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The Arts Council is supporting FULL HOUSE THEATRE'S musical adaptation of the
BIG RED BATH
for the stage.
See this exciting company's website
for more details. The show opened
at Half Moon Young People's Theatre, Limehouse on
h September 2013 and wowed audiences.
It's now touring the UK to great acc
If you're six, sixteen or sixty and female your friends are what matter. You're happy when you're getting on but miserable when you're not! MAKE FRIENDS, BREAK FRIENDS is a girls' book I have to admit. Daisy has two best friends, Phoebe and Erika, but they don't get on. Daisy has a plan to get her two best friends to like each other but suddenly everyone's against her!
Then the three girls have to spend a night together in a spooky old mill.
For girls of 6+ - these things start early! First in a series, MAKE FRIENDS, BREAK FRIENDS is in bookshops now. The sequel A FRIEND IN NEED will be out on July 4th 2013.
I'll be talking about both books at the EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL on Tuesday 20th August at 4.30 pm in the Baillie Gifford Imagination Lab. Tickets are on sale now from http://w...Read more...
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 will be out on July 2nd 2013
Pandas and Pirates with Julia Jarman
I'll be reading Two Shy Pandas and other stories at the EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL on Wednesday 21st August 2013. The event, specially for schools, is at 12 noon in the Baillie Gifford CornerTheatre, Charlotte Square. Book online at...Read more...
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.
It was great to see Hangman praised in a recent blog about anti-bullying books,but I can't help feeling sad that the book is still so relevant in schools today. To read the blog,go to http://my.redhouse.co.uk/read/blog
If you're a teacher and would like to read the books with Y7 or Y8 pupils - or mature Y6s, you can find lesson plans on this site by following this link.
To SEE and HEAR me read Jessame's Very Lucky Day, the first of six stories in this well-loved series click this link:
A viewing inspired pupils at Sundon Lower School to write their own Lucky Day stories. 'Boys and girls relate to Jessame's problems at home and school - and her happy solutions!' TEACHER
'Warm and humorous . . . written with a rare understanding of what it is to be small.' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Brum Brum! Brum Brum!
Judder, judder, jigger.
All aboard the big yellow digger!
The latest adventure of Ben and Bella is out in hardback and it's moving fast! You can still buy it from a bookshop or Amazon if you're quick and the paperback edition will be published on 5th July!
' A yellow digger AND a dinosaur! Hours of fun!'
' Ben, Bella and their friends dig a hole to Australia and back in a crowd-pleasing return from the characters from BIG RED BATH and BIG BLUE TRAIN with all the rhyme repetition and appealing animals that make those titles so popular.' The Bookseller.
Accolade for PILLYWIGGINS AND THE TREE WITCH
Short-listed - Bedfordshire Children's Book Award
Short-listed - Surrey Children's Book Award
Highly recommended - Red House Children's Book Award
Pillywiggins is a feisty fairy turned to stone by Tree Witch’s curse. When Natasha finds the fairy, she wants to help bring her back to life, but how?
Also an AUDI BOOK read by Emma Parish. Available on Amazon.
The hardback got great reviews:
'A great story to share and share again!' The Bookbag,
'This humorous brightly illustrated picture book will resonate with every member of the family.' Books for Keeps
'Suitable for the very young and early years children, this book will delight.' School Librarian.
'An adorable text with lots of animal noise to copy.' Sarah's Book Reviews
PAPERBACK OUT 7th FEBRUARY.
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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 this story about a day at a Victorian seaside resort.
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 Time Travelling Cat and the Great Victorian Stink' has had a brilliant review from Bookbag.
"An evocative, pacey and educative adventure - we have to recommend it!'
"A very enjoyable caper, with a young lad in Victorian London, trying to prevent a murder with the help of a 21st century cat."Read more...
LITTLE TIGER and the FIRE, a retelling of an Indian folktale, is for KS1 pupils. Bold illustrations in full colour add to the fun of this ‘How the cat became’ story. Published in hardback in April, the paperback will follow soon.
I was a bit apprehensive about this visit to Bow in East London. Two reasons – it was my first invitation to talk about INSIDE and well, Year 10 lads can be a tough audience. I n...Read more...