You Can Launch a Princess

Team Princess: Sarah Mcintyre & Gillian Rogerson (back row, centre)
with their editors and the Scholastic publicists.
It's a been a busy old week (so this is just a quick post) but it started well, with a great party organised by my publishers, Scholastic Children's Books, to celebrate the launch of You Can't Scare a Princess, the new picture book by writer Gillian Rogerson and illustrator Sarah McIntyre.  You Can't Scare a Princess is a sequel to You Can't Eat a Princess, and both books are about the adventures of the pasta-haired Princess Spaghetti: she has a run-in with aliens in the first, and in this new one she encounters a crew of pirates.  That's why there was a pirate-y theme to the goings-on on Monday night, which included a big Pirate Draw-Off - here's my attempt at a Zombie Pirate.

At a time when book sales are slumping it was great to hear how well the two Princess Spaghettis are doing.  They're beautiful books, and despite being about a pink, roller-skating princess they should appeal to little boys as much as little girls (Pirates!  Aliens!).  It was great to meet Gillian, too, along with all sorts of people from the illustration and comics world.  There are many more pictures and details over on Sarah's blog.