Picture Books

Over the past few years, I have been working on several children’s Picture Books.

Here’s a little bit about a few of them!

wild goose chase!

Slumber-Down Valley is a quiet peaceful place…until one night, a big, noisy stranger comes roaring into town!

The villagers all agree. This pesky goose has got to GO!

Then one dark night, when a robbery takes place, all the evidence seems to point in one direction.

But is Wild Goose really all he seems? Find out, in this stonking, honking tale!

hurry up, hugo!

Hugo is the slowest post-tortoise that ever plodded up your path. The trouble is, everyone around him seems to be in a hurry!

Hugo needs to find a way to get up to speed – and fast!  Perhaps his old friend Hare will be able to help him?

But after a series of disasters, Hugo discovers that there is always a place in this world for things that take their own sweet time.

squirreled away

Deep in the Ferny-Green Forest, a clever, young squirrel named Squidge, manages to bag herself a tasty treasure!

After a near miss with a pilfering thief, she buries her acorn stash beneath the ground. 

But when a snow-storm blows in, she cannot remember where she buried it!

Can Grandpa’s old diary help her?

Join Squidge, in this heart-warming tale about love, loss and ultimately new hope.

Melrose & Croc, Together at Christmas, by Emma Chichester-Clark

I’m an unabashed collector of books of all kinds – particularly Picture Books. I am drawn to Picture Books like a Magpie is to shiny things. I love the marriage of words and pictures. I love sharing stories with children. I love the humour and playfulness that Picture books often contain, and as a writer, I particularly admire the skill of the illustrator, at adding so much of the magic.

A small percentage of Picture Books are both written and illustrated by the same person. I would absolutely LOVE to be in this category, but sadly, my drawing skills are woefully deplete.

Emma Chichester Clark is one such talent – and there is a particular book that comes out again and again at Christmas in our house – first being enjoyed by my own children, and now by the children I look after.

It’s the story of two strangers, Melrose and Croc, who come to the big city. Both are lonely and looking for a friend.

Like all good stories, things go from bad to worse for both of them – especially Croc!

Until lovely music draws them both to the ice-skaing rink…

…where they are destined to bump into each other!

And the two lonely strangers become best of friends.

This sweet book will always be a favourite of mine. And it could partly explain my deep affection for Labradors…

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.

12 more sleeps till the big day!

The Pup With The Yellow Collar

Here’s a little snippet from a Picture Book series I’m currently working on. Can you tell who inspired it?

Once, there were ten tumbling, bumbling, honey-coloured puppies, who needed a forever home. None of the puppies yet had names. Instead, they each wore a different coloured collar, so that people could tell which one of them was which.

At first they were small and snuggly and cosy and dozy. But every day, they grew!

They wobbled and wiggled.

They toppled and tumbled.

They nuzzled and nibbled.

Until soon, they were big enough to chase and race around the garden.

One day, a nice family came to adopt a puppy of their very own. All of the puppies were unique and special so it was very difficult to choose.

Some were big.

Some were small.

Some were sleepy.

One was sassy!

But the pup with yellow collar was funny, licky, snuggly and sweet….