I was really delighted that The Fierce Little Woman and The Wicked Pirate was shortlisted for the LIANZA Russell Clark Award, especially since many of the past winners are New Zealand illustrators whose work I really enjoyed and admired when I was just a little beansprout, such as Gavin Bishop, Pamela Allen, Lynley Dodd, and Robyn Kahukiwa. The awards will be announced on the 8th of August, when I'll still be in America, so I can't go and join in the celebrations. But I thought I might have a little celebration of my own by posting my favourite pictures from the book here, because some of them turned out OK. I must say a big thank you to Claire, who made the perfect model for the Fierce Little Woman!

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