Well... we were just about to start building a house, a home, when we got an attack of 'I don't know if we're ready for this just yet' and voila what-ya-know we hatched a spontaneous plan and now you'll find us touring New Zealand in our home for now - an Airstream Trailer. We've hit the road to shake up our routine and expand in our pursuit of freedom and a creative life all while seeing the beauty that the NZ countryside has to offer. Along the way we're visiting schools, local markets and dropping by our retailers who have been so supportive of our work these past 10 years.

There's not many Airstreams in New Zealand so keep an eye out for us and say hi! We're big, shiny and silver. To see where we currently are in New Zealand or to find out how this whole journey will all work out you can follow our travels on instagram or facebook.

Rowan on instagram ... @rowansommerset 
or visit Rowan's facebook page          

Mark on instagram ... @mark.sommerset  
or visit Mark's facebook page 


Special Christmas Offer

That's right, buy ANY three books from our website before December 25th and receive a free paperback of your choice. Simply place your order and once we receive it we will email you to ask which extra title you'd like include with your order. Yay!

Plus we'll personally sign your books too! And as usual all orders in New Zealand and Australia include FREE POSTAGE!

(*Your order can be made up of any combination of Hardbacks, paperbacks or our book sets. Our available paperbacks are: Baa Baa Smart Sheep, I Love Lemonade, Two Little Bugs and Cork on the Ocean.)


New Editions!

Little Baa Baa and Quirky Turkey have been busy making new international friends this year - and we are very excited that they will be available in these new languages soon! Check our website for more details on where to find these editions.

Italy from Valentina Edizioni - Spring 2015 
Holland from Unieboek - Spring 2015 
Norway from Cappelen Damm - Autumn 2015 
Taiwan from Hsinex International - February 2015

Sweden from Glimra Forlag - available now 
France from Milan Editions - available now 
Germany from Lappan Verlag - available now 
South Korea from Bookgoodcome - available now 
Australia from HarperCollins Publishers - available now


Our story in NZ Life and Leisure Mag

There is a bit of a thing on us in the current issue of NEW ZEALAND LIFE AND LEISURE MAGAZINE at the mo. If you're interested and can't grab a print copy they are featuring it on their website too ... They are also giving away two signed hardback Dreamboat Book sets this month! Head over to their website to enter! Entries close 31st August.


2013 Highlights

10 highlights of 2013...

#1. Holidays! To Tahiti and Queenstown/Wanaka

#2. Linden broke his leg and was in a full cast for 6 weeks. Surprisingly a rich and pleasent experience for all of us.

#3. Alfie joined our family at the beginning of the year - then we nearly lost him when he broke his pelvis and hips - But he made a full recovery, Yay. We love him to bits. And no-one else was allowed to break anything else ;)

#4. Our books are now available in Australia, Germany, Korea and we've just sent artwork off to print for French editions.

#5. Party, party - Linden's forth birthday was awesome!

#6. Mark took our books to the world with trips to Taiwan as part of the TIBE fellowship at the Taipei Bookfair, to Germany for Frankfurt Book Fair and spend some time with our German publishers. And to Japan to do a bit of an Author tour. His passport looks a bit cooler than mine.

#7. Our new book! The Boy and the Cherry Tree is the story that brought us together, and fourteen years later we are thrilled to have published it.

#8. Lots of rockin tunes can be heard coming from our studio!

#9. On Mark's trip to Japan he had an opportunity to meet a creative hero of mine , 'Katsumi Komagata' and share our work with him.

#10. We bought our first property - the worst house in our favourite Street. So in 2014 we will be buiding a brand new home for Dreamboat!

Hello 2014 - pleased to meet you!


Christmas Giveaway!

It's ‘Cherry’ Christmas giveaway time! To go in the draw to win The Dreamboat Book Collection - that's all five hardcover books including our latest title ‘The Boy and the Cherry Tree’. Simply like either Rowan's or Mark's Facebook page by midday Tuesday 24th December (double your chances and like both!).

Like Rowan's facebook page here ... 
Like Mark's facebook page here ...

Winner will be announced on Christmas day - One more present could be yours! (and if you already like our pages, you're already in the draw!)

Wishing you a cherry festive season!
Mark and Rowan xx.


The Boy and the Cherry Tree

We are over the moon to announce the release of our latest book, 'The Boy and the Cherry Tree'. As you'd expect we think all our books are special but 'The Boy and the Cherry Tree' holds a deeper personal meaning for both of us. As well as being the first story idea Mark had as a grownup, it is actually the story that brought Mark and I together. Fourteen years ago I read his earliest draft on a friends coffee table and fell in love. I was cementing my dream to create picture books and Mark was standing on the edge of his creative river yearning to dive in. So I contacted him to ask if he'd be interested in working with me on it. That meeting turned into a date and we have been together ever since!

We have nurtured this story over the last fourteen years and now at last, it has blossomed into a book - it is truly the fruit of our dreams. It is now available via our website. Visit our online store to buy a copy.


Cork on the Ocean Paperback

Cork on the Ocean is now available in paperback from our online store. Of course the hard cover edition is still available if you are a hard cover book fan like me!