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  Publisher David Fickling says: From the illustrator of the mega-selling HORRIBLE HISTORIES! Bison are banned and tigers are taboo. Say goodbye to the gnu, cheerio to the cheetah and poo poo to the panda. The world of Lesser Spotted Animals STARTS HERE! Discover the brilliant beasts you never knew you needed to know about […]

ffl

Hello! This week I’ve been reading Barbara Henderson‘s Fir For Luck, and I’ve been so blown away by  the story that I just have to share it with you! Here’s what the publishers Cranachan have to say about the story: Would you be brave enough to fight back?  When 12-year-old Janet’s village is under threat– she […]

foolish king

Check this out! Publisher David Fickling says: The secret history of chess! Long, long ago, when kings ruled the land, dragons filled the sky and magic still existed, two small children stumbled upon the game of chess. This is your chance to discover it with them . . . Join Pip and Holly on a magical fairy-tale adventure […]

Robin Silver The Midnight Chimes

  Best-selling author Paula Harrison has a brand new series coming out! After the massive success of her Rescue Princess, Red Moon Rising and Secret Rescuers series, we can look forward to this new character: Robyn Silver! And much to my delight, there are fantastic illustrations too by Renee Kurilla. For those interested in the cover […]

WML

  If you loved The Boy In The Tower, you’ll love Where Monsters Lie by Polly Ho-Yen. The Synopsis on Good Reads says: The children of Mivtown have grown up hearing the legend of the monsters of the loch. But it’s only a story – a warning to stay away from the water. Then strange […]

oi frog

This lively book pairs up the multi award-winning Kes Gray (author of Eat Your Peas and the Daisy books) and the equally prolific award-holding Jim Field (illustrator of The Parent Agency and The Lion Inside). And what a fantastic pairing: the hilarious conversation between the bossy know-it-all cat and the mildly peeved frog perfectly match the bright and comic illustrations. […]

Matt Ralphs

Hello! This month I’m delighted to welcome author Matt Ralphs to my hellopipski blog, and I can’t wait to hear about his new book Fire Witch. Macmillan £6.99 So Matt, what’s Fire Witch about? Fire Witch and the prequel Fire Girl tell the story of Hazel Hooper and her dormouse familiar, Bramley. They live in England in the […]

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Hello! I’ve been sitting here writing a new Christmas picture book ready to post for my Scbwi critique group. I know, July probably isn’t the best month to do that! Despite the hot weather,  I’ve tried to recreate that Christmassy feeling. To get in the zone I’ve created a Christmas carol playlist and found a […]

James Nicol author photo

Hello! Welcome to our 2nd author interview at hellopipski! This month we have James Nicol visiting to tell us all about his debut novel The Apprentice Witch with Chicken House publishers. Hi James! So, what’s the book about?  The Apprentice Witch is all about a young witch, Arianwyn Gribble, who on the brink of becoming a fully-fledged witch […]

strange star

Faber £6.99 Paperback Emma’s website Faber and Faber’s synopsis: They were coming tonight to tell ghost stories. ‘A tale to freeze the blood,’ was the only rule. Switzerland, 1816. On a stormy summer night, Lord Byron and his guests are gathered round the fire. Felix, their serving boy, can’t wait to hear their creepy tales. […]