Please come and celebrate Eddie’s birthday.
The fabulous magician Mister Mysterio will be performing his amazing tricks.
There may also be dragons…
Out now: The Dragonsitter’s Party, the fifth Dragonsitter book.
The dragons are back – and this time they’ve got cake. And crisps, and balloons, and hats, and presents. It’s Eddie’s birthday, and he’s having a party…
The fifth book in the Dragonsitter series will be published in March 2015. As always, the pictures are by Garry Parsons.
Thank you, Otter Class at Stanwell Fields Primary School, which I visited a couple of weeks ago. I did an assembly for the whole school in the morning, then taught some creative writing sessions for the rest of the day; as I was packing up to go home, one of the teachers presented me with this lovely little booklet that her class had made:
The librarians of Derbyshire invited me to their fine county last week to talk about my books and launch their Summer Reading Challenge.
I spent the morning in Chesterfield library and the afternoon in Ilkeston.
The first photo shows me with Councillor Dave Allen and some pupils from Abercrombie school; the others are from Chesterfield and Ilkeston libraries.
More on the library’s pages:
The 4th Dragonsitter book will be published at the beginning of March.
Garry Parsons and I are going to be doing several publicity events together, including the Imagine Festival on the Southbank on Saturday 15 February.
In The Dragonsitter’s Island, Eddie, Emily and their mum travel to Uncle Morton’s island in Scotland.
They’re just supposed to be looking after his dragons while he’s in Outer Mongolia, but they soon discover that the island is full of surprises….
“Full of fun, this is a perfect first chapter book for boys and girls alike.”
“Josh Lacey’s comic tale of Eddie, who has been left in charge of his Uncle Morton’s dragons over the holiday, would make an ideal Christmas gift for a new reader. Once they start reading the slim book – perhaps on Boxing Day, too – any child is sure to be hooked.”
Many thanks to Books for Keeps for their lovely review of The Dragonsitter’s Castle
Full review here:
I’ll be doing a couple of public events over half-term, both of them with Garry Parsons, the illustrator of the Dragonsitter.
I’ll be reading from the books and Garry will be drawing dragons, eggs and all kinds of other stuff too.
On Wednesday 30 October, we’ll be at the Wessex Children’s Book Festival in Winchester. It’s at the Discovery Centre at 2.30. Full details here.
Please come along if you can – these events are great fun.
And here’s the cover of the new Dragonsitter book, which is published this month:
I’m very pleased that The Dragonsitter has been shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize as one of the “funniest books for children aged seven to fourteen”.
The other shortlisted books are listed here; the winner is going to be announced at the beginning of November.
Here’s the first review of The Dragonsitter – from Books for Keeps:
“This is a witty and perfectly formed little book that deserves to be read and reread: it packs an extraordinary amount of fun and adventure into its 64 pages and will be enjoyed by readers of all ages.”