I’m so thrilled and delighted that The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow is the Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month for June 2015!
I am a huge fan of Waterstones. I vividly remember my frenzied excitement about getting to go to the big Waterstones shop in Preston when I was a child; and my first real job was working on Saturdays at Waterstones Lancaster when I was in the sixth form at school.
To this day, there is little I enjoy more than a rummage round flagship store Waterstones Piccadilly, where I can easily spend far too much money. It’s so important that we have such a fantastic high street bookseller, and I couldn’t be prouder that The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow has been chosen to be a Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month, and will now be available in Waterstones stores up and down the land!
I have already been absolutely blown away by the enthusiasm of Waterstones booksellers for the book. I’ve been posting pictures of their amazing Clockwork Sparrow themed displays and windows on social media like crazy – and have now started gathering them together on a special Pinterest board (if you see one, please do snap a picture and send it to me!)
Here’s just a few of the many incredible displays so far:
Check out our gorgeous new display for our children’s book of the month! #ClockworkSparrow by @followtheyellow pic.twitter.com/tUienuu2jM
— Waterstones Trafford (@wstrafford) June 1, 2015
LADIES & GENTLEMEN! THE MYSTERY OF THE CLOCKWORK SPARROW REVEALED!! @followtheyellow @EgmontUK pic.twitter.com/kcZkEQwUiV — Words From Darran (@ShinraAlpha) June 1, 2015
You are cordially invited to read our Kid’s BOTM, The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by @followtheyellow. Awesome! pic.twitter.com/pafzxABGkF
— WaterstonesIslington (@WstoneIslington) June 5, 2015
We love The Clockwork Sparrow by @followtheyellow @EgmontUK! A perfect mystery. Excerpt here: https://t.co/O1jiZhEIxE pic.twitter.com/pu01PzRyK3 — Waterstones Aberdeen (@WaterstonesABDN) June 4, 2015
Our @Waterstones book of the month by @followtheyellow. A splendid adventure awaits you! pic.twitter.com/lqS74AB6PV
— Waterstones York (@WaterstonesYork) June 1, 2015
Our CBOTM window. Some looks almost good enough to eat #clockworksparrow @followtheyellow pic.twitter.com/swHPNqexrN — Waterstones Peters. (@Waterstones649) June 5, 2015
It was particularly special to see this amazing window display at Waterstones Piccadilly this week, complete with a plate of bon-bons and of course a gorgeous jewelled sparrow as a centrepiece.
As a few keen-eyed readers have already spotted, Sinclair’s Department Store is located on Piccadilly, and although it’s a very different building, I’ve imagined it roughly in the spot as Waterstones Piccadilly (which itself was once the home of a famous former London department store, Simpson’s).
This makes it all the lovelier to see such a beautiful Sinclair’s style display in the windows of Waterstones Piccadilly.
Here’s the display in progress, created by the super talented @annieopalfruit …
Bit of #papercutting for a lovely little window display. #clockworksparrow #followtheyellow pic.twitter.com/ZZmiTCjrde
— Annie Martin (@annieopalfruit) May 31, 2015
Building and illustrating a department store #clockworksparrow @followtheyellow #illustration pic.twitter.com/TaFrJPbysK
— Annie Martin (@annieopalfruit) June 1, 2015
And the finished splendour… All the lovely details, courtesy of @lauramainellen
Took some snaps of our #ClockworkSparrow window today – isn’t it just gorgeous?! pic.twitter.com/RO5esYcx36 — Laura B Main Ellen (@lauramainellen) June 5, 2015
Check out the Pinterest board for lots more lovely pictures.
Thank you so much Waterstones – June is going to be a truly fantastic month!
UPDATED: Check out some more truly incredible Clockwork Sparrow creations – this times from super-talented Waterstones bookseller (and Bookseller Rising Star) @Leilah_Makes for Waterstones Doncaster!
Late night mechanical sparrow. As you do. @followtheyellow pic.twitter.com/NQJsqFkkUa
— Leilah Skelton (@Leilah_Makes) June 9, 2015
Slumming it with the pigeons: pic.twitter.com/TwQZYDMD7Q
— Leilah Skelton (@Leilah_Makes) June 10, 2015
Children’s Book of the Month has mysteries, mischief, villains, code-cracking heroines & iced buns! #ClockworkSparrow pic.twitter.com/YxGhrIxeWG
— WaterstonesDoncaster (@waterstonesDON) June 10, 2015