Apologies for the tardiness of this blog post; I am full of cold. Yuck! I am currently snuggled under a fluffy coat, tippety tapping away at the keyboard. I’m so brave.
Anyway, enough self-pity, *cough*, *sneeze*. Send hot chocolate, quick…
A few weeks ago we were contacted by a friend, who asked us to take a look at his sister’s book. We were nervous. What if we didn’t like it? How do you tell someone who you know that their sister’s book isn’t right for your shop? Thankfully, we didn’t need to have the awkward conversation, because Lizi Jackson‘s debut book, I Don’t Like Cheese, is an absolute joy.
I Don’t Like Cheese is a story about accepting differences in both ourselves and others, and discovering the happiness that comes from enjoying our differences, rather than being ashamed of them. Matty the Mouse has been keeping a sad secret…he is different from the rest of his family. No matter how hard he tries to be the same as his Mum and Dad he just doesn’t seem to fit in. Will Matty realise that being different is what makes him so special?
Ryan Fairbanks’ illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to this endearing tale. Matty himself is by far the cutest mouse I have ever seen! Also, each spread separates the text from the illustrations, making the book far easier to access for dyslexic readers.
On Saturday 19th November, we hosted a jam-packed launch party for Lizi. There was cheese, stickers, colouring sheets and several readings from Lizi – the shop was full to the brim, with visitors filling every nook and cranny for two hours of celebration.
We can’t wait for the next instalment.