That should probably read FANTASTIC news.
'The Pig's Knickers', written by Jonathan Emmett and illustrated by me, won TWO (!) awards at the Sheffield Children's Book Award yesterday.
I did a blog post about this book earlier in the year, you can see it here.
I am in shock, good nice shock, about this wonderful news.
Jonathan Emmett and I won a prize for another book we did together, back in 2004, the first book in the series of mole books, 'Bringing Down The Moon'. It was the Kiekeboekprijs, in Holland, and we were flown over to Amsterdam for three days to go to the awards ceremony, and be interviewed by journalists. The publishers Van Goor accommodated us in a very, very nice hotel in Amsterdam, I had an enormous room, and the visitors book was full of the signatures of famous writers.
I wasn't able to go to the awards ceremony for the Sheffield Children's Book Award, but Jonathan Emmett and my art editor Julie, (who I have worked with on most of my books for Walker Books), did go to the ceremony. Apparently Jonathan wore some great big spotty knickers over his trousers, to receive the award, wonderful!
At the back of the book, is a page showing other books Jonathan has written and I have illustrated.
There's some exciting news for this book too, because it's going to be on CBeebies bedtime hour next week, Friday 9th December.
It is such a sweet, sweet, sweet story, this book, I'd like share it with you, and do a blog post about it next week.
And these books, are they for sale? Yep, they are indeed, perhaps in your local bookshop, or on amazon.
The wonderful thing about the Sheffield Children's Book Award, is that the winning books are chosen by children. Many children from lots of different schools.
There were a lot of children at the awards ceremony, and when Jonathan phoned me this morning to tell me about the Pig's Knickers winning two prizes, he related that when our books title was announced, there was the most enormous roar of cheering from the children, it must have been wonderful to have heard it.
It must have been pretty wonderful and funny to see Jonathan accept the award in a big pair of polka dot knickers.
Cheerio! Vanessa xxx