HOORAY SPRING HAS SPRUNG / by Tim Hopgood

So this is it, the first blog post from my newly refurbished online home. I must admit I feel a little sad to leave the old blog behind, but it makes sense to have everything here in one place. And there's plenty to look forward to, with 3 new books publishing in 2014. If you've not previously dipped in and out of my blog before, welcome aboard and if you were a regular follower I thank you for your support.

Spring has finally sprung here in York, the daffodils are out and so is my new board book Hooray For Hoppy! Following on from my other two concept books, WOW! Said The Owl, a first book of colours and TIP TAP Went The Crab, a first book of counting, it's a book that encourages young children to spot the first signs of spring through use of the five main senses.

Readers join Hoppy as he hops down the hill in search of spring. The colour palette is suitably spring-like: I was inspired by the pretty boxes of macaroons Bettys teashop sells here in York. A paperback edition will be published in spring 2015. A US hardback edition is also planned for 2015. Hooray!