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‘The BEST book about a magical self-attaching, pharaoh-choosing beard published by Walker Books Australia this year!’—Linsay Knight, publisher of this book
‘Will we sell a lot of this? Of corpse.’—Leone Hodgson, Head of Sales at Walker Books
‘I loved it.’—Andrew Hansen, author of this book
‘Yeah, same.’—Jessica Roberts, author and illustrator of this book
‘We didn’t know Andrew could write!’—the rest of the Chaser team
The very same. It’s their first book. You may know Andrew from The Chaser, Media Circus, CNNNN, The Chaser’s War on Everything, The Hamster Wheel, this email you’re reading right now and more. Jessica co-wrote and illustrated Bab Sharkey. She grew up surrounded by an odd collection of pets including dogs, quails, chickens, sheep, goats, rabbits and a donkey.
Look. We get it. You’ve made it halfway through this email and you’re screaming at your computer screen saying ‘YES, WALKER BOOKS, THIS BOOK SOUNDS AMAZING BUT CAN I PLEASE JUST READ SOME OF IT NOW?!’ Well do we have good news for you! You can read some of Bab Sharkey and the Animal Mummies: The Weird Beard here.
How about this Q&A?
Q: You co-authored the book. How did you find partnering up in writing, as well as love?
Andrew: When we met, by an astonishing stroke of luck, we found we shared similar tastes. We even laughed at the same things. How often do two people do that? Never! The only sensible thing to do was get married and co-write books.
Jess: So far so good! We would both come up with the story and then write separately so we’re not in each other’s faces the whole time. Then we’ll smoosh together what we’ve come up with and collaborate until we think it’s in pretty good shape.
Q: You have a little girl, aged one. Will this become her favourite book?
J: Our daughter is only one and already very particular about which books she likes. I’ll be nervous when she finally reads our story, which hopefully she’ll love.
A: I’ll make damn sure it does by giving her only this and no other books.
Oddly specific question but yes, it totally does! You can listen to them here.
Yes. It’s out in November this year. It has giant moths in it.
Maybe! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Bab Sharkey giveaway’ in the subject line—the first five people to email will receive an advance copy of the book.
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