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Extra! The Book About a Very Longed-For Baby

Lucas wonders what it takes to make a baby. Mommy tells him that babies are made with a sperm and an egg but that some babies, like him, take extra.


But what does it mean to be ‘extra’?

Extra! by Kaeleigh MacDonald tells the story of Lucas, a little boy whose mummy and daddy needed a little bit extra to bring him about! One day, in the supermarket, Lucas sees a pregnant lady, and he wonders how this happened. Most parents will have to deal with the question of where babies come from, but not all parents will have to tell the story of how it took a little “extra” to make the baby. This question launches Lucas into a day full of discovery. He and his friends begin to uncover what makes you ‘extra’, coming to the conclusion that Lucas must be a superhero! In the end, we discover that it took a lot of extra time and patience for Lucas’ parents to have him, and not only is he extra like a superhero, but his mummy and daddy are too! Covering many family building options, Extra! shows that even when parents struggle to conceive, they can go on to become a family, and that being ‘extra’ is wonderful!

“You know, not all babies can be made just like that. Sometimes, there needs to be a little extra to make a baby. Like you! You needed extra.”

Extra! deftly covers lots of different kinds of family setups, and also creates the beginning of a conversation that can be had at any age about how babies are made, and how sometimes the parents need a little help with conceiving. Surrogacy, IVF and sperm donation are all covered in a way that children can understand and relate to. Parents can then continue the conversation with their children about how some babies need a little bit “extra” to be made. Extra! creates a learning environment that is inclusive and easy to understand, and allows children to become aware of something that they haven’t come across, or to make sense of something they have experience of but may not fully comprehend. Don’t let this wonderful conversation end with the book, keep the questions and interaction going! Superhero capes are of course optional, but generally encouraged!

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Working With Happydesigner

Kaeleigh MacDonald, the author of Extra! is an infertility author and advocate. She runs the popular infertility blog, “Unpregnant Chicken“, where she writes her musings on the wild world that is ‘trying to conceive’. Her son was conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF) and it was her love of his science-based conception story that prompted this book. She lives in Alberta, Canada with her family.

“When I wrote my story Extra! I knew that I would have to find a fabulous illustrator who would be able to understand my story and characters and really bring them to life. That’s the thing about writing a picture book, it only works in as much as the pictures can captivate the audience! After hours of pouring over portfolios online, I came across Sarah’s site. Her watercolour style was exactly what I was looking for and she was incredibly responsive to any questions I had about the process. I was right to have chosen to work with her! The finished book is more than I could have dreamed, the vibrancy of the images and the way she captured my characters personality, have lead to the production of a gorgeous picture book that my young readers love! Every person who has viewed this book has commented on how beautiful it is, that’s all Sarah! Without Sarah’s skill and hard work this book wouldn’t have been a possibility, I highly recommend her to anyone who asks!”

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Extra! was on Amazon’s Hot New Release list in Parenting and Families for 3 days and held the #1 spot during the first day. It also placed within the top 100 Books on the Best Sellers list for Parenting and Families during the first 2 days and peaked there at #31 (making it a “best seller”).

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A few of my previous clients

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  • “Sarah was lovely to work with and keen to make sure that the illustrations were a perfect match for the story. It’s obvious that she really cares about her work and wants you, the author, to be happy with the final results.” – Marion Adams

  • “Sarah’s re-branding of my business has given it a much needed fresh and quirky feel. She provided us with an extremely friendly courteous and efficient service and injected an energy into the project, that only Sarah could.” – Discovery Leisure

  • “When we first contacted Sarah, Dainty Dizzy was a concept;  an idea to be shaped into a brand.  Sarah took this idea and illustrated it perfectly….and our brand look and feel was born.” – Dainty Dizzy

  • "Sarah understood what I was looking for and produced a fantastic logo for me.  She is very approachable and friendly – I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her” Katie Jarvis, Fancy Prints

  • "Sarah loves her work, her friendly ‘can do’ approach is reassuring whether you’re on your first or tenth book."  – Darron Jon Love
  • "I can’t speak highly enough of Sarah! She has brought Roopert Snoopert to life in a way I could never have imagined.
    The illustrations are fantastic! Sarah keeps you update with progress from the draft stage right through to sign off." - Paul Micklewright
  • "She has a keen eye for the quirky detail, she is punctual and a joy to work with. I simply cannot praise her enough.” - Clickety Books

  • "Thank you both so much for your hard work and dedication. Sarah is a fantastic illustrator! It is nice to know I have worked with someone who is so professional at her job, and will certainly remember her for the future if I need another book illustrating."
  • "Sarah is amazing - very fast at understanding the requirements, great pictures and never too much trouble. I recommend her wholeheartedly" - Fernando Caldeira-Saraiva
  • "Outstanding illustrator with exceptional talent. You couldn’t wish for a better artist, as it would be impossible to find. Such a spectacular gifted designer who is always happy!" - Rachel Lake

  • "I am absolutely thrilled with the colours and love the look and overall feel of the book, its so different and unique, thank you so much"
  • “Sarah’s advice has been invaluable, she could have just illustrated my first attempt but knew there was more to be had from the story and pointed me towards the right help." – Darron Jon Love

  • "WOW! Love it! I'm so happy with what you've produced- and with so little input from me. FANTASTIC!!! THANK YOU” - Darren Pascoe: 'Red Rabbit Book'

  • "I hope my recommendation will persuade you to use Sarah! I cannot fault her, for her professionalism, enthusiasm and talent." - Michelle Hawkins, Director: The Flying DoDo

  • Sarah really understood the brief right from the beginning and has been able to translate my ideas and mental images, that at times were quite specific, into magical illustrations that are better than I’d ever hoped. She has absolutely nailed it!” – Gareth Edwards

  • “I am so happy that I found Sarah to bring my book to life. Sarah took the time to listen and really made the effort to make sure that I was happy and her brilliant designs translated the words of my book into a beautiful visual story." - Jodie Jackson

  • “Books arrived safely today- I am absolutely delighted with how they look – I can’t thank you enough – you’ve made my dream come true :)” – Jane Collins

  • "The logos are absolutely fantastic, they are spot on brief and are even better than we imagined!Paolo Pini, Step Up To Languages

  • "Sarah quickly understood what I wanted to achieve and the look I was after. Sarah kept me informed and brought me into the whole process” – Darron Jon Love

  • "These posters and flyers are perfect”
    - Julia G, Manager at the Truro branch of Pets at Home

  • “Thank you, Sarah, for the amazing work you did on the illustrations for my book. Working with you has been so easy thanks to your enthusiasm, flexibility, support, professionalism and, of course, the amazing quality of your work." – Stuart Neath

  • Sarah has a great insight into how to best produce a children’s book and is really helpful in getting you there! I really cannot recommend Sarah enough – brilliant designer, friendly and professional. The experience has been a great one!“ – Jodie Jackson
  • Sarah is professional, friendly and very knowledgeable, she delivered 100% with a new logo that was spot on! We can't recommend her enough!” - Lucy @ Get Active

  • "It's been great working with Sarah as our illustrator! She's been so great in taking all feedback on board and delivers work of the highest standard. Would 100% recommend :-)" - Michelle Gibbs, Doodle Dozen Series
  • “I was so nervous ringing you as i've never done anything like this before, but you were so friendly and put me completely at ease.” - Donna Purvis

  • Sarah is an extremely talented designer and illustrator. She has that rare gift of being able to find something in your business or character that you never knew existed" Craig Green