Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Clever Milly

Introducing... My first picture book Clever Milly!
Milly is the clever hen of the henhouse, and when Mr. Fox comes a-calling she has a plan to find out what he's up to. Her own survival depends on it!
A few notes about the picture book:
  • It's an original retelling of Mr. Fox, an English folktale.
  • Mr. Fox is a variant of the Bluebeard stories (courtship by a mysterious and possibly dangerous stranger).
  • It is kid-friendly both in text and illustrations!
  • I published two Bluebeard academic books, and now this is "my version" of the story!
  • It is self-published. The Bluebeard fairy tale has fallen out of favor with children's publishers since the early twentieth century. I'm hoping this kid-friendly variant reintroduces it to readers!
  • It is available from but, to keep the book's price as low as possible ($6.50), I haven't used the expanded distribution channels for Europe. To do so, amazon would have required the book to be 50% more expensive again than it is now. I hope it is still readily available to folks not in North America and hope this doesn't inconvenience you too much!


  1. I look forward to reading it. Good for you for deciding to self-publish a book that you are excited about. I think that is great. I think there is way too much stigma attached to self-publishing.

  2. Congratulations! You should let Heidi over at Surlalune know:

  3. Thanks Ali B! It was a considered decision to self-pub this book. I've got 6 others out this year with traditional presses (not picture books though) and so it seemed like good timing!

    Hi Tree of Knowledge and thanks for the congrats. You're right about Heidi--we share a big interest in Bluebeard!

  4. Congratulations!!! So happy for you! xoxo

  5. Thanks GEW! Thanks Ink! It is nice to see it laying around, I must say.