Friday, 23 March 2012

Eek!! Aliens!!!

Look what just arrived!  

My advance copies of Welcome to Alien School!! 

Hands up who would like a copy to review?

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Tom McLaughlin's going to illustrate one of my books!

Tom McLaughlin is illustrating one of my texts to create a book called Catch That Rat!  It's coming out next year.  

You can see some of Tom's amazing work on this episode of CBeebies Bedtime Story, in his story with Mark Sperring called Captain Buckleboots on the Naughty Step!  Enjoy!

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Stockport Awards Shortlist for How to Grow a Dinosaur!!

Wheeeee!! How to Grow a Dinosaur has been shortlisted for the 2012 Stockport Children's Book Awards!!
I don't know which other books are shortlisted yet, but I'll let you know as soon as I find out.  This is my second nomination for this award.  Last year, Rhino? What Rhino? was shortlisted but pipped at the post by the brilliant book: My Mum has X-Ray Vision by Angela McAllister and Alex T. Smith.
Big thanks go to Ed Eaves for his amazing illustrations, which really bring this book to life! 

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

11 Questions from Clara Vulliamy

My lovely friend and fellow author, Clara Vulliamy, has written a cool blog post called 11 Questions, 11 Answers.  The idea is to share 11 things about yourself, answer the 11 questions asked by the previous person, and in turn ask 11 more.  You can read Clara's blog here:

I thought I'd have a go too, so here are my 11s.

 11 Things about Me
 1. I like clothes shopping but can never find anything that suits me
2. I get very cold during the day, so often write wearing thermals, two jumpers, fingerless gloves, woolly hat and dressing gown. 
3. I like to fiddle with a Tangle Toy while I write, it helps me to think
4. When I was small, I had a purple crochet blanket which started life as a dress made by my mum for a neighbour.
5. I still have it.
6. I used to practise my violin at 6am outside my brother's bedroom door
7. I hate walking in crowded streets
8. My favourite flowers are sweet peas
9. I am a tomboy and hardly ever wear skirts or dresses
10.  Sweets make my teeth hurt, but chocolate doesn't
11. I sweep my kitchen floor every morning.

11 Answers to Clara Vulliamy's Questions:
1.Where is your favourite place in the whole world?
Up a mountain in Nepal
2.What is your favourite colour?
Deep Blue
3. What lovely thing you would like to overhear someone saying about you?
She's fun
3. Classical music – do you like it, or are you just pretending?
Lots, but not all.  I hate chamber music as I played loads of it as a child.  I also hate really modern stuff that is full of weird rhythms and discords.
4. Cats or dogs?
5. What’s your perfect night in?
50 First Dates or Employee of the Month, Guillian chocolates, white wine and cuddles
6. Are you squeamish – and if so what about?
No.  Yes.  Bogies Ewww.
7. Cautious, or ‘what the heck, let’s go for it!’ ?
I'm not a big risk-taker.  I like to plan ahead.
8. Camping or luxury hotels?
Self catering in unusual places is for me. Oh, and house-swapping cos its free and you get to see some really cool places.
9. ‘Real’ books, or on screen?
Both.  Book first, then film.
10. Weep at happy endings?
11. Singing in public: a chance to show off, or horribly embarrassing?
A chance to show off AND horribly embarrassing for everyone watching!

And here are my 11 questions for someone else to answer:

1. If you could do ANY job, what would it be?
2. What's your favourite smell?
3. Chocolate or sweets?
4. Name three things you keep in your bag
5. What's your favourite book of all time?
6. Do you still know your best friend from primary school?
7. What is your favourite font?
8. What size notebook do you prefer, A5, A4 or A3?
9. If you had a pet alien, what would you call it?
10.  What object do you hate the most?
11. What is your perfect age?

I'd love to hear your answers, so please do add your comments below.

Monday, 5 March 2012

The Princess and the Peas - Caryl-Hart-Style

Wowsers!  Just get a load of this!! It's PINK, it's glittery and it's the cover for my newest book, due out in September!  Sarah Warburton has created some of the best illustrations I've ever seen, she is such an amazing talent!  

I am hoping to be able to bring you a couple of sneak previews of the insides, so keep checking back.

Oh, and if you think you know the story, then think again!  This version is about a little girl who won't eat her peas.  She makes such a fuss that her dad calls the doctor, who diagnoses her with a severe case of Princess-itis and packs her off to live at the palace.  But is pea-free luxury as good as it sounds?  You'll have to read the story to find out!!

The Princess and the Peas is a light-hearted cautionary tale for all princesses and princes who don't like to eat up their greens.  And it's published by Nosy Crow.