This is a new collection of winter stories for 2013 and a perfect read for young children at Christmas.
I wrote it along with Holly Webb, Linda Chapman, Michael Broad, Michelle Misra, Lucy Courtenay, Elizabeth Baguley, Liss Norton, Caroline Pitcher and Penny Dolan.
I wrote the story, THE SQUIRREL AND THE SNOWMAN.
Firetail is a young squirrel who befriends a magical snowman who is really a prince but a wicked witch has put a magic spell upon him. Can Firetail turn him back into a prince before he melts...?
Here's a snippet...
THE SQUIRREL AND THE SNOWMAN
"Firetail!" the snowman gasped. "Then you'd better hop down in case you melt me"
"Oh, my tail's not actually on fire," explained Firetail, but she hopped off all the same and sat on it to reassure him. "Are you a real prince?" she enquired.
"I was," said the snowman glumly, "until a wicked witch put a spell on me."
"A wicked witch?" Firetail was scared of witches. Conker had told her stories about them.
"I didn't know she was a witch," sighed the snowman. "She pretended to be a hungry old lady so I made her a bowl of porridge and offered to take her home on my horse. We'd only gone a short distance when she cackled horribly and threw off her hood revealing a gruesome face and long wild hair. Then she conjured up a snowstorm and within moments I was swept away. I flew through the night in a flurry of snowflakes. When I found myself here this morning I discovered I was made of snow!"
"Oh no!" exclaimed Firetail. "Then I must try to help you!"
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ON A STARRY NIGHT
An Enchanting Collection of Animal Tales
This is another winter anthology that I wrote along with Holly Webb, Michael Broad, Lucy Courtenay, Elizabeth Baguley, Liss Norton, Karen Wallace, Malachy Doyle, Caroline Pitcher and Penny Dolan.
I wrote the cover story, MIKI'S MAGICAL SLEIGH RIDE.
Miki is a young husky. His mother and friends have gone off pulling a sleigh but he is too small so he has stayed behind in his nest in the snow.
If you'd like to read a snippet...
MIKI 'S MAGICAL SLEIGH RIDE
Miki was so warm and cosy that it was many hours before he woke up. The sky had turned black and was glimmering with hundreds of silver stars. His ears pricked up. He could hear the sound of a man's voice! Had his master come back? Bushy-tailed, Miki ran to find him.
But it wasn't his master. It was an old man in a red suit. He was talking to a team of reindeer fastened to his sleigh. That's odd, thought Miki. I didn't know reindeer pulled sleighs. He noticed that the lead reindeer was holding one of his legs awkwardly and the old man was examining it.
"Poor Rudolph," said the man kindly. "I'm afraid you'll have to rest up. You won't be able to fly tonight."
Fly! thought Miki. He couldn't believe his ears. "Excuse me," he barked before he coild stop himself, "but did you say your reindeer can fly?"
The old man turned. "Hello, little fellow," he said. "Who are you?"
"I'm Miki," yapped Miki.
"I'm Santa," said the man in a jolly voice.
Miki cocked his head in amazement. Incredibly, the old man seemed to have understood everything he said! Not even Sura could do that.
"These are my special flying reindeer that help me deliver presents to all the children around the world," Santa continued. "I was just delivering a present for Sura, but we had a bit of a slippery landing and Rudolph here has hurt his leg."
"Poor Rudolph," barked Miki. "But Sura isn't here. She's gone to stay with her cousin, Chu."
"Oh dear," said Santa. "Then I don't know how I'm going to get her present to her. Or what to do about all the other girls and boys. I can't fly without Rudolph."
Miki didn't like the idea of Sura and all the other children not getting their presents. "I could help you!" he yapped. "I could pull your sleigh!"
"You?" asked Santa...
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A Magical Collection of Animal Tales
I wrote this winter anthology along with Holly Webb, Guy Bass, Malachy Doyle, Michael Broad, Caroline Pitcher, Elizabeth Baguley, Karen Wallace, Penny Dolan and Narinder Dhami.
I wrote the cover story, THE PENGUIN PARADE...
You can read a short extract here...
THE PENGUIN PARADE
Pip the little penguin hopped up and down, flapping his tiny, feathery flippers. He was bursting with excitement, for in two days' time, on Christmas morning, he and his big sister, Toots, were going to march in the Penguin Parade.
The youngest penguins march at the front," explained Toots, "and if we march nicely, children bring us buckets of shiny, silvery, sparkly presents."
"Ooh!" said Pip. "What sort of shiny, silvery, sparkly presents?"
"It's a surprise," said Mum.
"Humph," said Pip. "Do you know, Toots?"
Toots giggled. "Of course I do. I'm older than you."
"That's not fair," said Pip. "Please tell me."
Mum shook her head. "It's tradition," she said. "Every young penguin gets a shiny surprise for their first Penguin Parade."
But Pip didn't want a suprise. He wanted to know NOW!
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THIS IS A COLLECTION OF SPRING/SUMMER TALES
THE LITTLE BUNNY and other stories
This is a lovely collection of spring/summer animal tales written by me, Holly Webb, Malachy Doyle, Michael Broad, Elizabeth Baguley, Penny Dolan, Caroline Pitcher, Karen Wallace, Narinder Dhami and Lucy Courtenay.
I wrote the the title story called, surprisingly, The Little Bunny!
Here's a sneaky extract...
THE LITTLE BUNNY
Bo the young brown bunny thumped her feet. "Hey, Old Red!" she shouted. "Catch us if you can!"
"We like being chased," yelled her brother Buck, jumping up and down beside her. "It makes nibbling your lettuces much more fun!"
Old Red Rafferty looked up from where he was digging his vegetable patch, and let out a holler. The rabbits turned and fled. They bounded over the tops of carrots and raced down the grassy verge that ran alongside the allotment.
Old Red chased after them as fast as he could, his pink cheeks puffing and his fat belly jiggling. But, without a moment to spare, the bunnies disappeared down into their burrow. "Next time I see you nibbling my lettuces," he bellowed, "it'll be rabbit stew for you!"
But Buck and Bo did't hear him. They were safe below ground with their family.
"That was fun!" said Bo. "Let's do it again tomorrow! We'll steer him into the nettle patch. That always makes him hopping mad!"
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