Hello and welcome to my guest, author Sharon Marie Jones, who has been kind enough to share with us her magical experiences as a debut author! Hi Sharon. Tell us about your book Grace-Ella: Spells for Beginners It all begins when a black cat ambles into Number 32, Ty Mynydd Close, the home of the Bevin […]

Blurb from Penguin Random House ABOUT THE GIANT JUMPEREE Two of the world’s most celebrated picture book creators, Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury, team up for the first time in this jaunty animal fable for fans of Room on the Broom and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Rabbit arrives home one day to hear a […]

The synopsis from Chicken House: About the book Elliot’s mum is ill and his home is under threat, but a shooting star crashes to earth and changes his life forever. The star is Virgo – a young Zodiac goddess on a mission. But the pair accidentally release Thanatos, a wicked death daemon imprisoned beneath Stonehenge, […]

Hello! And a big, warm welcome to Honor and Perdita Cargill! I’ve loved both Waiting For Callback and the brand new Waiting For Callback-Take Two, so it’s fabulous to have them here to find out about how they approach their writing. Elektra, the main character in both books, is such an entertaining and enchanting personality that […]

Hello! I’d like to welcome debut author Lorraine Cannell to my blog. After hearing from my writer friends about how tough the YA market is at the moment,  I invited fellow Golden Egg Lorraine to share her experiences of writing her book Hollow; and to find out why she’s decided to go down the self publishing route. […]

Hello! It’s been a while since I posted a review, so I’m delighted that my first one in  2017 is Waiting for Callback-Take Two by mother and daughter writing duo Perdita and Honor Cargill. I absolutely loved Waiting for Callback and the super talented main character, Elektra (review here), so I’ve been looking forward to finding […]

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year. This is my first blog post for 2017! For the past few years I’ve participated in the SCBWI advent calendar each December: every day an advent picture appears by a SCBWI illustrator, and then we writers craft a caption or poem that can be tweeted. It’s become […]

Hello, Thank you to everyone who has supported my hellopipski blog this year! In 2016 I’ve more than doubled the number of views and visitors compared to 2015, and nearly trebled the number of views! The most viewed posts were reviews of: 1-Grandpa’s Great Escape 2-The Dreamsnatcher 3-The Bolds (once my famous unfortunate typo was […]

A Christmas poem for all the Keepers of the Family Happiness. (One for the grown-ups!) Many thanks to all the readers of my blog, and to all the fabulous contributors in 2016. Lots to come in 2017! Merry Christmas to you all!  Pippa xxx   🎅It’s a Good Job Santa’s Real 🎅 It’s a good […]

Hello! I’m delighted to welcome the super-talented Julia Patton to my hellopipski blog. It will be fascinating to find out how an illustrator of picture books operates! Julia has illustrated many books such as Mind Boggling Numbers by Michael Rosen and Professor McQuark and the Oojamflip by Lou Treleaven, and she also writes and illustrates her […]