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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McClusky’s birthday

0901
2018
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 parties (just in case he didn't have enough special celebrations before he became part of our family).     He must have been a very...
2312
2015

happy christmas!

  This year Bambang is turning on the sunny side up Christmas lights. Put on your paper hat and join us for a nibble of... read more
1312
2015

Mango and Bambang 2

Tapir All at Sea   So here it is - Merry Christmas! Except it isn't a Christmas book, I must impatiently wait until next March, but... read more
0610
2015

news!

my very own young fiction series   It's always A Sign when I buy a themed new notebook, pens and pencil case. I'm all about the... read more
1409
2015

Dixie and the Haunted House

spooky thrills for Halloween!   Only ten days to go until publication! Your whiskers will be all-atremble when you open the pages of this latest Dixie... read more
2708
2015

Mango and Bambang

only one week to go!   Mango and Bambang The Not-a-Pig by Polly Faber and me, is published on September 3rd, one week today. The... read more
2108
2015

thank you from Mum

for your wonderful letters...   Mum was so touched - and utterly amazed - to read the letters you so kindly wrote to her on the... read more
1008
2015

Bambang out and about

  I do love a model village (well there's a surprise), so what better place could there be to take Bambang on his first ever... read more
1707
2015

off on my hols!

  Packing my bucket and spade for a little holiday, featuring ice creams, paddling and banana pancakes... But just also to say, last night -... read more
0607
2015

my amazing mum

Shirley Hughes wins the Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award   Read the announcement from Book Trust here Read the lovely interview with Emily Drabble of... read more
2105
2015

WANTED!

showcasing two young artists...   You may remember this, in Dixie and the Great Diamond Robbery - a call out for young artists to design... read more
2704
2015

Mango and Bambang

and World Tapir Day!   Polly and I have lots of lovely things to tell you about. At last we can introduce you to our... read more
2204
2015

from my desk this week

and a petition against parades...   This week I'm cracking on with book two of the young fiction series I am collaborating in with Polly... read more
0704
2015

hat box

  We made an impulse spring purchase today, two hat boxes. Such a satisfying shape. I put ribbons in mine...     what would you... read more
0504
2015

Happy Easter!

Martha's Easter cake...   Made by human Martha, my daughter, that is - not bunny ears Martha. (more…) read more
0304
2015

Easter colouring picture

with love from Martha x   Here’s Martha Monty and Pip, making pancakes and biscuits and generally larking around… just waiting for you to colour... read more
2903
2015

Up Up and Away – quiz!

when you have read the book...   you can answer this question... When Percy was small he had only one Forest Folk Fellowship badge. What did... read more

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