Summer is approaching. Apparently. Yesterday it felt closer than it does today, but that’s always the case in Melbourne, where I live. Variety. That’s what Melbournians love. Which is fortunate, because that’s what our weather offers.


This week, I received my author copies of ‘The Puffin Book of Summer Stories’. It’s a compilation of 8 picture books, including my story with Tom Jellett,  ‘Seadog’. The other stories in this collection are: ‘Summer’ by June Factor and Alison Lester; Grandpa and Thomas by Pamela Allen; My Hippopotamus is on Our Caravan Roof Getting Sunburnt by Hazel Edwards and Deborah Niland; Eve and Elly by Mike Dumbleton and Laura Wood; Castles by Allan Baillie and Caroline Magerl; There’s a Sea in My Bedroom by Margaret Wild and Jane Tanner; and Max by Marc Martin.

While I was familiar with some of these stories, there were others new to me. Very happy to be keeping company with them all!