The Topp Twins have once more teamed up with publisher Scholastic New Zealand and illustrator Jenny Cooper to release their second children’s book, the popular Do Your Ears Hang Low?
If you don’t already know the words and actions to this favourite in schools and preschools, then get ready to learn them! Sing along to The Topp Twins’ energetic rendition of the song, while Cooper’s animals with their hard-case ears are sure to bring a chuckle to children and adults alike. Two pages of little-known facts about ears complete the package.
The book follows on from the success of There’s a Hole in My Bucket, which became an instant bestseller when it was published in 2011.
Lynda and Jools had so much fun doing the first book they couldn’t wait to do another. “If we’re having fun and the kids are having fun AND it helps them to learn to read, then it’s all good,” says Jools. “It’s another classic that everyone knows the words to, but this time we hope people will do a little jig too!”
Illustrator Jenny Cooper’s original artwork for both books will be on show at an exhibition in Christchurch from October 24, where it will be possible to see the amount of work that goes into a book like this, with character sketches and detailed pencil drawings.
Publishing Manager Diana Murray says that Scholastic New Zealand couldn’t be happier with the response to the book from those who have already seen it. “The Topp Twins bring a jaunty energy and presence to their music which combines so well with Jenny Cooper’s characterful, hilarious illustrations. You can’t help but love these books, and loving these Kiwi icons all the more for helping to bring the songs to life.”
With the launch of Do Your Ears Hang Low? at the Nelson Arts Festival on October 28 already sold out, and anticipation building about its release, this is a book to watch out for this Christmas.
To find out more about Do Your Ears Hang Low?, visit www.scholastic.co.nz/publishing