(Definitely the Best Dogs of All Time
Illustrations by Molly Dyson
It happened in an all staff meeting in February this year. We were discussing our end of year list when Henry, our publisher, mentioned that he was looking for light-hearted gift books to publish in November for Christmas, and finished by saying ‘So if anyone has any ideas…’
He may have meant that comment to be taken rhetorically, but I took it quite literally.
Dogs are the best. There are, and have been, so many great dogs in this world. I reeled off a list of my favourite dogs from throughout history and suggested that we publish a humorous illustrated gift book about the best dogs of all time and call it (Definitely) The Best Dogs of All Time. I was happy enough just to make the rest of the office laugh, but everyone seemed to be very on board with the idea. I took a couple of nights to write up a proposal and it was jointly commissioned by our Senior Commissioning editor Marika Webb-Pullman and our Art Director Miriam Rosenbloom the following week.
The whole thing was turned around very quickly; I researched and wrote it in about three months at night or on weekends. Miriam Rosenbloom, our art director, suggested approaching Molly Dyson to illustrate it, I already knew Molly and was a huge fan of her work so I was quite thrilled by that happy coincidence and even more so when she said yes. She did such an amazing job working to a very tight schedule and the finished book looks amazing. She has such a unique style, and is fast becoming a highly in-demand designer and illustrator in the music and arts scenes in both Australia and Germany, so I felt very lucky to have her involved.
Our production manager Mick Pilkington described it as ‘shot-gun publishing’ and this seems like an apt description. It was such a fun project to work on and I’m very proud of it.
This is a fun and interesting read, the perfect gift for all dog lovers- however as the English Staffordshire Terrier is not represented on these pages – I have rectified that omission with this image of Bob the Dog – our furbaby and best friend.
A night on the town tonight; we attended the opening night showcase of Laurie Bullied’s floral art celebrated with fine wines and vermouth by Bettenay Wines and Margret River Nougat and a grazing table presented by Gourmet Food Merchant of Cowaramup – what a lovely evening.
Digby and the Duck
Hachette Children’s Books
Lothian Children’s’ Books
A book about determination, discovery and a duck . . . or maybe it’s about nothing at all! From the creator of DANNY BLUE’S REALLY EXCELLENT DREAM.
Digby can’t shake the feeling he’s being spied on, but by who? Curiosity and investigation will pay off – in the most unexpected way!
A wonderfully illustrated, off-beat story that will delight kids, parents and educators.
‘Max Landrak’s first children’s book is a delight . . . bound to bring forth giggles’ BOOKS+PUBLISHING on Max Landrak’s DANNY BLUE’S REALLY EXCELLENT DREAM
What toddler/child does not love a story that involves a pooh hunt? J
Max Landrak you do not realise what you have started…our toddler grandson is obsessed with the hunt and he is very good at it. We live in a semi rural area – lot of birds, ducks, kangaroos and dogs. Our grandson takes great delight in discovering the offending article and standing guard till it is removed. We have the cleanest garden in the west. J J
Art for art’s sake – well for fun actually. What do you think? What should I call it?
Today we took a stroll around the caravan park and stumbled across these interesting displays.