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Izzy’s journey with 500 words!

On Friday the 30th of May my family and me went to the Hay Festival, the reason why: I had got into the final of Radio 2’s 500 words competition (very unexpectedly). We were invited to attend the outside broadcast at the Hay Festival of the Chris Evans breakfast show where they announce the top 3 winners in each category. You could read my story on the 500 words website, if you want to…it’s under the top 50, 10 to 13 year olds. The night before the final we stayed in a hotel, we didn’t have much sleep that night because me, Mummy , Daddy and Daisy were very excited, not to mention Daisy accidently setting her alarm off at 2.15am! We had a very early start and were up and out quickly to drive from the hotel to a very muddy hay Festival.


When we arrived we had a 5 minute news bulletin to get in our seats. The excitement was building, my photo was on the big screen, the winners were announced… but sadly I didn’t win (but it was an amazing experience). Chris Evans was genius, it was amazing how he managed to engage with the audience, listen in his earpiece, remember when to cut back to London for the news, and keep an eye on the time all at once.

After it was over, I got to meet the superstar readers including Barney Harwood , Paloma Faith , Dick and Dom , Benedict Cumberbatch , Matthew Lewis , Hugh Bonneville and Alex Jones. Mummy also got her photo taken with High Bonneville, about which she got a bit over excited (but it was her birthday!)

After we had finished casually hanging out with celebrities, had a bacon butty and collected our certificates it was time to explore the rest of the festival and Hay town
It was an amazing day, I went to a seminar by Michael Morpurgo, my favourite author. I also met Lucy Cooke the author of The power of sloth. We spent the afternoon exploring the town. When we were eating lunch we saw Benedict Cumberbatch which was very exciting! The town was made up mostly of bookshops and we spent a particularly long time in one that was an old cinema. It was cool.hay3

Before we started the 4 hour journey home, we watched the live broadcast of The One show from the festival, you may have seen us, we were just behind Chris Evans head! So many people were impressed. Even the local newspaper wrote about Izzy’s 500 word story glory. I had a great experience and really enjoyed myself and all because of the Giraffe who never gave up!

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Some Bookish Brits In New York

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The Mortal Instruments City Of Bones Movie

Director: Harald Zwart
Writers: Jessica Postigo (screenplay), Cassandra Clare (based on the novel by)
Stars: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Lena Headly

TMI-website-one-sheetHave you seen New York City’s dark side?
Clary Fray (Lily Collins) thought she was an ordinary teenager living in Brooklyn until one night in a downtown nightclub she encounters the sexy, mysterious Jace. Upon witnessing Jace hunt down and kill a demon in the crowded club, Clary begins to wonder if she is that ordinary after all. Especially as she appears to be the only one who can see him…
Jace Wayland (Jamie Campbell Bower) is a Shadowhunter. Part of a secret cadre of half-angel warriors, he is tasked with protecting humanity in an ancient battle against demonic forces. This battle has been fought secretly in our midst for centuries, but the stakes have just been raised.
When Clary’s mother is viciously attacked and taken from their home, she discovers her connections to Jace run deeper than she could ever have imagined and beneath surface of the city exists another world…one she unknowingly belongs to.
As both Clary and best friend Simon (Robert Sheehan) are drawn into this dark and dangerous world, Clary realises Jace is both the key to uncovering her past and protecting her future.
Based on Cassandra Clare’s bestselling novel, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is directed by Harold Zwart and also stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Lena Headey.
Discover a world hidden within our own

It’s no secret that I love the work of Cassandra Claire (read my fan girling here). I’m sure that you can imagine my reaction when I received an email from the lovelies at Walker Books, inviting me to the press preview of The Mortal Instruments City Of Bones. The term kid on Christmas morning doesn’t quite cover it!

Arriving at Odeon West End in London’s Leicester Squire (the smaller cinema located south of the square), I shuffled past the long queue of very excited, very patient, Mortal Instruments fans waiting for their screening, to the press entrance. I was immediately directed to sign a non disclosure agreement, preventing me from talking about the film until now. Paperwork complete and “stele” pen in hand I explored the cinema. I was greeted by darken rooms, extremely tall “shadow hunters” serving canapés and a delicious bramble flavoured “Brooklyn Cocktail”.

Grabbing my drink, I made my way to the screening to meet up with fellow book bloggers Caitlin from The Cait Files (visit her blog here), Andrew (The Pewter Wolf) and Casey (from Dark Readers) both of whom I’d met for the first time queueing at a Cassie Claire signing ( read event repot here), and book tuber Katie (visit her you tube channel, Oh Cakey, here)

After what felt like a very brief catch up the movie began.

For a little taste of the movie check out this trailer.

In honour of my first ever movie “review” I decided to pluck up the courage to film my first ever volg (video blog).

I have to say a massive thanks to faye ( read her fabulous book blog, A Daydreamers Thoughts, here). Without Faye’s editing skills you would be subjected to at least four minutes of “ummm”‘s, not to mention a dozen or so more uses of “slick”, “energetic”, “firstly”,”so” and “I feel”.

So here it is, my thoughts and feelings on The Mortal Instruments City Of Bones movie.

Image and blurb take from eOne Films UK. For more information on The Mortal Instruments City Of Bones and other films you can visit the site (here).

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Cheese ‘n Ham Melts and other Strange Questions: An Interview With Lauren Child (Part 2)

Part two of Izzy and Daisy’s interview with author Lauren Child
Everyone knows that Clarice Bean is exceptionordinarily keen about the Ruby Redfort books. Now in her own starring role, this genius code-cracker and daring detective, along with her sidekick butler, Hitch, work for a secret crime-busting organization called Spectrum. Ruby gets into lots of scrapes with evil villains, like being trapped in a giant hourglass or held over a flaming volcano, but shes always ice-cool in a crisis. Just take a classic screwball comedy, add heaps of breathtaking action, and multiply it by Lauren Childs writing genius, and what have you got? Only the most exciting middle-grade series since, like, ever

Ruby Redfort is a spy thriller/mystery. Did you read a lot of mystery books as a child?
You know what, my sister read a lot of mystery books. She was a massive reader, she still is. I didn’t read a lot of mystery books but I did watch a lot of mystery things on TV. When I was younger it was Scooby Doo! and as I got older more drama things and now I read a lot of mystery as an adult. But my sister was the one who was passionate about it.

Where did you get the idea for Ruby Redfort’s gadgets?
I watched such a lot of James Bond films when I was a child and the ones that I really loved the most were the ones that were disguised as something. So I thought James Bond has disguised his as things a man might carry in his pocket and so I thought what would a school kid carry. So I thought her watch, which has got a cartoon face on it, Daisy: The toaster? Yeh the toaster, normal domestic objects in your kitchen and then things like her sneakers.
I wanted things that she could have and no one would ask any questions.

If you could choose one, which gadget would you like in real life?
I think that I would choose the rescue watch because it’s there to do lots and lots of different things and it would always be on your wrist. In each book it will do something different.

The Ruby Redfort books are a series that Clarice Bean talks about. Are we reading them at the same time as Clarice Bean?
You see that’s a very strange and weird question!
I did think about this a lot because I list all of the titles, don’t I (indicating a Clarice bean Book) and I did think why don’t I write each one that she talks about. Then I realized that I’d written extracts from that book and when I started writing Ruby Redfort, I didn’t want them to be quite so silly as they are in this book ( indicates Don’t look Now Clarice Bean). So I thought what I’m going to do? Because they are written by Patricia F Maplin and my publisher didn’t think it would be a very good idea to write Patricia F Maplin on the cover, then nobody would know they were written by me.

Clarice Bean might be reading them now, so might be if I write another Clarice Bean, it might that she will be reading Look In To My Eyes. Because Ruby Redfort is older now, she’s thirteen. In Clarice Bean she’s eleven.
So yeh, it’s a very weird thing.

How does it feel to see your characters on the TV screen?
I worked on the show the whole way through. So I would go in there two days a week and I looked at all the scripts and I would do the dialogue for the characters. So I worked very closely with the designer and I would draw things for them, so I was kind of aware of how things were going to come out but you never know until the last minute if it is really going to be lovely or not.
I was very fussy about the voices; I wanted the voices to be children’s voices and the right kind of voices. I was involved but it was still a lovely feeling to actually see it. You don’t quite know until the very last minute if it is going to be something to be proud of. I was very excited to see it.

Following on from the Charlie and Lola TV show, some books have been published that haven’t been written by you, how does it feel?
It’s strange. When we were making the show we would have big meetings about what would make a good story for the show. I was very sure that they had to be about the little things that would happen to a four year old. So they can’t be made things like going off to Disney land because they don’t do that in their normal life.
Most of the show is set in their house and often inside their bedrooms so they need to be about brushing their teeth or about having to have a bath, about very, very simple things.

Then the script writers would go and write them and I would sit there ( motions crossing out ) and go NO they cant say that, they have to say this. I did have a lot of control, but it is still strange when you see the original Charlie and Lola books, of which I have written four and all the other ones have come from the Charlie and Lola TV(program), so it is quiet odd to see my name on them.

In the Clarice Bean books Ruby Redfort is being made it to a film. Is that going to happen?
I hope that it might one day. It is a very long thing because it involves someone investing lots and lots of money, so they have to be very, very sure that it is going to work.
So I think the more books I write, the more books I sell, the more likely it is that it will happen. But at the moment we all hope it will

A question from one of our followers on Facebook: What is your favorite sandwich?
Oh well that can change minute to minute but at the moment I’m quite the fan of the ham and cheese melt.

Izzy’s Thoughts
Meeting Lauren Child? It felt AMAZING
She was very smiley, friendly and happy. She always answered the questions in quite a lot of detail. It was great fun and I loved it. It’s not every day you get to interview Lauren Child and I still think about it A LOT!

Daisy’s Thoughts
After queuing for a long time the wait was finally over. Armed with our Clarice Bean and Ruby Redfort books we went forward. and got to meet Lauren Child herself!!! she was very friendly and chatty. She told us everything about her books and we interviewed her for ages. We found out lots about her books that we didn’t know. Definitely worth the wait ! !
It was a memorable day, hopefully the first of many author interviews for me…..

A massive thanks is owed to Lauren, her publicity team at Harper Collins Children’s Books and the fantastic events team at Waterstone’s Guilford. To learn even more about Lauren and her work visit her website here!

Interview by Izzy(8) and Daisy(11)

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Noisy Neighbours and Snipping with Scissors: An Interview With Lauren Child (Part 1)

Thanks to those lovely book sellers at Waterstone’s Guildford, Daisy(11) and Izzy (8)recently got the opportunity to interview, awesome author, Lauren Child.

It’s not easy to concentrate at school when mysterious things are happening all around you. In fact, Clarice Bean is starting to feel just like her favorite heroine: Ruby Redfort, schoolgirl detective. Clarice and her utterly best friend, Betty Moody, are planning to ace their book project about Ruby and win the class prize, until Betty disappears into thin air, and horrible teacher Mrs. Wilberton teams Clarice up with the naughtiest boy in school. Will her new partner ruin everything? Will Betty ever come back? And what on earth happened to the silver trophy everyone’s hoping to win? Lauren Child brings her trademark wacky wit and eccentric visual energy to a full-length, fastpaced Clarice Bean episode that will charm even the most capricious reader

Where do you get the inspiration for your books?
In Clarice Bean the picture book there is a boy who shouts a lot and he is the neighbor of Clarice Bean and he was my neighbor while I was writing the book. So he was someone who was actually outside of my window.

So from everywhere really and some things just pop in to my head and I don’t know where they come from.

Where did you get the inspiration to use different fonts and textiles?
I’ve just always been very keen on textiles and I don’t know why but when I was a child I used to love going to peoples houses and looking at how they decorated, what colours they used and everything. So I have always been interested in that.

And fonts, well I think that they are just beautiful things. The fact that they have all been designed differently for different things. Whether it’s advertising or a book, they all have different uses and I think that they are very nice to use in illustration to bring out the character of your character. Clarice Bean’s font is very different from her brothers font, Milo’s font. Because he is younger it is much more babyish. It show’s you immediately the differences between them.

Which of your characters is the most fun to write?
I Like writing about all of them. You have to feel strongly about your characters. I have loved writing about Charlie and Lola, I still do so I probably am going to do more.But Clarice Bean is my favorite, because I can write as her. I can write about the things that meant a lot to me when I was a child. It’s also fun to write about Ruby Redfort as well because it is a completely different thing, imagining yourself as someone completely different.

How long does it take to write a Lauren Child book?
It depends on the book and often I’m doing lots and lots of different things at the same time so that can make things take longer. This Ruby Redford, the first one (indicates Look In To My Eyes), took about two years but I was doing other things and I had to set the scene- Who were her friends?What was her family like?-I had to do everything from scratch, this (indicates Take Your Last Breath) only took a year to write because I knew all of those things already.

Clarice Bean (indicates books), these took a long time to write but that was because I was working on a television show which took up a lot of time so I (pauses) I think that there is a two year gap between each Clarice Bean. I was working on them the whole time with lots of stopping and starting.

When I do a picture book it’s usually six months.

What do you use to draw your illustrations?
I use pencil, just a normal pencil. But what I often do is enlarge things then. So I scan things. I cut things out. I do lots of cutting and pasting. And I, I did that really because. Um (pauses) You see lots of illustrators who are really amazing at knowing exactly where they want things to go.There is an illustrator called Chris Riddell and I remember watching him draw and he seems to know exactly how the picture is going to be just from his head. I know Quentin Blake, I’ve seen him draw and he plots things first so he knows what the picture is going to look like and then he draws it. I just do it as I’m going along which means I often make mistakes, and I don’t quite know how its going to be so I draw every single thing separately and then snip it out with my scissors, and then arrange it on the bit of paper.

Was it intentional for Clarice Bean to age with her readers?
I wasn’t really expecting to do that when I started. I mean, she starts off in the picture books about seven years old and I chose that age because I remember thinking that it was a really lovely age to be and I quite enjoyed being seven.

Then when I started doing the novels I though that it would be quiet nice for her to talk about things that were more complicated as you got older and things are perhaps less one way or the other. You start to realise that (pauses), like in Spells Trouble, I don’t know if you have read that Clarice Bean (Daisy indicates her copy of the book on the table) Oh! *laughs* sorry, I do know you’ve read this! So in that one she starts to realise that it is not always clear what the wrong thing and the right thing is **spoiler for book excluded from transcript** The black and white starts to go, and you realise that you have to go with your gut feeling. So it seemed right that she should get older.

There is something a bit sad in Don’t Look Now, because she is dealing with people leaving you and that feeling that things change. As you get older things really change. I hope that it feels happier at the end. Just because things change it doesn’t mean that things can’t change for the better.

It wasn’t intentional, but it just seemed right because I wanted to write about things that effect people more your age (indicating Daisy 11) as well as your age (indicating Izzy 8).

You have written lots of stories for young children through to teenagers. Why didn’t you stick to just one age range?
Because it is really fun trying something different and I like doing each thing as much as the other. I’ve done some Charlie and Lola board books which were really fun because it’s like a challenge to make the shortest, simplest book that someone is going to enjoy, and do the pictures and that’s a lovely thing to do. But I also love writing stuff that is complicated like this (points to Clarice Bean) and thinking about writing for young teenagers.
There are lots of different sides to reading and I like to try new things. There are many more things that I would like to do.

Who is your favourite author?
My favourite author of children’s books? Any one?
Oh that’s very hard. I think (pauses) Well my favorite illustrator is Quentin Blake and in the end I have always loved him the most. Although I love many, many illustrators. He’s probably my most favourite.

My favorite children’s author (pauses) they were around when I was a child and you can still get their books now, actually I’ve got one here (pulls book out of bag) because I was talking about this book the other day. The Eighteenth Emergency by Betsy Byars, and she’s a wonderful, wonderful writer, so I still love her books. I think they are amazing.

And grown up books, well again there are so many people, but there’s an author called Rose Tremain, she’s written a lot of books but my favourite one of hers is called Restoration. Although it’s set in history around the reign of king Charles II, a long long time ago, you see lots of things in common with your own life.

Come back next week to read the part two of Daisy and Izzy’s interview with Lauren child. In the mean time you can discover more about Lauren and her work by clicking here to visit her website and learn about Guildford Waterstone’s upcoming book events by visiting their events page here.

Interview by Daisy (11) and Izzy (8)

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Love Books Will Travel: Upcoming Book Events

If you have spent any time visiting us here at Big Book Little Book it couldn’t have escaped your notice that we love attending book events. If you are lucky enough to live in the south, or don’t mind traveling, there are some absolutely fantastic opportunities coming up over the next few months.

Who: Michelle Harrison, Zoe Marriott, L.A.Weatherly, Karen Mahoney, Laura Powell, Ruth Warburton and Thomas Taylor
What: YA Panel Event
What the hosts say: “Roll up! Roll up! Ladies and Gentleman, Boys and Girls, for one day only Foyles will once again be hosting a circus of literary delights to spook even the bravest amongst you.”
Where: The Gallery at Foyles,Charing Cross Road, London
When: Saturday the 4th of August 2-6pm
Tickets: Free, but need to be reserved by emailing [email protected]

I am so excited to be attending Foyles Summer Scream event this Saturday. Where else can you find this much YA talent, not to mention dozens of salivating book bloggers, all in one room?
I’ve just checked Foyles events page and there are still tickets available!!

Who: Philippa Gregory
What: Book Talk and Signing
What the hosts say: “Join us on the day that The Kingmaker’s Daughter is published as historian and internationally bestselling author Philippa Gregory discusses her books, the history that has inspired them and her prestigious career as a novelist. Philippa will also be reading from her new book and signing copies of it afterwards. We are thrilled that such a well-known and popular author is choosing to spend her publication evening with us and anticipate that this will be a popular and fascinating evening.”
Where: Hosted at Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Guildford, GU1 3RR
When: Thursday 16th August at 7pm
Tickets: £5 / £3 for Waterstones loyalty cardholder, available by calling or visiting the bookshop: Waterstones 171-73 High Street, Guildford, Surrey.
Email [email protected]

I shall be taking my copy of Changeling along when I meet the queen of historical fiction (do you see what I did there!)

Who: Derek Landy
What: Book talk and Signing
What the hosts say: “This is a brilliant chance for Skullduggery fans to meet this fabulous author. Derek will be talking about his novels, answering questions and signing copies of all of his books”
Where: Hosted at Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Guildford, GU1 3RR
When: Thursday 13th of September 7pm
Tickets: £3 available by calling or visiting the bookshop: Waterstones 171-73 High Street, Guildford, Surrey.
Email [email protected]

I haven’t read any of Derek’s Skullduggery series yet, but it certainly looks like it would be a fantastic addition to my middle grade collection.

Who: John Boyne
What: Book talk and Signing
What the hosts say: “Acclaimed author John Boyne will be talking about his internationally best selling novel, The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas…”
Where: Hosted at the Guildford store, 171-173 High Street, Guildford, GU1 3RR
When: Tuesday 30th October 7pm
Tickets: £3 available by calling or visiting the bookshop: Waterstones 171-73 High Street, Guildford, Surrey.
Email [email protected]

I can’t believe that I still haven’t read The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas. A situation I plan to rectify soon.

Hopefully we will meet some of you at one or more of these amazing events.
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Love Books Will Travel: Ben Aaronovitch

What: Book talk and Signing
Who: Ben Aaronovich
Where: Waterstone’s Guildford, Surrey
When: Friday 22nd June 2012
Why: to promote Whispers Under ground, book three in the Rivers Of London series.

It begins with a dead body at the far end of Baker Street tube station, all that remains of American exchange student James Gallagher—and the victim’s wealthy, politically powerful family is understandably eager to get to the bottom of the gruesome murder. The trouble is, the bottom—if it exists at all—is deeper and more unnatural than anyone suspects . . . except, that is, for London constable and sorcerer’s apprentice Peter Grant. With Inspector Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, tied up in the hunt for the rogue magician known as “the Faceless Man,” it’s up to Peter to plumb the haunted depths of the oldest, largest, and—as of now—deadliest subway system in the world.
At least he won’t be alone. No, the FBI has sent over a crack agent to help. She’s young, ambitious, beautiful . . . and a born-again Christian apt to view any magic as the work of the devil.

Having just made the talk by the skin of my teeth (no thanks to the ridiculous and unusually busy Guildford traffic), I managed to slink in at the very back. This isn’t so good when you’re borderline deaf in one ear with the other ear not much better, and once through vanity, now through laziness, I never bothered to get a hearing aid. But ho hum. I think I managed to hear the majority of the talk, apologies in advance then if I had misheard anything and start reciting a load of nonsense!

When Ben Aaronovitch(who, from now on will just be ‘Ben’ for the sake of my sanity) arrived you could so tell by his manner that he wasn’t used to doing talks etc. That, and the fact that this is the first thing he told us along with the fact that he hadn’t prepared any notes in advance so was pretty much going to ‘wing it’.

This I guess is Ben all over. A self confessed ‘geek’ who can’t quite believe that his ‘urban fantasy police series’ or as Ben prefers, ‘Magic cops’ has become so universally popular. Ben still tries to get his head round people’s gran’s and middle class women’s book groups enjoying his work alongside the more stereotypical fan base of pasty, spotty teenagers who could recite the entire narrative of the episodes he wrote for Doctor Who without a seconds hesitation.

Ben must have felt right at home in Waterstones as that is where he used to work. He remembers handling so many books by debut authors and thinking, ‘I could do better than that’ that prompted him to start writing. It also explains the intricately beautiful covers on his books as Ben realised how books needed to stand out and be identifiable just by their spines when sat on shop floor book shelves.

Ben explained how some of his ‘one off’ characters just wouldn’t go away. For instance Beverley Brook’s role was supposed to be limited to opening the door in, ‘The Rivers of London’ but somehow she just kept popping up until she became a character that people connected to and needed to know what would happen to her. The common problem with this though is that sequels start to get longer and longer as more and more characters within the book need their own stories told which is a problem for Ben bless him as trying to keep within his publishers deadlines is enough of a challenge let alone having to write more than the agreed word count to try and fit everything in!

Ben confessed that he does enjoy writing about Inspector Nightingale’s character in particular. He will even talk and act very posh to try and capture Nightingales reserved, middle class character. Ben has deliberately ensured that Nightingale is busy with the faceless man and the crocodile club in ‘Whispers underground’ so as not to interfere too much with Peter Grants investigation, knowing that Nightingales methods are to eliminate any threat quickly and efficiently as opposed to Peter’s more holistic approach.

Even though Peter Grant’s dad famously plays jazz, and ‘Moon under Soho’ is very much based on the historical Soho jazz scene, Ben admitted that he doesn’t actually like Jazz! Instead he relies on a good friend to give appropriate music recommendations to add authenticity to his story.

Abigail, a family relation of Peter Grant does have a bigger role in, ‘Whispers Underground’ but apparently will be stepping back in book 4 as Ben is looking into Abigail having her own, spin off book series. Due to Abigail’s age I’m going to assume that this series will fit into the young adult genre and will be something I will look forward to reading!

I always assumed that Ben had personal links to the police force due to his knowledge of police life. I was obviously surprised then to hear that the police are willing to tell you anything you need to know as long as the price is right……although Ben was keen to point out that they have a specific public media officer person thingy, where you contact them saying, ‘I’d like to speak to a 20-30yrs old, male traffic police officer, working in South London’ and if there is someone that fits that criteria and, with the added financial incentive is willing, he then gets the information he needs, all legit and from the horses mouth, so to speak.

Amusingly, Ben has lists. Anyone who in real life or on the Internet that annoys Ben may find their name on his list. When Ben needs a name for a character destined to die, guess where he looks first for inspiration! If on the other hand you’d quite like to be on that list, and the messier the death the better, then may I suggest you start trolling the web and being distinctly unpleasant about Sci-fi. Then you never know, you might find yourself in book 4!

Verdict: I really enjoyed meeting Ben and he came across as a lovely guy. I am also very grateful for getting the chance to read this brilliant series including book 3, ‘Whispers Underground’ that has just been released.

If you like the sound of Ben’s work or are already a fan, keep checking out our site as very soon we will be announcing a huge giveaway including the chance to receive a signed HB copy of the recently released,’Whispers Underground’.

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Love Books Will Travel: Andy Robb

What: Book Signing

Who: Andy Robb

Where: Waterstone’s Alton

When: 23rd of June 2012

Why: To promote Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind

If you haven’t worked it out yet, girls don’t do this. They don’t come to the Hovel. They don’t like goblins and dragons. They don’t paint miniatures. They don’t play role playing games or re-enact fictional battles. And they don’t talk to Geeks like me especially if they’re pretty. And this girl is pretty. What do you do if you’re a fourteen-year-old Geek, and a Beautiful Girl has appeared in the midst of your geeky world? And she seems to like you… For Archie, the natural reaction would be to duck and cover … run for the hills … buy a new model elf… Anything but risk stepping into the Real World. But even Geeks have to put their heads above the parapet at some point. With his mum barely able to contain her excitement that her son is about to join the human race, and his step-father, Tony the Tosser, offering crass advice, it’s time for Archie to embark on a daring Quest to win the Beautiful Girl’s heart and shake off his Geekhood for good.

Uncoordinated and bleary eyed following a night shift and just a few hours of sleep, I flopped into Pruedence’s awaiting car. With a knowing smile, fellow shift worker, Pruedence deposited a large, steaming latte in my hand and set her Sat Nav for the picturesque town of Alton. One shot of caffeine and forty minutes of book talk later and I had a moment of wide eyed horror. Was my sleep deprived brain hallucinating or was I really seeing two ladies in regency dress?! Thankfully it turned out that Alton was celebrating it’s annualJane Austen Regency Week

Small but perfectly formed, Alton Waterstone’s was the venue for for Andy Robb’s first ever book signing!
I’d like to provide you with a detailed report of a fabulous and hilarious afternoon Pruedence, Kerrie and I spent keeping Andy company and more likely than not, scaring Waterstone’s customers. Unfortunately everything is a little blurry around the edges and I’m afraid that I’m going to have to direct you to Kerrie atRead and Repeat and Pruedence at The Library Mouse for coherent accounts.

Here’s what I do recall:

Andy’s warm and charismatic personality.

Starting a lot of conversations with the traditional blogger greeting “Hi I’m Caroline BigBookLittleBook. I follow you on twitter”.
The absence of “The TourHat”.

Meeting a remarkable young man called Jack. Jack sat in Waterstone’s and read Geekhood in it entirety in under an hour, before purchasing it to take home to reread!

Watching Andy and Pruedence create an original piece of artwork for Pruedence to giveaway in celebration of her one month blog’aversary. Then embarrassing myself with my pathetic dog doodle on Andy’s Gallery of Geek.

The terms “bur bon and bourbon”, “Veet for men”, “gentleman’s log cabin” and “vagazzle” being banded about with abandon.

How green food colouring is not a suitable substitution for green face paint when dressing up as the Incredible Hulk

Meeting awesome bibliophiles: Kerrie from Read and Repeat, Sammie from I Want To Read That and Kirsty from The Book Mogul

Verdict: A fantastic afternoon. I laughed so hard my face ached.

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Love Books Will Travel: Oliver Jeffers

What: Book Signing

Who: Oliver Jeffers

Where: Waterstones
      O2 Centre             
Finchley Rd

When: Tuesday the 12th of June 2012

Why: To promote The Hueys in The New Jumper

The Thing about the Hueys was that they were all the same.
Until the day one of then knitted a nice new jumper…

Having had some public transport issues with some of the more recent events I’ve attended I made sure that we left for the event in plenty of time. Alas, I did not do my research properly and committed the rookie parenting rookie mistake of arriving more than two hours early for the event, at a shopping centre with little entertainment for my small people and I’d forgot to pack my usual survival pack( Colouring book and pencils, stickers and snacks)!

What the centre did have was numerous food venues and I do believe that after consuming a Starbucks Coffee, Some frozen Yogurt and a substantial volume of sushi, I  gained a stone in weight form this event alone.The saving grace was Finchley Waterstones. Friendly helpful staff and a child friendly environment ensured that the last hour of our wait was alot smoother than the first! It was very evident while we were their that the children’s department is very much the hub of mother and toddler society in Finchley.

Oliver Jeffers took the time to talk to his waiting fans in addition to signing and doodling in each book! While waiting to meet our favourite picture book author Ava and Seth investigated what else the children’s department had to author while  I had a chance to catch up with the gorgeous Rosi From Harper Collins HQ.
While  The Sniffing Pug had taken himself off for a walk, I did have the opportunity to meet his fabulous person. I urge you to check out Sniffer’s awesome interview with Oliver Jeffers here and check out the rest of his equally awesome blog.

When It was our turn to meet the man himself I did my usual tongue tied impression of a tomato while my daughter took it all in her stride, posing for pictures and giving Oliver hi five’s!

Verdict: Totally worth the wait! I know that our signed, doodled books will take pride of place on our book shelves!
Post by Caroline (30), Ava (4.5) and Seth (2.5)

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Love Books Will Travel

If you have spent any time on this blog you will notice that I LOVE attending book events.

I adore meeting authors, getting my books signed and meeting up with like minded bibliophiles.

With that in mind I am delighted to share the content of a very exciting email I received from the fabulous Jess at Waterstones, Guildford:

Yes, you read that right!

At least four awesome YA authors under one roof with cake! 

But that is not all Ladies and Gentleman,

Oh No!

Jess continued to delight with the following announcements:

An Evening with Philippa Gregory

Thursday 16th August at 7pm
Hosted at Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Guildford, GU1 3RR
“Join us on the day that The Kingmaker’s Daughter is published as historian and internationally bestselling author Philippa Gregory discusses her books, the history that has inspired them and her prestigious career as a novelist.  Philippa will also be reading from her new book and signing copies of it afterwards.  We are thrilled that such a well-known and popular author is choosing to spend her publication evening with us and anticipate that this will be a popular and fascinating evening.
Tickets are £5  /  £3 for Waterstones loyalty cardholder”

An Evening with Ben Aaronovitch

Friday 22nd June at 7pm
At Waterstones Guildford, 71-73 High Street, Guildford, GU1 3DY
“We absolutely LOVE Ben Aaronovitch – you can quote me on that! He’s written for Doctor Who in the past and penned the famous Remembrance of the Daleks episode (which revealed that running up the stairs to escape them really wasn’t going to help you anymore…).  Rivers of London was his first Peter Hunt novel and sold exceptionally well here, followed by Moon Over Soho which has been devoured by his fans.  It’s been a l-o-n-g 14 months since that one came out so we’re chomping at the bit for Whispers Under Ground and ridiculously excited that he’ll be spending the evening chatting to us and signing copies of his books. I must admit that fantasy books aren’t normally my thing but I love his mixture of magical-fantasy and crime fiction – plus he’s a bitingly funny writer which is absolutely fine by me.
Tickets are £3 per person.”

What an exciting line up of summer events! I hope to see some of you there.
Happy Reading,
Caroline x

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