I have a range of completed stories that are available for interested agents or publishers to peruse. Most are ‘literary picture books’ about a range of topics including rudeness, fear, love of the new, monsters and discovery. Set across a host of different settings each story has its own message to convey. Most importantly they remain entertaining and accessible to children.
I have a lift-the-flap book about monsters and a shorter, sillier picture book about monsters and safety. Although the word monsters seems to appear on this page a lot, the two pieces I am working on right now (both of which fall into the shorter, sillier picture book category) are not about them ….. mostly.
Below is a snippet from one of my stories:
There’s a gorilla in my bed!
Something soft and hairy that smelled of the rainforest.
Something soft and hairy that let out a roar, grabbed him with two strong (but soft and hairy) hands and placed him firmly on the floor, before yawning very loudly.
Max turned on the light “MUM! THERE’S A GORILLA IN MY BED!”
‘Gorilla’ is a traditional picture book (and has already been adapted into a play). It isa story that will encourage kids to love the environment and also to make the bed. The protagonist, Max, is notorious for his messy bed and as his mother has so often threatened, a gorilla moves in. Despite the best efforts of Max’s parents and even all the grown-ups of the town the gorilla refuses to leave. It falls on Max to solve his own problem…
Pieces that are still being worked on include a poetry epic about a doomed town, a chapter book about a fish tank (also doomed) and a huge sprawling list of short stories/kid’s books about giants, dragons, hippos, dinosaurs, closets, elephants, revolutions and a host of fairy folk.