Steyning Festival

A very big thank you to everyone who came to my first festival event today, and especially to all the gorgeous children. Thanks also to the Steyning Bookshop and the Steyning Festival for having me. And what a pretty venue! It was such a lovely afternoon, thank you x



Hangleton Primary School

⚓️ Ahoy Ladybirds, Butterflies and Bumblebees! You all looked fabulous in your pirate outfits today and I loved your classroom displays. Thank you for joining in with Giant Jelly Jaws and the Pirates and well done for making such great piratey swag (bookmarks!) to take home. Ahaaaarrrrrrrr!!! ⚓️

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Thank you to all the little swashbucklers in Lake class and Coombe class for making today’s Giant Jelly Jaws and the Pirates workshops so wonderful! It was a joy to meet you and your teachers and see your amazing piratey work. Happy reading! ⚓️

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Howard Junior School

⚓️  Ahoy Year 4! It was wonderful to meet you all today, and thank you for sharing your AWESOME pirate ship and piratey love with Ben Mantle and me – Captain Fish-Breath Fred and his pirate crew felt right at home! We hope you enjoyed your Giant Jelly Jaws and the Pirates workshops as much as we did. Special shout out to your Headteacher, Mr Hill – and all your other teachers, too – for championing books and encouraging such enthusiasm at Howard. Keep reading! ⚓️

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Edenbridge Primary School

Thank you to all the children, teachers and assistant teachers in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 for making me so welcome this week. It was lovely to meet you all and experience your enthusiasm for books in general, and the Giant Jelly Jaws and the Pirates workshops in particular. And happy #WorldBookDay on Thursday!

Ahoy, ‘Bring a Story to Life’ children!

Today saw the conclusion of a two day workshop in collaboration with Create Space, run by my friend Zoe Thompson… and it was wonderful! The theme Bring a Story to Life was embraced by the children, who used Giant Jelly Jaws and the Pirates as their inspiration for lots of creative activities. They invented new pirate ship characters, designed their own book covers, played some great piratey games and entertained their friends and families with a brilliant musical performance to round it all off. Well done everyone!

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Thank you pirates!

Big thanks to all the little pirates (and their mums and dads!) who made our Giant Jelly Jaws and the Pirates event great fun today. Huge thanks also to The Book Nook for hosting such a lovely afternoon. Pirates rock! ⚓

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Book launch ahoy!

If your little ones love pirates, please bring them along to The Book Nook in Hove at 2pm this Saturday (16 Jan) to celebrate the launch of Giant Jelly Jaws and the Pirates. Ben Mantle and I will be reading in our best pirate voices, there’ll be a treasure hunt, piratey crafts… and you might even take home the prize for best pirate costume! Hope to see you there ⚓

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A-HARRR-PY NEW YEAR, everyone, from Giant Jelly Jaws and the Pirates, out today! We hope your little pirate-people enjoy it! ⚓️

Many thanks and congratulations to all the team, especially illustrator-extraordinaire Ben Mantle, Judith Brinsford at HarperCollins Children’s Books and Gaia Banks at Sheil Land. Here’s to a wonderful 2016!!

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