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Paper Planes  is our sort-of follow up book to  The Snow Lion  which published in the autumn of 2017. Jim’s stories always seem to radiate such warmth and sensitivity and Paper Planes is no exception. I loved it from the first reading.

Paper Planes is our sort-of follow up book to The Snow Lion which published in the autumn of 2017. Jim’s stories always seem to radiate such warmth and sensitivity and Paper Planes is no exception. I loved it from the first reading.

The story revolves around two children, Mia and Ben and their homes by a beautiful, wide lake. They love making paper planes together and it’s their big plan to one day make a plane that can fly all the way across the water.

The story revolves around two children, Mia and Ben and their homes by a beautiful, wide lake. They love making paper planes together and it’s their big plan to one day make a plane that can fly all the way across the water.

Mia and Ben are happy until one day they hear Ben’s family is moving away. It’s a heartbreaking twist in the story and Jim captures perfectly that moment I’m sure we all experienced as children, when certainty and routine is taken away and the World suddenly makes less sense than it did.

Mia and Ben are happy until one day they hear Ben’s family is moving away. It’s a heartbreaking twist in the story and Jim captures perfectly that moment I’m sure we all experienced as children, when certainty and routine is taken away and the World suddenly makes less sense than it did.

I always begin in the sketchbook. This spread stayed pretty true to those original scratchy doodles. That doesn’t happen very often!

I always begin in the sketchbook. This spread stayed pretty true to those original scratchy doodles. That doesn’t happen very often!

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I tried a few different Mias and Bens… Together they filled several sketchbook pages. One day I saw an old flying helmet in an antique shop and knew immediately Ben would love to wear it!

I tried a few different Mias and Bens… Together they filled several sketchbook pages. One day I saw an old flying helmet in an antique shop and knew immediately Ben would love to wear it!

Poor old dog has to take a back seat when Mia is busy

Poor old dog has to take a back seat when Mia is busy

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A sad moment from the middle of the book. However, the story ends on a wonderfully positive note! Through a lot of perseverance and a little imagination Mia and Ben stay close friends. They even find a way to keep making planes together…

A sad moment from the middle of the book. However, the story ends on a wonderfully positive note! Through a lot of perseverance and a little imagination Mia and Ben stay close friends. They even find a way to keep making planes together…

Huge thanks to the whole amazing, wonderful team at Simon and Schuster - especially to Jane and Helen for their infinite patience and picture book wisdom! Love and thanks to my agents Arabella and Freddie for doing the difficult and complicated bits so I don’t have to.

But most importantly, thank you Jim, for introducing us to Mia and Ben.

 

Paper Planes is available in the United Kingdom now!  You can order it from places like Amazon.

 

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