Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to everyone, and a big thank you to all our supporters for helping to make our launch year such a success! 2014 promises to be a fantastic year for us, with three new titles in the works: Two Selkie Stories from Scotland, retold by Kate Forsyth and illustrated by Fiona McDonald(May); Two Tales of Twins from Ancient Greece and Rome, retold by Ursula Dubosarsky and illustrated by David Allan(September); and a special publication, the Once Upon a Christmas Annual, edited and compiled by Beattie Alvarez, an illustrated collection featuring stories, poems, memoirs, recipes and more from many different authors(November). Meanwhile, our launch title, Two Trickster Tales from Russia, is doing very well, and has garnered great reviews. Just a reminder that the audio book of the same title, beautifully interpreted by the talented crew at Sounds Like Books, is now out, too, and available at www.christmaspressaudio.bandcamp.com
Have a wonderful festive season,
Best wishes from the team at Christmas Press: Sophie, David, Fiona and Beattie.
Those wonderful reviews just keep coming!
Another great review for Two Trickster Tales from Russia, this time from the Gleebooks newsletter online. Following is the full text.
Two Trickster Tales from Russia retold by Sophie Masson (ill) David
This very handsome addition to our folk tale selection is the
first book from new Australian publishing house Christmas Press, the
aim of which is to produce fine picture books of traditional tales
from diverse cultures. The quality of their debut, featuring a simple
retelling of Masha & the Bear and The Rooster with the Golden Crest,
bodes very well for their future, with its superb design. There is
drama and whimsy in the colour and sepia artwork, which is rendered in
classic European style and offset by Russian motifs bordering each
page. In place of endpapers are photographs showing details of an
rustic cottage, taken by Masson on one of her trips to Russia. If you
aren t already familiar with these tales, this is a splendid
introduction. Following soon are character toys to accompany the book,
as well as further collections of folk tales. Next stop, Scotland!’