I’m delighted to announce that ‘Wanda the Kind Happy Wasp’ is now available! I spoke a little about the story in my last blog. So, let me share a little more…

Introducing Wanda

I confess, I haven’t always been the biggest fan of wasps. But when I started writing this story, I did a lot of research to find out how they live. It turns out, they are a lot more important for our eco-system than I had realised.

Ok, so they don’t make honey. But they do pollinate flowers. They also eat a lot of pests that would otherwise destroy our crops and garden plants.

We really notice their presence towards the end of summer, when the fruit is typically ripening. But they are active for longer than that. I also discovered the larvae eat a diet that is rich in protein. It’s only after they mature and leave the nest that they begin really feasting on all the sweet stuff. And, we, as humans have to take responsibility for encouraging them by leaving our food lying around!

So, all these ideas fed into my creation of Wanda.

I began to consider that she could have a lovely personality by nature. But the wasp’s life is pretty tough. They have a bad reputation and many enemies. So, what if she only got angry and mean because she’d been treated badly? I mean, we all feel that way. It’s hard to stay happy if everyone around you is being mean to you.

So, what could prevent her from becoming a permanently nasty wasp? Well, the same things that help us: friends and family.

I don’t want to give too much of the story away, but those are the ideas on which it is built.

Wanda the kind, happy wasp. Children's book by Katie Dean

Where can you buy the book?

That’s easy: like ‘Elf’s Big Adventure’, my new book is available on Amazon. It is available worldwide. So, you can check out your local Amazon site.

This link will take you to the UK website to get your copy of ‘Wanda the kind, happy wasp’.

If you live outside the UK, then you can search on your local version of Amazon. The ISBN is 979862096005.

I had a lot of fun creating the drawings for this. This time around, I’ve made full-page spreads in bright colours. So, it feels like summer as you’re reading. I also wanted to try my hand at a story in rhyme.

So, see what you think…

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