#BlogTour #Excerpt #TheGiftOfEvil by Frank Hinks | @talesofraimon #GiftOfEvilBook #DarkroomTours

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Gift of Evil by Frank Hinks

The Gift of Evil tells how Griselda the witch turned to evil when but a child. Number 19 in the Tales of Ramion, it is the first in a prequel series which follows the witch Griselda from birth and written to be enjoyed independently of previous stories. Sir Tancred Grunch wants an heir, but not a baby. When he decides to let his granddaughter stay with her parents until the age of five, the Princess of the Night (source of evil) screams in fury. Stupid man! By the age of five Griselda may be set in the path of good! The Princess sends birthday presents to ensure Griselda follows the path of evil.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47821231-the-gift-of-evil

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gift-Evil-Tales-Ramion/dp/1909938297

I took the book sleeve of so I could see what was hiding underneath, have to say I do love the red and white contrast!

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By day, Frank Hinks is a prominent and well-respected Chancery QC based in London, with an international practice which includes Hong Kong, Cayman, Bermuda, BVI and the Bahamas. Outside his highly successful legal practice, Frank has always had a passion for storytelling. The Ramion adventures were inspired by the bedtime stories he would create every night for his own children. Wife taught not self-taught Frank developed his abilities as an artist under the critical gaze of his wife Susan Haire, fine artist, President of the London Group (founded 1913) and inspiration for the witch Griselda. Frank has produced over 600 full page gouache paintings for the Tales of Ramion series, assisted by his son Alexander (graduated Wimbledon College of Art with Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for best degree show). Frank works mainly in a small art studio off his room in Serle Court chambers in Lincoln’s Inn.

Website: https://www.ramion-books.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RamionBooks

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ramionbooks/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/talesoframion/

Let’s have a peek inside, shall we…

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Follow the tour and see what others thought to The Gift of Evil.

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#BlogTour #Review #LulusGuideToSpace | @SweetCherryPub @Darkroomtours #LulasGuideToSpace #ShaunTheSheep #DarkroomTours

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Lu-La’s Guide to Space

Official movie-tie in for the Shaun the Sheep Movie 2: Farmageddon.
Learn all about space with Lu-La! This guide is packed with interested facts, colourful images, stickers and posters.
Packed with scientific facts to inspire a love for space for inspiring young minds! Perfect for children aged 6+.

Information about the Book
Title: Lu-La’s Guide to Space
Release Date: 26th September 2019
Genre: MG
Page Count: 32
Publisher: Sweet Cherry Publishing
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Guide-Space-Official-Shaun-Sheep/dp/1782265902/

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Official junior novel for the Shaun the Sheep Movie 2: Farmageddon

Shaun is an unusually clever sheep living on a northern English farm, but his life is far from boring!
Fascinated with what the humans are up to, Shaun always finds himself in trouble.

This is a must-read for fans of Shaun the Sheep and is the perfect tie-in for Shaun the Sheep Movie 2: Faramaggedon.

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Official 2020 annual for the Shaun the Sheep Movie 2: Farmageddon

Shaun is an unusually clever sheep living on a northern English farm, but his life is far from boring!
Fascinated with what the humans are up to Shaun always finds himself in trouble.

Fans of the TV show will love interacting with Shaun and his flock, and this fun-packed annual is a great way to celebrate Shaun the Sheep Movie 2: Farmageddon.

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Search and find Shaun the Sheep in all of these fun locations!

Shaun is an unusually clever sheep living on a northern English farm, but his life is far from boring! Fascinated with what the humans are up to Shaun always finds himself in trouble.

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Oh my word!

Talk about taking me back to my childhood!!

I’m not sure who had more fun with these, the 4 year old or me?!!

Hats of to Sweet Cherry Publishing for producing these rather addictive books. They are bright, bold, colourful and page turningly awesome!

Lily-May loved Lu-La’s guide to space, especially the stickers in the back and the solar system poster which is currently stuck on her bedroom wall.

For The official film guide we broke it down into chapters. Only being 4 one chapter before bed was as long as the attention span lasted. She loves aliens so I knew she would enjoy this book, she even asked questions along the way.

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The Farmageddon Annual is stunning!

Its bright, bold colours have me mesmerised. There is so much detail in this book, Sweet Cherry have certainly thought of everything for this book. Puzzles, facts, posters, quizzes, drawings… the list is endless!

Lily-May has loved doing the mazes and spot the difference puzzles, she has her pencils at the ready for design you own sections (pics will be loaded onto instagram as and when she let’s me photograph her work)

And finally, the book that has caused many a giggle….. Where’s Shaun? The man in the stripy outfit eat your heart out! We have had hours of fun finding all the hidden pictures, the sheep on Tower Bridge is our favourite!

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Tour Schedule

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Monday 30th September
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@mumof2point5

Tuesday 1st October
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Wednesday 2nd October
@daydreamin_star

Thursday 3rd October
@irish_bookfairy

Friday 4th October
@beinguniquebooks
@donna_marie_r85

Saturday 5th October
@rebeccajlsk

Sunday 6th October
@mummyanndmex2

Monday 7th October
@thebookishfairyblog
@relentlesslypurple

Tuesday 8th October
@dough_nut81

Wednesday 9th October
@emmaarosaliine

Thursday 10th October
@mummysnowyowl

Friday 11th October
@crazycarneysmum
@emilys_book_corner

Saturday 12th October
@catskidschaos

Sunday 13th October
@smallhousebigtrips

#AuthorTakover – #SpaceDust by E. De Sousa

We have a wonderful treat for you today! Eloise De Sousa, the author of Space Dust is taking over…… so enough from me and over to Eloise!!!

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As this is my first blog tour, I’m really excited to be here and share my new children’s book, Space Dust, with you. Thank you, Nicola, for hosting me today.
Written under interesting circumstances and very little time, the book came into being after a chat with my local librarian. I met with her to enquire about starting a children’s writing workshop at the library. She, on the other hand, wanted an author to do reading sessions during the Summer Reading Challenge held over the six-week school break. With little hesitation, I agreed to do the story telling but thought, how much fun would it be to read a book that follows the theme of the Challenge? Hey presto, the book suddenly became an idea, a seed waiting to be planted. With less than two months to write, illustrate and publish the book before the Challenge began, I could feel the pressure of trying to create a book that would accommodate the wide age range of children attending the library events. Boring sentences containing vast amounts of information on space just didn’t work!
After my first attempt, I decided the best thing to do was ask the children at my school for feedback. What better group to do that than my Book Club! Ruthless and honest, they tore the book to shreds, leaving me feeling rather deflated. The book had to be scrapped.
After a gruelling day of teaching those delightful critics, I mentioned my epic fail to my son and one of the teachers passing my desk. In no time at all, we had a brain storming session and came up with various plots, themes and character profiles ready to entice even the strictest young critic. With new ideas fighting for prime position, I went home and started writing numerous drafts of the book, each one different in their attack but not strong enough to call them good.
Then, it happened. The dream. It whispered and whimpered in my sluggish brain, singing rhymes and telling tales in the early hours of the morning. I woke up with Little One’s voice crystal clear in my head; Big Ox’s bald patch shone in the sun in my mind and their story began.

Thank you for stopping by and finding out a bit more about this special story crafted for the local libraries to support their Summer Reading Challenge. Please click on the link below if you haven’t already ordered your copy of Space Dust.

Click here to order your copy of Space Dust.

Do send in your pics and reviews of the book, or any of the others. I’d love to share them with the rest of the readers.

Here is a list of my children’s books available now:

If you would like to find out more about my books or about me, please click on any of the links below:
Author Page
Amazon
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Thank you for joining me. Tomorrow, we will be visiting Belinda Missen. See you there!

#BlogTour #Review #TheOath by Michael L. Lewis | @rararesources

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The Oath THREE JUNIORS A BLOOD OATH A DEADLY OUTCOME 1955. The polished veneer of a boys’ boarding school in Northern England masks a cadre of wickedness. Seniors viciously torment any junior they deem unfit. Jonathan Simon, in his first term is warned that there are three monsters in his dorm; seniors Flicker, Sleeth and Tunk, and that the code of conduct mandates no snitching. Simon befriends two other juniors; pixie-faced Ian Gracey and witty, grossly overweight Arthur Crown. During a cross-country run, the three friends take a short cut and stumble into the cadet rifle range. Corps Sergeant Sleeth puts them through a degrading punishment using human excrement. The three juniors swear a blood oath never to allow another bully to abuse them. Will this oath be their downfall, or will they make it through the school year? Snitching could have serious consequences but keeping silent will break their blood oath. As Simon, Gracey and Crown try to survive this perilous journey, the constant threat of harm brings their friendship ever closer…

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Purchase Links Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Oath-Michael-L-Lewis/dp/1912575868

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Oath-Michael-L-Lewis-ebook/dp/B07NPZ8M88

Book Guild: https://www.bookguild.co.uk/bookshop-collection/fiction/teens-young-adult/the-oath/

Blackwell’s: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/The-Oath-by-Michael-L-Lewis-author/9781912575862

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-oath/michael-l-lewis/9781912575862

WHSmith: https://www.whsmith.co.uk/products/the-oath/michael-l-lewis/paperback/9781912575862.html

Foyles: https://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/childrens/the-oath,michael-l-lewis-9781912575862

Book Depository (Free Worldwide Shipping): https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Oath-Michael-L-Lewis/9781912575862

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Michael L. Lewis was born and raised in England. After preparatory school in London, he was educated at Stowe School, Buckingham. Michael now lives in Los Angeles, California, has a law degree, and writes full-time. He was on the Board of Trustees for several schools and has been a member of the same book club for twenty-five years.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44252300-the-oath

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAttorneyMichaelLLewis/

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The first thing that grabbed me was the cover, eerie yet eye catching!

Any school can be cruel but this one sounds brutal!! The story grabbed me as I was thrown into the boys school life and the story took on a darker side. The characters took on a life of their own in my mind and I was eager to know more. The darker side of the story had me welling up at times 😦

Definitely a read I would recommend to my friends.

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Giveaway to Win 3 x Paperback copies of The Oath by Michael L. Lewis (UK Only)

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#BlogTour #Review #FaeriesOfSaizia by Tonya L Chaves

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The child within me was ecstatic to read this book, the cover drew me in like a moth to a flame, beautiful!
It’s a lovely book with characters I’d expect to see, Faeries, elves, and witches etc. The storyline was great, and covered topics of friendship, adventure and a little bit of love.
Tonya is a brilliant story teller and brought my imagination to life with her words, this will definitely be a winner in the eyes of children who adore the magical world.
A very sweet tale with all the magic that you can handle, and with loveable characters along the way. With just over 150 pages it’s long enough for the story to progress, yet short enough to keep the younger readers interested and still reading (myself, I wished for more pages, you just can’t win lol).
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#BlogTour #Review #SaveTheDayForAdaMay by Elizabeth Dale, Illustrated by Patrick Corrigan |@LizDaleAuthor @WillowTreeBook @ImagineThatBook

Massive apologies for the late hour for this review, it would seem that our original post was corrupted by those pesky cyber gremlins! Fingers crossed this post is now in full working order.

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Save the day for Ada May is a super fun and interactive story book, designed to be flipped, tipped, shook and tapped.

My 4 year old say it was the best book ever!

We both giggled at the mischievous Ada May getting up to all sorts.

Lily-May loved turning and twisting the book as we read the story, she even asked her Dad to read it again the following evening…. always a winner when that happens. I don’t remember reading a book that has the reader interacting with the book is this way, Lily-May thoroughly enjoyed helping to ‘save’ Ada May from all her mishaps.

The colours are bright, bold and draw the eye. The illustrations are beautifully done and Lily-May loved that Ada May had a name like hers.

A fun read for both child and parent 😁

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Author – Elizabeth Dale

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Elizabeth Dale always dreamed of being a writer, but somehow got side-tracked into studying for a physics degree. When her children were born, she returned to her dream and found she loved writing children’s books more than anything. She loves traveling and seeking inspiration for her stories wherever she goes. Having seen what a wonderful life she leads, two of her daughters have grown up to be children’s authors, too.

Elizabeth lives in rural West Sussex, where she sits with her laptop keeping her knees warm and looks out at the garden, letting her imagination run riot, exploring the child within and trying never to grow old.

She has had over two thousand stories (teenage and adult) published all over the world and has had more than seventy children’s books published/commissioned.

Illustrator – Patrick Corrigan.

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Patrick Corrigan was born on a crisp, cold December day in a small, cloudy town in Cheshire, England. With a passion for precision as a child, he grew up patiently drawing and designing arts and crafts.

This took him to study ceramics at University, train as an art teacher and eventually become an Art Director at a busy design studio where he worked for nearly 10 years. Whilst there he honed his skills working on well over 500 educational and picture books for children as well as animations and branding.

Patrick uses Photoshop, Illustrator and sometimes even real art equipment to create his work. He specialises in illustrating picture books for younger readers and draws best when listening to podcasts and drinking green tea.

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Background to Imagine That Publishing and Willow Tree Books:

Imagine That is an independent children’s publisher that inspires children to read, learn, play and create. Focusing on interactive and stunning novelty and activity titles, Imagine That books will take children on a creative journey of reading and learning.

Having re-branded in 2018 to include multiple imprints, Imagine That’s dedicated picture storybook and chapter fiction imprint, Willow Tree, publishes titles from loved and trusted authors for children and parents to share together.

Save the Day for Ada May! is Willow Tree’s latest picture book title and is available to buy now on:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Save-Day-Ada-Picture-Books/dp/1789580390/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=save+the+day+for+ada+may&qid=1565098323&s=gateway&sr=8-3

Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Elizabeth-Dale/Save-the-Day-for-Ada-May/23825971

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/9781789580396

Twitter –

Willow Tree Books – @WillowTreeBook

Imagine That Publishing – @ImagineThatBook

Instagram –

Willow Tree Books – @willowtreebook

Imagine That Publishing – @imaginethatbook

Patrick Corrigan – @patcorriganillustration

Facebook –

Willow Tree Books – @WillowTreeBook

Imagine That Publishing – @ImagineThatPublishing

Follow the rest of the tour for Q&As and even a giveaway or two!!

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#BlogTour #Review #APiratesSong by Justin Davis|@jdavisauthor @bluefalconpub

What a day!!

Those pesky Pirates stole my phone and its taken me allll day to set up a new one…. Who even remembers all these passwords?!!

Any how, on with this tongue twisting review 😲

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Ahoy there me hearties!

Are ye brave? Are ye strong?
Can ye sing a Pirate’s Song?
Will ye search for treasures old,
jewels and trinkets, pearls and gold?
Then climb aboard and join our crew!
Quickly now, there’s work to do!

This lively rhyming picture book will have children singing along with the pirates on their journey. Will they find their gold?

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This book is amazing! My 4 year old and I rolled around on the floor reading/singing (wailing like a cat more like!) while I tripped up on the words.

The illustrations are stunning and detailed, they story is fun and has to be read over and over and OVER again!

Lily-May wanted me to read it to her class but I’m not sure her teachers are ready for the mass of giggles that this book produces 😂 I might offer her teacher to read it and I’ll sit and listen!

There’s added bonus pages at the end of the book, activities and a quiz….. Just to make sure you were listening, if you weren’t then you’ll walk the plank!!! ☠️

Very much worth the purchase, ideal for Birthdays, Christmas or an everyday buy.

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#BlogTour #DiaryOfAnAwesomeFriendlyKid by Jeff Kinney | @wimpykid @lovereadingkids @puffinbooks #lovereadingbookbuzz #diaryofanawesomefriendlykid

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Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal by Jeff Kinney, Part of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series

Published by Puffin / Penguin Books

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Hi, my name is Rowley Jefferson and this is my book. Now I have a diary just like my friend Greg…

Rowley’s best friend Greg Heffley has chronicled his middle-school years in thirteen Diary of a Wimpy Kid journals. Now it’s Rowley’s turn to give his side of the story. But Rowley has agreed to tell Greg’s story along the way, too. (After all, Greg says one day he will be rich and famous and the world will need to know how he managed it). But Rowley’s stories about Greg might not be quite what his friend had in mind…

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Jeff Kinney is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and a six-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner for Favorite Book for his Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. In 2018 Jeff Kinney was found to be the most popular author in schools in the UK in the annual What Kids are Reading Awards. Jeff has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the creator of poptropica.com, which was named one of Time’s 50 Best Websites. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives with his wife and two sons in Plainville, Massachusetts, where they own a bookstore, An Unlikely Story. For more Wimpy Kid, visit wimpykid.com.

Kinney’s work has been widely praised for its ability to turn reluctant readers on to books. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has been a permanent fixture high up in the UK Nielsen Bookscan Charts as well as the USA Today, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are published in 70 editions in 59 languages. More than 200 million copies of the books in the series have been sold globally. Published in 2007, the first book was an instant bestseller and has remained on the New York Times bestseller list since its publication and through the release of the thirteenth book for more than 655 weeks total.

The first-ever theatrical adaptation of Diary of a Wimpy Kid was staged by the prestigious Minneapolis Children’s Theatre Company from April to June 2016. It earned rave critical reviews and had sold out shows. Four movies based on the book series have grossed more than $265 million.

Wimpy Wonderland Island on poptropica.com, a virtual world for kids, remains one of the most visited pages on the popular website.

Before the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books were published, stories from the first three books appeared digitally for free on the website www.funbrain.com, where they are still available. Books in the core series by Jeff Kinney include Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2008), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2009), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (2009), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2010), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth (2010), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever (2011), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel (2012), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck (2013), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2014), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School (2015), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down (2016), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway (2017) and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown (2018). Jeff Kinney has also written and illustrated The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book, The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary and The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter.

Fans can interact with the brand at www.wimpykidclub.co.uk on Facebook at WimpyKidBooksUK and on the YouTube.com/WimpyKid channel which has over 7 million views and over 58,000 subscribers.

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Move over Wimpy Kid, There’s a new kid on the block and it’s a laugh out loud read that all the kids (both young and old) will want to get their hands on!

I read this in an afternoon, it’s easy to pick up and put down….. not that you’d want to! I like how it’s written on lined paper, kind of like a school book. I love the doodles on the pages, this makes for fun reading.

A funny read that I hope Jeff continues with!

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It’s now on its was to my younger sisters primary school for others to share and read 😁

See what others thought of the book by following the Blog tour!

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#BlogTour #Review #JasperSpaceDog by Hilary Robinson – Illustrated by Lewis James |#lovereadingbookbuzz #jasperspacedog @lovereadingkids @HilsRobinson @jasper_space @lewisjamesart

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Jasper – Space Dog is the first in a series of hilarious stories about the ambitions of Charlie Tanner and his dog, Jasper.

Released to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, the story cleverly weaves facts about the space mission with hilarious ideas about space. In their quest, Jasper and Charlie consult space experts to see if Jasper might make history too.

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Charlie Tanner and is Dog Jasper are keen to find out as much as they can about space and the first moon landing. Is the moon made of cheese? Can space aliens deliver pizzas? Did the astronauts see any flying saucers or flying dog bowls? Mixing facts about the moon landings with hilarious ideas about space, ‘Jasper: Space Dog’ is the first in a series of funny stories about a loveable hound with BIG ideas!

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Hilary Robinson is an award-winning radio producer and author of over 50 picture books. Awards include the 2016 Historical Young Quills Award for ‘Flo of the Somme.’ Radio credits include Private Peaceful for BBC Radio 2 and her series for Barry Humphries Forgotten Musical Masterpieces was listed as one of the top 30 artistic triumphs of 2016 by the Telegraph. Extracts from her book ‘A Song For Will and the Lost Gardeners of Heligan’ were read on BBC Radio 4.

About the Illustrator.

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Lewis James was supported by the Prince’s Trust through the Enterprise programme. Following the successful launch of his business, he continued his involvement with the Prince’s Trust as young ambassador. Lewis is mentored through Strauss House Productions by illustrator and branding expert, Mandy Stanley.

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I read this to my 4 year old daughter who loves space things. She loved the cover, especially the alien holding the pizza box.

We spilt the book into chapters, we read a letter from Charlie and Jasper, then one from Dr Starr, each night before bed. Some of the things that Charlie and Jasper asked had my little one chuckling, like is the moon made of cheese and does it smell like old socks 😂 She said if it does then she doesn’t want to go!

We enjoyed reading the mission facts at the end of the book, some that even Mum didn’t know.

A fun read with great illustrations!

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An apology to my authors, illustrators, publishers and tour organisers.

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Easter time, you have to love it!

Chocolate galore!!

I decided to take a few days off with the family, all posts we scheduled and once I was back in the land of internet (what would we do without it?!) I logged on to shared all my scheduled posts…… posts that my blogs decided not to publish!

After a few tears, bashing of buttons and a few choice words (away from little ears) I’ve come to the conclusion that the blog just doesn’t like scheduled posts, especially while I away 😩 no good for me and definitely no good for my authors, illustrators, publishers and tour organisers.

I can only appologise for these posts not going live, and which I’m about to rectify.  I put a lot of time and effort into these book blogs, as do the tour hosts and authors!

I do hope you’ll forgive me, I’m usually all set up and ready to go BUT the internet needs to work (or wordpress) for these posts to be seen, read and loved by my readers.

So enough with the moaning and on with what should have been published over the loooong weekend!

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