Pair relaunch book as interest grows

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Mrs Millar's Frogs illustrator Kerry Anne Jordinson and author Annette Millar at the book’s relaunch at the Shire of Broome Public Library.
Camera IconMrs Millar's Frogs illustrator Kerry Anne Jordinson and author Annette Millar at the book’s relaunch at the Shire of Broome Public Library. Credit: Jakeb Waddell

More than 20 years ago, two creative Broome women came together with an idea for a children’s book that would springboard their respective careers as an author and an illustrator.

And last week, the duo shared their story with the town once again.

Writer Annette Millar and artist Kerry Anne Jordinson reunited in the Kimberley town last week to officially relaunch their beloved publication Mrs Millar’s Frogs after ongoing demand from the public.

Originally released in 1998, the story was based on true recollections about the frogs that lived in Mrs Millar’s home and sold more than 20,000 copies.

Ms Jordinson said there had been a lot of interest over the past few years and the pair were over the moon to be releasing it again.

“We were constantly being asked about the book, if it was still in print and where people could acquire it,” she said.

“A new generation of kids are coming through with parents who read and loved the book when they were younger and this is such a fantastic time for us.”

Mrs Millar, now based in Queensland, said the relaunch had brought back many wonderful memories.

“It’s an amazing place, Broome. You reconnect with people and come back and don’t feel like you’ve ever left,” she said.

Mrs Millar now spends writing manuals for teachers, sharing her knowledge about the work she has done with indigenous children, while Ms Jordinson is continuing her work as an artist.

Although they are now based on opposite sides of the country in completely different work, both women still credit the critically acclaimed book for kick- starting their careers.

“Because of this, I’ve been able to illustrate more books, which was an absolute dream of mine as an artist,” Ms Jordinson said.

The book was promoted at an event at the Shire of Broome library last Wednesday and was published by Backroom Press.

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