After months of silence, we can now reveal that we – Philip Ardagh and Elissa Elwick – are a picture book duo, with a four book deal with the wonderful Walker Books.
We’ve been itching to tell people for a long time, and photographs of us (along with Sarah McIntyre) enjoying lunches at the Fleece Station studio have hinted that something was afoot.
The news was first announced in the special Bologna edition of The Bookseller which we’ll try and give a link to if we have the brains enough between us.*
*In the meantime, here’s the press release:http://www.booktrade.info/index.php/showarticle/58876/tf
The series, called Little Adventurers, is being nurtured at Walker by Deirdre McDermott, Maria Tunney and Jack Noel, and we couldn’t have hoped for a happier home.
This really is a collaborative process with Philip wading in with picture ideas and Elissa crossing out whole paragraphs of substandard text.
To avoid the weird situation of us writing about ourselves in the third person, most future posts will be written by one of us, though that’s not to say the other won’t be shouting “You can’t say that!”
Excited just doesn’t describe it.
ARDAGH & ELWICK