Today, as Kate was very keen to point out to me, is the Feast of the Epiphany, otherwise known as the twelfth day of Christmas, or the day on which the three kings visited the baby Jesus.
“What are you going to blog about today?” Kate asked me this morning. “Why not write about the Feast of the Epiphany?”
“Don’t be ridiculous,” I told her. “That is far too recherché a subject, and what’s more, there is no way of connecting it to any of our books.”
“Of course there is!” Kate insisted. “Kings? Royalty? Feasts? There’s plenty there.”
And then, as I was mid-way through doing the biggest eye-roll in the world, I remembered that next month we ARE publishing a book with a slightly royal theme (let’s ignore the fact that they weren’t really kings) and hastily beat a retreat.
Which is all a very long-winded way of saying that in February, we’re publishing a VERY exciting new picture book (with kings, princesses, and knights galore): Princess Daisy and the Dragon and the Nincompoop Knights, written and illustrated by none other than Steven Lenton, illustrator of the absolutely brilliant Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam.
We’re immensely proud to be publishing Steven’s first solo picture book – and WHAT a book this is.
When a truly terrifying sound wakes the inhabitants of a fairytale kingdom, it takes clever Princess Daisy to realise that the culprit of this dreadful din is a dragon, but the three knights who answer the king’s call prove to be nothing but NINCOMPOOPS!
But what’s this? Riding a cow and armed with a book rather than a sword, a fourth mystery knight dares to enter the dragon’s den. But who can it be…? Plucky Princess Daisy of course!
This is a FABULOUSLY funny picture book – witty, charming, and brilliantly illustrated – that demonstrates that anyone can be brave.
Fans of fairytales, strong female characters and – of course – those two robber dogs, Shifty and Sam, will absolutely LOVE this book.
Princess Daisy will be in bookshops next month, and you can pre-order it online here. And for the very first look inside the book, sign up to our books newsletter, and we’ll give you an early peek inside before the book hits the shelves.
…And, of course, a very happy Feast of the Epiphany to you all!