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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 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, […]

“Robyn Silver – The Midnight Chimes” by Paula Harrison.

  Best-selling author Paula Harrison has a brand new series coming out! After the massive success of her Rescue Princess, Red Moon Rising and Secret Rescuers series, we can look forward to this new character: Robyn Silver! And much to my delight, there are fantastic illustrations too by Renee Kurilla. For those interested in the cover […]

A review of “Erica’s Elephant” by Sylvia Bishop and illustrated by Ashley King

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 […]

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 “The Invincibles-The Piglet Pickle” by Caryl Hart and Sarah Warburton

  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 […]

A Review of Aaron Blabey’s “The Bad Guys” Episode 1

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 […]

A Review of ‘Lottie Potter Wants an Otter’ by Jeanne Willis and Leonie Lord

HarperCollins 2016 £6.99 Paperback So what did I think? I was at my local library the other day, and the title of this book caught my eye straight away. At first I spotted the spotty, dotty lettering, then the otters (see that one there with the string of snot?). Then I took in the title, […]

Review of “We Are All Born Free”, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures

Paperback £7.99. Published by Amnesty International/ Frances Lincoln. For over 50 years Amnesty International has been defending human rights across the globe. This book has taken the 30 articles of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and presented them in a beautifully illustrated book at a level that kids can understand. Artists such as […]