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. […]

Drawings 4

Synopsis from the Scholastic website: When Erica Perkins wakes up on the morning of her tenth birthday, the last thing she expects is to find a very confused elephant sitting on her doorstep. So begins an unlikely friendship. But can a small girl and a rather large elephant learn to live together in a tiny […]

elephant

Published by Scholastic £8.99 (Hardback). Text by Sylvia Bishop, and illustrations by Ashley King Hello! I’m really excited and thrilled to launch a new venture here at hellopipski HQ: each month I’m aiming to bring an author or illustrator interview to inspire those of us who are still waiting to be published! So, it is […]

Piglet pickle

  Published by Nosy Crow £5.99 Paperback Text by Caryl Hart, illustations by Sarah Warburton Synopsis from Nosy Crow: In this first story, troublesome twosome Nell and Freddie go on a school trip to a farm, where they pet the animals and learn about how they live, and Freddie smuggles a piglet out in his […]

BadGuys

Created by award-winning Australian writer (and actor) Aaron Blabey Published by Scholastic. Paperback £5.99 So what did I think? Mr Wolf has decided that it’s not fair that so many of his friends have a bad reputation, so he takes it upon himself to set up The Good Guys Club. Mr Wolf forces the Good Guys-that’s […]

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