bookshop display The Mapmaker Chronicles

The week that was: watching from the sidelines

It’s a funny thing, sending a book out into the world. All you can do is give it a kiss, wave it on its way, and watch from the sidelines as it makes its own path. This week The Mapmaker Chronicles: Race To The End Of The World and I have been very busy.

Firstly, the book was nominated in the K-Zone Toy Of The Year Awards in the ‘boy book’ section. I’m pretty sure the boys think that this is the coolest thing that has ever happened.

Then it began appearing in bookshop WINDOWS around the country, such as in this fab display in Your Bookshop.

bookshop display The Mapmaker Chronicles


I love the fact that The Mapmaker Chronicles inspired Kate from Picklebums to create this fabulous craft activity for kids (with free printable!) – the one in the picture below was created by Kate’s son.  And you can even win a copy of the book, so pop over for a look!


I’ve been busy, too, visiting Planning With Kids with this list of 8 Books For Boys Featuring Awesome Girls, and even submitting to a very rare video interview with author Natasha Lester about how I balance writing and motherhood.

Lastly, I’d like to thank everyone who came along to our local library last week to eat cake and do craft and generally have a great old time to launch The Mapmaker Chronicles. How awesome is this cake, made by my friend Carol?

map cake inspired by The Mapmaker Chronicles