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THE LATEST FROM MICHELLE

THE LATEST FROM MICHELLE

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Grandmas From Mars have landed!

Grandmas From Mars have landed!

Have you looked closely at your grandma lately? You might want to check for signs that something’s not quite right… Is she acting oddly? Is she green around the gills? Has she grown tentacles? That’s not your grandma. It’s a Grandma From Mars! RUN!!! Me and Fred […]

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 Fat Sausages‘. Thanks heaps to Harriet at Andersen Press and everyone else who has helped to arrange, plan and run the events so smoothly.

I’ve genuinely never enjoyed sharing a book as much as I have this one! I hope everyone I’ve met enjoyed has just as much fun as I did. Thanks so much for making this book arrive on the shelves with a POP and a BANG!

I’m not quite done yet! I’m still looking forward to meeting the children at Bristol Cathedral Primary School for our postponed World Book Day event (snow stopped play!) and to performing with David Gibb at the Oxford Literature Festival.

Also: Ten Fat Sausages has been chosen as book of the day by BookTrust, is one of the Guardian’s best new picture books and featured as LibraryMice’s picture book of the week! Amazing!

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 […]

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 […]


FROM THE ARCHIVE

Goodnight Spaceman – thumbs up to Tim Peake!

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

ESA ASTRONAUT TIM PEAKE.
SERIOUSLY – TIM PEAKE.
TIM ACTUAL FACTUAL PEAKE.
THAT’LL BE TIM FLIPPIN’ 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!