My new picture book took 7 years to make

My new picture book Stellarphant is out in November this year. I’ve been working on it since 2014, so it’s been 7 years in the making.

That might not seem like much compared to Jurassic Park‘s ’65 million years in the making’. But it’s still a lot … but I digress.

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I drew the first sketch for what would become Stellarphant on a whim in June 2014. I was sitting with my illustrator buddies in a cottage on Rottnest Island for our annual SCBWI WA Retreat, when I started sketching an elephant and a penguin in spacesuits. No reason why – it just came out on the page. I added some colour and there was the beginnings of a story. The image stayed with me, and I started trying to write something to go with it.

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Events for July

NB: Western Australia enters a four day lockdown from 12.01am Tuesday 29 June. Some of the events below may be rescheduled. I’ll update the details as I have them.

James

It’s a super-busy month ahead, featuring a 10th birthday celebration for my first book on July 10!

The Last Viking is 10 years old (already!), so we’re having a Viking Crafternoon to celebrate.

Full details on that and more below.

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Stellarphant headed to the US in 2022

The flag of the USA flutters on a flagpole on the surface of the moon. A copy of Stellarphant sits next to it.

Fantastic news – Stellarphant is headed to the USA!

It’s the first time any of my books have been published over there, so I’m very excited.

Kane Miller Books will release Stellarphant in the US in early 2022.

Stellarphant will be available in Australia from Nov 2021. Aussies can pre-order it here.

Watch the instant replay of my online book launch!

Hello readers! I’m struggling to find the right words for this post; it’s been a very big week in a very big month in a very crazy year and I’m barely keeping my eyes open. I’m sure many parents feel the same at the end of CBCA Book Week. As a complete sucker for punishment, on top of all this, I decided to run a livestreamed double book launch this morning. If you missed it, you can check out the recording below.

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There’s Something Weird About Lena is out TODAY!

My new picture book, There’s Something Weird About Lena, is out today!

It’s the follow-up to 2015’s cult-favourite, My Dead Bunny. Prepare yourself for another hilariously creepy picture book (for older readers!).

You can find out more about the book here, and you can order it at the links below.

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Chickensaurus is out TODAY!

My new graphic novel, Chickensaurus, is out today!

I hope you enjoy the story; I worked really hard on this one and I think it’s my best yet! And special thanks to everyone who pre-ordered a copy, it makes a huge difference.

Here’s a little insight into the process of making the graphic novel; it’s a timelapse of me working on four pages from the final illustrations. It’s about 7 hours work shrunk down into 11 minutes.

You can order Chickensaurus at the links below.

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Two new book trailers

I love making book trailers. It makes the armchair-movie-director in me feel very satisfied!

It’s a great challenge to make a movie that will give readers a sense of what the book is about; it’s also very exciting to find just the right music and sound effects that will bring the story to life.

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