Thursday, 24 March 2011

Sheffield Children's Book Awards - Second Year Running!!



Rhino? What Rhino? has been shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Award 2011! That's the second year in a row that one of my books has been shortlisted for this fabulous award. Last year, over 200 schools participated in the awards, voting Don't Dip Your Chips in Your Drink, Kate! Community Libraries Favourite Book AND Highly Commended Picture Book!

Let's hope Rhino? What Rhino? will be as lucky! Once again, Sarah Horne and I will be in great company. Other shortlisted picture books include:

Egg by Alex T. Smith
Hugless Douglas by David Melling
Dragon Stew by Steve Smallman & Lee Wildish
Three by the Sea by Mini Grey
The Pig’s Knickers by Jonathan Emmett & Vanessa Cabban

Now, I know all these other books are FANTABULOUSLY FANTASTIC, but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE with a cherry on top, vote for me!!

Friday, 11 March 2011

Aye Write - Glasgow's huge literary festival

Of course the real reason I went all the way to Glasgow was NOT to fill my autograph book, but to share my enthusiasm for stories and rhymes with local school children.

I'm glad to say that my workshop sessions went down really well. We read stories, made up silly rhymes about animals using the Big Green Rhyme Machine, and made lots of noise joining in with "Rhino? What Rhino?" Sorry to anyone who may have come in for a quiet read!!

I even had some gushing praise from the community librarians, which was the icing on the cake. Here they are reading proof copies of "Whiffy Wilson" which will be out later this year.

Thanks to everyone @AyrWrite for a wonderful time, and especially to Margaret and Derek for arranging everything and looking after me so well. Please can I come again?!

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Meeting with The Gods

And I DID get to meet the legendary Nick Butterworth, and here's a picture to prove it. What a lovely man he is too!

Nick is the creator (as if you didn't already know!) of loveable Percy the Park Keeper, as well as many other characters including Albert Le Blanc and Q Pootle 5.

Nick told me he is currently working with his son, Ben, on a two year project to create an animated series based on the cuddly alien, Q Pootle 5.
Click this link for a sneak preview:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZEwWYsvXDI&feature=youtube_gdata_player

When Nick was growing up, he was good friends with a boy who is now another giant in Children's books - the hugely talented and much-loved Mick Inkpen, creator of Wibbly Pig and Kipper. How cool us that!

Meet Anna Wilson

While at the AyeWrite Festival I met the super-talented Anna Wilson, author of so many gorgeous books I can't even count them! Here she is with her latest gem, Monkey Business.

Check out Anna's website here: http://www.annawilson.co.uk/about-my-books/4538732200

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Wish You Were Here!

I have arrived at my hotel, and very lovely it is too!

Who will I meet at Aye Write?


It seems I will be in very good company tomorrow at the Aye Write festival. Nick Butterworth, Debi Gliori, Ann Jungman, Cathy McPhail, Anna Wilson and Barry Hutchison will also be working with school groups tomorrow. Check out the programme here:
http://www.ayewrite.com/schools/pages/default.aspx

I'll let you know if I manage to get anyone's autograph!

On my way to Aye Write Festival


Well, I have my hot chocolate and my trashy magazine and am on the train bound for Glasgow! Tomorrow I'll be entertaining lots of school children with the Big Green Rhyme Machine and helping them make their own mini machines.

Until then, it's five hours of peace, quiet and editing on the train followed my a relaxing evening in a swanky hotel. I feel like I'm on holiday!

Check back soon for further updates.

Friday, 4 March 2011

It's Dinosaur Time!!



These lovely flowers came from the wonderful team at Simon & Schuster to celebrate the publication of my latest book.

It's called How to Grow a Dinosaur and is the thrilling second adventure for Albie, star of Supermarket Zoo.

Children are already loving it -all my advanced copies disappeared within minutes at Brockley Primary and Southbrook Infant & Nursery schools this week.

The vibrant illustrations are by Ed Eaves, and the book is out in Paperback now.

"A pre-school crowd-pleaser with dino-battle to boot" the Bookseller.