The really, really, really big jelly bean jar

The really, really, really big jelly bean jar

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in fun stuff | No Comments

As part of their preparations for entering the BBC Radio 2 ‘500 Words’ story writing competition the teacher of Year 4 at Saint Mary’s Junior School in Bognor Regis asked me to make a short visit to talk about my children’s books. To generate a little anticipation I sent a jar of jelly beans to […]

This Aye-Aye belongs to me

This Aye-Aye belongs to me

Posted by on Nov 9, 2012 in books, fun stuff | No Comments

Before you go running off down to the nearest toy shop (or onto amazon) to buy one of these delightful Aye-Ayes I’d better tell you that they are not available in shops, online or anywhere else. He is a one-off, hand-made by Helen, my editor at Oxford University Press when Aye-Aye was still just a […]

Flopsy wins the ‘best hat’ competition

Flopsy wins the ‘best hat’ competition

Posted by on Sep 23, 2012 in fun stuff | No Comments

‘Raining again! Come on kids, let’s make some paper hats,’ ¬†said Dad excitedly, ‘I’ve found lots of different styles during my research for the Aye-Aye book!’ A select few of my daughter’s cuddly toys stepped in as models at the last minute. We all decided Flopsy (she’s the one on the left) looked most comfortable […]

How to make a paper hat like Aye-Aye

How to make a paper hat like Aye-Aye

Posted by on Nov 9, 2011 in books, fun stuff | No Comments

Aye-Aye and his friends make some lovely paper hats in my book This book belongs to Aye-Aye. If you’d like to have a go at making your own here are the instructions they use to make them. This is only one style – paper hats come in all sorts of designs. You can see my […]