After seven horrible attempts on the moon, Cow finally nailed it and has soared higher than we ever imagined possible. Catapulted by Laura Wood’s gorgeous, funny illustrations, we’ve won equal second prize (Honour Book) in the Early Childhood category of the 2016 CBCA Book of the Year awards.
Congrats to Anna Walker and ‘Mr Huff’ who won the Book of the Year in our category.
Cow is my eighth picture book, and Cow herself had eight attempts on the moon, and it all seems quite poetically symmetrical, so much so that I have to sometimes remind myself that I’m not a Cow and can’t really jump very high any more, thanks to arthritic ankles from playing too much footy.
I’ve dedicated Cow to my third child, Jack, 5, who has cerebral palsy, and whose persistence and perseverance far outreaches Cow’s. He’s been ecstatic and says, ‘did we win? did our book win?’ I’ve said yes, and haven’t complicated the story with details about actually coming second. Who knows, maybe a rhinoceros cleared the moon three hours before the Cow? Who’s got a head for this sort of detail? We won something, that’s what’s being conveyed here.
There’s been further good news regarding the title. The Patch Theatre Company will produce a show in 2017 called ‘Yo Diddle Diddle’, which will be hip hop infused physical theatre show, using my rhythm and rhyme. It has a three week season in Adelaide, then a rural South Australian tour, and then a national tour. Arts promoters can book Yo Diddle Diddle here.
Because Cow was on the CBCA shortlist, I’ve received some wonderful little gifts over the last couple of weeks. These have included a school bound new illustrated version made by Grade 1s, magic clay cows, teachers who have sung jazz versions of Cow, students who have sung nursery versions, new sketches of Cow, librarians who have dressed up … it’s all been quite wonderful.
Here are some of the highlights:
This is Leilani, from Avoca Beach PS, used with permission.
Thank you, Joseph, Grade 3, Camberwell Grammar, you little genius.
Auburn North PS, ‘Supercow!’
University lecturer Kylie Meyer has made a great teachers resource that you can check out here.
I’ve completed and Laura is working on another nursery rhyme backstory, Hickory Dickory … , which will be published by Scholastic in 2017 or 2018.
You can purchase Cow here.