Living with Mum and Living with Dad: My Two Homes by Melanie Walsh


Living with Mum and Living with Dad: My Two Homes by Melanie Walsh

Mum and Dad don't live together any more, so sometimes this little girl lives with her mum and her cat, and sometimes she lives with her dad. She has two bedrooms and two sets of toys, but she takes her favourite toys with her wherever she goes. This simple, warm, lift-the-flap book with bold and colourful illustrations is a reassuring representation of separation for the youngest children. Melanie Walsh is sympathetically alive to the changes in routine that are familiar to many children who live with separate parents and are loved by both.


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About the Author

Melanie Walsh

As a child: I was born at home in Bushey Heath. As a child I used to spend a lot of time 'making things'. Sometimes when I was very little my mum would go into the kitchen only to find the contents of cereal packets poured into various bowls around the room as I had decided that I needed them for one of my projects. She didn't mind this though as she thought it was really 'creative'! I won my only art competition at school when I was nine. It was a picture about pollution.

As an adult: I did my foundation at Harrow School of Art and then went on to do the Illustration course there. Afterwards I went on to do the MA Illustration course at the Royal College of Art. When I left the RCA I worked as a textile designer and sold my first six designs to Agnes b for babywear. I soon found myself designing quite a lot of textiles for the children's market. A few years later I tried my hand at writing and illustrating a children's book which was published in 1996 just after the birth of my twin sons.

As an artist: I love working at home in my studio. It looks out onto the garden and I can see our guinea pig hutch just outside the window.

Things you didn't know about Melanie Walsh:

1. At home we have a guinea pig called snowball. He has very long hair and we have to cut it in the sumer to keep him cool. Sadly his brothers have recently died.
2. I have been vegetarian for 23 years.
3. I wanted to be an architect when I was young and drew building plans for fun as a child!
4. My favourite children's books are by Richard Scarry, Ed Emberley, Paul Rand and Taro Gomi.
5. I like to hear the sound of the washing machine when I'm working.
6. I hate dusting, vacuuming and tipping the kitchen waste bin into the compost. I try and avoid these things as much as possible. It also means that my partner does them quite a lot.
7. I am terrible at spelling. I now know all about dyslexia as my son has it. Unfortunately I didn't get any help at school but you do now.
8. I love films by Wes Anderson.
9. My favourite colour is grey.
10. I enjoy making and decorating cup cakes.

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24 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Publication date

4th April 2013



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