• Writing ‘The Marvellous Moon Map’

    The Marvellous Moon Map is a very exciting book for me – and not just because the fantabulous David Litchfield has done the stunning illustrations for it! It’s because it’s a story which came wholly out of my head, without the structure of a fairy tale to steady my hand.   My own Moon Map to show me the way was made of lots of different things: songs, stories, a play, some advice, and something my daughter once said… It began with just one thought, on hearing the beautiful song ‘Fuel Up’ by Oxford band Stornoway, about travelling on through your life -sometimes losing your way, but keeping on going…

  • Twisting Fairy Tales

    I’ve been doing lots of school visits recently and it’s been so amazing seeing so many children making up their own characters, developing new plots and lit up by the power of stories. I had a wonderful World Book Day week,…

  • ALCS Educational Writers’ Award

    Yesterday I was here… Yes, the Houses of Parliament! I was there to attend the ceremony for the Educational Writers’ Award for my book Who Eats Who.  This award is the ONLY UK award for educational writing, so it was…

  • Oxfordshire Book Awards, 2015

    Yesterday, Sue Heap and I had the honour of attending the 2015 Oxfordshire Book Awards where – very wonderfully – Very Little Red Riding Hood won the award for Best Picture Book. I grew up in Oxford (my old Middle…

  • Cake, celebrations…and cracking creations!

    What a few weeks it’s been!  Sue Heap and I launched Very Little Cinderella at the magical Story Museum in Oxford with a proper picture book party. It was a delicious celebration, complete with balloons, cake…and the creation of a picture of…

  • Once Upon a Time

    Last week I went to see Into the Woods at the cinema.  This was not just a normal night out at the pictures. No, this was a Big Deal. Let me come clean. I’ve loved this fairy-tale musical with a…

  • Just Say Yes!

    Turning off that critical voice This post originally appeared on the wonderful Picture Book Den website: http://picturebookden.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/just-say-yes-turning-off-that-critical.html I’m doing a comedy improvisation course at the moment. Yes, me – picture book writer and editor – doing comedy impro like Whose Line…

  • Hello!

    I write picture books and longer stories for children.  I also write non-fiction books for children, too.     The best part of my job is making things up…following an idea and seeing where it leads me! How did you…

  • Very Little Rapunzel

    Very Little Rapunzel has very LONG hair – and she refuses to get a haircut.  But then she gets NITS!  How long will it take to comb her hair with a VERY small comb…and will the Very Little Prince ever…

  • Very Little Red Riding Hood

    Illustrated by Sue Heap Very Little Red Riding Hood is little. Very little. She’s off to her Grandmama’s for a sleepover and she won’t let anything stand in her way. Not even a Wolf. Join her on a very BIG…

  • Very Little Sleeping Beauty

    Very Little Sleeping Beauty is little. Very little. Tomorrow it’s her birthday – but now it’s bedtime, and she’s not very tired… What is her special present from Aunty Fairy – and will she ever go to bed? Published in the UK…