Exciting News from the US

The House with Chicken Legs is being published by Scholastic in the US on September 25th, adorned with this glorious cover by Red Nose Studios. Advanced Review Copies (Galleys) are already wandering around America, and creating quite a stir! Over the last few weeks I've had three wonderful pieces of news: 1. Indie's Introduce ... … Continue reading Exciting News from the US

Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month!

I am absolutely thrilled The House with Chicken Legs is Waterstones Children's Book of the Month for May! It is a huge honour and a privilege, and I am so proud of everyone who worked on The House with Chicken Legs: my agent Gemma Cooper; my editors Rebecca Hill, Becky Walker and Mallory Kass; all the talented … Continue reading Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month!

The US Cover of The House with Chicken Legs: concept sketches to final cover!

The US cover of The House with Chicken Legs has been revealed and it is a thing of wondrous beauty! I LOVE how the UK and US covers for The House with Chicken Legs are completely different, but both hugely original, amazing works of art. Scholastic, who are publishing The House with Chicken Legs in the … Continue reading The US Cover of The House with Chicken Legs: concept sketches to final cover!

Reviews Round-Up; including Children’s Book of the Month in The Bookseller, and some Mischief Making news!

Since Advanced Review Copies were sent out in December, The House with Chicken Legs has received some really wonderful reviews. A few of my favourites include reviews from Book Lover Jo, The Reader Teacher, The Bookbag, and North Somerset CBG. Usborne gathered together pages of amazing quotes for inclusion in the final book: It has also been brilliant to hear feedback from … Continue reading Reviews Round-Up; including Children’s Book of the Month in The Bookseller, and some Mischief Making news!

The House with Chicken Legs: Proofs!

Today, a parcel arrived from Usborne that looked and smelled DIVINE! Publicist Fritha Lindqvist and team Usborne created these gorgeous proof packages to go out to a few special people in the publishing world. Inside a golden delivery box was a beautifully wrapped advance copy of The House with Chicken Legs, with a hand-lettered gold … Continue reading The House with Chicken Legs: Proofs!

Advance Review Copies of The House with Chicken Legs!

Yesterday a HUGELY exciting parcel arrived from Usborne! Nestled inside were Advance Review Copies (ARCs) of The House with Chicken Legs that look, smell and feel truly MAGICAL. The ARC cover is a simplified version of the final cover that will be revealed at a later date, designed by Katharine Millichope and illustrated by the incredibly … Continue reading Advance Review Copies of The House with Chicken Legs!

Five Russian Fairytale Characters to Inspire Creative Writing

In The House with Chicken Legs I reimagined Baba Yaga – the bony-legged, iron-toothed, long-nosed old hag from Russian fairytales who lives in a house with chicken legs deep in the forest. Slavic (Eastern European) fairytales contain hundreds of rich characters perfect for inspiring new stories. In this list I’ve picked five characters I think … Continue reading Five Russian Fairytale Characters to Inspire Creative Writing

An Insight into Edits with my Agent and Publishers

In my last blog post I talked about the journey of my debut novel, The House with Chicken Legs, from submitting to an agent last year to publishing with Usborne (UK) and Scholastic (US) next year. In this post I’ll talk in a little more detail about the different edits the novel has gone through … Continue reading An Insight into Edits with my Agent and Publishers