To celebrate, we spoke to the author about the novel and what’s it like seeing it back in print. (Interview cross-posted from the Second Look website)
Ten year old reader Joey Kelly won a review copy of John Heffernan and Kate Durack’s Two Tales of Brothers from Ancient Mesopotamia and in this charming radio interview on ABC New England he reviews the book in a most detailed and lovely way. Really worth listening to.
We’re delighted to reveal the gorgeous cover for our Christmas title, A Toy Christmas, which will be released on November 10. That beautiful cover illustration is by Fiona McDonald, design by Beattie Alvarez and David Allan.
Compiled and edited by award-winning author Sophie Masson, this fabulous anthology of new, original seasonal tales, written by some of Australia’s most talented authors, both established and emerging, features the special magic of toys at Christmas. Illustrated in full colour, this is the perfect book to snuggle up with in the festive season—and well beyond!
With an introduction by Sophie Masson.
Natalie Jane Prior—Meredith Costain—Michael Grey—Fiona McDonald—Juliet Marillier–Anna Bell–Ian Irvine—Kathy Creamer—George Ivanoff—Goldie Alexander—David Allan—Rebecca Fung—Beattie Alvarez.
Have a look here at what Natalie Jane Prior, has said on her blog about the experience of writing The Dolls’ Nativity, her story for the anthology.
Format: Large Paperback
Page extent: 96 pages, illustrated in full colour
Those fabulous reviews just keep on coming for John Heffernan and Kate Durack’s gorgeous Two Tales of Brothers from Ancient Mesopotamia! The latest is in the new issue(July) of the prestigious children’s literature magazine, Magpies. The review is not available online, but here is a short extract:
Two Tales of Brothers is told with lively, colourful language, and illustrated by Kate Durack in rich, vibrant colours. The beautifully-designed book will appeal to children from mid-primary school to upper secondary.
John Heffernan and Kate Durack’s gorgeous Two Tales of Brothers from Ancient Mesopotamia just keeps collecting those great reviews! The latest is from ReadPlus blog.
Here’s a short extract:
These two stories tell of rivalry and bitterness, of forgiveness and love, of bravery and allegiance. The second story tells of Gilgamesh and Enkidu going out of the city to destroy a huge monster. This marvellous story full of blood and gore will appeal to primary people.
The illustrations are bright and vivacious, reflecting the images found in the temples and carvings left in the Middle East by civilisations of long ago.
You can read the whole thing here.
One of our directors, Sophie Masson was recently interviewed for the ‘Small Publisher Spotlight’ feature in Books+Publishing. Here’s a short extract:
What makes your small press unique?
All our imprints focus on very particular areas—we decided early on we did not want to do a general list, as we felt that otherwise our tiny press might get lost in the great ocean of children’s publishing. Because we’ve done that, we’ve been able to market our books in specific ways and give each imprint a flavour all of its own, which makes it easier to brand our books in the trade and to schools and libraries.
You can read the whole thing here.
And Two Tales of Brothers from Ancient Mesopotamia just keeps collecting those great reviews!
Here’s a short extract from the latest, on The Great Raven blog:
Here is yet another beautiful picture story book from the wonderful Christmas Press. Christmas Press is a fine example of Australian small press publishing, springing up to fill a niche that the large publishing houses have left open. It only does a few books a year, but all of them are carefully and exquisitely produced, retelling folk and fairytales from various countries.
You can read the full review here.