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THE LATEST FROM MICHELLE

THE LATEST FROM MICHELLE

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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 […]

Have You Seen My Giraffe in Richmond?

Have You Seen My Giraffe in Richmond?

Huge thanks to the Alligator’s Mouth in Richmond for welcoming me and illustrator Claire Powell to their wonderful book shop yesterday! Clever clogs Claire designed, made and installed a really funny window display based on our picture book, ‘Have You Seen My Giraffe?’

The shop (which is a children’s book fan’s paradise!) was packed with young giraffe spotters who watched Claire draw (scroll down for a pic!) while they listened to our story – they even let us paint their cheeky faces.

We’ve loved visiting schools in Hampton and Crouch End, larking about with very magic markers, face paint and ossicones. Yes, ossicones – those knobbly horns on the top of a giraffe’s head. Thanks to all who joined the fun, and to Hannah and Elisa at Simon & Schuster who helped it all run smoothly.

 

BAM AND RED – OUT NOW!

BAM AND RED – OUT NOW!

I was lucky enough to see a giant panda and red pandas at Edinburgh Zoo this summer when I travelled up to take part in the Book Festival (another huge bit of luck!), so I’m all about pandas right now. My latest book is now […]

SCHOOL FOR LITTLE MONSTERS – OUT NOW!

SCHOOL FOR LITTLE MONSTERS – OUT NOW!

It’s been a long old summer, but my kids started back at school this week. They’re not big, but they tell me this year’s reception children are TINY… Very best of luck to everyone starting school this year. I hope you have as much fun […]


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!