Happy New Year, readers!

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It’s 2019 and we have a whopper year coming up here at Swapna Haddow HQ.

Look out for Little Rabbit’s Big Surprise, illustrated by Alison Friend and published by Little Tiger Press, hopping onto bookshelves from February 7th. I’m so proud to announce that the book has also sold to Poland, Russia and USA.

Next up is Dave Pigeon (Royal Coo!), illustrated by Sheena Dempsey and published by Faber & Faber, flying into bookshops and libraries on March 7th, in time for World Book Day UK. This is our shiniest one yet!

And I’m so chuffed to let you know I have something rather special planned for Alice’s Day to celebrate over 150 years of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland but more on that soon!

The Books of My Childhood: an essay for The Sapling

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I’m so proud to have written a piece for The Sapling, a brilliant online zine which focuses on conversations about children’s books for those who love children’s books. My essay started as a piece about funny books but took a different direction as I looked at the books that shaped me as a writer.

Do have a read of Swapna Haddow: The Books of My Childhood and bookmark The Sapling to keep your finger on the pulse of children’s publishing here in New Zealand.

Little Rabbit’s Big Surprise copies in the warren!

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I’ve just been sent early copies of Little Rabbit’s Big Surprise, illustrated by Alison Friend, published by Stripes and they are utterly gorgeous.

The hard copies are to die for and Alison’s work is divine. I’m chuffed to bits to see this story in the flesh and so proud that Team Stripes trusted me with their Little Rabbit. It’s a complete departure from the chaos of Dave Pigeon’s world and was a dream project to work on.

The book is out in February 2019 and I can’t wait to hear what you all think. In the meantime, enjoy these lush pics:

Dave Pigeon roosting on shelves in New Zealand

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Dave Pigeon’s been making himself right at home here in Christchurch. So far, he’s joined the library shelves…

Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre library

… He was spotted at a local bookshop by brilliant school librarian, Zac

PaperPlus in Hornby

… And pigeontastic children’s book blogger Bob Docherty has given Dave Pigeon two dazzling reviews!

I think Dave is loving the Kiwi life.