A few days ago I got an email from a reader named Nico:
Hi Josh I really like your Grk series and I would be really EXCITED about more!
I wrote back to him, but my reply bounced. If you’re Nico, please do write to me again, but give me your correct email address this time.
I’ll answer Nico’s question here anyway. As you’ll know if you have read the Grk books, each of them is set in a different country. I had a dream that Grk might travel to every country in the world, although that would mean writing 196 books. And perhaps he would travel to the moon too, like his fictional ancestor Snowy, bringing the total up to 197.
But at the moment, my time is taken up with the Dragonsitter instead, so I don’t know when, or if, I will ever return to the further adventures of Tim, Grk, Max and Natascha.
I’m sitting here with Steve Davies, famous children’s writer, building my new website. I would post a picture, but I don’t know how to yet. Soon, soon… Anyway, if you visit my website and it’s all a mess, you know why.
Actually, why don’t you visit Steve’s instead… http://www.voiceinthedesert.org.uk
I’ll be doing two events at the Cheltenham Literature Festival on Sunday 7 October. In the morning, I’m running a workshop on writing adventure stories – full details here – and in the afternoon, I’ll be in discussion with Anthony McGowan and Andy Briggs:
Sunday, October 7, 2012
If you love adventure come and meet three amazing writers of action packed stories. Anthony McGowan has re-imagined the classic Willard Price animal adventures for a new generation of readers in Leopard Adventure, Josh Lacey’s (Josh Doder) latest Grk story follows Tim and his beloved dog Grk to Italy in Grk and the Phoney Macaroni while Andy Briggs traces Tarzan’s footsteps in search of the world’s most deadliest hunter and a kidnapped ape in The New Adventures of Tarzan: The Jungle Warrior.
Two more reviews of the Dragonsitter. The first is from the Telegraph and is by Martin Chilton:
The Dragonsitter, based around a series of emails that ping back and forth between Edward Smith-Pickle and his Uncle Morton Pickle, is short, sharp and funny. The story is by Josh Lacey – also known for writing the excellent A Dog Called Grk series under the name Joshua Doder – is about the pickle Edward and his family get into when they agree to babysit a dragon.
The illustrations by Garry Parsons add to the fun as the dragon causes mayhem, eating everything from cold spaghetti to the pet rabbit Jemima. The emails get ever more frantic (one has the subject headline URGENT!!!!!!!!) as Edward pleads: “You could have warned us about his poo. It smells awful.”
All turns out well and, as with so many situations in life, chocolate provides the answer.
The next is by Melanie McGilloway in Armadillo:
This is a cracking read for newly independent readers, so perfect
for children aged five and above, but it will also work very well as a
read aloud, and a shared read.
I went to a lovely exhibition at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery – I reviewed it for the Observer – and strongly recommend visiting if you’re in the city. It’s on till mid-June.
You can read my suggestions at Tall Tales and Short Stories.
Thanks to the Bookbag for their excellent review of Grk and the Phoney Macaroni: “a great adventure story for boys”.
The next Grk book, the eighth in the series, will be published in the UK in March 2012.
Tim and Grk go to the land of pizza, pasta and the leaning tower of Pisa…
I’m pleased to say that I’ve now got a book available for the Kindle: my novel Bearkeeper can be bought from Amazon for the frankly bargain price of £1.99 (or just over three dollars if you’re in the States).
The Island of Thieves is “book of the week” on Books for Keeps; in their (lovely!) review, they describe it as “one of the best children’s adventure stories of the year”.