Friday 15 January 2016

The Perfect Picnic by Ciara Flood!

Almost exactly this time last year I was thrililled to have Those Pesky Rabbits by Ciara Flood in my greedy book sniffing paws, It was a triumph of a picture book and the last I had the pleasure of working with Libby Hamilton at Templar Publishing on. To celebrate Ciara designed a FABULOUS 'How to Draw a Pesky Rabbit' guide for us, you can see that here! ! We had some fantastic entries in our competition, and I was beyond thrilled to see so many Pesky Rabbits popping up on my Twitter feed. 

Well it's time to celebrate and get the bunting out once again as this February sees the publication of Ciara's second book 'The Perfect Picnic' 

Pre Order NOW  £6.99 PB - Published by Templar Publishing 

Squirrel and Mole make the most delightful pairing, chalk and cheese they muddle along together best of friends and planning the perfect picnic together is just the ticket for a grand day out. Alas best laid plans result in near disaster as one by one the delicious picnic treats get lost along the way and they can't agree on the perfect picnic spot. Will the animals they meet along the way be able to save the day? and will Squirrel and Mole ever agree on whether to put butter in the sandwiches or not? You'll have to read to find out.  

Illustrated with unimaginable skill, the creatures in this book are simply brimming with life, each expression created with such thought and insight you will be completely charmed. The delicious textural pencil lines give you the feeling of having a sneak peek inside a magical hand drawn sketch book and the warm buttery colour pallet casts my mind back to basking under a tree on a balmy summers day.  

Ciara has created a book written with such a wonderful subtle humour children will be pleading to hear this story over and over again, not least to catch another delicious glimpse at that most magnificent  strawberry cake I have seen in a picture book for many years! 

Bravo Ciara, let's see what next year brings! 


Psssst - You might like to make a delicious Honey Cake for your picnic, here's how! 

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