Harry, Joe and I have wanted to do something for The Book Bus for a while now, since seeing Quentin Blake’s fabulous illustration on a Waterstones book bag. Last week, after I published Calm Like a Stupid Feather – a second collection of Harry and Joe’s quotes – I realised that would be the perfect way to raise some funds (yes, it would have been better if I’d thought of this before I published, but you can’t have everything).
So we will be donating all proceeds from Calm Like a Stupid Feather (currently £1.84) and As Delightful As a Carrot (currently a bargainous 77p) to The Book Bus.
One in six adults around the world have come through childhood unable to read and write, a situation mainly due to lack of books and opportunity to read. In response to this shocking situation, the Book Bus was founded by publisher Tom Maschler with the aim of supplying books and making them accessible to children. In 2008 the Book Bus began delivering books to schools in Zambia and working with children to inspire them to read. They have since opened reading schemes in Zambia, Malawi, Ecuador and India where over 5,000 children now have books that are relevant and accessible.
The Book Bus is a charity funded entirely through voluntary donations. They are raising funds for books, classroom resources and their magnificent Book Bus fleet.
So… this happened
At one point late last night, As Delightful As a Carrot was No.3 in Parenting, No. 10 in Raising Children, and No. 39 in Humour. It almost made it into the Top 1000 for Kindle (I think it was 1028). When I told Harry and Joe we were nearing the Top 1000 of Kindle books overall they laughed. “Top 1000? That’s LOADS!” But there are 2,310,395 books in the Kindle store so Top 1000 sounds pretty good to me.
It was just so exciting to keep checking back and watching it climb the charts. (This morning, I’ve got a slightly wonky wrist from all the clicking.)
But charts aside, I was so touched by everyone who shared the book on Facebook, tweeted about it, told me how much they were enjoying it, reviewed it (there are some lovely – and funny – reviews on there) and, of course, bought it. Thank you. You’re ace.
Told Harry off for being cheeky and he said, “Don’t worry. Tomorrow I will be as delightful as a carrot!”
Over the past few years, lots of people have told me I should publish a book of all the funny (and mad) things my two boys say. Well I’ve only gone and done it. (So if you said it, but didn’t really mean it, you’ll be looking a bit shifty right now.)
It’s called As Delightful As a Carrot: How My Boys See the World and it’s available from Amazon for the bargain (and a bit odd, thanks to VAT) price of £1.02. (It’s available on lots of international Amazon sites too, not just UK.)
There’s also a blog where you can find more quotes, photos and videos.
I really hope you like it.