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21 March 2009 ·

My Baby Love

A couple of days ago, over a very nice lunch, I had a sneak preview of the most beautiful book: Meredith Costain’s new picture book, called My Baby Love. The text is deceptively simple, rhythmical and enticing – it will be a joy to read aloud. The pictures by a Spanish artist whose name I have unfortunately forgotten, are wonderful: a combination of realism and whimsy (a description which will probably give you the wrong impression entirely). I think my favourite is the baby swinging from its mother’s braids… or maybe the page with the mother’s look of adoration.

I don’t have it in front of me – for some strange reason Meredith wasn’t giving away her first, precious, advance copy – so I can’t describe it better than that. It’s out in April, so you’ll simply have to wait till then and see it yourself.

The only other thing I’ll say is: I wish I’d written it! Congratulations, Meredith. This is a wonderful book.

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Wendy Orr is a Canadian-born Australian writer. Her books for children and adults have been published in 27 countries and won awards around the world. Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea have also become feature films, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Nim’s Island) and Bindi Irwin (Return to Nim’s Island.) Her latest book is Cuckoo’s Flight, a companion to the highly acclaimed Bronze Age novels Dragonfly Song and Swallow’s Dance. Read full bio