Tea with Molly Idle

On April 9th, Viking Juvenile/Penguin released Molly Idle's new book Tea Rex.  It is a charming story of a little girl who invites Tyrannosaurus Rex to tea.  On Friday, April 12th, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend afternoon tea with no other than Molly Idle and some local booksellers and librarians.  The tea was held at the very lovely Langham Hotel in Pasadena, California.   

Before reading the rest of the post, please check out the official Book Trailer of Tea Rex:

At each seat, guests found a lovely menu for the day's tea along with a complimentary copy of Molly's book.  

Each of us had these beautiful name tags.  Here is Molly's.

The food came out in two waves.  First, the sandwiches and then the desserts and scones. 

I had the good fortune to be seated right next to Molly. 

During tea, Molly shared about her road to becoming a children's book author and illustrator.  She also shared about how her son asked her one day if "dinosaurs liked crumpets" which inspired this story.  I also found it fascinating to hear her share about her research of Emily Post's Etiquette Rules.  Molly was charming and very entertaining.

Molly took time to sign everyone's copy of Tea Rex.

Here is my book...Thanks Molly.

Of course, we had to take a group photo. 

Thank you Nicole White (Penguin Sales Rep Extraordinaire) and Penguin Publishers for inviting me and for arranging such a special afternoon for all of us.