Penelope's Playground - It's more than okay to be different

Roxy Jacenko's first children's book to be released 1st February 2019

Sharing an important message that it's OK to be different, Penelope's Playground is a children's book, written by Roxy Jacenko and her daughter Pixie Curtis.

Roxy was inspired to write Penelope's Playground after facing her family's toughest year in 2016. Drawing from her own memories of childhood and Pixie's recent experiences, Roxy has created a heartfelt and meaningful story about the importance of being kind to everyone while accepting and celebrating our differences.

Penelope's Playground tells the tale of young Penelope who is picked on at school for being different. Penelope is a naturally bright and happy little girl, but the unkind words of new girl Beth make her feel sad and afraid to go to school. Even her little brother Harry notices that Penelope has changed, and tries his best to make her feel better.

Penelope's Playground highlights how just one person can make another feel intimated and small. It explores the effects of bullying in a simple yet impactful way, animated with watercolour illustrations by Heather Hawkins, that will be adored by children and parents alike.

"Pixie and I wrote this story together, after our family went through a very tumultuous time in our lives. I want Pixie, Hunter and all children to know that is OK to be different. If this book can help even just a few kids to understand that we should be kind to one another no matter what our differences or circumstances, then Pixie and I have done our job." - Roxy Jacenko

Penelope's Playground will be available in book stores and online book retailers nationwide from 1st February 2019.

Roxy Jacenko is the founder of Sweaty Betty PR, The Ministry of Talent, Social Union, 18 Communications and Pixie's Bows. Roxy has written three novels; Strictly Confidential, The Rumour Mill and The Spotlight and her first non-fiction book, Roxy's Little Black Book of Tips and Tricks was released in December 2018. Starting her first business Sweaty Betty PR at just 24, Roxy has demonstrated her ability to succeed at every project she turns her mind to, not only breaking all the rules but creating a whole new playing field in the world of PR, social media and communications in the process. As one of Australia's most recognisable businesswomen, Roxy is now also an in-demand speaker and presenter, brand ambassador and social media influencer in her own right. Penelope's Playground is Roxy's first children's book.

 Heather Hawkins is a designer, illustrator, painter, creative and founder of Hawk Creative. After a childhood spent in the idyllic Batemans Bay, Heather refined her natural aptitude for painting, illustration and interest in the fashion industry with formalised studies spanning styling, business and graphic design. Heather has worked with countless national and global luxury brands across the beauty, fashion, lifestyle and hospitality space as well as with private clients to create bespoke stationary, branding, packaging and illustrations. Penelope's Playground is Heather's second children's book.

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