Skycircus Cover revealed…

Skycircus Cover revealed…

On July the third the beautiful cover for the third Cogheart book: Skycircus was revealed by Scott Evans over on his blog: thereaderteacher.com

It was designed by Kath Millichope and illustrated by  and the special circus animation was done by me…

So without further ado, Ladies and Gentlemen, boy and girls, welcome to the

The book is to be published on the fourth of October 2018.

 

If you love pinterest, you can take a look at some of the inspiration for the ideas and characters in the book, here…

And below you can see the youtube version of the cover animation with the Circus music that Usborne provided…

 

Cogheart wins Awesome Book Award 2018

Cogheart wins Awesome Book Award 2018

I am delighted to announce that on the third of May (over a month ago now, but I am a woeful blogger) Cogheart won the Awesome Book Award 2018!!

ERICA’S ELEPHANT

RADIO BOY

THE GOLDFISH BOY

THE SECRET OF NIGHTINGALE WOO

The book was up against some stiff competition in the form of: Erica’s Elephant by Sylvia Bishop, Radio Boy by Christian O’Connell, The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange, Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson, and so I was walking on air when Cogheart was finally announced the winner!

It was a fabulous event organised by and taking place at Cranleigh Prep, with book sales from Pea Green Boat Books. You can read more about the evening here, on the Awesome Book Awards Website.

But in the meantime here are a few of the pictures taken by the photographer from Cranleigh Prep…

The Cogheart Adventures to be published in the U.S.

The Cogheart Adventures to be published in the U.S.

I am absolutely delighted to announce that The Cogheart Adventures Trilogy is to be published in the U.S by Jolly Fish Press, which is a division of North Star Publishing Ltd. I am so excited to work with everyone at North Star and Jolly Fish Press, and the plan is to bring the first book in the series, Cogheart, to the U.S. for Spring 2019. Here is the official announcement…

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Starbeck School’s stunning mechanimals…

Starbeck School’s stunning mechanimals…

Steam irons and stove pipes! Check out this cogtastic Cogheart artwork sent to me by Starbeck School. There’s diagrams of all the seasons new mechanimals – they all appear to have the latest in poop shoot technology!!! 💩 – plus guides on how to look after your mechanical owl. What to know about your mechanical cat. Instructions for a mechanical guineapig who runs on oil and hot steam! And a story about a malfunctioning robot! Fantastic stuff!

Lily’s School report and a recipe for toasted teacakes

Lily’s School report and a recipe for toasted teacakes

I discovered these the other day- some fabulous pieces of artwork that Usborne created for Cogheart when they were pitching for the book – my favourite is Lily’s school report – from Lady Octavia Scrimshaw’s Young Ladies Academy, where she is holed up at the start of the story. As you can see from her teacher’s notes, she is really no the best of students…

Cogheart reading and Interview – West Thornton Primary

Cogheart reading and Interview – West Thornton Primary

Last summer, I did an event at West Thornton Primary School in Croydon, with the lovely folks from Pea Green Boat Books. The school had the most amazing cakes in their bake sale and they also had their own radio station where they recorded me reading an extract from the book. Afterwards we did an interview for their radio station. You can hear both the extract and interview below…

This is from chapter 11 – the first time Lily and Robert meet…

And here I am being interviewed afterwards by one of the students about what it was like to be a children’s writer…

Thanks to West Thornton Primary for sharing the clips online via Audioboom.

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