I’ll have fish and chips please

A man went into a library. He walked up to the woman at the desk and said,
“I’ll have fish and chips, please!”
The woman whispered back, “This is a library!”
“Oh…I’m sorry,” said the man. Then he added, very quietly, “I’ll have fish and chips please.”

If you’d like to get hold of my books, you’ll find details of some of them below…

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WHERE THE BUGABOO LIVES

Illustrated by Neal Layton

Published in 2015 by Walker Books

Brilliantly illustrated by Neal Layton, this is an interactive, which-way adventure for 6 – 9 year olds which can be read again and again. Floyd asks his older sister why they can’t play down in the valley. She explains that scary things live there, and the scariest of all is THE BUGABOO! But when Floyd’s ball rolls into the valley the pair pluck up courage to go after it. So they find themselves among all sorts of  creepy and freaky creatures. At each stage the reader chooses which path to take and what dangers to overcome…though, in the end, all paths lead only to one thing!

The big, brilliant format will delight youngsters and their nostalgic parents in this choose your own adventure style story… The monsters are mad, the illustrations are fantastic and the book will be browsed again and again to find out which twists and turns can be taken next. Great fun indeed!’ Books for Keeps

I foresee family fights ensuing over this book and one copy in a classroom will definitely not be enough to cope with the demand.
Gloriously ghoulish, amazingly awesome and eminently re-readable; it’s brimming over with visual and verbal delights. Jill Shanti, Red Reading Hub

WINNER OF THE HAMPSHIRE ILLUSTRATED BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017  (in a vote by 7200 Year 5 children!)

WINNER OF COVENTRY INSPIRATION BOOK AWARD, 2017

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IT’S A GROOVY WORLD, ALFREDO!

Illustrated by Chris Garbutt

Published in 2015 by Walker Books

A goofy and warmhearted new picture book. Alfredo is invited to a party with disco lights and groovy dancing. He wants to go, but he has a problem. He can’t dance. No matter how hard he tries, all he ever does is…JUMP! JUMP! JUMP!

A great story about how an outsider becomes an unexpected star. Julia Eccleshare Lovereading4kids (Book of the Month, June 2015.)

It is an unlikely smash hit – but it knows how to to rock’n'roll. The Guardian

A very enjoyable picture book. Books for Keeps

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HOOT OWL master of disguise

Illustrated by Jean Jullien

Published in 2015 by Walker Books

 A funny adventure for 3 – 6 year olds, featuring a hungry owl, the animals he wants to eat and some very silly costumes.

By far the most fun read aloud of the year so far. Huffington Post

Hoot Owl cuts a very comic figure, and his extravagant similes are hilarious. He’ll have children and adults alike laughing out loud. Lovereading4kids (Book of the Month, March 2015.)

I have seen little boys fall from their chairs with laughter at this daft and wonderful title! Bookwagon

WINNER, GOLDEN DRAGON BOOK AWARD, HONG KONG 2018

WINNER, HAMPSHIRE PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR, 2017

HONOR BOOK, CHARLOTTE ZOLOTOW AWARDS, 2016

SHORTLISTED LAUGH OUT BOOK AWARDS (LOLLIES), 2016

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THAT’S WHAT MAKES A HIPPOPOTAMUS SMILE!

Illustrated by Laurent Cardon

Published in 2014 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books

What do you do when a hippopotamus comes to visit? Find out in this warm, funny, rhyming picture book for 2-5 year olds.

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FIDDLESTICKS!

Illustrated by Sally Anne Garland

Published in 2014 by Simon & Schuster

Mouse is ever so pleased with his little house. But…FIDDLESTICKS!…he notices it isn’t quite as perfect as he thought it was. When he asks a friend for help, things just seem to get worse…and worse…and worse. A bright and lively story for 3-5 year olds, about living with life’s imperfections…

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GOAL!

Illustrated by Caio Vilela

Published in 2014

An uplifting celebration of the game that unites children all round the world. Features photographs of children playing football in 15 different countries. Where there’s a ball…there will always be someone who wants to play football. 

A brilliant introduction to the world’s best-loved sport. I found it really fascinating. Carousel Magazine

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Robot Rumpus!

Illustrated by Ross Collins

Published in 2013 by Andersen Press

A picture book for 3-6 year olds, hilariously illustrated by Ross Collins. Join in the fun when Mum and Dad decide it’s a clever idea to buy robots to look after their daughter.  ”I thought they must be joking./But Dad switched the robots on./Mum said, “They’re the latest models./What could possibly go wrong?”

WINNER OF 3-7′s SCOTTISH CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARDS 2015

This brilliant idea is guaranteed to amuse parents and children. The Guardian

…snappy rhyme and short text give the fabulous illustrations plenty of room to shine in this hilarious picture book. Books For Keeps

A glorious story and illustrations from this award winning duo. Julia Eccleshare Lovereading4kids

What a refreshingly original fun and friendly story! Eye Magazine

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We Have Lift-Off!

Illustrated by Hannah Shaw

Published in 2013 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books

A lively adventure for 3-6 year olds on an ecological theme. Watch the trailer here.  To escape from the smog and smoke of Mr Tanner’s farm, a group of brave animals build an intergalactic rocket. Do they manage to boldly go where no farm animals have gone before? Find out in this latest picture book illustrated by Hannah Shaw. Narrated by the first chicken in outer space.

The whole thing is hilarious… With its wacky way of getting across the pollution message this one will assuredly appeal. Books For Keeps

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Robomop

Illustrated by Edel Rodriguez

Published in 2013

Meet Robomop, a slightly dented but hardworking robot, who spends his days cleaning a public toilet in a basement. He longs to escape, see the world, feel the sunshine and fall in love. But Robomops can’t get up steps. A poignant, funny new picture book for 4-7 year olds…in which Robomop discovers that finding your place in the world means never giving up.
This one should hit the top of many bedtime stacks. Publishers Weekly
Offers up a happy ending that involves friendship, love, and, well, honky-tonk music. Booklist
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A Waste of Good Paper

Published in 2012 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books

Pete says this is a writing book that he’s only giving me. And it’s so I can write in it every day. But SORRY PETE there’s nothing I want to write.

A novel for teenagers. Jason loses it at school. He’s been in and out of care because his mum has a drugs problem. And now Jon is back, with his violence and sinister errands. A storyteller and a drummer are visiting Jason’s school. Last time they came, everything fell apart for him. If he tries to write a journal, is it going to be a waste of good paper?

A very funny yet moving novel. School Librarian

A moving, first person story that captures the frustrations and pent-up fury of a boy with a lot of problems…Jason’s journal portrays a journey from despair to hope for a better life ahead. Julia Eccleshare Lovereading4kids – May 2012 Featured Book of the Month

 

Nominated for the 2013 Carnegie Medal.