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By Eleanor Updale
We’ve been asked to write about a family secret that has influenced our work….
My father was born 100 years ago, into a very different world. His mother was unmarried, and so he was taken, as a baby, to the Foundling Hospital: the oldest children’s charity in the country. He lived there till he was sent out to work as a trainee electrician when he was 13. In all that time, he hardly ever handled money, went in a shop, or crossed a road. It was tough life in many ways, but in others he was lucky. …
The title of Whale Boy tells you pretty much what this book is about – a whale, in this case a young, wild, male sperm whale, and a boy, Michael, who lives on a fictionalized Caribbean island. I’ve spent some of the happiest times of my life on board small boats in tropical seas watching whales, and I wanted to put the delight of those experiences and close encounters into the book. …
It’s December and Christmas is coming so I feel like I can talk about my book, When it Snows again!
As some of you may know, the hardback was released last year to much critical acclaim (thanks for that ).
- The book was shortlisted for the V&A best illustrated book award and has been nominated for the Kate Greenaway award.
This year sees the release of the US Edition, a French Edition and an Estonian edition (which I don’t know much about).
But I thought I’d talk about the UK paperback edition. …
So what have you learnt this week that you didn’t know before? Well, as it happens quite a lot!Last week was Week ONE of the Northern Childrens Book Festival. This year the festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary, which is quite an achievement considering the political backdrop of major spending cuts throughout the North East.
By Simon Rae
I wish there were some! There may be, of course; but if so, they’ve been very well hidden.
Actually, I’m not big on family. I come from a very small one – just me and my parents. My father was an only child too. His father was an old(ish) man when Dad was born and died when he was a young boy. His mother (my grandmother) foolishly sent him away to a boarding school in London. I, too, was sent away at a young age, which cast something of a shadow over my relationship with both parents.
Being an only child is often a talking point.
You tend to be pitied on the one hand, and blamed on the other – pitied for your solitary childhood (overlooking the hordes of small boys you shared day-rooms and dormitories with during term), and blamed for what is perceived as a self-centred (if not downright selfish) approach to life.
Of course, if you are an only child, it’s all you’ve ever known. …
By David Wyatt
I’ve always avoided using family members as characters in my work for fear of being found out; it would be awkward (for example) if uncle Derek discovered the evil Goblin king in a particularly grotesque illustration was based on him.
Friends, on the other hand, are fair game. …
By SF Said
For this round of storyblogs, we’ve been asked to respond to Siobhan Dowd’s novella THE RANSOM OF DOND. Given that Siobhan died so tragically young, and the book deals with the subject of death, I thought I’d use this post to talk about that subject – though it’s one people don’t normally like to talk about. …
We are delighted to announce that THREE fantastically funny RHCP titles have been shortlisted for this year’s Roald Dahl Funny Prize!
The wonderful Do Not Enter The Monster Zoo by Amy Sparkes and Sara Ogilvie is shortlisted in The Funniest Book for Children Aged Six and Under category.
In The Funniest Book For Children Aged Seven to Fourteen category, both My Parents Are Out Of Control by Pete Johnson and Fish-Head Steve by Jamie Smart made the shortlist.
Congratulations to our brilliant authors!