Category Archives: books

Hooray for the Summer Reading Challenge!

I gather this year has been a good one for the Summer Reading Challenge, a scheme to keep children’s reading habits going over the long summer holiday. I don’t think that was ever a problem for me as a child – always happy to go to the library for another Enid Blyton – but I must admit, I’d pretty much forgotten everything  else I’d learned at school from the previous year, come the first day of the autumn term!

Prize giving day for the Summer Reading Challenge at Bream Library – Forest of Dean

 

 

I posted once before about how I was involved in the first ever Summer Reading Challenge, an idea dreamed up by Andrea Reece at Hodder Children’s Books. So I’m always very happy to be asked to play a small part over the summer.

Last week, I went to Bream Library, just down the road, where I told some stories and handed out the medals and certificates to all the children who had completed their Challenge this summer – Well done all!

It seems the challenge has been a bit oversubscribed this year – probably due to the fallen value of the pound and everyone staycationing – I guess Brexit has a had a small positive influence on something after all!

The all new Christmas Stocking Joke Book nearly ready

The Christmas Stocking Joke Book came out nearly 30 years ago! I’ve been revising it and updating some of the jokes that either aren’t funny any more or just don’t make sense. I’ve also completely re-illustrated it too – I must be mad!

Back then there were no computers, internet or mobile phones – even Santa has caught up with the times! This is s screen shot of the new cover. I’m hoping to put the whole project to bed this weekend and get it off to the printers, well in time for publication day – 5th October

My Sock Puppet Recommends… The Dragon Trilogy by me!

A sock puppet, in the modern literary world, is an author who adopts a fake persona with which to write glowing testimonials about their books on Amazon and other book review sites. Worse still, they write derogatory reviews of their main competition’s works and give them one star ratings! (This is an adult author thing. We children’s authors are far too nice to do such things!)
However, during my fabulous week at the Hull, Big Malarkey Festival, I made a Dragon, Sock Puppet and it keeps talking to me from it’s little lair in a corner of my studio.

“Tell’em!” it whispers.”Tell’em about your dragon trilogy books!”

I always do as I’m told, so here we are – I’m telling you about my dragon books and giving you links to Amazon below. Not blatant marketing at all, just making a Sock Puppet happy!