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Create Your Own Spy Mission Blog Tour

We are delighted to be joined today by co authors Andrew and Chris Judge.
Welcome to Doodle…where you draw the story. Help finish characters, build up the town and design a GIANT ICE CREAM POWERED robot to fight off…the SUPER villains that you doodle! Doodles get into LOTS of trouble. Watch out, it is up to you to doodle them out of it!

What made you decide to work on the Create Your Own Adventure series?
Chris: Our editor in Scholastic, David Maybury, had given me the idea of a story book that the reader could draw in, and asked me to come up with a pitch for it. I asked Andrew to help me out over a weekend, to come up with a story.
Andrew: We’ve been making comics and stories together for years, so we were used to throwing ideas at each other.
C: Andrew came back with the first chapter and an outline for the rest of the book. So I sent that to David and he liked it!
A: And then they couldn’t get rid of me.

Do you both write and draw or does one of you write and one of you draw?
A: For this series, I do the writing and Chris does the drawings. I know what Chris likes to draw.
C: And also what I can’t draw.
A: Ha Ha! Yes, that’s why all my character descriptions have spindly legs and black shoes, because I know you don’t like drawing legs and shoes.

If you were a spy, what kind of mission would you like to go on?
C: I would like to do a space spying mission.
A: I would like to go spying in Google, to see the room where they keep the internet.

Will there be another Create Your Own Adventure book? What will it be about this time?
A: Yes we are halfway through the third one, with a fourth also planned.
C: Are we allowed to say it’s about Superheroes?
A: No.

If you had to choose between being a spy or an alien, what would you choose?
C: I’d be an Alien Spy.
A: I can imagine Sigourney Weaver being chased by an alien with a false moustache and a trenchcoat.

Do you ever finish the stories yourselves?
A: No, because I live with a seven year old who finishes them for me, and he’s much better at it then I am.
C: If I finished it, then it would just be a normal book, illustrated by Chris Judge.

Where is your favourite place to write and/or draw?
A: I love to write on my private island in the Caribbean. Otherwise the bus on my way home from work.
C: I like to draw relaxing by my pond.

When you’re not working on these books, what do you do with yourselves?
C: I do commercial illustration work, big artworks for schools and hospitals. And I make picture books for younger children like The Lonely Beast. I also do the Danger Is Everywhere series with David O’Doherty.
A: During the day, I’m an architect, which is basically like making books, except with with Building Regulations.

markandnickChris Judge is an award winning picture book author/illustrator (THE LONELY BEAST, TIN) and co-author, with comedian David O’Doherty, of DANGER IS EVERYWHERE. Chris’s work continues to feature in advertising, newspapers, magazines and exhibitions in the UK and Ireland.
Learn more about Chris by visiting his website here or alternatively converse with him on Twitter here
Andrew Judge has written and illustrated countless short stories and comics with his brother Chris, including regular features for arts and culture magazines Mongrel and Totally Dublin. Andrew lives and works as an architect in Ireland. Visit Andrew’s website (here) to learn more about his work or make contact on Twitter (here). Find out even more about Create Your Own Spy Mission Visit more

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TTT: The Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the wonderful, list making gurus, The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they publish a new Top Ten list and invite their fellow book bloggers, vloggers and bookworms to join in.

As you can probably surmise form the reduced number of post from me over the last few months ( well year really), things are pretty busy here at Big Book Little Book HQ. Who knew that a newborn and her big siblings, a large labrador and house renovations took up so much time 😉 As a result of not being able to commit as much time to the blog, or indeed to reading in general, I have made a concerted effort to not acquire many new books. I hate to call it a ban, for me that is as effective as saying no to chocolate because you are on a diet, it just makes me want it MORE. No matter how hard I try, every now and then i’ll come across a book that I simply can’t say no to, that I simply HAVE to say YES PLEASE, SIGN ME UP, TAKE MY MONEY and occasionally there are those gorgeous little little unsolicited, bubble wrapped, surprises that land on your doormat.

In no particular order (because I am so disorganised and have no idea as and when these beauties came in to my possession )

1. Colour Me Mindful: Underwater by Anastasia Catris
When the lovelies at Orion offered me the opportunity to take a look at the latest thing in relaxation and mindfulness I couldn’t resist finding out what all of the fuss was about. I think that it is safe to say that I am totally hooked. I started out using my children’s colouring pencils but quickly found myself frustrated at the limited colour selection. Now my obsession is such that I have had to order my very own set of fine line colouring pens. The only thing not relaxing about this book and its Birds and Tropical counterparts, is keeping them away from my seven year old.

2. The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke
Cat Clarke is one of those authors who’s work caught me attention early on, when I devoured entangled, and who’s subsequent works I have collected but not gotten around to reading. When the Bookish Brits ( view our channel here) were offered the opportunity to read Cat’s latest book for June’s book club I jumped at the chance to take part.

3. Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
I know, I know, I know and this being a blog which prides itself on reading books from all age categories! I’m almost embarrassed to have not yet read this hugely hyped middle grade book. Because I have only heard good things, from peoples who’s book recommendations I trust implicitly, I couldn’t resist snapping this up at a recent ebook sale.

4. Fail Human Heart by Zoe Marriott
The final book in the Name of the Blade trilogy. I love this series so much and I can’t wait to get suck back in to this urban fantasy.

5. The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
It’s Ness, enough said.

6.Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
I absolutely loved Seraphina, so much so that I listed its sequel as one of my most anticipated reads of 2014. Oppps I think some one was a little over excited! Shadow Scale was actually released in March of this year and not only did I preorder the hardback I also preordered the audiobook too.

7. The Almost King by Lucy Saxon
One of those bubble wrapped surprises. Lucy is a UKYA author about which I have heard only good things. I am ashamed to have not discovered her work for myself yet.

8. One by Sarah Crossan
A YA book written in verse! I can’t wait to give it a try.

9. The Curious Tale Of The Lady Of Caraboo by Catherine Johnson
Pruedence raved about Catherine’s previous book Sawbones (click here to read her review)when she read it last year. Once again Catherine delves in to history, this time to share her version of the events surrounding real life Mary Wilcox. #WeNeedDiverseBooks

10.The Amazing Human Body Detectives by Maggie Li
Non fiction books are like busses. You don’t see any on Big Book Little book for ages and then two crop up in one post! When the lovely people at Pavilion offered me the opportunity to take a look at this gorgeous fact book I just couldn’t resist. I find human biology absolutely fascinating and I am attracted to anything that allows me to share this fascination with my own children. It’s been a hit so far with the seven and five year old fighting over who got to use the magnifying glass!

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