Crow and cat get their own book

Dahlia’s Pet Detectives (Dalia si micii detectivi) will be in the spotlight at the end of next week (Thursday 31st May, Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd June) when my new book is launched at Bucuresti’s Bookfest (Romexpo).

It’s my third children’s book published by Booklet Fiction, and the second set in the village of Hay, which looks amazingly like Magura…

If you read Floss the lost puppy, you’ll recognise the village of Fân (Hay) where Dahlia and Chip are neighbours and schoolmates of Thea and Tudor Thimble. A completely new story, but set in the same Transylvanian village, high up in the Carpathian Mountains.

Dalia cover

I have a Pinterest board devoted to pictures of cats like Onyx, and crows like Gossip. So you can see what Dahlia’s friends look like as you read their adventures…

I’ll be waiting to meet you on the Booklet Fiction stand on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at midday, ready to sign your copies. Come and say hello!

Read more about Dahlia and her friends here!

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What’s up, pussycat?

I need a name for my little black cat, please. She was given to me by kind friend Sergiu at the weekend. She’s a copy of the very famous Gayer-Anderson Egyptian cat in the British Museum, dated about 600BC – this copy is about 30cm high, very elegant. As you can see, smaller than ginger George, very curious…

She sits on my desk to inspire me – but what name would you give her?

Update: After lots of suggestions from Facebook friends, with some brilliant names, I’ve decided (with approval from the cat) on Nyx – suggested by Ioana Mera. A Greek goddess, the personification of night, Nyx has all the qualities (many shared with Egyptian cat-goddes Bastet) that I’d look for in a cat who sat on a mat by my computer to guard and inspire me…