Astro Girl Heads to the Sun

    I got an email saying; “I’m just emailing to let you know that the Otter-Barry Books title, Astro Girl, will be read by Kristin Scott Thomas on the CBeebies Channel tomorrow at 6.50pm.” And a wonderful reading it is, I am sure you will agree. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000g8cm/cbeebies-bedtime-stories-744-dame-kristin-scott-thomas-astro-girl

Astro Girl and Junefest

This month sees the publication of Astro Girl, my latest book. I’ll be doing a workshop featuring her at Junefest, a children’s books festival in Stroud Green & Harringay Library, North London. More about Astro Girl in a future post…

Chicken Newspaper: The Food edition

Latest editorial design for the Food edition of Chicken Newspaper for Children’s digital edition. The issue examines food from an emotional point of view in that hope that it will stimulate discussion between children and their grown ups. Available to download on the iBookstore. Hit the link at the bottom of the page to see…

Books are too expensive. Or so I’m told

What can you do when you hear something like, ‘I really love your books but this one is too expensive. Why is so pricey?’ You explain; all the expertise, time, and hours that have gone into making the book, the production in China, the… You realise that your fan has glazed over, dipped out, you’ve…

The Next Issue Of chicken! is here

We’ve invented a new job title. It echoes how we feel about the chicken newspaper project and tells all that this is more than just a project. That title is Proud Publisher Being the Proud Publisher of chicken! newspaper for children means that we have to deliver the best publication that we are able to assemble….

Building a story

Sometimes ideas for stories come from the most unusual places. Other times things are more predictable and therefore ‘controllable’. I have been developing animal stories for the last year and a bit. The sketch above entered my head one morning, unprompted and decided to build a story around it.