A large box arrived on our doorstep this morning.

And inside? 24 copies of my book! Well… a book I illustrated at the end of last year for the wonderful Klutz company.

I still remember a scene from Romancing the Stone (or was it in Jewel of the Nile?) where Kathleen Turner receives a big box of her latest romance novel, opens it up and then kicks back to celebrate with a glass of wine (at least, this is how I remember it) and I always thought “how cool to open a box of your own book!” and it was as cool as all that. Imagine how much more exciting it would be to open a box of books that you had conceived, written and illustrated… one day…

Here’s the blurb from Klutz:

“Future party planners, pen pals and all purpose keep-in-touchers will love Little Letters, the most adorable kids’ stationary set ever. It’s everything kids need to make, write and deliver their very own cards, notes and invitations. The book itself is a charming introduction to letter writing, charmingly illustrated. But did we stop there? (Do we ever?) We also threw in two full pages of custom-designed stickers, an easy-to-make doorknob mailbox, a portfolio with bonus postcards, and a plastic template that lets kids transform a plain old piece of paper into a personalized envelope. Written by the Editors of Klutz. For ages 4 and up. “

I see you can get it from Amazon. Can you spot the differences between the cover on Amazon and the cover on the actual book (above)? They seem to have an early, rough version up on Amazon.

But even while this is very exciting, I think I am even more excited about Drawn & Quarterly’s release of the Moomin comic strip. I have pre-ordered it and check almost every day for the release… when, when, when?