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So this morning (after being up since 5am and up 5 times with baby boy in the night… yawn!) i did my troll swap event at the lovely buttercup cafe in lewes for the bag of books summer party.


it was lots of fun, and very messy!


here are the cupcake trays filled with buttons, sequins, pompoms and little felt teeth!



this was my favourite…. simple but really stylish i think.

i would buy this one.



a nice cheesy grin for the camera mister troll!


i just love the expression on this little troll here


this disco troll was particularly glitzy i must say


i love the little pointy teeth!

am hoping that all the children treated their grown ups to a fun troll puppet show later in the day


bag of books set up a book tent in the courtyard and made a fine display of my books.

i wish we could have hung around for the rest of the day as there were oodles of fun and exciting things to do there (my little girl cried when we left to go home to our artwave shop boo hoo)

am so pleased that the grizzly weather cleared up and we got some sunshine… hoorah

if you want to have a look at other things that went on in the day have a look at the rather fab little lewes blog.


ooh, and here is my lame big drawing of timothy limpet.

i find it always a bit odd drawing so big and standing to the side so that little people can watch. 

that is my excuse for timothy having a bit of a squishy head. 

and another tip, never draw lots of individual hairs… it takes ages and people get bored!

but a lovely morning.

thanks all for coming and making such wonderful trolls

and thanks for bag of books for inviting me to be part of their summer party.



here are the blank glove puppets i have made in preperation for a couple of lovely book events… 

including  lewes bag of books summer party this saturday.

i will be at the buttercup cafe at 10.30 reading troll swap and helping children create their own hairy troll glove puppets

i will have pom poms, sequins and glue at the ready!


(yes yes i know, i am doing artwave that day also…. so the fact is i am a bit scatty at the moment and got all the dates jumbled in my head…. but will  be racing back home after the event where my husband will be manning the fort)


my daughter and i tested them out to see if they would work….


… and dah dah… here are the results!

yes i know, this was a month or so ago, but give me a break! i have been busy ok and only just got around to blogging it.
lovely review though, and lovely company to be in also.
wish i had time to make a new book…. sigh…. sooon hoon…..

whoop whoop hark at the french trollswap!
their french names did make me chuckle i have to say…

timothy limpets french name is Hippolyte Patel…
and tabitha lumpits french name is Petula Petal

there is something weirdly satisfying seeing what looks like your own handwriting in a book, with words you have written, in a different language that you cannot speak (i flunked my french a level years ago oops!)

whoop whoop here they are!
troll swap in hardback and in softyback
troll swap is my latest picture book with nosy crow
will be out in real live actual shops in march i think
100% genuine trolls guaranteed
100% genuine good little boys and girls included

100% good trollish story on lovely woodf ree paper (swoon!)
so through the post today i received my troll swap proofs!
sooo exciting!
this is my first book using woodfree paper, which is nice and thick and rough.
Pleased with the matt lamination on the front cover
this book is like wife swap- but with a troll and a little girl instead.

 this is timothy limpet (a rubbish troll)

and this is tabitha lumpit (a not very good at being good little girl)

the book needs a couple of teeny tweaks and will be out next year.

long live troll!

here is the troll swap dummy book with a dazzling selection of other nosy crow picture books that are at the frankfurt book fair.

even though i havent seen these dummy books in the flesh (boo hoo) i think they all look real corkers, lets hope all the folk at the fair do.

here is the cover to the picture book i have just finished with nosy crow

it is troll swap
it has a troll in it
it has a swap in it
troll swap

it won’t be out for aaaaaaaaaaaaaages as has just gone of to proof this week.
i wish i wasn’t so impatient!