|Pickled Pepper Books in Crouch End, North London|
We put up bespoke bunting, balloons, and baskets of goody bags along with an exhibition of original artwork and prints from the book.
|Goody bags full of badges, bookmarks, lollipops and stickers|
|The Princess Daisy exhibition featuring original artwork and prints|
The evening was a great success and it was lovely to see friends, family, work colleagues and fellow authors and illustrators all having a lovely time.
|Kate Wilson and myself mid speeches|
My wonderful niece Hannah who I based the character Princess Daisy on was on hand to help me sign the books:
|Hannah on spelling duty!|
Then two days later on Saturday morning it was time for the premier children's event for Princess Daisy!
It was another shop full! This time filled with lots of children keen to hear the story and to join in with some dragon drawing and crown/tiara making which they really got stuck into:
|Settling in ready for storytelling and dragon drawing|
Some Shifty McGifty fans travelled afar too to hear the first book reading and to meet the beautiful, especially hand-made baby dragon!
|Big Shifty & Sam fan Amelia, now a big Dragon fan!|
|Sienna and Monet making a Dragon sandwich!|
|A wonderful supporter of my work, Jo Byatt|
A big thank you to Pickled Pepper Books and all the parents and children who came along on Saturday.
It's been a wonderful start for the book and I have had lots of tweets and photos of Princess Daisy on book store shelves from independent shops to WHSmith and Waterstones:
|Two happy customers in WHSmith|
|Waterstones in Doncaster|
I think my favourite tweet has to be from a lady who's 3 year old was inspired by the story to make their own Playmobil Princess Daisy character riding on her cow - how fab !:
It's so lovely to see that the book has inspired readers already and has captured the imaginations of children around the UK.
I will be updating the blog soon with some exciting activity sheets so keep a look out for more Princess Daisy, the Dragon and those Nincompoop Knights very soon!