I still get a thrill out of seeing my name in print. Holding the book in my hands, stroking the smooth surface of the cover jacket, seeing the bright blue (my favourite colour and shade) of the end papers, feeling the cool energy of the blues in the illustrated contrasted by bright bold colours, I truly have a greater appreciation of the publishing process. I really love how the pictures and feel of Malaika's Winter Carnival make me feel 20 degrees cooler. It seemed like the illustrator Irene Luxbacher took the best things from Malaika's Costume but then gave it a fresh look. I love how the words and the pictures work together. I'll stop here though. I don't want to ruin it for anyone. Besides, I am allowed to critique my own picture book, aren't I?
Can't wait for the Malaika's Winter Carnival release date of September 1, 2017! Stay tuned for the launch information which should be scheduled for late August.