My guest today is Chris Callaghan, author of The Great Chocoplot ! Can you imagine hearing, “in six days there will be no more chocolate in the world…ever!“? I know, pure horror! For Jelly, the main character in The Great Chocoplot, who lives in Chompton-On-De-Lyte and is partial to Blocka Choca bars, this is a total […]

Hello! Welcome to Barbara Henderson! Last year I was completely staggered by the power of Barbara’s storytelling in her Middle Grade book Fir for Luck, which tells the story of 12 year old Janet in a village during the Highland Clearances. You can read more about that here, and I would really urge you to get your […]

William Bee’s Wonderful World of Trains and Boats and Planes  by Pavilion Books is a glorious celebration of amazing vehicles, visual delights and vibrant language that will entertain youngsters and grown-ups alike. Each double spread is a treat to take in:  a lively commentary from William Bee, accompanied by graphics with a retro feel. It feels […]

Hello! Hooray! The blog birthday celebrations continue as we are very lucky to have Cerrie Burnell with us today! Many of us recognise Cerrie from her work on Cbeebies, but did you know she is also the author of a stack of books? Including these picture books (beautifully illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson) Cerrie has also […]

Hello and welcome! There’s a big birthday celebration happening here today: my hellopipski blog is 5 years old! The first ever blog post here was my response to seeing two inspirational author-illustrators in conversation: Shaun Tan and Quentin Blake. They moved and inspired me so much, that I had to write down everything little thing […]

A gripping, timeless YA fantasy. A breathtakingly fresh celebration of womanhood.   Really there’s only one thing I need to say in this review, and that is: READ MARESI! Read it now, and pass it on. Tell the whole world about this book! Before I say any more, here’s Maria Turtschaninoff revealing the inspiration that […]

Hello! Today I’m delighted to welcome author Eloise Williams to my hellopipski blog, and for her to tell us all about her book Gaslight, which is a rip-roaring Victorian adventure story, filled with shady characters, shocking twists and a fantastically satisfying ending. Here’s a taster! I loved the story’s main character, Nansi, and how story is […]

  Hello! We all know the saying ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade‘. Right? Well, the brand new debut,  Bigfoot, Tobin & Me, by US author Melissa Savage is a heartwarming and life affirming story for readers aged 9+, boasting a main character called Lemonade! Following the death of her mother, Lemonade moves to Willow Creek to be […]

It’s a pleasure today to welcome author Lisa Thompson to find out about her Middle Grade book The Goldfish Boy (which has fabulous illustrations from Mike Lowery, by the way), and to hear about her personal writing process. Hi Lisa! Tell us about The Goldfish Boy! The Goldfish Boy is about a 12 year old boy […]

Scholastic says: How do you solve a crime when you can hardly even go outside? A witty and heartfelt mystery starring a hero with severe OCD. When you spend most of your day trapped in your bedroom, staring out of the window, you don’t get to experience all that much. Kept prisoner by crippling OCD, […]