Thursday 25 April 2024

Playing Together


How we came to publish this one

We have already published Linda Flynn multiple times; we are familiar with her  work and we also know that she works well with us during the editorial process. This  is hardly surprising; she also edits for us.


The title

It is such an apt title; the book shows lots of examples of how children can play together rather than being glued to a screen 24/7.


Some notes about the process

This text was submitted as an author and illustration collaboration. So the book was in effect designed as well. Certainly we proof read the text and then some more time was spent in design making sure the pictures and text work well, that the pictures bleed where they need to and that pages work correctly.

The cover

The cover illustration was of course provided by the illustrator. It is the same as one of the illustrations inside but perhaps because it is bigger and printed on glossy card it is lighter and brighter.  

Some notes about style

As ever with picture books the illustrations tell far more of the story. The text is minimal in any case. Pictures are sometimes several to a page. Sometimes a picture takes up a whole page. There are a few examples of pictures bleeding across two pages but there are no complete double page spreads.      

Who we think the reader is

This book is good for the preschool child who will “read” the text with the aid of a caring adult. Certainly the pictures offer opportunities for conversations be shared between child and adult. The author and illustrator have taken the book into schools where it has been well received and in some circumstances it may be suitable for Key Stage 1. .  

What else

A percentage of the royalties goes to Medical Detection Dogs. This charity trains dogs to detect the odour from disease in the fight against cancer, Parkinsons disease and bacterial infections, as well as training Medical Alert Assistance Dogs.    


Review copies

It’s always great if you can buy the book and give us a review. Just click on the link to be taken to our bookshop. If you would like to review and you are strapped for cash, just get in touch for a free PDF. 

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