Coming June 2021

An adorable story about making new friends and finding creative solutions to playground problems.

A pair of pears rocked on a seesaw.
A pair of pears played ping-pong.
A pair of pears rode their tandem bike.
Until one day, someone new wanted
to join their fun.

Big Pear and Little Pear love playing together. But when Orange joins in, their games don’t work and Big Pear feels left out. A relatable, hilarious, and kind-hearted tale about navigating friendship when three definitely starts to feel like a crowd!

Published By Scribble (Scribe)
Printed in Pantone colours
Hardback RRP $24.99 AUD

A Pair of Pears Cover

You can buy from the shops listed below (in no particular order).
If I’ve missed your shop, please let me know.

Scribble Booktopia Paperback Books Dymocks The Avenue Matilda Bookshop Amazon The Little Bookroom Little Book Room The younger Sun Readings Boffin Books Readings Pertrarchs Boomerang Books

The Idea

The idea for A Pair of Pears and an Orange first came to me as the title. I was brainstorming word-play ideas, and 'A Pair of Pears' struck me as interesting. I imagined a perfectly harmonious friendship of two pears, but a story needs drama, so I introduced a third character to unsettle this perfect world. I chose an orange because there was something about the sound of the word orange that clashed with the sound of pair/pears, the shape and colour of an orange was also a nice contrast to the pears, and with that, my characters, title and premise were settled. The idea of games for two came next and seemed like an excellent way to set up and then unravel the pear's perfect world. I also introduced three peas in a pod for humour and drama when Big Pear's life goes from bad to worse.

As a kid, we moved a lot. I went to five different schools across three states and was constantly making new friends. As an already sensitive person, I become ultra perceptive to the ins and outs of friendship dynamics. Like most people, I've been all three of these main characters at various times, and I hope my empathy and lived experience shines through. No one character is right or wrong in this predicament, but they all learn and evolve by the end, making for a satisfying story.

I'm very proud of the characters, drama, humour and themes in this deceptively simple book. Design is also fundamental in the experience and delight of a picture book. In this book, the cute, modern illustrations pop off the page with a limited palette of neon and pastel colours and a tactile linen-textured cover.

A Pair of Pears and an Orange was my Covid project and a welcome diversion during the long Melbourne lock-down of 2020. With all the emotional turmoil that the world's been through during the past eighteen months, I hope this book helps children (and perhaps even adults) make a little more sense of their world.

About the creator

Anna McGregor writes and illustrates award-winning picture books.

Her first picture book Colouroos was a finalist in the SCBWI Crystal Kite awards, her second book, Anemone is Not the Enemy, is currently shortlisted in the Children’s Book Council Australia awards, and her third book, A Pair of Pears and an Orange, will be released in June this year.

Anna is emerging in the industry as a creator of modern, quirky and conceptual stories with humour and heart. Anna also freelances as a book designer for various publishers.

Now based in Melbourne, Anna grew up in different corners of regional Australia – from the Goldfields to the Tropics. Her career in Graphic Design saw her move to London in her 20s where she caught the travel bug and travelled extensively.

Anna has a deep curiosity of all things and finds her ideas by turning the mundane on its head, merging two unrelated thoughts or exploring wordplay – but always with a story that connects to the human experience.