Based on a legend local to the village where I live, this is a VERY scary story. Written as a hi-lo to make it accessible to pupils struggling with reading, I'm told it retains all its horrific power. If you were scared by Jenny Greenteeth you'll be petrified by Tommy Bones.Read more...
When librarian Karen Morris told me there was a very real need for a story about dementia I said I'd have a go. Karen said a lot of children were having to come to terms with the fact that their grannies and granddads were losing their memories. Beloved grandparents were acting oddly and they didn't know why or what to do. I sympathised; I have friends with Alzheimer's, bright friends who started acting out of character. Lovely Old Lion is the result of this collaboration. Susan Varley has illustrated my text with huge sensitivity, conveying every nuance of emotion - and it is an emotional story. Out on August 6th.Read more...
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In 2013 my dear friend Julie Laslett wrote a play based on my picture-book Class Two at the Zoo and she directed performances. Sadly Julie died soon afterwards. I'm delighted that Julie's children have given permission for the play-script to be released as a FREE download. Julie and I thought it would make a great school play and I would be thrilled if teachers downloaded the script and adapted it for performances in their school.
Meanwhile if you haven't got it, get Class Two at the Zoo for your children - if they are not of too nervous disposition. An anaconda, the biggest snake in the world, is on the loose! Go to my Lesson Plans to find a Topic Web with lots more ideas
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Hippo thinks his bum's too big.Giraffe thinks his neck is too long and Zebra is fed up with stripes. Then Lion opens a Swap Shop, and it's not long before the animals all want to look just like they did before.
Read this story and you won't complain about your looks again.
Photography: Shaun Armstrong/Mubsta
ON STAGE AGAIN 2015
Praised as a ' A quirky, vibrant and humorous adaptation of Julia Jarman and Adrian Reynolds’ popular children’s picture book, the Big Red Bath' the show played to packed audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014. Created by Full House and Half Moon theatre companies, The Stage described the musical as 'Children's theatre at its very best!' With music by the alternative indie pop group, We Were Evergreen, the show has delighted audiences on two UK tours, entrancing children from 2 to 6 with music, movement and wordplay. I'm delighted to say another tour begins in April 2015.
18 April 2015
1.30pm & 3.30pm
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Charmingly illustrated by the wonderful Susan Varley, my latest picture book has received lots of great reviews. Independent on Sunday chose it as one of their BOOKS OF THE YEAR for 2012. Nicholas Tucker wrote 'This affectionate story is funny and touching in both text and pictures.' School Librarian's Anne-Marie Tarter said, 'A reassuring read for little ones embarking on new friendships. This would be a good read aloud story with Jarman's clear rhythm and alliteration.'
The paperback edition was published on July 2nd 2013 and launched at the EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL August 2013. We had great fun with librarians in panda costumes, loaned by Edinburgh Zoo, acting the story as I read it to hundreds of children aged three to seven.
WINNER! WINNER! WINNER!
PORTSMOUTH PRIZE 2013!
First published as 'The Haunting of Nadia' this short novel is a hi-lo that retains all the horror of the original. New illustrations focus on the monstrous Jenny Greenteeth who lurks beneath the surface of the pond Nadia must pass each day. Can Nadia break free from the monster's grip?
Wired Up Connect is for readers aged 9 and over.
The Portsmouth Book Award is voted for by 1,500 Year 5 pupils. Watch this spot for links to drama, music and poems inspired by the story. Brilliantly performed at The King's Theatre Portsmouth as part of the rumbustious award ceremony, they will inspire you too.
WORLD BOOK WEEK 2016
World Book Day is Thursday 3rd March 2017. I'm looking forward to celebrating with lots of you, but please note I am now fully booked for the whole of that week and can't do any more visits. Here's my fave pic from WBD 2015, two teachers at Renhold Lower School, the winners of my prize for best book characters. Simple but effective, they are Panda and Pandora from TWO SHY PANDAS illustrated by Susan Varley. You can copy if you like!
More schools are delivering the curriculum creatively using topic related planning.
Teacher, Catherine Seward, has created Topic Webs based on my books.
There's one for the Big Red Bath showing how it can be used to teach Maths, Art, Literacy and lots more subjects.
For more topic including Family, Seaside, Animals, Water, Pirates, Fairies, Birthdays, Journeys, Transport, Water, Saving the Planet, Egyptians, Tudors and Victorians click on Lesson Plans or follow this link.
The year is flying by. I’ve been so busy - writing and doing events – that I haven’t reported on all the schools I’ve visited. Please send me photos and pupils’ work inspired by my books. I’m thrilled with Lesson Plans generously donated by Lucy Compton of Spinney Hill Primary. She used CLASS THREE ALL AT SEA with her Year One class and got accolades from Ofsted. They said they had never seen such a high standard of writing from Year 1 boys! You can find the lesson plans here.
Class Three All at Sea:
Class Two at the Zoo:
Bears on the Stairs:
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