So DON’T SPILL THE MILK comes out today. It has both camels and giraffes in it. There’s only one country in the world where you can find both camels and giraffes in the wild occupying the same space – Niger.
I was happy to be launching DON’T SPILL THE MILK at the International School of Ouagadougou because (a) I have very warm memories of visiting ISO eighteen months ago and (b) I wrote the book just across the road from the school, in the SIM guesthouse.
The launch consisted of a few brief anecdotes and a lot of carrying bowls on heads…
“Steady, Penda whispered to herself, gently does it, girl.
Don’t wiggle, don’t wobble, don’t try to rush it, girl.”
“Don’t slip, don’t slide, girl, don’t fall over,
Don’t let a single droplet drop on the sand…”
“Walk tall, walk steady, eyes on the horizon, girl,
Don’t even think about spilling any milk…”
Thanks to Miss Angel for organizing the event, and to all Elementary staff and students at ISO for making the morning so enjoyable.
And, of course, a huge thank you to Christopher Corr, whose mindmeldingly colourful illustrations really make the book come alive.