Monday, 28 February 2011

Rhino? What Rhino? Delivery

Look what just arrived! My advance copies of Rhino? What Rhino? paperback! It seems like a hundred years since the hardback sold out, so its BRILLIANT to have some books again.

Just in time too as I have two school visits this week.

Rhino? What Rhino? out in paperback 3 March.

Someday - from Hundred Little Reasons

Check out this gorgeous song from Brighton-based band Hundred Little Reasons. I love it.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Alex loves Supermarket Zoo!

This is four year old Alex from Manchester. His dad says Alex is in love with Supermarket Zoo and wants to know when he can read about Albie going to the Monster Market to buy his bug-eyed flomstrops.

Sorry, Alex. I haven't actually written that story, but I have written another one called, "How to Grow a Dinosaur," so Albie's adventures are far from over. Perhaps Alex could write Albie and the Monster Market for me!

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Feeling the Love from Greenhill Primary School, Sheffield

We had a fabulous couple of days at Greenhill Primary School this month. The children created some lovely stories and artwork, some of which you can see has been displayed in school.

It was such a pleasure to work with this school. Susan Perryman, the School Improvement Team Leader made sure everyone knew what they were doing on the day, and staff were all well prepared and so enthusiastic. Afterwards, Susan said, "It was great to work with Caryl and I would definitely recommend her to other schools. The activities engaged the children, they were excited by her visit and the organisation was excellent. We look forward to seeing her again in the future."

Class teacher, Stacey Keuneke, said, "I personally thought she was good with the children and has some fantastic stories and the children really enjoyed hearing the new book about the dinosaur. We did a whole week of jobs around Supermarket Zoo and have made a display showing some of it off."

If you would like me to visit your school, please get in touch via my website,

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Norfolk Book Awards

Norfolk Book Awards

Well, we didn't win first prize. That went to Emily Gravitt for The Rabbit Problem.... A most excellent book.  HOWEVER... We had a great time and look at all this fabulous artwork that the children have done! 

Children from Magdalen Gates Primary and Lakenham Primary gave some wonderful presentations about the shortlisted books, them we all had chocolate biscuits and stories from yours truly.

AND I won a framed certificate and a book and a beautiful scrap book with copies of all the wonderful pictures and comments the children had produced.

So who cares that Don't Dip You Chips didn't get first place! The shortlist was picked by children and we were on it, which is a great achievement in itself. 

Of course the real winners are the children, who have been inspired and motivated by taking part in the awards project. So a very well done to everyone involved.

More Amazing Artwork in Norfolk

Watch out Leigh. You have competition!

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Alien School Roughs Just In

I'm on the train today, on my way to Norwich for the Norfolk children's book awards. Don't Dip Your Chips In Your Drink, Kate! Has been shortlisted, so I'll find out if Leigh Hodgkinson and I have won a prize tomorrow morning.

In the meantime, I thought you might like to see the rough sketches that Ed Eaves has sent through for the next Albie adventure. It's called Alien School and will be out next year.

This is a picture of Albie sitting in his classroom, with a very strange looking teacher.

The roughs come to me covered in comments from the designer and editor at Simon & Schuster, who are publishing the book. I will then add my own comments, which will then be discussed by the publishing team and by Ed.

After that, Ed will start putting the colour spreads together. It's all so exciting. I hope this gives you a taste of good things to come!

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Walking on the moon

I usually start my day with a dog walk. Usually it's raining, but the other day, this is what we found.

Mobile Blog Post

This is hopefully my first mobile blog post. Hope it works