Letters from Pip

I was very pleased to receive some letters recently, written by children from Southway Junior School in Burgess Hill.

Their teachers, Kelly and Melissa, have been reading Bearkeeper with Year 5, using the text as a way to discuss Shakespeare and daily life in Elizabethan London. 

Kelly and Melissa suggested they write letters from Pip’s perspective, describing his adventures in London.

Here are two of the letters, written by Taliyah and Scarlett.

A Dog Called Grk

I am very pleased that my first book, A Dog Called Grk, is being reissued with a new cover.

The new cover has been drawn by Garry Parsons, the illustrator of the Dragonsitter books (and many other excellent books too, as you’ll discover if you have a look at his website).

A Dog Called Grk is the story of Timothy Malt, an ordinary boy, who is walking down the street on his way home from school when he finds a lost dog….


The ninth Dragonsitter

The Dragonsitter’s Surprise will be published in the UK in April 2018.

Slightly to my astonishment, this will be the ninth instalment in the series. When I first wrote a small book about Eddie, Emily, and a badly-behaved dragon, I wasn’t expecting to carry on their adventures at all, let alone discover so much about their lives. But I’m very pleased that I have – and I’m delighted that readers have been enjoying them too.

As always, this book has been brilliantly illustrated by Garry Parsons.

Now I’d better go and do some work. It’s time to write the tenth in the series.