Hilda the Hippo, Who Didn't Like Being Different
Hilda the Hippo is sad because she feels different to the others. Her friends all tell her that they love her just the way she is.
This is a light-hearted, amusing story for young children which also carries a very serious message. "It's okay to
be you. True friends love you just the way you are!"
Lonesome Lawrie - Into the Unknown
I was inspired to write 'Lonesome Lawrie - Into the Unknown' after I'd been teaching a particularly inventive class of primary school children about writing fantasy stories. This coincided with me watching an incredible and poignant documentary narrated by Sir David Attenborough.
Lonesome Lawrie is an unusual creature who lives in an equally bizarre land. Poor Lawrie has a tricky problem which he needs to resolve. To do this, he must set out on a difficult and dangerous quest. But in search of what?
If you are a teacher, parent, grandparent, relation or are wanting to buy a book for a friend's child, you will find the comprehensive educational section at the back highly relevant and useful.
"If you are looking for a classic quest, full of invention and craziness, weird worlds and lively language ..." this "is the one for you." Alan Gibbons, Award Winning Children's Author.
My inspiration for Oscar came when I was on holiday in Florida. The area is teeming with wildlife, which contrasts vividly with the equally wonderful wildlife here in Britain. While I was there, I was constantly woken up by the plaintive cries of a young osprey chick.
Oscar the Osprey is a picture book, which can either be read aloud to a younger child or read independently by an older reader. Irrelevant of age, all children will enjoy the illustrations, rhyme, meter and repetition.
Whilst narrating a good story, this book can also be used as a teaching resource, as it includes a facts page and multi-curricular discussion points.
Oscar the Osprey
In this sequel to 'Lonesome Lawrie - Into the Unknown,' our intrepid hero must once again embark on a perilous mission which takes him to a strange new world, culminating in a confrontation with perhaps his most terrifying antagonist of all! But who must he rescue? And why?
Once again, this book incorporates a useful educational section.
Here "we have a new quest, more linguistic invention and word play ... the ingredients for another completely weird, wacky and enjoyable adventure for kids." Alan Gibbons - Award Winning Children's Author
Lonesome Lawrie - A Strange New World
The Discombobulator is the ultimate prankster! His naughty spells leave all the creatures that he meets strangely transformed and utterly confused. Is there anyone who is clever enough to stop him and teach him a lesson? This is a funny and beautifully-illustrated story for young children, which also carries a simple but important message: treat others the way you yourself would like to be treated.