Author Archives: hellopipski

A review of “William Bee’s Wonderful World of Trains and Boats and Planes”

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 […]

The Inside Story with author Cerrie Burnell

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 […]

The Inside Story with illustrator Jo Williamson

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 […]

Book review: “Maresi” by Maria Turtschaninoff.

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 […]

The Inside Story with ‘Gaslight’ author Eloise Williams.

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 […]

The Inside Story with Melissa Savage, author of Bigfoot, Tobin and Me.

  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 […]

The Inside Story with Lisa Thompson, author of The Goldfish Boy.

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 […]

A Review of Lisa Thompson’s ‘The Goldfish 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, […]

A Review of Jennifer Killick’s ‘Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink’.

The Publisher says: Alex Sparrow is a super-agent in training. He is also a human lie-detector. Working with Jess, who can communicate with animals, they must find out why their friends – and enemies – are all changing into polite and well-behaved pupils. And exactly who is behind it all. Alex Sparrow is a funny, mid-grade […]

The Inside Story with author Jennifer Killick.

Hello! Today I’m really excited to welcome debut author Jennifer Killick to my blog! I’ve been reading Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink, which is so funny: it’s made me chuckle and laugh out loud all the way through. Plus, it’s full of all the vital Middle Grade ingredients for a lively read, so […]