Look Inside: My Book!

I couldn’t be happier. One and a half year ago my favourite publisher phoned, and said: “We want you. You’re going to work with us.” Since then – well, I am a writer and I write. Books for children.

Rok v lese

Sooo interesting … © Aneta Žabková

Sure, I’m not Astrid Lindgren, and I’ve never meant to be. But somehow I write – fiction and especially non-fiction because that’s what we do most of all – non-fiction books for kids.

It’s not easy.

Actually, it’s the most difficult job I’ve ever had.

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How to Be a Wildflower. A Field Guide to Living Life Wild and Free, by Katie Daisy

“You wrote this book for souls like me. Can’t wait to get it.” — Jodie Lee Patterson

“Just ordered, so excited.” — Colleen Trefz

“STUNNING! Awesome, Katie.” — Emma Schonenberg

“Beautiful.” — Emma Whicher

How to Be a Wildflower

How to Be a Wildflower. A Field Guide, by Katie Daisy. Chronicle Books, 2016. Photos: Katie Daisy

This is How to Be a Wildflower, by Katie Daisy, and I purchased it as fast as I could because this beautiful book is “a field guide to living life wild and free”.

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5 + 1 Inspirational Writing Quotes

I love writing. Letters are my life. Oh, what a cliché! Anyway. Here are some rather good writing quotes. Love it. Don’t you just love reading about writing?

Writing

Writing. One of the best things in the world. Photo: Modvive.com

1. WRITE. “The palest ink is better than the best memory.”
– Chinese proverb

2. “Read, read, read.”
– Austin Kleon (Steal Like a Writer)

3. “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time to write.”
– Stephen King

4. “There is nothing like a flair for writing.”
– unknown

5. “Write. Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down.”
– Neil Gaiman (Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing)

And Here Is the Special One

“This Writing business. Pencils and what-not. Over-rated, if you ask me. Silly stuff. Nothing in it.”
— Eeyore

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Happy New Year and See You in 2016

I was just thinking how strange the life is. A year ago I felt like my heart is broken, and couldn’t get through the pain. God, it took so much time!

Are you ready for another step?

Are you ready for another step?

Then I went to the Netherlands, I changed my job, and then I did it again – I changed my job and moved my house. Now, here I am, a 31-year-old editor creating books for kids.

Right here, right now I think it just couldn’t be better, man.

I’m so happy and grateful for people who helped me to make my life happier – my boyfriend M. and parents, in particularly. And it’s pretty gorgeous that some people still read me. Yay! It’s just so perfect! Thank you, Danzel!

Let’s look for new book adventures in 2016 together.

May the Force and Light is with you.

~ Petra

Home Alone: The Classic Illustrated Storybook

You know the story, right? I remember it quite well from my childhood. My daddy always said: “Again THIS movie? No way! We’re going to watch another one!”

Home Alone

However, at Christmas he watched it with me many times, and so far I remember, he had much more fun than me at last! Nice movie, nice memories. Sigh. It’s great to see the story in a book now!

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Jip & Janneke in English!

Hello there!

I was quiet for a long time, right? I had many reasons (work, in particular). But now… Let me introduce the Dutch children’s book I’ve already mentioned before.

It’s Jip and Janneke, by Annie M. G. Schmidt and Fiep Westendorp who are “the uncrowned queens of Dutch children’s literature”.

Jip and Janneke

Jip and Janneke, written by Annie M. G. Schmidt, illustrated by Fiep Westendorp.
Original title: Jip en Janneke (deel I: Poppejans gaat varen en andere verhalen). Translated by David Colmer. Amsterdam Antwerpen Em. Querido’s Uitgeverij BV, 2011.

These two Netherlands’ preschoolers, Jip’s dog Weenie and Janneke’s cat Sippy seem to be the most famous characters from Dutch books for children.

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