Ned likes to be naked. A trait my 4-year-old readily identifies with. Who wants clothes, after all? They get in the way, they scratch, they itch, they’re generally fiddly. So Nuddy Ned’s Christmas by Kes Gray and Garry Parsons was bound to be a hit before we even realised there were lift-the-flaps (ahahaha!!)… Oh yes. … More Nuddy Ned’s Christmas – review
By The Light of the Moon, by Tom Percival, is a beautiful, quirky, reassuring story. Ivan has moved house, and he’s finding it tough. Nothing is where it’s supposed to be, and it just doesn’t feel like home. Until he looks up at the moon at night, and something shining comes whizzing down from the … More By the Light of the Moon – review
Like many others, I’m frustrated and saddened by the stories of so many refugees stuck in camps, ignored by governments and battered by grief and the elements. My author pal Fiona Dunbar has set up a fantastic auction where you can bid on all kinds of amazing book-related things (not just for children!), and I … More Win the chance to have your name in my next book!
I picked up a proof copy of Nothing Tastes As Good by Claire Hennessy at a publishing event earlier in the year. It’s the story of Annabel, a girl who’s died from heart failure brought on by anorexia but who narrates the story from whatever spirit dimension she’s trapped in. Annabel wants to give her … More Nothing Tastes As Good – review
It would have been a packed six weeks anyway: a family holiday, three festivals, holiday courses for the kids…but this summer has been extra packed because I’ve had a mountain of writing to do! Just before the end of the summer term, I delivered the manuscript of ELECTRIGIRL 3 (title still under wraps for now!) … More What I Did On My Summer Holidays #3: Writing
This summer, in the space of three weeks, I attended and took part in three festivals: the Edinburgh Book Festival, the Just So Festival and the Stroud Fringe. They were all a lot of fun! Leaving my family on the Isle of Wight (see previous post), I flew up to Edinburgh for three days. I’ve … More What I Did On My Summer Holidays #2: Festivals!
Whew! It’s been a busy ol’ time this summer. I honestly, honestly, have not had time to blog. And when I’ve finished writing these posts, you’ll see why! Three big things have taken up my summer holidays: a trip away with my family, three festivals, and a whole load of writing! But today I’m just … More What I Did On My Summer Holidays #1: The Isle of Wight