Friday, 30 January 2015

15 Things Not to do with a Baby - Launch at Seven Stories

Celebrating with my 7 year old niece, May.
May checking out the entrance display at Seven Stories.
Had the most amazing evening of my life last night at Seven Stories, National Centre for Children's Books for the launch celebration of my first picture book, '15 Things NOT to do with a Baby', written by award winning author, Margi McAllister. It was a overwhelming turn out by many of our family, friends and supporters.

I would like to thank Margi McAllister for writing a dream of a text, full of fun and silliness! Thank you to Janetta Otter-Barry and Frances Lincoln Children's Books for believing in the book, trusting in me as a new illustrator and making it a reality. Thank you to Andrew Watson from Frances Lincoln, for being a fabulously talented designer to work with.

Thank you to Elizabeth Hammill and Seven Stories for their ongoing support of me as an illustrator and friend. 

A combined thank you to Nicky Potter and the Seven Stories team for organising such an amazing launch celebration. It was completely magical night.

A very special thank you to my agent Kathryn Ross and partner in crime Lindsey Fraser for simply being the best!!

Lastly, I would like to thank those family, friends and supporters who couldn't join us on this special evening!

As an added note, I am happy to share that I have been announced as Books For Keeps 'New Talent' this month. You can read their fabulous review of the book here...

We have also been announced as one of the Book Trust's 'Books we like: February 2015'.

Other reviews of the book:

Book Trust

Mirrors Windows Doors

Parents in Touch

Red Reading Hub

The Bookbag

Books In My House


  1. So delighted to have worked with Holly on this book! And as far as I know, since it came out no child has tried to send her brother up in a hot air balloon or hand him over to an octopus. A great achievement

    1. Thank you very much Margi. Had a brilliant bight celebrating together! Thanks again for writing a brilliantly fun text! It was a dream to illustrate!! x x

  2. It's a gorgeous book and it's lovely to see photos from the launch - I'm sorry I couldn't be there!

    1. Thank you Marjorie and thanks for the beautiful review. We have been totally overwhelmed by the responses to the book. Sure I'll get to meet you at the next one!

  3. This blog post and the fantastic reviews of the book were a pleasure to read, you star! Beautiful illustrations, as always. I can't wait to see what you do next!! x