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The Humble Mayor Of Grumble: a new fable

The Humble Mayor Of Grumble fable.

The Humble Mayor of Grumble is the second story in the Genus Fables series by Hilary Robinson and illustrator Ste Johnson and explores the impact of Covid-19 on our lives while offering some words of reassurance to worried children.

A free download from Strauss House Productions.

Memorable mix of fun and Viking facts

Book cover for Jasper Viking Dog.

Jasper Viking Dog is the February 2020 Book of the Month at Love Reading, and they gave the following review:

Charlie Tanner’s dog Jasper thinks he’s descended from Viking dogs and is determined to find out more. This sparks a series of very funny letters from Charlie to the curator at the local Viking museum, in which Charlie poses questions from Jasper. In fact, questions and answers tell us lots about Viking life and the unusual and ingenious presentation makes it all extremely readable and accessible. A great way to learn about the Vikings. Jasper has explored space for readers too, and it looks he has more adventures to come, which is good news.

_ Andrea Reece.

The Wall the Beast Built – A Fable for our Time is out now!

Watermarked edition of The Wall The Beast Built.

Hilary has collaborated with illustrator, Steve Johnson, to produce a stunning poster to mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. At a time when borders and barriers are being established to divide communities the story tells of the importance of community cohesion and tolerance.

Free to download for schools, libraries and community groups together with Teachers’ Notes it’s hoped that the moving story will help children to work together towards a more peaceful future.

Order the poster from the Strauss House Productions website.

Launch of Jasper Space Dog

Jasper Space Dog book cover on the moon, with the earth in the background.

Jasper Space Dog, the latest book from Hilary, illustrated by Lewis James, has been released to support space topics in schools and to mark the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing on July 20th, 1969. Six hours later, on the 21st July, Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the lunar surface.

Mixing facts about space travel with hilarious ideas about the moon, Jasper Space Dog was selected as Love Reading4Kids Book of the Month in April and described by Julia Eccleshare as a book where “there’s much to enjoy as well as much to learn from this introduction to an important topic”.  Hilary will be taking part in several events to mark the Summer Reading Challenge the theme of which, this year, is Space Chase.

Hilary with Lewis James, illustrator and Mandy Stanley, designer.

Hilary with Lewis James, illustrator and Mandy Stanley, designer.

Hilary in conversation with Deborah Bullivant, Founding Director of Grimm & Co, Rotherham where Jasper Space Dog was launched.

Hilary in conversation with Deborah Bullivant, Founding Director of Grimm & Co, Rotherham where Jasper Space Dog was launched.

Jasper: Space Dog

Book cover for Jasper: Space Dog.

Written to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landings in July 2019 and to tie in with the National Curriculum, Jasper: Space Dog is the first in a series of hilarious stories aimed at emerging independent readers.

Written by award winning author, Hilary Robinson (Mixed Up Fairy Tales/Where The Poppies Now Grow), Jasper: Space Dog is delightfully illustrated by Lewis James, a Prince’s Trust Ambassador. Lewis is mentored through Strauss House Productions by Mandy Stanley. Working alongside literary consultants, an expert in planetary science the story cleverly interweaves established facts and hilarious ideas about space, space travel and the moon landings. Told in the form of letters, Charlie Tanner and his dog Jasper consult experts with a view to achieving their own astrophysical ambitions.

Future titles will see Charlie Tanner and Jasper find out about Everest, the Vikings, Eco Living and more!

Jasper: Space Dog will be published in April 2019.

Lewis James, illustrator of the Jasper series.

Lewis James, illustrator of the Jasper series.

Spooky Fairy Tale Mix-ups

Book cover.

Spooky Fairy Tale Mix-ups is out today in paperback!  Thousands of spookylicious stories which find Ghostilocks and co running through slimy porridge and dancing with cats .. and more …  making reading magical fun …!

Published by Hodder Children’s Books.

Historical Association’s Young Quills

Historical Association logo

A Song For Will and The Lost Gardeners Of Heligan has been shortlisted for the Historical Association’s Young Quills Award 2018! You can find it in the 7-9 years olds section. And there are also some Young Quills reviews.

Peace Lily is out now!

Book cover for Peace Lily.

Peace Lily, the fourth and final book in the World War 1 series for children, honours the contribution and dedication of women to the war effort.  Written in rhyme and beautifully illustrated by Martin Impey it tells how, after a long and painful battle, peace is found not only within borders but in hearts too.

You can buy the book here.

Mixed Up Fairy Tales is one of the favourite children’s books

Twenty years of favourite books put together by the National Literacy Trust

The National Literacy Trust has published a list celebrating the most popular books chosen every year of the last two decades by children who have taken part in the Young Readers Programme. ‘Mixed Up Fairy Tales‘ was voted as the top book of 2004 by 384.000 children.

PDSA Writing Competition

PDSA writing competition

The UK’s leading veterinary charity, the PDSA, has launched its annual Animal Heroes Writing Competition 2017 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Book Day. Hilary has teamed up with the charity to write the beginning, middle and end of a story called ‘Buddy Saves The Day’ – and it’s up to young people to write the rest!

The winner will receive a set of signed books including Flo of the Somme, an Amazon Kindle and an opportunity to meet Hilary herself at one of the PDSA Pet Hospitals.

To submit your stories, go to the PDSA Writing Competition website. You’ll find Hilary’s prompts and you can also read an article by Flo of the Somme, all about how she and other animals helped in the war effort.