Tales Post – #Read-Toy-Gether – Beaky Malone: Worlds Greatest Liar by Barry Hutchison



Many people will be very surprised to find out that I am a little bookworm!

I know right?! Who would have thought it?!

My 11 year old son, Corey, also loves reading and even has his own little corner of my blog called Corey’s Corner!

We often recommend each other books or swap books with each other and Corey always enjoys opening book post as much as me!

So we thought we would try something new.

A kind of new feature for Tales that we are calling….



What is #Read-Toy-Gether?

So basically at the start of every month we are going to pick a book that we will both read in that month.

Then at the end of that month we will do a little video discussing the book with each other, what we liked, what made us laugh, what made us cry, what characters we loved etc and then announce the book we will be reading for the following month and so and and so forth.

You can find all of our Read-Toy-Gether posts here

June 2016 #Read-Toy-Gether

Beaky Malone by Barry Hutchison


So this month we have picked Beaky Malone World’s Greatest Liar by Barry Hutchison for the month of June 16 and our first #Read-Toy-Gether!

Beaky Malone World’s Greatest Liar was released on the 2nd June 2016 published by Stripes Publishing!

Dylan Malone, aka Beaky, has a habit for telling porkies – every time he opens his mouth, out pops a whopper…But then his long-suffering sister shoves him into the truth-telling machine at Madame Shirley’s Marvellous Emporium of Peculiarities. Now Beaky can’t tell a lie – not even a teeny-weeny one – and a truth-telling Beaky is even worse…

You can catch a guest post on How To Be funny here

You can find out more about Beaky Malone 2 and its fab characters here

About The Author


Barry Hutchison is an award-winning children’s author and screenwriter. His first book – INVISIBLE FIENDS: MR MUMBLES – was published in 2010 to critical acclaim. The book went on to win the Royal Mail Award for Scottish Children’s Books in 2011, by which point two more books in the horror series had been published.

In 2012 HarperCollins Children’s Books published Barry’s comedy fantasy novel, THE 13TH HORSEMAN, which was even more well-received than MR MUMBLES, with fans including the multi-award-winning best-selling author, Neil Gaiman. Shortly after Horseman won the Scottish Children’s Book Award, a sequel – The Book of Doom – was published.

Since 2008 Barry has written over fifty books for children, including several based on the hit Cartoon Network show, BEN 10. When not writing he is usually visiting schools and libraries to run events and story-writing workshops for kids and adults alike.

He recently wrote thirty-six episodes of the CITV comedy series, BOTTOM KNOCKER STREET, starring comedian Phill Jupitus.

Barry lives in the Highlands of Scotland with his wife, Fiona, and their two children, Kyle and Mia. His biggest fear is that someone will one day discover how much fun his job is and immediately put a stop to it. His second biggest fear is squirrels.


July 2016 #Read-Toy-Gether

So if you have watched the video above you will have seen that we have picked The BFG by Roald Dahl for the month of July 16 #Read-Toy-Gether!

This is a classic and we are really excited to be reading / re-reading this special Waterstones edition with new illustrations!

Please note that we are I no way sponsored by anyone for any of this content we just pick the #Read-Toy-Gether books on the basis that we both fancied reading them together.

About The Book


Filled with never-before-seen illustrations by Quentin Blake, this limited edition of The BFG is part of a year of celebrations to mark 100 years since Roald Dahl’s birth. It includes an exclusive new foreword in which Quentin tells the fascinating story behind his long collaboration with Roald Dahl and these never-before-seen pictures.

The Big Friendly Giant once looked rather different. His marvellous ears were rounder, he wore an apron and on his feet were a pair of boots. Quentin Blake thought the book was already on the way to the printers when he got a call; Roald Dahl had a few changes to make. So Quentin visited Roald Dahl at home for the first time and together, around the kitchen table, they recreated the giant, with his waistcoat and sandals that we know today. But what would become of Quentin’s original drawings? Tucked away in a drawer in his studio, they’ve been seen by not a goggler – until now.

‘We is in DREAM COUNTRY . . . This is where all DREAMS is beginning.’

On a dark, silvery moonlit night, Sophie is snatched from her bed by a giant.

Luckily it is the BIG FRIENDLY GIANT, the BFG, who only eats snozzcumbers and glugs frobscottle.

But there are other giants in GIANT COUNTRY: fifty-foot brutes who gallop far and wide every night to find human beans to eat.

Together with her friend the BFG, Sophie sets out to rid the world of trogglehumping giants forever…

About Roald Dahl

ROALD DAHL was a spy, ace fighter pilot, chocolate historian and medical inventor. He was also the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG and many more brilliant stories. He remains THE WORLD’S NUMBER ONE STORYTELLER.

About Quentin Blake

QUENTIN BLAKE has illustrated more than three hundred books and was Roald Dahl’s favourite illustrator. In 1980 he won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. In 1999 he became the first ever Children’s Laureate and in 2013 he was knighted for services to illustration.

So there you have it! It’s time for us to get reading and we will put our next discussion video up at the end of July!

Do feel free to join in with us!


Do you like our new feature? Will you be joining in by reading the book too? What books should we consider for next month? Do let us know by either leaving a comment on this post by using the reply button at the top of the post or tweet us on twitter using @chelleytoy or the hashtag #Read-Toy-Gether !

Happy Reading!


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