Dahlia’s Pet Detectives (Dalia si micii detectivi) will be in the spotlight at the end of next week (Thursday 31st May, Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd June) when my new book is launched at Bucuresti’s Bookfest (Romexpo).
If you read Floss the lost puppy, you’ll recognise the village of Fân (Hay) where Dahlia and Chip are neighbours and schoolmates of Thea and Tudor Thimble. A completely new story, but set in the same Transylvanian village, high up in the Carpathian Mountains.
I have a Pinterest board devoted to pictures of cats like Onyx, and crows like Gossip. So you can see what Dahlia’s friends look like as you read their adventures…
I’ll be waiting to meet you on the Booklet Fiction stand on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at midday, ready to sign your copies. Come and say hello!
Read more about Dahlia and her friends here!
That’s the plan… I should be with the Romanian Cultural Institute on 10th April to launch their LBF event at 1pm in the Olympia venue – and again that evening at Waterstones Gower Street. Have a look at the event link here.
But will I make it? I’m waiting to hear from my housesitters, due to arrive in Romania today to look after my animals while I’m away. But there’s no word tonight, and I’m feeling very twitchy…
What happens if they don’t turn up? Do I leave the animals untended, to be fed by neighbours? Do I not go to London? What would you do?
Iulia Benze sent us a wonderful review. Obviously a great dog lover, Iulia sees the book as a way of teaching a vital lesson: why compassion and care for animals is important.
“I believe Floss The Lost Puppy is extremely practical and it should be the beginning of a series which humanizes stray animals, creating heartfelt stories, educating people to be more compassionate towards nature and fellow creatures sharing their environment.
“Overwhelmingly the book brought back memories of animals in distress. I read it on a stormy dark Sunday morning and after that I immediately went out and started searching for homeless dogs to feed and to soothe. I found 5, managed to help 3 – the ones who didn’t run away from me.”
But Iulia also remarked on the emotional journey that the heroine goes through.
“I loved her journey in that magical rural mountainous place: from being afraid of dogs to absolutely loving them. She became a brave little girl, sacrificing her own comfort and selfishness. I think it is a very important lesson to learn: generosity, friendship and conquering your fear. This story contains a deep challenging lesson, making the narration not only for children, but also for adults.”
A review just in from Julie Whyman in York (UK), who read the book Floss the lost puppy to a group of excitable 5-9 yr olds:
“What a wonderful, engaging romp through Transylvania, via England and Wales: it has made us all want to leave a windy and dismal Yorkshire to jump into waist-high snow in the enchanting environs of Hay. You have a brilliant knack of creating believable characters so deftly and sympathetically that you feel as if they could walk off the page and give you a sneaky hug. We all loved it and can’t wait for the sequel!”
Read the whole review, and all the others in so far, here.
Robbie, aged 6, from Galati, loved my new book Floss the lost puppy. This is part of his review:
“I felt most like Thea when she was scared of Floss at first but then started to love him, this has happened to me lots of times too with stray dogs that turn up at our house. I felt really sad and wanted to cry when Floss had to leave… The book was really nice and made me feel happy. I would like to go to the mountains and build a snowman. I think that children of my age and much older children would like it, girls and boys. I give it 5 stars but would like to give it 25!”
Floss will be published in November 2017 and launched at the Gaudeamus book fair in Bucharest (23-26 November). Watch this space for news of exact day and time.
Come and say hello, get your book signed, and if you’re lucky, win a prize!
To learn more about Floss, Thea and the Thimbles, have a look at their blog, here.