Sunday was Sunshine and Shetlands at the convent, dear reader, as Alison Lester (Australian Children's Laureate) launched Tony Wilson's new picture book The Emperor's New Clothes Horse. I recall seeing the manuscript when it was just a little Word Document and it was a thrill to see it now—a gorgeous, witty romp through the old 'Doesn't Anybody Get It?' fable. As always, Sue deGennaro has done a beautiful job; apologies for all the adjectives but I do admire Sue's fresh, whimsical style and the clever way she adds her own quirky layers to the text (a dream illustrator really). Sue did the same with The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas where she had her own running gag with Prince Henrik's maids. Do you have the Pea Book in your collection, dear reader? If not, you can buy it all over the place now, even in the USA! I love Wilson's sense of humour, it's dry, ironic and insightful. And as Ms Lester said in her speech, it's refreshing to see a children's author producing material that is such Great Fun. At the risk of getting on my hobby horse, high horse or slippery soap box, I have to agree wholeheartedly. Writing humour/comedy is so often dismissed as frivolous and somehow less of an art form. But it's not easy, dear reader, my word it's not.
Now Pip Pip.
I'm going riding . xx