Picture Book Release: Bright Blue Balloon

So excited to let you all know that my first picture book, Bright Blue Balloon, is now available in paperback on Amazon.
It is also available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.

Paperback

Kindle

Owen and Carson win something special at the carnival…

A bright blue balloon. “It floats on its own and has a long string.
Oh, what a wonderful thing to win!” They have so much fun with their bright blue balloon until it accidentally floats away. Little do they know they will see it again in an unexpected place. In order to save it they make something using materials from the recycling box.

Join Owen and Carson on a great adventure and bring the bright blue balloon home.


Bright Blue Balloon is a picture book aimed at young children (but can be enjoyed by all ages). It has rhyming text and brightly coloured illustrations.

Book Release: Edinburgh City Festivity

Edinburgh is a fascinating place. It’s history and creativity accompany journeys along its cobbled streets, and with every step I can’t help but feel inspired.

It’s is here in this city where I have rediscovered my passion for writing and art. .

Over the past year I have come to understand the age old saying “You can do anything you put your mind to”.

Last year I wrote three children’s stories inspired by my boys. Deep down I knew they needed to be illustrated. At first I didn’t believe it could be done but slowly over time I started to believe that maybe it could.

Many, many late nights later I am so excited to say that if you believe in yourself you can!!!

Even if the deadline you gave yourself for the beginning of December turns into the end of December and even if you end up staying up too late. You can!

My latest book was inspired by the Edinburgh Christmas Markets and the joy it brings.

Edinburgh City Festivity is available exclusively on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited. It will be on promotion tomorrow for FREE download.

A Wonderful Thing to Win and Hoo at the Zoo are also available exclusively on Amazon.

As you enjoy the rest of the holiday season remember “You can do anything you put your mind to”.

Happy page turning x

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©️Lisa Moralee McLardy

“Prepare, if you dare”

Happy Halloween everyone! I had to take the time to share one of our favourite Halloween books, A Halloween Scare in Washington, D.C. (Prepare If You Dare) written by Eric James and illustrated by Marina Le Ray.

“Prepare, if you dare, for a night full of thrills, when Washington, D.C. gave everyone thrills.”

This such a fun read to be enjoyed by all ages. It has everything spooky with fantastic illustrations. The boys just love reading it over and over and pointing at the pictures.

We recommend giving this book a read.

Title: A Halloween Scare in Washington, D.C. (Prepare If You Dare)

Author: Eric James

Illustrator: Marina Le Ray

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (2015)

Happy page turning x

This Halloween (and next Halloween)

Meg and Mog by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski is one of our favourite Halloween books. It was given to the boys at a Halloween party last year and it has been enjoyed many times since.

Meg the witch is getting ready for the spell party. After putting on her black stockings, shoes, cloak and hat she makes an interesting breakfast using 3 eggs, bread, cocoa, a kipper, milk and jam.

“She put it all in her cauldron and stirred it up

There was plenty of breakfast for everyone”

Meg then flies up the chimney with Mog and joins her friends for the spell party. They each add something to the cauldron and chant the spell.

“Frog in a big

Bat in a hat

Snap crackle pop

And fancy that”

A flash and a bang later the spell is complete but it didn’t go according to plan. Meg will have to try again “next Hallowe’en”.

This fun Halloween story is complemented by bold and colourful illustrations.

We recommend reading Meg and Mog this Halloween (and next Halloween)!

Title: Meg and Mog

Author: Helen Nicoll

Illustrator: Jan Pienkowski

Publisher: Penguin

Happy page turning x

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy 2018

The start of Halloween fun

One of my favourite things is reading Halloween books with the boys. It’s always an exciting task taking the Halloween themed books out of storage and revisiting the spooky tales and characters. They get so excited listening to the stories and looking at the pictures over and over.

Throughout the month we will share Halloween themed books that we love. First up is That’s Not My Witch by Fiona Watt and illustrated by Rachel Wells. This Usborne “touchy-feely” book follows a variety of friendly witches.

“that’s not my witch. Her skirt is too soft.”

Each pages has a bright illustration, Halloween themed colours and a different textured patch. As with all the Usborne “touchy-feely” books the kids enjoyed feeling the different textures throughout the book.

This short and sweet book has been enjoyed many times already. We recommend giving That’s Not My Witch a read.

Title: That’s Not My Witch

Author: Fiona Watt

Illustrator: Rachel Wells

Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd 2017

Happy page turning x

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy

Hold on to your balloon…

It’s rather windy here today. Strangely warm though! Make sure you hold on tight to your balloon. Don’t let it float away…

This is an illustration from A Wonderful Thing to Win. Where the bright blue balloon does float away but is discovered in an unexpected place. Owen and Carson make a rocket in order to bring it home. They use materials found in the recycling box. An adventure follows as they soar up, up, up to retrieve their bright blue balloon.

“If the balloon floats up, up, up until they can’t see it anymore

They’ll soar up, up, up until they bring it home once more”

Happy page turning x

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy

Starting the illustration process…

I have recently published my first picture book entitled A Wonderful Thing to Win. The whole process was exciting and challenging. It felt like everyday I had butterflies in my stomach.

Once the story was written I realised very quickly that a children’s story needs illustrations. When I first challenged myself to illustrate the book I had a very definite starting point – to draw or design Owen and Carson.

This week I have been looking through some of the first illustrations and designs. I used graph paper and pencil to play around with shapes and styles, and boy were there a lot of them!

Here are a few below.

I think Carson got a hold of my pencil and made his own contribution to this drawing

Carson took my pencil and made his own contribution to this drawing.

It was a great feeling to finally settle on a design/ style for Owen & Carson’s Bright Blue Balloon. At this point it felt like the journey had finally begun.

Hope everyone is having a good week!

Happy page turning x

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy

The best recipe ever!

A Recipe for Playtime by Peter Bentley & Sarah Massini
A Recipe for Playtime by Peter Bentley & Sarah Massini

Just had to take some time to talk about this beautifully illustrated book: A Recipe for Playtime by Peter Bentley & Sarah Massini. We discovered it on a recent library trip and it’s been a big hit, particularly for Carson (and me).

The story is written like a recipe but is about all the fun things to do at playtime, like paint, play hide-and-seek and much more.

“Take a box of coloured blocks. Lift up lid. Tip up box. See them rising… add one more… See them TUMBLE to the floor.”

After all the fun it’s time to snuggle with a good book and have a nap.

“Softly, softly, creep away. Soon we’ll be back to play.”

I love how the story is written like you are following a recipe. The colourful illustrations and rhyming text adds to the enjoyment of the book.

We recommend following this recipe, the best recipe ever!

Author: Peter Bentley

Illustrator: Sarah Massini

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books 2017

Happy page turning x

©️ Lisa Moralee McLardy 2018