TWELFTH FLOOR‘, with fantastically funny illustrations by Sarah Jennings, coming out on 7th June.
It’s funny with a girl and it’s ponies in the city. I really hope that you’ll enjoy it!
Polly Faber is the author of the Mango and Bambang series, illustrated by Clara Vulliamy, and of two picture books being published this year. She lives in North London with her family, volunteers for reading charity Beanstalk and enjoys looking after a tiny book swap box outside her house. She entered WH Smith’s competition to win a pony every year it ran but never won, so kept an imaginary bay three day eventer thoroughbred called Pan instead.
I’m so excited to be working on this book with Polly, Laurissa and the rest of the team at Walker. I adore the story and it’s been so much fun working on the illustrations so far. I can’t wait to see it out in the world and on bookshelves!
Sarah Jennings is an award winning children’s book illustrator based in London. Since graduating in 2013 she has worked on a variety of books. Her most recent picture book is Wishker by Heather Pindar. She works from her home studio in the company of her three legged cat, Calvin.
A huge thank you to Polly and Sarah for inviting me to host the cover reveal and for stopping by the blog. ‘Pony on the Twelfth floor’ is released on June 7th and is available to pre-order now online or from any good bookshop.