Random thoughts from an accidental publisher
We were VERY excited to launch Zeki Loves baby Club in Waterstones in Chiswick on Saturday.
Ruth Hearson the illustrator traveled down from Staffordshire and Anna McQuinn came from Slough. The members of the Acton Stripey Top Club were out in force (in their stripes):
We were honoured to have lots of children who'd inspired the story, who'd been photographed as reference and who are stars of the videos that accompany the book (you can watch them and sing along as you read).
Mia attended Baby Club when she was little and now baby sister Alexa is a regular. Vallysia (I hope I'm spelling right) for example, provided lovely images when we needed to work out how Zeki would choose toys from the toy box:
In the time it took to complete the book, baby Teo was born, came along to the club and starred in the video!
Best friends, Sophia and Lola also posed for lots of photos:
They are clearly recognisable in the book...
so it was a thrill to have Sophia come and sing with us at the launch (all grown up now and looking spectacular in her Minnie Mouse outfit)!
We were excited that everyone held their animals and sang 'Old Mac Donald' just like in the book:
Of course it comes naturally to stars - Benjamin is so photogenetic; Rithic loved the camera; Andrei loves to bounce and Eloisa is a natural. Olivia and Harry got in on the act, as did Hannah and Gwyllam, Katerina and Hugo. Lulu and Zeki even showed up - oh no! that was Hanna and Abdi!
Zeki Loves Baby Club is a celebration of songs and rhymes and you can watch the videos alongside and sing along at home. A lovely book for ALL children - because EVERYONE loves a good story!