Well, I certainly picked the right time to start this blog - everything is happening at once! I have just received the advance copy of my brand new picture book The ABC of Nursery Rhymes, published by Chicken House.
It's always very exciting when the very first copy arrives in the post. This book is a little different to usual though, as the illustrations have been published before, in 2002, in a very different format. The Children's Book of Alphabets brought together the work of four different illustrators, four books in one really. We each illustrated the alphabet in a different way. As you can see, mine used nursery rhymes as a theme. There is a traditional rhyme beginning with each letter of the alphabet in turn. Great fun to do and a bit different for me, as there are more people in it than usual (as opposed to animals).
The editor at Chicken House was really pleased, and she said that she would like to turn my section into a stand-alone picture book. It's been such a long time, I thought she had changed her mind, but here it is!
If you would like to see some of the illustrations from the book, take a look at my website http://www.lynnechapman.co.uk/. For the moment they are only listed under the original anthology title, but the pictures are the same.