Mango & Bambang Superstar Tapir

    Out now in paperback - in sunset-orange foil and it is SHINY!     Although people who know me might suspect that for my orange-y accents...     I probably...

Dotty Detective The Birthday Surprise

  Put on your party hats – Dot and the gang are back with a brand new story! Dot is hugely excited about her birthday (although not half as excited as their teacher Mr Dickens is about HIS). There are present lists to write, invitations to make…     But there’s a new...

a year of Mary Plain

  In 2017 Mary Plain returned in style! You can read more about her journey – and mine – here. Four books were published (looking so smart and beautiful - Egmont really did us proud!), meringues were eaten, rosettes were worn.     Mary made new friends (who did a...

to my Grenfell art therapy heroes…

  Instead of banging on about what I did this year, I’m looking back to what we did. This was without doubt the absolute highlight, and has filled me with a toasty-warm feeling of pride and optimism ever since. In the weeks that followed the Grenfell Tower fire in...

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Mango & Bambang Superstar Tapir

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2018
    Out now in paperback - in sunset-orange foil and it is SHINY!   [video width="720" height="720" m4v="http://claras.me/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/IMG_3606.m4v"][/video]   Although people who know me might suspect that for my orange-y accents...     I probably prefer Wotsits.    
0901
2018

McClusky’s birthday

From Dotty Detective The Birthday Surprise: We don't know when McClusky's birthday is, because he's a rescue dog, so each year he has THREE birthday... read more
0601
2018

a year of Mary Plain

  In 2017 Mary Plain returned in style! You can read more about her journey – and mine – here. Four books were published (looking... read more
0902
2017

Mary Plain #7

Happy Publication Day, Mary!   So this day has arrived at last. Mostly Mary and All Mary have put on their best rosettes and stepped... read more
0802
2017

Mary Plain #6

cake continuity error   When you make a mistake of this magnitude, there are two ways to go... (more…) read more
0702
2017

Mary Plain #5

the bear pits in Berne   I've pored over pictures and collected old postcards... (more…) read more
0602
2017

Mary Plain #4

Mary's picture writing   Mary has many ways to unequivocally get her message across, but none quite so charming as her picture writing. Sometimes it's easy... read more
0502
2017

Mary Plain #3

welcome to Mary's world...   Mary comes from the bear pits in Berne Zoo. (more…) read more
0402
2017

Mary Plain #2

tiny bears!   Here is Mary in action, and in every imaginable mood. A busy bear. You might be surprised to know that each individual image... read more
0302
2017

Mary Plain #1

bringing Mary to life on the page   With just a week to go until publication by Egmont UK of Mostly Mary and All Mary,... read more
2311
2016

Mary Plain

an unusual first class bear   This has been a VERY difficult secret to keep under my hat, or should I say behind my large... read more
2904
2016

Dotty Detective day four

doodling!   Are you a compulsive doodler? I don’t mean the kind of informal drawing that artists sometimes call doodles. That’s lightweight. I mean the... read more
2804
2016

Dotty Detective day three

introducing Beans and McClusky Meet Dot’s best pal Beans and TOP DOG McClusky, fellow members of the Join The Dots Detectives. This is the contents... read more
2704
2016

Happir World Tapir Day!

Bambang and family...   To celebrate this momentous day in the calendar, Polly and I can reveal the title and cover proof of the third book... read more
2604
2016

Dotty Detective day two

introducing Dot   Dot is a refreshing sort of heroine. She is mathsy and sporty, she can eat three super-sour apple sherbets at once, and... read more
3101
2016

January

  Gosh I haven't been here for ages! *puts the hoover round, throws open the shutters* It's been a very busy month, working on not... read more

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