Thursday, October 11, 2007


Firstly, I've been waiting to announce this for a while, but I wasn't allowed. My mother has beaten my publisher's press department to it though, and found that The Nestlé Children's book prize shortlist has been officially announced. Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beastie is on it. So is Polly Dunbar's Penguin again, but at least there's gold silver and bronze to be had here.

Please don't be hassling me about the wrongs of Nestlé in this context. I have thought about this and I think that the way that the prize is selected and judged by children and the involvement of booktrust and other very positive organizations more than outweigh these.

In other news: I was at the launch party for this book last night, slightly sneakily because I had to pretend to be Tim Spooner, since we were there under the banner of Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, who had provided some automaton for the foyer of Waterstone's Piccadilly, where the launch was held. A person there waxing lyrical to me about Shaun Tan pointed out that he has a website, which I might well have noticed if I'd bothered to look.

And, and:

Moomin gifts in the mail all the way from Sweden! Thank-you Rowan!


Eric Orchard said...

Congratulations! You deserve the gold. I love the sketches, the bear is very charming.

Rowan said...

Did they taste nice?

Joel Stewart said...

I didn't open them yet. Actually I still have some drinks I never drank that came from Finland, but I promise to eat these!

Frøydis said...

It says
Made from/ made of raw rice

and then something something in finnish.

Joel Stewart said...

Hey, thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link to the animation; reminds me a lot of your bird woman story; the music, by the way, is Sobre Los Olas (Over the Waves). Your grandad used to sing an english version, but like all his songs by the time I heard them, he only ever sang the first line "Oh how we danced on the night we were wed"
We're off to the pyrenees at 4am ,

take care


Joel Stewart said...

Oh oh, have a good time!

Stephanie Roth said...

That's wonderful news (on top of lots of other wonderful news)!

I am looking at the drawing of the bear with the thick line and I REALLY think its great. He has such presensce.

Rowan said...

That may be so, but he is no Bin-bag. Did you eat them, were they nice?

Joel Stewart said...

I'm still saving them. Keeping you on tenterhooks (whatever they are).

Rowan said...