Hello Summer Reading Clubbers!
I am so excited to be writing this blog throughout summer and chatting with you as you embark on a journey of reading and discovery.
I also look forward to sharing some secrets about the curious creatures in my books. Check in each week as there will be new posts, and even a competition!
All my books feature anthropomorphic characters on some crazy, curious adventures. Some of you might be wondering what anthropomorphic means? Ask someone older and see it they know what it means (shhhh, it means ‘giving the characteristics of humans to other things’. If the person you asked doesn’t know what it means, you can now tell them the answer). A good example of an anthropomorphic character is an animal who talks, dresses and behaves like a human – like Puss in Boots.
You see, after completing my Doctorate of Visual Arts (many, many, many years at university), I began working at the Natural History Museum in London (like the cool museum in the movie ‘Night at the Museum’). I don’t think the animals came alive at night like in the movie, but it was here that I began writing and illustrating stories inspired by the animals in the museum. I have been writing and illustrating stories with curious creatures ever since.
My latest series is called ‘Scallywags.’ It’s about a crazy school for pirates (who are also animals). The first two books were released in 2018 and there are another two coming out in 2019. Oh, and I’ll be working on the fifth book during summer. Stay tuned for some excusive sneak-peaks of Scallywags and the Hungry Hairy Sea Monster and Scallywags and the Stormy Secret.
Summer is my favourite time to read, write and illustrate. I hope to do some reading at home, in the library and even at the beach.
So tell me, where will you be reading this summer?
I am looking forward to this journey with you.