• Horatio Squeak

Q&A with Karen Foxlee on Booktopia

Horatio Squeak is Karen’s debut picture book, and recently she’s was featured on Booktopia's blog to answer a few of their questions. Read a snippet below and click through to Booktopia's blog for the full feature by Olivia Fricot.



Booktopia: Tell us about your latest book, Horatio Squeak!


Karen Foxlee: Horatio Squeak is a picture book about a little mouse who gets invited to a rather unusual party. The story was one I made up years ago on a long car trip with my toddler daughter. It’s about speaking up when you know something is wrong even when you are trying to fit in. It’s beautifully illustrated by Evie Barrow.


B: Horatio Squeak is your picture book debut. What’s it like to write a picture book compared to a children’s novel?


KF: It’s a real task to create a story in such a small amount of words. Also, it had to rhyme! I found I really loved the experience though. It’s completely different but I had so much fun with it and found the rhyming part quite calming.


Read the full interview here.

Horatio Squeak is published by Walker Books Australia 2019    |     Text © 2019 Karen Foxlee    |     Illustrations © 2019 Evie Barrow