The US and Canadian copy of our book final arrived in TheBigForest hut. We knew the text would be tweaked but it’s been interesting reading. TheBigForest hut in the forest overlooking Brighton Pier – with its amusement arcades and fish and chip shops – has become a cabin in the woods with a view of the dock. We only have two points of reference for docks, one being Otis Redding and the other The Great Gatsby when the love torn protagonist gazes at the light on the end of Daisy’s dock across the water. Now there is a different – and fascinating – vision in our minds of that North American cabin where we work, perhaps it is in Cape Cod or a ship-lap hut outside a village near Quebec City?
The Surfer Bear has ‘californian flair’ rather than ‘californian cool’ and the Polar Bear Tippet is now a scarflette. Some changes are more obvious – cell phone for mobile and fall for autumn.
All of this is ….well certainly not an annoyance. We are delighted to see the US edition with its slightly different cover and images. If you are one of our American or Canadian blog readers do encourage your local bookstore to stock a couple of copies – the US publishers can be found here . And the book makes a perfect Christmas present too for a crafty relative (or you!).