And the Winner is …The Greedy Goat

Last Friday morning I was in Sheffield, attending the Sheffield Picture Book Award ceremony held at the Crucible Theatre. The theatre was packed with children from 302 schools!

There were a number of books nominated in different categories. ‘The Greedy Goat’ was one of them.DOMvEMPWsAAKURh

The whole event was so overwhelming. It was amazing to see so many excited children, meeting up with fellow writers, artists and meeting  librarians and the organisers of the event. The atmosphere was great.DOTBriXX0AAPhQR-1Here are all the nominated writers and illustrators together.

I don’t know why, but I assumed, that if my book had won, I would know it in advance, so I just sat comfortably in my chair enjoying the show and waiting for the winners to be called out.

How surprised I was when the winner of the Toddler books category was announced. It was ‘The Greedy Goat’!   DOQ_L6hXcAAVUdv-1

 

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The whole event was very well organised and it was nice to meet so many children and people who love and are dedicated to picture books.

The award itself is rather special, since it is decided by the votes of children.  ’Nibbles the Book Monster’ was announced as the overall winner! Congratulations!

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After the ceremony, there was still enough time for the authors and illustrators to visit some of the local schools. I did lots of drawings and reading. We had fun and it was a nice day in Sheffield.

Thank you to everybody involved in organising such a great event!

One more announcement;  ’A First Book of Animals’ was recently published in America. A First Book of AnimalsThe book has a different cover and also a different title. It’s called ‘Song of the Wild’.

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We have already got a couple of nice reviews. One in New York Times and another in Kirkus Review. How exciting!

 

 

 

Buddy is a dog

1For the last couple of months I’ve been working on a book, which was commission by the China Children’s Press and Publication Group. The book is called “Runaway Buddy”.

Buddy is a dog.

I like sketching and drawing dogs, but I have never written a book about a dog myself. I don’t know why. Perhaps I consider it to be a bit difficult. There are so many dog owners and I know that almost everyone of them has an idea and ambition to write a story about a dog. I know that, because I’m often asked to illustrate it.

Some of the stories are better than others and I’m aware of the fact, that the stake is too high. I have to wait for a very good idea of my own. Until then, I’ll be illustrating “dog stories” by somebody else.

7In this book Buddy leaves his house in search of something better to eat.

12 copyBuddy walks and sees a lot before he realises that he is missing his home, but finding the way back is not as easy as it seems.

I still have lots of work to do, but I’m enjoying it. Drawing dogs is fun!

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The Gready Goat

Next week I’m going to Sheffield. One of my books “The Greedy Goat” is shortlisted for the “Sheffield Children’s Book Award” and a week later “A First Book of Animals” is nominated for “Information Book Award 2017″ by School Library Association! How exciting!

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I’m looking forward to meeting up with people who like books!

Talking about people who like books. This photo came to me all the way from the Czech Republic.

Children from the pretty town Vsetín, together with their librarian Mrs Kindlová made this picture. It’s completly filled up with characters from my books.

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Being Back

IMG_6552It was that time of the year. I went to the Czech Republic to do some work and hopefully to bring back a new book.

For two weeks this amazing place turned into my studio. I was walking in the woods, picking mushrooms, painting and trying to write new ideas for new stories.IMG_7185

It always takes some time to settle down and make ideas to come to me..

I relax by painting outsideoctober 2017

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or in the woods.

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Unfortunately writing new stuff wasn’t easy. Having writers block could be frustrating, but not if you are surrounded by so much beauty.

I rewrote some old ideas and I did a couple of pictures just for fun, hoping that something will come into my head.

Here are some of them.

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What is going on between the cat and the bird? Unfortunately I don’t know.

Then I sketched this rather strange looking cat. I was convinced I’m drawing an ocelot, but since I had no internet access I couldn’t be quite sure…IMG_7189

 

O.k the cat looks nothing like an ocelot, but I still like it.

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This is the last picture I did at the cottage. The zebra is illustrating well how I felt whilst I was in the countryside on my own.

It was like a nice dream.

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Oh, one more picture. This horse was a present from Vitek Kadlec who is 6 years old. I love it.

Thank you!Vit-Kadlec-6let