Category Literature

Erica’s Elephant – The Inside Story with Sylvia Bishop and Ashley King.

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 […]

A Review of “Rabbit & Bear – Rabbit’s Bad Habits” by Julian Gough and Jim Field

‘Rabbit and Bear- Rabbit’s Bad Habits’ by Julian Gough and Jim Field. Published by Hodder £9.99 hardback Illustrated by Jim Field @_JimField Text by Julian Gough @juliangough So what did I think? I know people often say don’t judge a book by its cover, but for this book please do. The very first thing that I […]

A review of “This is NOT a Bedtime Story” by Will Mabbitt and Fred Blunt.

  Puffin Books. £6.99 Paperback Take a look inside here. Written by Will Mabbitt, illustrated by Fred Blunt When Sophie asks her dad for one more bedtime story, he tells her quite emphatically that it will be a short one. It’s a pink girlie one with a pretty lame opening. Sophie’s having none of it […]

A Review of ‘The Book With No Pictures’ by B.J. Novak

Puffin books £6.99 paperback The Penguin website says: ‘You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here’s how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say . . . BLORK. Or BLUURF. And […]

A Review of “Monster Slayer” by Brian Patten.

So what did I think? I’m a huge fan of the Barrington Stoke “Little Gems” series: the books are SO well designed with a nice-fit-in-your-hand size, thick cream paper, clear font, perfect text to image ratio…ah, I could go on… So I’m always checking out their latest stories.When  I spotted this one with the killer […]

A Review of ‘Chicken Nugget’ by Michelle Robinson and Tom McLaughlin

Text by Michelle Robinson (author of lots of books including ‘There’s a Lion in My Cornflakes’), illustrated by Tom McLaughlin (also author of ‘The Accidental Prime Minister‘). Puffin Books £6.99 Poor little Chicken Nugget. No one listens to you, and everyone else always has more than you. But when your funny looking long-lost cousin Franz turns up, you do […]

Review of ‘The Many Worlds of Albie Bright’ by Christopher Edge. Reviewed by Pippa Wilson

£6.99 Nosy Crow Check out the link: you can read the first chapter! Cover artwork and chapter openers: Matt Saunders  Interior illustrations: Spike Gerrell The synopsis from Nosy Crow: When Albie’s mum dies, it’s natural he should wonder where she’s gone. His parents are both scientists and they usually have all the answers. Dad mutters something […]

Review of “The Accidental Prime Minister” by Tom McLaughlin.

The Accidental Prime Minister written and illustrated by Tom McLaughlin. Oxford University Press £6.99 Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2016 (editor Clare Whitston) Synopsis from Good Reads: Grown-ups have had their turn at running things, and let’s face it, they’ve been rubbish! It’s time that a kid was in charge. Where there is grumpiness, may […]

A review of ‘The Lie Tree’ by Frances Hardinge

Cover design by James Fraser Pan MacMillan £6.99 Winner of the Costa Book Award 2015. See Frances Hardinge’s acceptance speech here! Synopsis from the Pan MacMillan website: The Lie Tree is a wonderfully evocative and atmospheric novel by Frances Hardinge, award-winning author of Cuckoo Song and Fly By Night. Faith’s father has been found dead under […]

At ‘The Big Honk’ with the Golden Egg Academy.

A big thankyou to KL Kettle for her fantastic panoramic photo of the room! My writer friends often ask me, “Is it worth joining Golden Egg Academy?”. Of course, it depends what you’re looking for. But I thought I’d share my experience of GEA, so that the next time someone asks me, I can tell them […]