Once upon a time, growing up was fraught with danger. The Speckled Monster was forever skulking in the darkness. Its victims never knew when or where it would attack next. Everyone feared its curse… until 10-year-old Cephas Catchpole discovered a special power over the biggest killer in the history of mankind. His story comes in two darkly Gothic Volumes.
The first is about to emerge from the sinister and skulduggerous underworld of early 19th Century London. Miss it at your peril.
Volume Two comes close on its heels- with more than ‘something of the night’ about its gruesome twists and turns. WARNING – never let your granny see these books.
“A Dickens of a Twisted Tale” Betsey Trotwood “More twists than a twisty yarn with an extra twist” Knitting Weekly “More twistery than a hangman’s rope” The Executioner Times
‘Ignorance, like disease, can only be conquered by the tireless endeavours of the wise. If we are any less ignorant, more civilised or healthier now than in the past, we have education, science and books to thank. All three are as vital today to the future of civilisation… and to slaying the monsters that curse, scare, divide and threaten us.’ Edith Catchpole in ‘The Twist of the Hangman’
A story to celebrate Oliver Twist’s 180th birthday & James Phipps’s 230th birthday, and the great Edward Jenner’s 270th birthday next year! Ah yes, and the imminent 40th birthday of slaying the speckled monster once and for all.
Yes, 4th May seems as good a date as any to announce the count-down to ‘Truly Foul and Cheesy SPACE Facts and Jokes‘ coming to a galaxy near you later this year – so get ready for blast off…
“Out of this world” Astronomer Weekly
“It boldly goes where no book has gone before” Stella Bella
Look out for the BOOK LAUNCH 😛
And thank you to North Somerset Teachers’ Book Awards for longlisting TICKLING WITH WORDS
Just click on the cover to find out more or HERE for a video clip
WHAT THEY SAY… ‘Founded by the ‘Just About Books’ teachers’ book group, the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award was born out of a desire to celebrate the very best in children’s literature. Love it or hate it, poetry is an essential part of a child’s literary diet. Children need a range of poems that are accessible and they can engage with in a variety of ways and on different levels. We would love to find a collection by one or many poets that offers a whole spectrum of styles and topics’. Now they have – in a great line-up of poetry books. Happy tickling with words, Somerset!
Yay – it’s SUMMER TERM in the UK! The book world is buzzing with book fairs, new book catalogues and yes, BRAND NEW BOOKS. Take a peek at my new series ‘BEASTLY SCIENCE’ – now out there and waiting for you to be enthralled…
Guess what – TICKLING WITH WORDS is going to have a new member of the family. Get ready for the whole of British history PICKLED IN RHYMES with Steph Murphy’s fab illustrations in the forthcoming PICKLING with WORDS…
World Book Week began with a bang at Exeter School, where everyone was buzzing with books. What a warm welcome on such a cold day… as the snow began to fall. Unfortunately, the rest of the week was not so much a write-off as a white-off – so big apologies to all the other schools expecting visits. But hey-ho, the snow has now melted, Storm Emma has blown away and it’s back on the road to make up for lost time. With rescheduled visits and lots of schools booked for Science Week, it’s great to be catching up with old friends in familair schools and meeting new readers of ‘Beastly Science’ and other latest titles. See you soon!
Telling Tales at Exeter School
Ooooh, I’ve just been reminded that this month is my 35th birthday! Not that anyone’s remotely interested, but I’ve now been publishing books every year since March 1983. Blimey!
COMING SOON… a batty picture book to keep you on your toes…
Science Week in Essex (this was Great Baddow High School) was sizzling again and it was great to return to the ever-delightful Sweyne Park High School, as well as talk to the whole of year 7 at Beauchamps High School. Mystery Creatures were on the menu at Alderton Primary’s Book Week, then it was off to the fabulous Imperial Avenue Infants School in Leicester for a fantastic end of term WOW!
More giggles on the way this year…
Plenty more FOUL FACTS & CHEESY JOKES books are taking shape and these will be hot off the press in May. Others (titles are still TOP SECRET) will be hitting the shelves later in the year. Brace yourself…
How about something to celebrate the 180th Anniversary of the publication of OLIVER TWIST, combined with a mysterious story to mark one of the greatest medical discoveries to change the world? Brace yourself for the turbulent twists and turns of Cornelius Catchpole…
There was a time when it was dangerous to be a child. There was a time when you daren’t tell your story. But now, at last, one story can be told… as the curse has finally run its course. It was the dreaded Curse of the Speckled Monster:-
More Foul and Cheesy Facts & Jokes titles are on their way in 2018, including one for next Christmas!
‘Tis the season to be jolly
Till you sit down on the holly.
Brushing prickles from your undies
Often takes a month of Sundays.
All the seasonal romance
Gets lost with holly in your pants.
Look away when, on all-fours
Nan displays her sparkly drawers.
You won’t believe what just fell out…
Tinsel, crisps and half a sprout!
Look out for PIRATES in the New Year
Taking all this research into piratey tales a bit too far, I’ve now had a leg removed to play Long John Silver in pantomime in January. Here I am in Treasure Island…
Yes, it’s here again: NATIONAL NON-FICTION NOVEMBER!
🙄click on me!
That means we’re celebrating all manner of information books and having a good look at the WORLD AROUND US. For my part, I’ve been snooping about armed with a ruler to measure any footprint in sight! So, out this month is my whopping great LIFE-SIZED ANIMAL TRACKS with a pull-out African elephant’s footprint… which needed a BIG ruler, a lot of bananas and an elephant-proof safari suit.
Plenty to keep you amused!
Thanks to Reading Agency research demonstrates that reading for pleasure builds empathy and improves wellbeing. I was about to tell Year 9 that reading also makes you good-looking and adorable but feared they might sue. But hey, even if reading doesn’t always make you better-looking, it can help you get a better job to pay for decent cosmetic surgery! 😀
in Leicester for inviting me to READING WEEK to talk to all in years 7 – 9. There was a great mix of keen readers and some not-so-keen, so I did my best to convince all that reading books really can make you smarter, richer and healthier! After all, research published in the Journal of American Academy of Neurology finds that people who engage in reading experience slower memory decline than those who do not. Our own
Freedom to Imagine
If ignorance is prison that incarcerates the mind,
Then surely education is the key for those confined.
Inspiring books unlock the gates – imaginations freed…
How darkness bursts to colour when we open books and READ!
Closed minds prefer to see things in black and white…
Liberated thinkers tend to see in glorious colour.
When tiny sparks ignite a flame to flash, flare and spellbind,
Lit words upon the page explode gunpowder of the mind.
Just light the fuse, just read the words, just hear the laughs and screams,
Just taste the tears, just feel the power… LET BOOKS UNLOCK YOUR DREAMS.
(From Tickling with Words )
Words (carefully-chosen, refined, re-written, crafted & distilled) may not change the world but they might just change minds – even presidents’ or terrorists’…
After all, OPEN BOOKS OPEN MINDS!
From the sublime to the riddly-diculous… here’s comic verse to share for a giggle on National Poetry Day. Happy ESCAPING with words…
“What a wonderful book, full of fun and optimism. Very creative and how tickled I am to have it!” Sir Ken Dodd OBE (One Boiled Egg)