HAPPY CHRISTMAS! After this eminently forgettable year, I wish all my readers a very Happy Christmas, however you are managing to celebrate it. Let’s hope for brighter times in 2021, and in the meantime remember that books and stories are … Continue reading
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Following in the esteemed footsteps of Cressida Cowell and Rachel Bright, I have been honoured to write the text for the Carmelite Picture Book Prize 2018 for student illustrators aged 18 and over. It’s called Where the Sea Meets the Sky, … Continue reading
On May 7th I was in Germany for a day with Pre-Primary and Primary 1– 3 at the European School RheinMain at Bad Vilbel, Frankfurt. I was wonderfully looked after by my host Ute Arias (Junior Librarian) and her colleague … Continue reading
I am thrilled to announce that I will be publishing my first picture book with dynamic publisher Nosy Crow. The book is called OCTOPUS SHOCKTOPUS and will be illustrated by the very brilliant and hilarious Steven Lenton, who illustrated our … Continue reading
I am delighted to announce that Hodder Children’s Books have asked me to write a third picture book featuring my new character Bramble Badger, with the marvellous Charles Fuge as illustrator. The first book in this series, A Home Full … Continue reading
I dropped in at the Louisa Cary children’s ward of Torbay Hospital today to donate some of my books. The staff made me feel very welcome and it is a pleasure to support their wonderful work.
HOT DOG HAL is on CBeebies Bedtime Stories this week, read by singer and BBC Junior Bake Off presenter Mark Rhodes. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0851fhx/cbeebies-bedtime-stories-568-mark-rhodes-hot-dog-hal
I am looking forward to visiting East-the-Water Primary School, North Devon, on Friday 14 October as part of the Appledore Book Festival Schools Programme.
On Friday May 19th I was honoured to visit Lydeard St Lawrence Primary School in Somerset, to open their new school library followed by two workshops.
Captain Jack and the Pirates, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury and published by Puffin Books, is one of eight titles on the 2016 shortlist for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal, presented annually by CILIP (the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) for … Continue reading