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Ten Fat Sausages at the Oxford Literary Festival

Ten Fat Sausages at the Oxford Literary Festival

Reading just got even more rock ‘n’ roll!  I’m just home from the Oxford Literary Festival where I had the most amazing time performing my Ten Fat Sausages and Odd Socks event, c/o Andersen Press. The audience were wonderful! They totally deserved the extra treat: […]

Ten Fat Sausages on tour

Ten Fat Sausages on tour

 Ever wondered what it’s like to dress up as a giant sausage in front of hundreds of excited young children? Let me tell you: it’s FUN. I’ve had a wonderful few weeks touring the country to launch me and Tor Freeman‘s latest picture book, ‘Ten […]

Ten Fat Sausages – in stores Feb 1!

Ten Fat Sausages – in stores Feb 1!

Ten Fat Sausages, sizzling in a pan,
One went POP and the other went…
HANG ON A MINUTE! I do not like this.
The fridge went hum but the pan goes hiss.

Well, I won’t go BANG and I won’t go POP!
And Sausage Number Two went hop, hop, hop…

I am utterly delighted with my latest book, illustrated hilariously by Tor Freeman and published by Andersen Press.

I’ve loved Tor’s work for a loooong time, so I was beyond chuffed to be able to create a book with her. I hope it’s not our last! You can buy the book pretty much anywhere that sells books – try your local independent or the next best thing, Hive.

It’s an unpredictable, energetic and anarchic romp through the kitchen and – as proven with an audience of 300 children the other day – kids just can’t help joining in.

I’m really looking forward to touring schools and book festivals in the coming weeks dressed as a giant sausage… Honestly.

2nd Feb – Bristol Schools with South Gloucestershire Library Service.

8th Feb – Plymouth Schools with Portsmouth Schools Library Service.

15th Feb – Seven Stories, Newcastle – tickets.

21st Feb – Portsmouth schools with Portsmouth Library Service

23rd Feb – Chippenham Literature Festival.

18th Mar – Story Museum, Oxford Literary Festival – tickets.

13th May – WITH TOR FREEMAN! Barnes Children’s Literature Festival.







Sheffield Children’s Book Awards 2017

Sheffield Children’s Book Awards 2017

MASSIVE THANKS to Sheffield Libraries for including both ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting’ by me and David Roberts and ‘Odd Socks’ by me and Rebecca Ashdown for their brilliant Sheffield Children’s Book Awards! I finally got to meet Rebecca at the event, as well […]

Wyoming Buckaroo Book Award 2017 – winner!

Wyoming Buckaroo Book Award 2017 – winner!

Every so often a UPS van pulls up outside my house with something exciting from my publishers in the US. Usually it’s a proof copy of my latest book or the handful of copies I receive whenever a new book has been published. Today it […]


Goodnight Spaceman – thumbs up to Tim Peake!

Excuse the excess exclamation marks, but GOODNIGHT SPACEMAN has been created in collaboration with Tim Peake!!!!


Tim is an incredible role model for everyone, particularly young children. Part of his mission, and ultimately his legacy, is to engage primary school children with science, numeracy and literacy.

We made GOODNIGHT SPACEMAN as a companion book to Tim’s ESA Principia mission to the International Space Station. The book centres around two young children whose father is an astronaut. They imagine visiting him and his crew mates onboard the ISS, before returning home to bed. While the story was written with Tim’s own family in mind, we hope it speaks directly to each and every young child who looks to the stars and dreams. Cc8SJC6W4AAFMvI

There aren’t enough exclamation marks in the world to adequately express how thrilled me and Nick are to have Tim involved in this latest instalment in the Goodnight series. We’re incredibly grateful to Tim and to everyone at Puffin Books and the ESA for making it possible. You could say we’re over the moon

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On a personal note, life here on earth has been a little rough recently. An hour after watching Tim blast off in the Soyuz, my own father called me to tell me he’d been diagnosed with cancer. He’s since started chemo and had a huge operation, just three days after I had a very similar big op myself. So for me and dad, secretly knowing the big GOODNIGHT SPACEMAN reveal was on the way has been a great tonic.

It’s been truly inspiring and cheering to follow Tim’s adventures. That constant grin of his is quite something. If a dad can walk in space, me and my dad can handle a little bit of a wobble down here on earth. ‘Onwards and upwards’ is our motto, so I think there must be a little bit of astronaut spirit in us all.

Enough slushy stuff. In closing: THUMBS UP TO TIM PEAKE!