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Tales Quiz – Which Character From Who Let The Gods Out by Maz Evans Are You?


Who Let The Gods Out is currently sitting very high on my February TBR and from what I have heard already I’m in for a huge treat!  Maz Evans is super funny and I’m sure that her debut is going to make me smile from ear to ear.

Who Let The Gods Out? was released on the 2nd February 2017 published by the awesome Chicken House and is set to be a runaway success!

And it’s our #BritishBooksChallenge17 Debut Of The Month!

You can find out why people are loving Who Let The Gods Out here

So I teamed up with the wonderful Maz Evans and today we are asking….

Which Character From Who Let The Gods Out Are You?

And remember if you read, review and link up Who Let The Gods Out? for our #BritishBooksChallenge17  February link up here you will gain an extra entry into the February Prize Pack Draw!

Also do check out an awesome giveaway on twitter!


Elliot’s mum is ill and his home is under threat, but a shooting star crashes to earth and changes his life forever. The star is Virgo – a young Zodiac goddess on a mission. But the pair accidentally release Thanatos, a wicked death daemon imprisoned beneath Stonehenge, and must then turn to the old Olympian gods for help. After centuries of cushy retirement on earth, are Zeus and his crew up to the task of saving the world – and solving Elliot’s problems too?

You can buy a copy of Who Let The Gods Out here or from you local bookshop


Which character from Who Let The Gods Out are you most like? 

Take the quiz to find out and share your results with us on twitter or leave a comment.

If you cannot see the quiz below click here and scroll down


About Maz Evans

Maz’s writing career began in journalism as a TV critic and feature writer. She has written for many national titles and is a regular pundit on The Jeremy Vine Show. After working as a creative writing lecturer, she founded Story Stew, an anarchic creative writing programme that has visited primary schools and literary festivals around the UK, including Hay and Imagine. Maz lives in London with her husband and four children.

You can find out more about Maz on her website – www.maz.world

Or why not follow her on twitter – @MaryAliceEvans


Giveaway

With thanks to Chicken House I am also hosting a special giveaway on twitter to win 1 of 5 copies of Who Let The Gods Out here!


A huge thank you to Maz for playing along and helping to create this quiz!  And to Nina Douglas and Jazz at Chicken House for organising and the fab giveaway!

Have you read Who Let The Gods Out?  What did you think?  What was your favourite part?  If you have not read it yet have we tempted you to go and grab a copy?   I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this review or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy!

Happy Reading!

Spotlight – Debut Of The Month – Who Let The Gods Out? by Maz Evans


I am so excited to have announced on February 1st that the super awesome Maz Evans is our #BritishBooksChallenge17 Debut Of The Month for February 17 with her debut Who Let The Gods Out?!

You can find out more about the #BritishBooksChallenge17 here

Who Let The Gods Out? was released on the 2nd Febraury 2017 published by the awesome Chicken House and is set to be a runaway success!

Who Let The Gods Out is currently sitting very high on my February TBR and from what I have heard already I’m in for a huge treat!  Maz Evans is super funny and I’m sure that her debut is going to make me smile from ear to ear.

I’m super excited to be shining the spotlight on Maz and Who Let The Gods Out today along with some love for Who Let The Gods Out from some lovely people.

And remember if you read, review and link up Who Let The Gods Out? for our #BritishBooksChallenge17  February link up here you will gain an extra entry into the February Prize Pack Draw!

Look out for a special Who Let The Gods Out post from Maz this February…..and there may even be a giveaway!


About Maz Evans

Maz’s writing career began in journalism as a TV critic and feature writer. She has written for many national titles and is a regular pundit on The Jeremy Vine Show. After working as a creative writing lecturer, she founded Story Stew, an anarchic creative writing programme that has visited primary schools and literary festivals around the UK, including Hay and Imagine. Maz lives in London with her husband and four children.

You can find out more about Maz on her website – www.maz.world

Or why not follow her on twitter – @MaryAliceEvans


About Who Let The Gods Out?

Elliot’s mum is ill and his home is under threat, but a shooting star crashes to earth and changes his life forever. The star is Virgo – a young Zodiac goddess on a mission. But the pair accidentally release Thanatos, a wicked death daemon imprisoned beneath Stonehenge, and must then turn to the old Olympian gods for help. After centuries of cushy retirement on earth, are Zeus and his crew up to the task of saving the world – and solving Elliot’s problems too?

You can buy a copy of Who Let The Gods Out here or from you local bookshop


Praise for Who Let The Gods Out?

I managed to catch some quotes from some lovely people about Who Let The Gods Out….


A huge thank you to the lovely Who Let The Gods out fan’s that provided me with quotes for this post.  Who Let The Gods Out comes highly recommend as our Debut Of The Month!

Look out for a special Who Let The Gods Out post from Maz this February…..and there may even be a giveaway!

And remember if you read, review and link up Who Let The Gods Out? for our #BritishBooksChallenge17  February link up here you will gain an extra entry into the February Prize Pack Draw!

Have you read Who Let The Gods Out?  What did you think?  What was your favourite part?  If you have not read it yet have we tempted you to go and grab a copy?   I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this review or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy!

Happy Reading!

Guest Post – Interview With The Pet Defenders by Gareth P Jones


It’s no secret that my son and I are HUGE fans of Gareth’s books.  We always read them with a huge smile on our faces and Gareth’s new series, Pet Defenders does just that!

I am over the moon to have been asked by the lovely people at Stripes Publishing / Little Tiger Press to be part of the blog tour for this super funny book which is released on the 9th February 2017.

Illustrated by the super talented brilliant Steve May, Pet Defenders of the Earth follows Mitzy and Biskit and it is their job to save the world from alien invasions – just so long as they can stop fighting like cat and dog for long enough to do it! Beth at Stripes Publishing describes it as The Secret Life of Pets meets The X Files!

Biskit works alone. So when the unruly Pet Defenders dog agent is teamed up with Mitzy – a rookie and, even worse, a cat – he’s not happy. Can Biskit put his ego aside and work with Mitzy to save the world from an alien attack of terrifying proportions? When the humunga-dunga beetle rolls into town, the dynamic duo are going to need all their skills to stop the creature from laying waste to the world as they know it…

So for todays guest post I have come across a transcript of an interview conducted in February 2017 in an unknown location…..


The Pet Defenders Code: 1. The safety of Planet Earth depends on you. 2. Humans MUST NOT know the truth. GOOD LUCK – you’ll need it…

From Gareth P. Jones, winner of the Blue Peter Award and author of successful young series fiction, including NINA MEERKATS, comes a brand-new comic caper. THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS meets THE X FILES – Pet Defenders are secret agents with a difference.

It’s up to Mitzy and Biskit to save the world from alien invasions – just so long as they can stop fighting like cat and dog for long enough to do it!

Secret agent Biskit is not happy when he discovers his new partner Mitzy is a cat – everyone knows that cats and dogs don’t mix. But saving the earth from alien invasions must come first and the planet is under attack! A cluster of cow pats has flown into town and they’re whipping up a stink… It’s time for Biskit and Mitzy to put aside their differences and kick some alien butt!

For fans of funny and action-packed animal adventures including Andrew Cope’s Spy Dog series, Astrosaurs and Jeremy Strong.


Interview with the Pet Defenders

Transcript of Interview conducted February 2017

Location unknown

To celebrate the publication of Pet Defenders: Attack of the Alien Dung, (Stripes) award-winning author Gareth P Jones secured an exclusive interview with the book’s protagonists (a dog called Biskit, and a cat called Mitzy). For security reasons, Gareth was blindfolded then brought to a secret location. As the blindfold was removed he observed he was in some kind of windowless room. A single bulb hung from the ceiling. In front of him stood a scruffy brown mongrel and a tabby cat with white paws and a white smudge on her nose. Looking up he noticed a seagull perched above his head.

GPJ:                 Oh, hello. Biskit and Mitzy, isn’t it?

Biskit:              How do you know that? How does he know that?

Mitzy:              I’ve no idea but it’s not good. We should get the bird to drop the Forget-Me-Plop and wipe his memory now.

GPJ:                 What? No…. Hey, I can understand what you’re saying. How is that possible?

Mitzy:              The room is coated with Universal Translation Paint. It is translating Biskit’s barks and my meows into a language you understand. It’s one of Example’s inventions.

GPJ:                 You mean Example One, the super intelligent lab mouse who heads up the Nothington Extra-terrestrial Research Division team, NERD for short?

Biskit:             How do you know all this? No one is supposed to know any of this.

GPJ:                 Yes but I’m your author.

Biskit:              What are you talking about?

GPJ:                 I created the series. I came up with the idea of a secret organization of pets keeping the planet safe from alien attack while us humans are totally oblivious. It’s fun, right?

Mitzy:              Fun? You think our job sounds fun?

GPJ:                 Well, yes, look… this isn’t going as I planned. I wanted to do a light-hearted interview for Chelle’s book blog, Tales of Yesterday.

Biskit:              Who’s Chelle? What is she doing with lots of tails?

Mitzy:              We should probably wipe her memory too? I’ll send a seagull.

GPJ:                 No, please don’t wipe her memory. She’s a blogger.

Mitzy:              What’s a blogger?

Biskit:              Probably some kind of alien from the planet Blog, come to Earth to enslave humans.

GPJ:                 What? No. That’s not it. It means she writes stuff on her website… Look, it doesn’t matter. Can’t we just do this normally? I’ll ask you questions and you answer them.

Biskit:              Sorry mate. We ask the questions.

Mitzy:              Hm, maybe we should let him, Biskit. That way we can find out how much he knows.

 Biskit:              That makes sense. Go ahead, ask your questions Mr Author man.

GPJ:                 Oh. Thanks. Any chance you can untie me?

Biskit growls

GPJ:                 No? Fair enough. So Pet Defenders, what’s the scariest alien you’ve ever fought?

Mitzy:              Sorry. That’s classified.

GPJ:                 OK. Then how many aliens have you encountered?

Mitzy:              Yeah, that’s classified too.

GPJ:                 Er…. What’s your favourite colour?

Mitzy:              We can’t tell you that.

GPJ:                 This is ridiculous. You haven’t told me a single thing and I created you. You should show me more respect.

Biskit:              Respect? Why should we respect you?

GPJ:                 Because, um, er… Oh, I’ve got it. Because I haven’t written the fourth book yet. I could make your lives pretty uncomfortable.

Mitzy:              You could if you were able to remember any of this.

Biskit:              Yeah, see you round Mr Author.

GPJ:                 No. Wait! Please….

SPLAT!

Transcript ends.

Pet Defenders: Attack of the Alien Dung is published 9th of February. The second book in the series, Beards from Outer Space comes out in May, with the third (Escape from Planet Bogey) being published in September.

Gareth P Jones has no memory of the above conversation.

You can buy a copy of this book here or from your local bookshop

About Gareth P Jones

Gareth P. Jones is the author of many books for children, including the NINJA MEERKATS series, and THE CONSIDINE CURSE, for which he won the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2012 award. He also works as a producer of TV documentaries. He lives in Forest Hill, south east London, with his wife and children.

To find out more about Gareth visit his website – www.garethwrites.co.uk

Or why not follow Gareth on twitter – @jonesgarethp

About Steve May

Steve May is an illustrator and animator based in north London. He was born in sunny Hastings and has an MA in Animation from the Royal College of Art. As an illustrator he has produced work for a variety of clients including Puffin and Faber.

To find out more about Steve May visit –  www.stevemay.biz


A huge thank you to Gareth for such a fab guest post and to Beth at Stripes Publishing for asking me to take part and for organising.

You can find some previous posts with Gareth P Jones on Tales using the following links –

Q&A with Gareth P Jones

Which Character From The Thornthwaite Betrayal Are You?

Adventures Of The Steampunk Pirates:  The Leaky Battery Sets Sail

Pet Defenders:  Attack Of The Alien Dung! Cover Reveal

Have you read Pet Defenders:  Attack Of The Alien Dung!?  Are you intrigued? Have you read any of Gareth’s other books?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this post or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

Happy Reading

Guest Post – DIRECTION – Working Together, Collaborating London-Oxford by Perdita & Honor Cargill


I am so beyond honoured to be celebrating the release of Waiting For Callback:  Take Two by the super lovely, hilarious and best mother/daughter writers around, Perdita & Honor Cargill.

Waiting For Callback:  Take Two is the hilarious follow up to last years debut Waiting For Callback which was one of my favourite reads of 2016

Take Two is released today, 26th January 2017 published by Simon & Schuster Children’s UK and I simply cannot wait to find out what Elektra gets up to next!

I know one thing for sure…..I will be smiling and laughing lots!

I’m over the moon to have been asked to be part of the fab blog tour and today Perdita and Honour chat about direction in this fab and super funny guest post….


Elektra has finally landed a part in a film. It’s the dream. Well … until she works out that Straker is a movie so dystopian that within weeks most of the cast and all of the crew wish that the world had actually ended (preferably in scene one). And while it’s obviously great news that she’s moved from the friend-zone with Archie to become his almost-girlfriend, it would be better if he hadn’t immediately relocated to Transylvania to play a vampire hunter surrounded by ‘maidens of peerless beauty’… Full of humour and warmth, this new series is perfect for fans of Geek Girl and The It Girl.


DIRECTION – Working Together, Collaborating London-Oxford

Day Four of our Take Two blog tour and today we’re chatting about Direction (although we should have called it Co-Directing). Just to set the scene this time I (P) am talking and typing this while Hon is talking very fast and eating (classic multi-tasking).

H: Have I said enough in the last year to explode the No. 1 Misconception that because we’re family we work side-by -side sitting at the kitchen table, steaming mugs of tea and freshly baked cake in front of our matching notepads, birdsong in the background?

P: I don’t think that anyone who knows us will still be under any illusions. And we’re getting further and further apart. This time last year we were working in different rooms then you (Hon) discovered the joy of working in cafes and I stayed in the attic.  Then you went to Uni and now in term time at least you’re in Oxford and I’m in London. God, I hope it’s not some dark metaphor…

H: Not that ‘dark’… Oh God, except for That Train Journey – the one where we sat side by side working on edits all the way from London to Newcastle and had nearly dissolved the partnership by York. That was dark.

P: *shudders* But we do loads of the actual writing during your holidays.

H: I work very hard in London cafes! But (at arm’s length) we’re surprisingly harmonious collaborators. Ok, there’s some pretty brutal editing along the way but I can’t think of any bits that in the end we disagreed on.

P: No, it works well. Although there were a couple of…misunderstandings that underlined that I must never be allowed to write contemporary teen on my own.

H: Ha! Like your tendency to put add full stops to the end of texts and the great bucket hat fiasco?  We probably plotted better together because we were on a tighter schedule for Take Two so we had to be more focused.

P: I’m quite proud that we got Take Two done to deadline. It was hard work. You did so much of the writing this time that I wanted to change the name order on the cover because I felt guilty! (We couldn’t).

H: I still didn’t do any of the copy editing stuff. I’d be useless at that. And I think Take Two was easier to write than Waiting for Callback because we know all the characters so well. I am genuinely fond of them – even Flissy.

P: Have you got a new fave character or does your heart still belong to Archie?

H: My heart will always belong to Archie… whether he’s in character as a vampire-slaying-hero or not …

(Random cute baby vampire bat)

But I’d quite like to go clubbing with Hot Carlo…

P: I’m quite glad that we’re talking about fictional characters.  I’ve got a soft spot for Amber. She is truly dreadful (“very shiny, possibly made in a lab in Beverley Hills. Scary handbag dog named after a vegetable.” Ch. 7) and yet mastering yogic breathing is definitely one of my 2017 resolutions.

H: Good luck with that.

Thank you Chelley for hosting us! Come and join us tomorrow on Vivienne’s blog, Serendipity Reviews where we will be chatting about Special Effects (our glossy cover and lovely inside Extras!)

You can buy a copy of Waiting For Callback: Take Two here or from you local bookshop


About Perdita & Honor Cargill

Perdita Cargill

I co-write the WAITING FOR CALLBACK series with Honor Cargill. She’s my daughter and it’s something of a miracle that no only do we write together but we have a lot of fun doing it. She’s in her first year at Oxford University reading Classical Archaeology and Ancient History (niche…). I used to be the least numerate tax barrister ever to practise in the English courts. It was a relief to everyone when I hung up my wig and gown and took to writing funny teen novels…

Honor Cargill

I’m 18 and I’m in my first year at Oxford Uni reading Classical Archaeology and Ancient History (bit rogue) and I co-write the WAITING FOR CALLBACK series of funny teen novels with Perdita Cargill (who is, conveniently, my mum…). I’ve done some acting and although I’m nothing like Elektra (our main character) I feel her pain because her most humiliating moments are strangely similar to mine…

You can find out more by visiting the website – www.waitingforcallback.com

Or why not follow Perdita on Twitter – @perditact

Or Honor on Instagram – honorcargill


Blog Tour

You can catch up or follow the rest of the awesome blog tour at the following stops.


A huge thank you to Perdita and Honor for a fab guest post and making me laugh always.  Also a huge thank you to Jade for asking me to be part of the blog tour and for organising.

Have you read Waiting For Callback:  Take Two?  Are you intrigued? Did you read the first book in the series too?  What parts made you laugh out loud?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this post or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

Happy Reading

Review – Marge and the Pirate Baby by Isla Fisher


Yo ho ho, me hearties. Marge is back! This time there’s a baby on the loose.

Meet Zara, the naughty little cousin, who never sleeps and loves to steal treasure. Marge thinks she’s a pirate and maybe she’s right.

But will the imaginative babysitter be on her best behaviour? And can Jemima save the day at her uncle’s wedding?

‘Isla Fisher is hilarious’ DAVID WALLIAMS

‘Charming, funny, delightful’ DAVID BADDIEL


Publisher – Piccadilly Press

Date Published – 12th January 2017

Pages – 168 pages

Format – Paperback

Category – Childrens

Source –

I was sent a copy of this book by the wonderful the publisher, Piccadilly Press in exchange for an honest review.  This does not affect my review or my opinions in any way.  Thank you Piccadilly Press for sending me this book to read and review.


 ** Please note Tales Of Yesterday Reviews are written as spoiler free as possible**


Marge and the Pirate Baby is the second middle grade book from Isla Fisher about the Button family and their wonderful babysitter, Marge.

 Told from the point of view of young Jemima Button, Marge and the Pirate Baby gives us three more brilliant laugh out loud stories that are full of warmth, love and fun.

The Button family used to be an ordinary family until Marge came along and incredible things always happen when she is around.

I absolutely adored Marge the super adventurous babysitter who is the same size of seven packets of biscuits topped off with wonderful rainbow hair and who grew up in a palace (or so she tells people).  The character of Marge was so much fun and everything you could ever want in a babysitter.

Marge and the Pirate Baby is split into three super fun stories and the illustrations by Eglantine Ceulemans are absolutley pheonomenal and really bring the story to life.

Marge the Pirate Nanny

“Babies are unpredictable.  The only people they respects are pirates”

When Cousin Baby Zara comes to visit (nicknamed the ambulance because her crying sounds like a siren) Jemima and her brother know exactly what they are in for.  Although Zara acts all cute to the adults she’s rather quite naughty.  Marge declare she’s no ordinary baby….she’s a Pirate Baby.

This story was super funny especially the part when they are changing Zara’s nappy.

I also loved the vivid stories that Marge tells the children of when she was an actual pirate nanny.

A story about having fun, caring and learning to share even in situations that you might not necessarily be happy about being in.

Marge and the Stolen Treasure

“Explorers go on expeditions to Find Things Out.  To peer into unknown corners of the world”

This story tells the story of an trip to the swimming pool that Marge turns into an expedition with snacks, maps etc

I loved the gathering of all the expedition items and the potential mishaps along the way like taking dog blankets instead of towels and shaving cream instead of sun cream.

Again tales of Marge’s expeditions including sharing shampoo with an orang-utan called Oscar were an absolute highlight.

A story about being brave, trying new things and exploring the world around you.

Marge and the Wacky Wedding

“She looks like a human marshmallow, but also beautiful”

This story is all about a wedding and Jemima being bridesmaid for her Uncle Desmond and was the perfect ending story to this book that left me feeling all warm inside.

There are potential disasters along the way like blue handprints on the brides dress and missing wedding rings, but Marge is always there to save the day.

I really adored this story.  A touching heart-warming ending to a brilliant enjoyable read.

I think you can tell that I really loved this book and I love the way that Isla weaves in the humour with a natural flow.  I had not read the first book, Marge In Charge, but these books can be read in either order as they work well as stand-alone as the stories tell you all the background you need within the stories.

Isla Fisher has created wonderful stories to share with all the family and to inspire children and adults alike.  Full of humour and warmth this book will make you smile long after reading it.

I award this book 4 out of 5 Tales Of Yesterday Books

You can by a copy of this book here or from your local bookshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


About Isla Fisher

Isla Fisher has worked in TV and film for 25 years. She has played many fun and different characters, but her favourite role is being a mummy to her three children. Isla has been making up stories at bedtime for them every night since they were born, which is how ‘Marge in Charge’ began.

About Eglantine Ceulemans  

Eglantine Ceulemans spent her childhood reading Belgian comics.  In 2007 she joined the Emile Cohl School of Art in Lyon, France, transforming her passion for illustration into a vocation.  She loves working in an intuitive way, combining humour and sensitivity, and using different mediums and techniques.  Eglantine currently resides in Lyon.

You can find out more about Eglantine on her website – www.eglantineceulemans.com 

Or why not follow her on twitter – @lelephantine 


Giveaway

With thanks to the lovely people at Piccadilly Press I have 2 copies of this wonderful book to giveaway to 2 lucky winners!

UK Only

Ends 19/01/2017

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Have you read Marge and the Pirate Baby or the first book Marge In Charge?  Did it make you laugh out loud?  I would love to hear from you!  Please feel free to leave a comment by clicking on the reply button at the top of the page or why not tweet me on twitter – @chelleytoy .  I would love to hear from you!

Happy Reading

Guest Post – Beaky Malone Character Profiles by Barry Hutchison


My son and I are a huge fan of Beaky Malone!  We even did a #Read-Toy-Gether of the first book, Beaky Malone:  Worlds Greatest Liar here.  So when we both heard that there was a new book coming out we jumped around with joy!

Beaky Malone:  Worst Ever School Trip is released on the 12th January published by the brilliant Stripes Publishing and my son ran off to his room and devoured this book and plenty of laughs were heard along the way!  A hilarious new series from best-selling author, Barry Hutchison, perfect for fans of Tom Gates, Wimpy Kid and Barry Loser.

It’s been 92 hours since Beaky last told a lie and I simply cannot wait to see what this second book has in store for Beaky!  And with brilliant illustrations by the wonderful Katie Abey, Beaky and his friends are bought to life!

So today as part of the fab blog tour we thought it would be good to tell you a little about the characters in Beaky Malone….


About The Books

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…

“I like to smell my own farts…” Gah! Someone shut me up!

It’s been 92 hours since Beaky last told a lie. So far he’s survived two full days of school with only three light beatings, two telling-offs and one wedgie … but the annual school trip is going to take Beaky’s survival skills to a whole other level – especially as a mix up in the school office means that Beaky and his class are on a trip to Learning Land, an educational theme park aimed at eight-year-olds. And home to cheery-but-creepy Clumso the Clued-up Clown whose job is to dish out fascinating facts to one and all.

But there is worse to come when Beaky’s partnered with Wayne, a.k.a the school bully, who has a morbid fear of clowns. With Beaky unable to tell a lie and Wayne intent on beating him up, things aren’t looking good. And that’s before they find themselves on the run from a manic clown who’ll seemingly stop at nothing to track them down…

You can buy the Beaky Malone books here or from your local bookshop


Beaky Malone Character Profiles

One of the best bits about being an author (besides getting to sit around drinking tea and eating biscuits in your pants all day) is that you get to hang around with some really strange people. And I don’t just mean other authors and school librarians, I mean the really strange people who live inside your head.

Sidenote: This has just reminded me that when I was fourteen or so, my mum told me that as a young lad of five, I’d approached her in the kitchen one day and said, “Mum, you know all those voices you hear in your head all the time…?” and she instantly knew I was going to grow up to be an author. Or a serial killer. It was fifty-fifty.

But I digress. Hanging out with people you make up is one of the things that makes being an author bearable (also the biscuits, mentioned above). Rather than go slowly mad from isolation and loneliness, we are instead surrounded at all times by a rich tapestry of different folks. Yes, some of them might be smelly bullies, grumpy teachers, or dangerously unhinged clowns, but hey, at least it’s not boring.

Here are some of the lovely (and not so lovely) people I got to hang about with while writing Beaky Malone: Worst Ever School Trip.

Name: Beaky (Actually, that’s not quite true. His real name is Dylan, but his big nose earned him the nickname “Beaky.”)

Bio: Once the world’s greatest liar, everything changed for Beaky when he stepped inside the only known truth-telling machine in existence. From that moment, he was unable to utter a single lie, and can now only listen in horror as his own mouth repeatedly betrays him by telling the truth over and over again.

Biggest secret: Now that he has to tell the truth all the time, Beaky doesn’t have many secrets left. Everyone knows, for example, that he fancies the dinner lady, enjoys the smell of his own farts, and regularly wears the same pants for a fortnight.

Name: Jodie

Bio: Beaky’s big sister was so fed up of his constant lying and manipulation that she willingly paid the princely sum of one whole pound to have him shoved in the truth-telling machine. Little did poor Jodie suspect, however, that a little brother who A) tells the truth all the time, and B) has memorised the contents of her diary, does not a good combination make. Now living in a state of almost constant embarrassment, Jodie is determined to help Beaky get his lying mojo back.

Biggest secret: Again, Beaky has revealed most of them, including her Top 5 list of boys she fancies, and the picture she drew in her diary where she combined her favourite parts of them all into one terrifying Frankenstein’s monster-style super boyfriend.

Name: Wayne

Bio: On the surface, headmaster’s son, Wayne, is a hard-working, thoughtful young lad, loved by all the teachers. His classmates, however, know he’s really a sneaky, violent bully, and do their best to avoid him at all costs. When Beaky blurts out one of Wayne’s biggest secrets on the way to the school trip, Wayne goes out of his way to make sure the boys get partnered up, so he can take his terrible revenge.

Biggest secret: Once wet himself at the sight of Clumso the Clued-Up Clown

Name: Theo

Bio: Beaky’s best mate, Theo, is one of the few people who believes Beaky’s story about not being able to tell a lie, and does his best to cover for him whenever he can. This usually means Theo ending up in trouble or humiliated, but he doesn’t seem to mind. Relaxed and laid-back to the point of being horizontal, Theo is fiercely loyal, and pretty much the best friend anyone could ever have.

Biggest secret: Once accidentally drank a whole bottle of breast milk. And quite liked it.

Name: Madame Shirley

Bio: The mysterious Madame Shirley is the owner of the even more mysterious Madame Shirley’s Marvellous Emporium of Peculiarities, the shop in which Beaky and Jodie found the truth-telling machine. An eccentric older woman (or, more accurately, crazy old lady) with hair like a startled scarecrow and an unhealthy obsession with pickled onion crisps, no-one knows where Madame Shirley came from – or, more importantly, where she went.

Biggest secret: How she made her shop disappear. And she’s keeping that one to herself.

Name: Clumso the Clued-Up Clown

Bio: The terrible mascot of the awful Learning Land ‘fun’ park, Clumso is a vaguely unsettling clown who loves to share general knowledge with park visitors, often via the medium of rap. However, when a terrified Wayne shoves him to the ground in panic, Clumso discovers something else he loves, too. Revenge!

Biggest secret: As he has to work up to twelve hours a day without any breaks, Clumso’s comically oversized trousers always contain 3 Mars Bars, 2 cans of Tizer, and an adult-sized nappy.

Name: Destructo

Bio: Beaky and Jodie’s pet dog is an enormous Great Dane with an even bigger appetite. Destructo will destroy and/or consume pretty much anything, given half a chance, hence his name. Past things he has eaten include Beaky’s homework, Beaky’s schoolbag and, on one memorable occasion, the family’s TV.

Biggest secret: Where Dad’s watches are buried.

Those are a few of the characters I got to spend time with while writing the second Beaky Malone book. If you’d like to get to know them yourself, please go right ahead and pick up a copy of Beaky Malone: Worst Ever School Trip. Honest, I won’t mind.

You can buy the Beaky Malone books here or from your local bookshop

You can find a #Read-Toy-Gether review of the first Beaky Malone: Worlds Greatest Liar here

Or find our How To Be Funny with this previous guest post from Barry Hutchison here


About Barry Hutchison

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.

You can find out more about Barry and his books on his website – www.barryhutchison.com

Or why not follow Barry on twitter – @barryhutchison


Blog Tour

You can catch up or follow the rest of this fab blog tour at the following stops!


A huge thank you to Barry for a fantastic super funny guest post, Katie Abey for the fantastic illustrations and to Charlie at Stripes Publishing for organising this and having me as part of the tour.

Have you read Beaky Malone Worst Ever School Trip?  What did you think?  Who was your favourite character?  I would love to here from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this review or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy!

Happy laughing!

Guest Post – An EXCLUSIVE Interview with It Girl, Anna Huntley By Katy Birchall


Anna Huntley is back in this third instalment of The It Girl series, Don’t Tell The Bridesmaid and being a big fan from the beginning I am super excited!

I LOVE this series.

This third book in the series is due to be released on the 12th January 2017 published by Egmont and I can’t wait to laugh at Anna once again.

But that’s not the only brilliant thing!

 All of the series has had a makeover with these fab new awesome covers!

Just look at them!


Super gorgeous!

So today I have an exclusive interview with the girl herself!

The one and only….

Anna Huntley!

Our main character in the It Girl series chats to us about book 3, Don’t Tell The Bridesmaid!


About The It Girl Series

A hilariously funny and deliciously romantic ‘clean teen’ book for teens. Perfect for fans of Geek Girl and Girl Online.

Everybody wants to be a famous It Girl. Don’t they?

Anna Huntley’s aims in life:

1) To recreate famous film scenes with Dog (pet Labrador) such as the lift from The Lion King during that Circle of Life song.

2) To not accidentally set Deputy Queen Bee, Josie Graham’s, hair on fire. Again.

3) To keep first and only school friends by not doing anything in usual manner of socially inept dork and outcast.

4) To work out whether 1) and 2) constitute being socially inept – or outcastish.

5) To hide in the cupboard FOR LIFE after her dad gets engaged to one of the most famous actresses EVER, the paparazzi move in and everyone in school (The World) is on the brink of discovering why no one wants to be friends with Anna . . .

A fantastic, laugh-out-loud read for girls aged 11+ who love Louise Rennison and Zoella.

You can find my review of The It Girl:  Superstar Geek here

The brilliant sequel to The It Girl. Hilariously funny and deliciously romantic – perfect for fans of Geek Girl and Louise Rennison.

If everything Anna does is going to be seen by more than 10 million people, then she’s determined to find something that she’s really good at. Everyone else seems to have a ‘thing’ – especially the new girl at school, who’s been distracting Connor with their shared love of art. Luckily the school sports day is looming, and Anna is limbering up!

What could go wrong?

The third book in the hilariously funny, super accessible and charmingly romantic The It Girl series. Perfect for fans of Geek Girl and Louise Rennison.

Preparations for the Wedding of the Century between Anna’s dad and super famous actress Helena Montaine are in full swing (all Anna needs to do is escape having to wear the biggest meringue of a bridesmaid dress that EVER existed.) And not only that but Anna, her friends and her ACTUAL BOYFRIEND (definitely requires shouting), Connor, are due to go on a school trip in romantic Rome.

So as long as Anna can avoid doing something like falling face first in the Trevi Fountain, nothing could spoil this perfect pasta-filled moment. Could it?

You can buy the books in The It Girl series here or from your local bookshop


An EXCLUSIVE interview with It Girl, Anna Huntley!

On 12th January 2017, a new book will be hitting the shelves, the third in a series all about ANNA HUNTLEY. Anna was first launched into the spotlight when her father proposed to Helena Montaine, the most famous actress in the world. Today we talk to Anna about how she feels in the lead up to book number 3, DON’T TELL THE BRIDESMAID.

Thank you for joining us Anna and agreeing to do this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Sure, yeah no problem. I was actually quite pleased to get out the house because Dog, my yellow Labrador, was driving me NUTS. He kept attacking any scented candles around the house so I put them all away in cupboards and he got in a sulk with me and now won’t stop howling at my slippers.

Right…OK…well, anyway, we’re here to discuss the third book coming out in January…how does it feel to have three books written about your life?

I guess it’s weird because I’m not really the sort of person that has books written about them. Like glamourous celebrities or whatever, they’re the people who should have books based on their lives because they go to parties and win awards and stuff.

I mostly sit at home eating Nutella out the jar.  

But then I guess Dad did go and ruin my life. So that’s kind of interesting I suppose.

It must have been bizarre to go from a normal teenager to a famous one…

Yeah, well, it kind of sucks because whenever I fall over or anything it’s in the news.

 Do you fall over a lot?

Not on purpose but it happens a lot more recently because I always have stupid flashbulbs going off in my face from the photographers trying to get a shot of Marianne or Helena, so I get all those splodges in my vision and can’t see anything.

Marianne did buy me this posh pair of sunglasses but Dog ate them.

How does it feel to have a step sister like Marianne Montaine, the renowned It Girl?

I mean, it has its disadvantages. Like the other day when I put on my favourite jumper and she was like, ‘what on EARTH are you wearing? You look like a fruit pastel. Go change.’ So, you know, she’s quite blunt. And she hogs the bathroom a lot.

But most of the time it’s great, because she looks out for me. She’s one of the best people I know.

Your best friends must be super excited to see that there’s another book coming out about you?

Danny has been very sweet about it and says he thinks it will be a ‘witty and fascinating read’.

Jess on the other hand has been very rude and keeps saying things like ‘what are they going to write about in this book? All those times that you walked into a lamp post? HAHAHAHA.’

Which is extremely unfair because that was literally ONE TIME and it was her fault anyway by distracting me with an ice cream.

 Finally, Anna, what’s in the future for you?

It would be great if I could do fewer awkward things like, you know, when I set a classmate on fire, when I fell into a plant pot which was filmed and went viral, and the time I hit the same classmate in the face with a discus… If I could not do stuff like that, that would be great. Here’s hoping!

You can buy the books in The It Girl series here or from your local bookshop

You can catch some previous guest posts from Katy and my review of the first It Girl on the below links….

How To Survive Sports Day

10 Things I’ve Learnt About Being An Author

Spotlight and Extract of The It Girl:  Superstar Geek

Review – The It Girl Superstar Geek


About Katy Birchall

Katy Birchall is the author of The It Girl: Superstar Geek, The It Girl: Team Awkward and its eagerly-awaited sequel The It Girl: Don’t Tell the Bridesmaid. She also works as a freelance journalist. Katy won the 24/7 Theatre Festival Award for Most Promising new Comedy Writer with her very serious play about a ninja monkey at a dinner party. Her pet Labradors are the loves of her life, she is mildly obsessed with Jane Austen and one day she hopes to wake up as an elf in The Lord of the Rings. Katy lives in Brixton, London.

Find out more about Katy on her website – www.katybirchallauthor.com

Or why not follow Katy on twitter – @KatyBirchall


A huge big thank you to Katy for such a fab guest post and Alice at Egmont for asking me to feature this post and for being so super wonderful!

Have you read any of The It Girl series?  What did you think?  What was your favourite part?  Are you excited for the third book?  If you have not read it yet have we tempted you to go and grab a copy?   I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this post or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy!

Happy Reading!

Tales Quiz – Which Character From Our House by T. S. Easton Are You?


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This year, 2016, the super funny T. S. Easton released the awesome Our House and Our House Time To Shine published by Piccadilly Press I am so excited to welcome the man himself to Tales Of Yesterday!

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So when I was thinking about what type of post for Tom to feature I got to thinking about all the different characters in the book and the lovable family Tom has created so today we are asking….

Which Character From Our House Are You?


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Chloe Deal is observant. Every day she notices small details – like how Front Door always refuses to open when it’s raining; how whatever task he sets out to do, Daddy usually ends up snoozing to the radio in his shed; how her younger sister Daisy muddles her similes but never her fashion sense, and how Mummy’s nostrils flare when Dad forgets to mow the lawn, again.

So when Chloe starts a school project about her house, she ends up cataloguing the chaotic balancing act of her family along with it. In the run up to the school holidays (and Chloe’s birthday), disaster follows disaster at home and school. Mummy’s patience is beginning to unravel. Can Chloe get the house, her siblings and her father in shape before it’s too late.

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Can Chloe Deal dazzle on stage, with some help from the builders at home?

Dad’s weird and wonderful extended family are coming to stay at Christmas, and in preparation the Deal house is finally going to be redecorated! Dad’s taken a job in Germany to pay for it, but as the builders start work they uncover more serious problems with the house.. Will Dad ever be able to move back home? Chloe has landed a starring role in her school play, but Imogen is the lead, and being as insufferable as ever. She even has a stage-kiss with Thomas! Can Mum and the kids pull off two school plays, a house refurbishment and a supersize Deal family Christmas?

Another warm, funny family story from OUR HOUSE.

You can buy a copy of these fab books here


Which character from Our House are you most like? 

Take the quiz to find out and share your results with us on twitter or leave a comment.

If you cannot see the quiz below click here and scroll down


About T. S. Easton

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T. S. Easton has written fiction for all ages and has published more than thirty books. He has written under a number of different pseudonyms in a variety of genres. Subjects include vampires, pirates, pandemics and teenage agony aunts (not all in the same book). He lives in Surrey with his wife and three children and in his spare time works as a Production Manager for Hachette Children’s Books. HIs latest book is Our House, published by Piccadilly Press.

You can find out more about him at www.tomeaston.co.uk

Or why not follow him on Twitter: @TomEaston   


A huge thank you to Tom for playing along and helping to create this quiz!  And to Carmen at Piccadilly Press for helping to organise.

Have you read any of Our House or Our House Time To Shine?  What did you think?  Have you taken the quiz?  Which character are you?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button above or tweet my on twitter using @chelleytoy!

Happy Reading!

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Cover Reveal – Pet Defenders: Attack of the Alien Dung! by Gareth P Jones


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I am over the moon to have been asked by the lovely people at Stripes Publishing / Little Tiger Press to reveal the awesome cover for a new series launching February 2017 by the brilliant Gareth P Jones!

It’s no secret that I am a HUGE fan of Gareth’s books and I always read them with a huge smile on my face and Gareth’s new series is set to do just that.

Pet Defenders of the Earth follows Mitzy and Biskit and it is their job to save the world from alien invasions – just so long as they can stop fighting like cat and dog for long enough to do it! Beth at Stripes Publishing describes it as The Secret Life of Pets meets The X Files!

Biskit works alone. So when the unruly Pet Defenders dog agent is teamed up with Mitzy – a rookie and, even worse, a cat – he’s not happy. Can Biskit put his ego aside and work with Mitzy to save the world from an alien attack of terrifying proportions? When the humunga-dunga beetle rolls into town, the dynamic duo are going to need all their skills to stop the creature from laying waste to the world as they know it…

Illustrated by the brilliant Steve May I am super excited to read this and of course reveal the awesome cover…….


The Blurb

Pet Defenders: Attack of the Alien Dung!

The Pet Defenders Code: 1. The safety of Planet Earth depends on you. 2. Humans MUST NOT know the truth. GOOD LUCK – you’ll need it…

From Gareth P. Jones, winner of the Blue Peter Award and author of successful young series fiction, including NINA MEERKATS, comes a brand-new comic caper. THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS meets THE X FILES – Pet Defenders are secret agents with a difference.

It’s up to Mitzy and Biskit to save the world from alien invasions – just so long as they can stop fighting like cat and dog for long enough to do it!

Secret agent Biskit is not happy when he discovers his new partner Mitzy is a cat – everyone knows that cats and dogs don’t mix. But saving the earth from alien invasions must come first and the planet is under attack! A cluster of cow pats has flown into town and they’re whipping up a stink… It’s time for Biskit and Mitzy to put aside their differences and kick some alien butt!

For fans of funny and action-packed animal adventures including Andrew Cope’s Spy Dog series, Astrosaurs and Jeremy Strong.


About Gareth P Jones

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Gareth P. Jones is the author of many books for children, including the NINJA MEERKATS series, and THE CONSIDINE CURSE, for which he won the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2012 award. He also works as a producer of TV documentaries. He lives in Forest Hill, south east London, with his wife and children.

To find out more about Gareth visit his website – www.garethwrites.co.uk

Or why not follow Gareth on twitter – @jonesgarethp

About Steve May

Steve May is an illustrator and animator based in north London. He was born in sunny Hastings and has an MA in Animation from the Royal College of Art. As an illustrator he has produced work for a variety of clients including Puffin and Faber.

To find out more about Steve May visit –  www.stevemay.biz


Cover Reveal

And now the moment you have all been waiting for…….

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Isn’t it AWESOME!!!

You can buy a copy of the first in this fab series Pet Defenders: Attack of the Alien Dung! here

(Please note that this book is not due for release until 9th February 2017)


Another huge thank you to Beth at Stripes Publishing for asking me to feature this fab cover reveal!

You can find some previous posts with Gareth P Jones on Tales using the following links –

Q&A with Gareth P Jones

Which Character From The Thornthwaite Betrayal Are You?

Adventures Of The Steampunk Pirates:  The Leaky Battery Sets Sail

What do you think of the cover for Pet Defenders: Attack of the Alien Dung!?  Are you intrigued? Have you read any of Gareth’s other books?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this post or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

Happy Reading

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Tales Q&A with Rachel Delahaye


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I am super excited to have been asked to feature a post from Rachel Delahaye author of the super funny MG Jim Reaper series published by Piccadilly Press.

Jim Reaper:  Saving Granny Magot is the second book in this fab series and was released on the 14th July 2016 and is illustrated by the brilliant Jamie Littler.

The first in the series, Jim Reaper:  Son Of Grim was released earlier this year.

A huge thank you to Carmen and Rachel for asking me to post this a feature and for sending me a copy of the books to read.

For my post I thought it would be good to find out a little bit more about Jim Reaper so I thought a character Q&A with the boy himself would be perfect…..


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You might have heard how the universe began with the Big Bang? Well, the universe as Jim Wimple knows it is about to end. With a Bazoom! Not only are Bazoom! scooters super fast and deadly cool, but fierce (and swoonsome) older girl Fiona has just started riding hers to and from school, and possibly out of Jim’s life forever. Disaster! Jim Wimple needs a Bazoom!, and fast. So he and his best friend Will devise a clever scheme, which involves having to sneak into Dad’s workplace. But when the boys break into the Mallet & Mullet ‘accountancy’ office they find that the walls are lined with ancient portraits, the staff are highly secretive, and Jim’s dad’s office bears the sign ‘G Reaper’…And then all hell really breaks loose. What would YOU do if you thought your dad might be …Death?! Illustrated with cool art by HAMISH artist Jamie Littler.

You can buy a copy of this book here

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Another fast and fun adventure about life, death and all the hilarity in between . . .

Jim is getting to grips with his father’s rather unusual job at the Dead End Office and is keeping the truth secret as a promise to Dad. But when Jim sees that Will’s grandma is next on the list of Death Dates, he springs into action. Even though Granny Maggot is smelly, mean-spirited and VERY unfriendly, his best friend Will adores her. Jim has to do something!

If the boys can keep Will’s granny safe until midnight, can they save her life?

You can by a copy of this book here


Hi Jim!  Thank you for joining me today!  I’m so thrilled to have you here today!

Firstly a little about your second adventure Jim Reaper: Saving Granny Maggot…..

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Another fast and fun adventure about life, death and all the hilarity in between . . .

Jim is getting to grips with his father’s rather unusual job at the Dead End Office and is keeping the truth secret as a promise to Dad. But when Jim sees that Will’s grandma is next on the list of Death Dates, he springs into action. Even though Granny Maggot is smelly, mean-spirited and VERY unfriendly, his best friend Will adores her. Jim has to do something!

If the boys can keep Will’s granny safe until midnight, can they save her life?

So Jim. How are you?

I’m fine. Just a little bit out of breath, because my sister, Hetty, has been trying to cut my hair again. Believe me, Hetty might call herself a hair-dresser, but she’s more of a hair-messer – with scissors! I’ve been running away from her all morning.

For those of us who don’t know who you are could you tell us a little about yourself?

Well, I’m Jim – hello again. And I guess I’m quite ordinary. There’s nothing much to say. Although I do like Dr Who. He’s cool. But maybe not as cool as Sherlock Holmes. He’s a detective. I’m not saying I’m a detective, but I like finding out stuff. Finding out stuff is what I do. Although it’s probably not best to find out what Mum puts in her muffins. I avoid that at all costs.

Your real name is Jim Wimple so why are you called Jim Reaper?

Sneaky question! I’d like to give you the answer and shout BINGO. But then you wouldn’t have anything to find out, and I don’t want to take that away from you. Tip: if you read my stories you’ll find out pretty quickly.

What does your Dad do for a living?

Most people think he’s a Senior Accountant for Mallet & Mullet Accountants. But he’s not. He watches figures go in and out, though… Oh, I can’t keep it a secret any longer – he’s DEATH!

How did you feel when you found out about your Dad?

I didn’t believe it, even though I worked it all out myself and confronted him. I actually asked him – are you Death. And he said yes. I mean – DEATH? That’s crazy! That’s crazier than Mum’s muffin recipes, crazier than Hetty’s dress sense, crazier than anything Mr Bean would do. It’s even crazier than my best friend, Will, and that’s saying something! But I’ve got used to the idea. Death’s not scary, he’s my Dad.

Can you tell us a little about your best friend Will?

Will is 100% weird. He’s also 100% wonderful. That’s 200% of wacky brilliance right there. His brain isn’t like any I’ve ever met before. Not that I’ve met a brain. But you know what I mean. Will is a great friend, because he cares about stuff. And he always tells the truth.

How did you become friends with Will?

I was sitting in the corner of the playground and break time and suddenly, out of nowhere, this kid comes up and tells me that the largest display of empty crisp packets took place in Germany in 2009. There were 2000 packets. Most people would tell him to go away for being nerdy, but I thought that was kind of cool.

Your second story is about Granny Maggot, Will’s Gran – can you tell us a little about her?

She is BONKERS! And horrible. That’s what you think when you first meet her, but actually, it’s just because her brain has got stuck in ugly thoughts. When she does something new or exciting, she goes back to being a nice old lady again. It’s a bit like a miracle.

Do you think you can save Granny Maggot?

Yes. I think you can do anything when you put your mind to it. Or if you get Will to put his mind to it – because his brain is blessed with meatballs of brilliance. Also, you should never give up.

What do you think about how the illustrator Jamie Littler drew you?  Did he capture the real Jim?

What do you mean? It is me. It’s like a photograph of me, in fact. Apart from the fact that most of the pictures make me look a bit surprised. I want to reassure you that I’m totally in control – all of the time.

Quickfire Questions

Favourite word?

Bingo

Favourite Colour?

Red. And Blue.

Favourite song to sing at Karaoke?

Can’t Touch This. It reminds me of my Dad.

Favourite book or author?

Henry Sugar, by Roald Dahl.

What do you think the future has in store for Jim Reaper?

I think, whether you’ll get to read about them or not, he’ll will be having plenty more adventures. He’s too curious to sit back and let life (and death) happen. You can bet he’ll be investigating and filling his project book for years to come.

If you could give one piece of advice to anyone reading this interview what would it be?

Don’t underestimate kids. Sometimes it’s good to be born yesterday. Or near enough. Kids’ brains are fresh and full of ideas… they haven’t been worn down by life, and lectures about safety and healthy eating.

Thank you so much for answering all my questions Jim.

That’s okay. It was fun.

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You can buy a copy of these books here


About Rachel Delahaye

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After studying linguistics near a town called Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Rachel began a career in print journalism. She has worked in London, Sydney and Melbourne, and now lives in Bath. While she has vowed never to move again (well, not for a little while), her imagination has refused to settle down, and she’s now writing children’s fiction.

Her hilarious Jim Reaper: Son of Grim, is published by Piccadilly Press (Feb 2016), with two sequels following hot on its heels.

Rachel is married with two children and a dog called Rocket.

You can find out more about Rachel on her website – www.racheldelahaye.com

Or why not follow her on twitter – @RachelDelahaye

Quickfire Questions

Favourite word?

Concoction

Favourite Ice Cream?

Ginger

Favourite Colour?

Green

Favourite song to sing at Karaoke?

Twist and Shout.

Favourite book or author?

Under The Mountain, by Maurice Gee.


A huge huge thank you to Rachel for playing along and answering all my questions and to Carmen at Picadilly Press for arranging this interview.!

Have you read any of the Jim Reaper series?  What did you think?  Are you excited for the Granny Maggot?   I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this review or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy!

Happy Reading!

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