Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Petr Horacek's Busy July!

Walker author and illustrator Petr Horacek has had an exciting month in July with the publication of his glorious new author illustrated title, A Greedy Goat

(I think we can all agree that this cover is divine!)

Petr is an incredibly talented creator and we are delighted to work with him at Walker Books. To celebrate A Greedy Goat, Petr put together a wonderful blog taking us from his inspiration, right at the start of the project, all the way through to being sent finished copies! Check it out by clicking here

A lovely review of a Greedy Goat from blogger Read It Daddy:

Charlotte's best bit: Goat's terrible turn as the awful diet takes its toll and changes her from a beautiful white goat to all the colours of the rainbow. Yikes!

Daddy's favourite bit: A thoroughly entertaining and hilarious romp with a naughty but endearing central character who gets her just desserts (and dinner)!

But Petr has also been a busy bee working with Shakespeare's Globe, teaming up to support the Shakespeare's Telling Tales Festival which has been taking place across July. 

On the 25th of July Petr Took over the Globe's Instragram feed where he showed us all how to make a gorgeous concertina book. There's a little sneak preview below but check the whole thing out here

And also a yummy interview all about Petr's inspiration and even a little look at some gorgeous artwork from The Blue Penguin, which publishes in November. Have a read by clicking here

Overall a massive congratulations to Petr on his very busy month and a huge shout out to the wonderful Telling Tales Festival. 

Get your tickets to Shakespeare's Telling Tales at The Globe!

The main events not only include former and current children’s laureates Chris Riddell, Anthony Browne and Michael Morpurgo, but also David Almond, Marcia Williams, Viv French and Petr Horacek. 

As part of the festival, the Underglobe is being turned into Bottom’s Book Market which will be an interactive space including a bookshop run by Tales on Moon Lane.  There will be a programme of short storytelling sessions from actors, authors and illustrators which include Alex Milway, Gary Northfield, Vivian French, Viviane Schwarz, Timothy Knapman, Chris Riddell, Petr Horacek, Polly Faber and Clara Vulliamy.

Bottom’s Book Market also includes a multi-sensory space accessible for all story lovers with two interactive art installations featuring We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Five Minutes’ Peace  in extracts in text, braille and audio, in partnership with the RNIB.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Picture Book Partying!

We've had some wonderful events recently so we thought we'd share some pictures!

Walker Books Marketing team hosted a gorgeous evening of canapes and picture books to preview our Autumn picture book list. Wonderful Oooohs and Aaahs filled the room and we were all absolutely delighted to hear the talented Timothy Knapman and legendary Helen Oxembury talk about upcoming title, Time Now to Dream

Timothy and Helen

All ears open 

Show us your shelves! 


Celebrating the publication of Daisy Hirst's
 Alphonse That is Not OK To Do, hosted by Gosh! Comics in central London.

Alphonse thoroughly enjoyed his moment in the spotlight.


Raising a glass to Sean Taylor and Emily Hughes, author and illustrator of 
A Brave Bearat Tales on Moon Lane in Dulwich. 

Shout out to Emily's home-made tofu sushi which was fabulous!

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Win picture book of the month Miss Hazeltine's School for Shy and Fearful Cats!

Happy publication month to Miss Hazeltine's School for Shy and Fearful Cats, illustrated by the gloriously talented Brigitta Sif and authored by the wonderful wordsmith Alicia Potter!

We've created two very special activity sheets which you can download by clicking here

And, in honour of Miss Hazeltine, we found the best hiding cats on the internet...

1. This guys got this whole hiding thing in the bag. 

2. It's been so long since he's been found he needed sustenance. 

3. Perfect place for a stealth nap.

4. What? It's comfy!

5. Bet you can't find me...

For the full list of weird and wonderful cat hiding places click here to visit bored panda. 


We are offering two lucky readers the chance to win a copy of Miss Hazeltine's School for Shy and Fearful Cats. To enter email with the subject line WE LOVE CATS. Terms and conditions here. Closing date 19/08/16.