What a beautiful sunny day for Father's Day here in Canberra. After spoiling Dad with wonderful handmade presents and sharing a yummy breakfast, we went to a book launch!
Tania McCartney and Tina Snerling had joined forces again to create the utterly adorable picture book Tottie and Dot. Today Tania launched Tottie and Dot at Dymocks, Canberra Centre and we went along to enjoy the fun.
Up until today I had not shared the book with James and Emily (even though I was very tempted). Knowing that we were going to the book launch I wanted them to hear the story for the first time from the author herself. I wanted it to be a totally new experience for them. I wanted them to be able to connect the story with the person who created it. To help them to understand that there are wonderful people who work very hard to create these books for us to enjoy.
When Emily saw the book today for the first time and she spied the adorable Tottie and Dot on the front cover, it was love at first sight! "Look Mum, she has pink hair! I have red hair but one day my hair might get pink!" She wouldn't let the book out of her sight!
Then it was storytime! Before Tania could begin, there was a special guest appearance by Dot herself!
Don't you just love those glasses?
James loves book launches, especially Tania's ones. We have attended a few of Tania's launches now and she always does such an amazing job. Not only is the story engaging and fun, she always takes time to chat with the children. Then there's the fabulous decorations and the super fun activities too!
The kids were very excited about the marshmallows they got to take home to make their own Marshmallow Tea, which also included a recipe card for how to make it. I may need to get some more marshmallows to actually make the tea, because ours didn't quite make it home.
And there was even a lemon drop tree, just like the one Dot planted in her yard!
The children also got to make their own butterfly strings.
Butterflies and glue, made for one very happy little girl. She would have been happy to stay here all day making butterfly strings. When we got home she decided to hang her string up on her dolls house, which has now become Dot's house!
There were also word searches and colouring in to keep the kids happily occupied. The word search was definitely more James' style. You can find copies of the colouring in and other fun stuff on the Tottie and Dot website.
Thank you for signing our book Tania! What a wonderful way to spend the morning, surrounded by books and book loving people!
How could I resist sharing a photo of this adorable little cat with his umbrella. Too cute for words.
You can see more photos from the book launch over on Tania's blog and you can read a variety of reviews from today's Book Blast.
Author: Tania McCartney
Illustrator: Tina Snerling
Publisher: Exisle Publishing under the EK Books imprint
Publication Date: September 2014
You might also like to see the other book launch we attended last year for Tania McCartney's Riley and the Jumpy Kangaroo: