Who are Doodles & Scribbles?! We are Lucy Reynolds and Jenna Herman - great friends from uni (which was aaaages ago now), and now mums living with our respective families on opposite sides of London: Herne Hill & Teddington.
Lucy first came up with the idea for the story while she was walking in her local park. She spotted a parakeet but her husband didn't believe her. Of course the ring-necked parakeet has now become a familiar but very special sight in the UK, and these beautiful birds are popping up all over the place - even as far north as Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Our children are always so excited to find a beautiful green feather, or to hear them chatter on a nearby rooftop or cherry tree.
And so Lucy wrote a series of pretty poems about the parakeets and other special animals that you don't see every day, especially in a bustling metropolis!
Lucy approached Jenna about drawing and designing the book - this was while Jenna was on maternity leave. Little did we know it would turn into such an epic project!
This book has been a career change for us both - and so it's taken two years of learning on-the-job to get the book finished.
As we developed the story and pictures, and toured schools with a beta version of our book, we received more & more positive feedback and encouragement - and realised our book could one day be something people would actually want to buy and keep on their children's bookshelves. So we started approaching bookshops...
Now we've launched our book we are delighted to have sold a lot more books than we had planned, with shops offering to stock and place our book in their window display!
We hope the book continues to be successful and that one day children will have a colourful set of 4 on their bookshelves!
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