My book, The Grimstones Collection, is coming out on 24 June. It’s a bind-up edition containing all four Grimstone stories in a single book. It’s the diary of Martha Grimstone, complete with gorgeous photos of her family and home (miniature puppets and furniture that I made myself from upcycled junk), drawings and collage, and is perfect for young readers aged 7 to 13.
When I wrote the book, I made sure not to ‘dumb it down’ for young readers, and lots of adults have told me how much they enjoy reading the books to their kids. It’s great as a vocabulary-expander and I’ve been told many times that my books have transformed children from non-readers into enthusastic readers. The Grimstones won the Speech Pathologist’s book of the year 2013 and was also awarded Australian Book Design of the year 2013.
With The Grimstones, I like to inspire kids to get making – and I’ve a huge album of photos of things kids have made after reading The Grimstones. Some have made dolls based on the characters, and fabulous dress ups, others have made miniature worlds out of cardboard, and written spellbooks and even short novels inspired by the book.
I’ve got the advance copy in my hands and it’s a sumptuous feast of images that I’m in love with, and a story I adore. If you’d like to pre-order your copy, pop over to my Etsy shop. I’ll send it to you just before publication date so hopefully you’ll have it a day or two before the book stores stock it.
Pre-order it in my Etsy shop