New Mudpuddle Farm books by Michel Morpurgo have arrived

Yay! My copies of the new Mudpuddle Farm books by Michael Morpurgo have arrived. They look just fab!

See Haw Hooray is a pair of new stories in which there are major changes at Mudpuddle Farm. I can’t tell you more – you’ll have to read it!

the six other titles in the series have been brought out again in new editions with two stories to each book.

It is so great to be working with Michael again.  These books first came out a long time ago, but Mudpuddle farm, with Farmer Raffery and all his animals, has a timeless quality to it.

I hope we will do many more together.

Old jokes are still funny!

Some old jokes are still funny. I’m currently working on updating the Christmas Stocking Joke Book, which was a number 3 best seller back in 1989 when it fist came out – beaten by Matilda and Prince Caspian!

I now have the rights back and I’m updating it to bring out this Christmas – probably a bit late! Some of the jokes are very dated – some are now politically incorrect – though I’m surprised how few – and some are still very funny – well, they made me titter then and still do now.

My favourite so far?

Grandad suffers terribly from wind, so we bought him a kite for Christmas!

I know, there is still a nine year old boy inside desperate to get out.

Of the new jokes I’m thinking of adding, I just can’t quite decide if I should put in:

What does Miley Cyrus eat on Christmas Day?
Twerky!

What do you think?

If you’d like a copy of the old edition try here:

How to paint like Beatrix Potter – Mr Jeremy Fisher

I think this must be my longest video ever! It’s a video of me trying to paint a page from The Tale of Mr Jeremy Fisher by Beatrix Potter. I’ve not cut out a huge amount, maybe five minutes, so this is pretty much in real time.

My first attempt went very wrong, because I was using the wrong paper and the wrong brush. The second attempt was much better but I think the pencil is all wrong and I still haven’t got the right brush.

Last Friday, I went to the British Museum to get up close with some of her artwork to really understand her style. It was an amazing experience. One of the best art lessons I’ve ever had. It was like being with Miss Potter for the afternoon. I’ll tell you about it in my next videos.

If you don’t know the story, Click below and you can watch a video of me reading from the book