Title: Astromouse Author & Illustrator: Steve Smallman Age: 4-6 Any child who has ever pretended to be an astronaut and imagined flying to the moon will love Astromouse, a story about a little mouse who thinks the moon is made of his favourite food - stinky cheese - and builds a rocket to try to… Continue reading Book Review: Astromouse
Title: Audrey the Amazing Inventor Author: Rachel Valentine Illustrator: Katie Weymouth Age: 4-7 When I was given the opportunity to review Audrey the Amazing Inventor ahead of its publication, I was delighted - Rachel Valentine is one of my favourite picture book authors (I included Marmaduke the Very Different Dragon in my top ten list… Continue reading Book Review: Audrey the Amazing Inventor
As well as my son's 3rd birthday, 7th June is one of four dates this year when the Twitter pitch party known as #PitMad takes place. I've mentioned pitch parties before when describing the benefits of Twitter for writers. #PitMad is one of these events and allows writers to tweet pitches for their manuscripts to… Continue reading Don’t miss #PitMad on 7th June!
As a child I loved writing stories (not much has changed there!) But like in everything else, I was a perfectionist. I would spend hours considering every word, crossing things out, adding bits, changing characters' names, and I ended up with a story that had a solid beginning, a middling middle and, if I was… Continue reading Why a First Draft Should Be Terrible
Title: Dangerous! Author & Illustrator: Tim Warnes Age range: 3-6 years Mole loved labelling things. All sorts of things. Anything really. Naming things was what Mole liked best. So when Mole comes across something that he's never seen before, he does his best to identify it with labels. But that lumpy, bumpy, green scaly thing… Continue reading Book Review: Dangerous!