• E. Rachael Hardcastle

World Book Day 2022: An Interview with Kate Ainsworth

Happy World Book Day!


To celebrate World Book Day, CCB funder E. Rachael Hardcastle chats with author Kate Ainsworth, who is releasing The Fabulous Mr. Frank and the Cupcake Catastrophe with the company on April 4th 2022.

Kate Ainsworth, author of The Fabulous Mr Frank and the Cupcake Catastrophe
Author Kate Ainsworth

"I'm Kate Ainsworth, the author and illustrator of children’s picture book series The Fabulous Mr Frank.

I started on this exciting journey back in 2020, when I decided to finally put pen (and colour) to paper, with an idea that had been bubbling away for a while—a series based on my very own French Bulldog Frankie.

Through this I have discovered a new passion for creating fun and playful stories & illustrations that capture children’s attention and expand their imagination."


Read more about Kate and her title at https://www.fabulousmrfrank.com/



 

Describe yourself in three words or phrases.

  • Eternal optimist.

  • Obsessively organised.

  • Fun loving.


Describe The Fabulous Mr Frank from The Cupcake Catastrophe in three words or phrases.

  • Pesky.

  • Adventurous.

  • Diva dog.


What is your favourite scene in The Fabulous Mr Frank and the Cupcake Catastrophe, and why?

When Frank and his super dog crew get baking in the kitchen to replace the cakes Frank accidentally smashed to the floor.


I love this scene because one of the characters (a chihuahua called Kid) does very little to help proceedings, but still ends up with egg on his face.


What was your favourite book as a child?

I have so many fond memories of my childhood books. I was only thinking today how wonderful it is that my parents still have a bookcase full of these in their spare room (and that I should do this too when my kids grow older).


I would have to say that my favourite of all these treasures was ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ by Margery Williams. I had a precious toy bunny as a child that looked just like the Velveteen Rabbit and I felt such empathy for The Boy when he had to part with his bunny. It is such a bittersweet story but I always loved the fact the bunny became real in the end.


If you could be a famous book character, who would it be?

Phileas Fogg from 'Around the World in Eighty Days'. Mainly because I love exploring and travelling about whenever I can. I don’t like to visit the same place twice; the world is too big and there is too much to see!


Why do you think sharing stories is so important?

For me, it’s all about expanding our imagination and exploring—whether that be other worlds or times, seeing things from other people’s perspectives or discovering yourself. Throughout every age and stage a story can open our minds to things we never thought possible, it can take us away from the day to day and transport us somewhere else, simply by painting a picture in the mind’s eye. I think that is pretty special.


If you could share one other CCB story for 10 minutes, which one would you pick?

I would definitely share the story ‘Brother Butterfly’ by Alanna Betambeau. This heart-warming tale with beautiful illustrations is treasured by me and my children.



 

Read more about Kate and her title at https://www.fabulousmrfrank.com/


Purchase Kate's recommendation (Brother Butterfly by Alanna Betambeau) here: https://tinyurl.com/yckrhw3t

World Book Day's website: https://www.worldbookday.com/

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