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About the Author
Lana Spasevski is a children's author who writes stories that tap into the innately curious world of children. She has a degree in Laws and Commerce and was previously a Senior Paralegal, a Branding Manager and a Marketing Manager with large firms including Nestle and Kimberley-Clark. She now writes for children from her book-filled home where she lives with her husband, her two book butterflies and a rescue kitten called Marbles. Lana's debut picture book Max's Dinosaur Feet (2019), illustrated by Penelope Pratley and published by New Frontier Publishing, was inspired by the beautiful chaos of life with a young family. Her writing has achieved recognition in competitions such as Creative Kids Tales, Greenleaf Press and CYA, and was long-listed in the 2018 Children's Book Council of Australia Charlotte Waring Barton Award as part of the Aspiring Writers Mentorship Award.
Nicky Johnston is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator. She has several bestselling titles published in Australia and overseas, including At the End of Holyrood Lane, The Fix-It Man, Grandma Forgets, The Incredibly Busy Mind of Bowen Bartholomew Crisp, Saying Goodbye to Barkley, This is My Dad and Upside-Down Friday, all published by EK Books. Nicky's illustration style is often described as whimsical, playful, narrative, emotive and colourful. She loves to work in watercolour, ink, pencils and pastel. As a primary teacher and acclaimed presenter, Nicky's love of books sees her thoroughly enjoy taking illustrator workshops and visiting schools regularly. She is passionate about inspiring young children with a love for reading, writing and drawing, encouraging them to use their imagination and develop their own ideas. Nicky lives by the beach with her husband and four sons.
"For those who can adapt easily to change, it is often difficult to understand the anxiety of those who can't, so as well as supporting the routine-dependent by acknowledging their problem, this gentle story helps the others understand."--The Bottom Shelf
... a beautiful story with cheeky watercolour illustrations ... based around building emotional resilience by facing the 'butterflies in your stomach' Hugo learns that even though sometimes things are different and a little bit scary, once you try, somehow everything comes out right side up.--Blue Wolf Reviews
As a former teacher and parent, I really appreciated a common childhood anxiety being covered in this cute story about facing fears and building resilience.--Love Four Learning
There are so many parents who will be able to relate to this delightful book.--Can You Tell Me A Story
a wonderful book for both parents and teachers to explore adapting to change--Buzz Words
The stunning illustrations by the talented Nicki Johnston make the story float. Her perfect choice of delicate colours and the use of animals as characters, adorn the pages with expressive images, whether upside-down or right-side-up.--Kids' Book Review
This is a clever book about how school timetables are all over the place on Fridays and how this can be hard for little ones who like routine.--Creative Day
This newcomer from EK Books is SO totally relatable; who among us hasn't felt a touch of anxiety or angst when we're knocked out of our rituals or routines?--Barbara Gruener, Corner on Character
The characters are likeable with Hugo's emotions being relatable to young listeners alongside the illustrations, which together will support children's understanding of their emotions and some strategies in coping with change.--Swings and Roundabouts magazine (ECC)