• 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 proper ache for years and years and years. It was one of the Wood-y touchstones for Sue Heap and I on the day we met, thinking about where the Very Littles might live. I know the songs so well that it was like having a personal secret revealed when I heard Red Riding Hood singing ‘I Know Things Now’ on the radio the other day. If you don’t know it,…

  • 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 Is It Anyway! I still find that quite amazing to write down.   I did it (partly) to take myself out of my writer-ly comfort zone where I forever fiddle with individual words for picture books…and instead to explore spontaneous storytelling. For in this case, impro, with the brilliant Kepow Theatre Company, is less about “Tell us a joke about a toaster! Now!” and more about character and plot – creating stories out…

  • 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 become a writer? I used to be a commissioning editor at Oxford University Press, which means I asked lots of authors to write books and then worked with them on their stories.  I eventually realized that I really wanted to write books myself! So I left, and started writing books at our kitchen table. Or in cafés. Or in the garden. Just about anywhere, really! Where do you live? I grew up in…

  • 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 be able to get down from her tower? You can buy Very Little Rapunzel here.  Illustrated by Sue Heap   Praise for Very Little Rapunzel: ‘So brilliantly observed, funny and cute! Again, this one really hit the nail on the head for us – having spent hours and hours virtually every morning trying to sort out Charlotte’s hair before school. Brilliantly observed and voiced as ever, and Charlotte says this…

  • Very Little Red Riding Hood

    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 adventure! WINNER, Best Picture Book award, Oxfordshire Book Awards WINNER, ‘What’s the Story’ award, Coventry Inspiration Book Awards Nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Buy Very Little Red Riding Hood here. Illustrated by Sue Heap Praise for Very Little Red Riding Hood ‘★★★★★ ‘This quirky take on the original is fabulous – and sure to become a bedtime delight.’ The Sun ‘Delightful…switches on a nightlight to bleach out the darkness of the Grimms’ version.  A perfect present.’ Children’s Book…

  • 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…   You can buy Very Little Sleeping Beauty here. Illustrated by Sue Heap Praise for Very Little Sleeping Beauty: ‘Any parent who has ever spent rather too much time in the evenings trying to get their little ones to settle will absolutely love this hilarious tale!’ ReaditDaddy ‘This is another enchanting addition to the Heapy/Heap Very Little series and the maps on the inside front and back covers suggest more to come: I hope so. Reading these books aloud is a delight and I can’t wait for my first…

  • Very Little Cinderella

    Very Little Cinderella is little. Very little. She’s also very upset. Her Ugly Sisters are off to a party and they won’t let her come. But with a big blue scooter, an array of fabulous frocks and a Fairy Godmother for a babysitter, anything could happen!   You can buy Very Little Cinderella here. Illustrated by Sue Heap Praise for Very Little Cinderella: ‘A toddler version of Cinderella whose house-cleaning style is more Jackson Pollock than Martha Stewart. With splashy watercolor-and-ink illustrations and a wonderfully tongue-in-cheek tone, Heapy and Heap celebrate the spirit of willful toddlers.’ Starred review, Publishers’ Weekly ‘The second title in this excellent series of fairy tales…