The Charlie and Lola books are firm favorites in our household. Funny, sweet and wonderfully illustrated, they tell the story of Charlie (aged 11-ish, I think) and his little sister Lola. Every book begins with the words, “I have this little sister, Lola. She is small and very funny.” and goes on to describe a specific episode in their lives. The books are narrated by Charlie and often focus on his attempts to help his little sister.
I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato describes how Charlie convinces Lola to try new foods by pretending that they are not what they seem (for example, mashed potatoes are actually cloud fluff from Mount Fuji). Although I love all of the Charlie and Lola books that I have read, I am singling out this one because it was the first one I read to my children, and also because I have two very picky eaters at home! Other great titles in the series include: I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go To Bed, But Excuse Me That is My Book and I Am Too Absolutely Small For School.
These books are perfect for 3-7 year-olds, and their parents.
I am delighted to announce that The Watchful Face is now available as a paperback or Kindle book at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and other retailers. It is a shortish story (too long to be called a short story and too short to be called a novel) about a boy called Luke who has been watched by a silent face for his whole life. Then, one day, the face starts to speak to him.
In the US, you can pick up a copy here: Amazon.com/The-Watchful-Face
In the UK, you can find it here: Amazon.co.uk/The-Watchful-Face
I hope you enjoy this story that my Advance Readers described as “creepy,” “surprising” and “mysterious.”
On a recent family vacation to the UK, my sister (Kate Cooper ) presented James Chapman and me with this delicious edition of Kyle Evans and the Key to the Universe.
Every detail of the cover had been perfectly reproduced. James thought it looked even better than the original. I’m certain it tasted a whole lot better (although to be fair, I haven’t actually tried to eat a paper copy of the book). Yummy!
Well, to be honest, it’s not really pictures that have been distracting me recently, but picture books. Specifically, ideas for picture books, of which I have several. Unfortunately, I have less artistic talent than an Enderman, so these ideas are just a bunch of words right now.
In other news, I am still gathering feedback to my new shortish story, and the third and final Kyle Evans book is coming along slowly (thanks to those pesky Picture Book ideas!).
The third, and final, Kyle Evans book is underway! I am so excited to finally get going (after being stuck for several weeks) and cannot wait to see what happens next to my favorite three characters. Yes, I realize that sounds strange, but apart from a couple of key moments, I really have no idea what will take place in this final installment.
Separately, my new manuscript is with a group of Advance Readers (kids aged 8-11) and I should start hearing from them soon. If it does well with them, this will be my next publication.
I’ll provide more updates as I have them!
With the immortal words, “Please Look After This Bear,” A Bear Called Paddington begins the tale of… well, a bear called Paddington.
For those of you who don’t know, Paddington is a stowaway from Peru. He has made his way to London because his Aunt Lucy had to go to the home for retired bears in Lima, and she wants him to have a better life. He is a very friendly and polite bear with a strong sense of right and wrong. He also likes marmalade. A lot.
Luckily for Paddington, he is discovered by the Brown family at Paddington station in London (which is the reason he has such an unusual name). Despite Mr. Brown’s concerns, they take Paddington under their wing, and he soon becomes one of the family.
There are a total of eleven Paddington books of which I am aware, and they are all marvelous, but I have a particular fondness for the first one. Crazy adventures surround Paddington’s first bath, his first trip on the London Underground (subway), his first time in a department store, his first outing to the seaside… everyday activities seen through the curious, innocent and often misunderstanding eyes of a bear from Peru. A Bear Called Paddington is funny, silly, filled with kindness and is one of my favorite books.