Little Dog and the Christmas Wish Book Launch – Block Arcade – 25.10.14

Wonderful author/illustrator Anne Ryan wrote this terrific piece on Saturday’s Little Dog launch, so I am being cheeky this week and borrowing it for posting on my blog. Thank you Anne Ryan!  The photos are also taken by Anne.  She’s a very handy friend to have around at a book launch.

A Melbourne Christmas Wish

The thought of Christmas approaching in October could be rather daunting, but as I made my way into Flinders Street this morning I was filled with excitement and anticipation of the launch of a very special picture book, “Little Dog and the Christmas Wish ” written by Corinne Fenton and illustrated by Robin Cowcher.

At the Block Arcade, I arrived to “hurrying feet and things whizzing by”. There were race goers, buskers, and tourists browsing at the windows. Under the brilliant dome friends and followers gathered more knowingly amid a violinist, bookstand, lemonade, cake, balloons, and of course Harry the westie.

Maryann Ballantyne, Publisher Black Dog Books/ Walker Books (imprint black dog), welcomed the large crowd and introduced the Right Honourable Lord Mayor Robert Doyle to open the launch.

His warm welcome highlighted the importance of picture books in family life and how they can be relevant to every generation. He found himself reflecting on the relevance of his own family books, after recently reading the same family favourite to his youngest son this year, 30 years after reading it to his first child. Mr Doyle made connections to the Melbourne locations in the book such as the Block Arcade and how they hold great stories and memories for many of us. His favourite illustration is of Little Dog running by the steps of Flinders Street Station.

Corinne Fenton responded with beautiful insights into her story and personal experiences with family members of the Block Arcade. Applauded loudly by Harry’s approving bark she thanked all her supporters for attending. Robin Cowcher acknowledged all significant helpers in her journey as illustrator including the models and family supporters.

As passers-by asked questions about who was appearing, they stopped to buy books and have signings by Robin and Corinne.

Scones were served, cake was eaten and books were signed. I had a wonderful morning taking photos of the joy people get from gathering, reading and sharing stories in our great city. As I strolled back through the narrow lanes of Melbourne, I couldn’t help thinking about a very special Christmas wish this year which was firmly tucked under my arm.

Congratulations to all involved on a wonderful launch.

Anne Ryan.
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  1. Sharon Greenaway What a nice review Corinne. So happy it went well for you all.
    October 29, 2014 at 11:20 am · Reply
    • corinne Thank you Sharon.
      November 12, 2014 at 2:12 pm · Reply

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