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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!

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


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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….

#Read-Toy-Gether

*sniggers*


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

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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

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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.


Read-Toy-Gether


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

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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!

#Read-Toy-Gether

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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Guest Post – How To Be Funny by Barry Hutchison


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I was so excited to be asked to be part of the blog tour for hilarious Barry Hutchison’s Beaky Malone World’s Greatest Liar!

Beaky Malone World’s Greatest Liar was released on 2nd June 2016 published in by Stripes Publishing and is set to be a super funny MG read!

A huge thank you to Stripes Publishing for having me on this wonderful tour and for sending me the book to read and review!

In fact my son and I have picked it as our first ever #Read-Toy-Gether which is a new feature we have created for Tales!  You can find out more about that here

For my stop on the blog tour I have a brilliant guest post from Barry Hutchison – How To Be Funny!

*laughs out loud*


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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…


How To Be Funny

First up, let me start by introducing myself. I’m Barry Hutchison, author of Beaky Malone: World’s Greatest Liar, as well as dozens of other comedy novels for children and teenagers. I’ve also written for CITV comedy series, Bottom Knocker Street, starring Phill Jupitus, have developed a sitcom with BBC Scotland Comedy, and write for a number of comics, including Gnasher & Gnipper for The Beano. This means I’m currently the only person on Earth who can tell Dennis the Menace’s dog what to do, without running the risk of getting my legs chewed off.

Despite all this – despite forging a career out of writing stuff wot makes people laugh – I’m not entirely sure how it’s actually done. I mean, I know it’s about putting certain words in a specific order, but beyond that it’s all a bit… vague, really.

The funniest bits in my books and scripts tend to happen all by themselves, without any careful scientific planning on my part. I’d love to say there’s a formula you can apply to your paragraphs which will guarantee a laugh, but there isn’t. Or, if there is, no-one’s told me about it.

Writing comedy is all about getting to know your character, finding their unique voice, and understanding not just how they view the world, but how the world views them. It’s about the contradiction between who your character is, and who they think they are.

Which all sounds a bit complicated, and it is. Luckily, there are few things which are pretty much guaranteed to get a laugh from young readers, and if you’re starting to write comedy for children, you could do a lot worse than include these top three favourites.

Farts

Seriously, you can’t go wrong. Farting, guffing, bottom burping, letting one go – there are few things as funny as flatulence. Don’t go filling your pages with booty toots, though – it’s possible to have too much of a good thing, after all – but a well-timed PARP will have young readers rolling in the aisles. In an emergency, farts can be replaced by burps, but they’re nowhere near as funny as an explosive burst of bum gas. Trust me.

People Being Biffed in the Face with Things

Another classic, which is sure to raise a smile if done correctly. Having a character get thwacked in the face with something, particularly when accompanied by a funny sound effect like “THONK!” can instantly make your readers crease up with laughter. It’s even more effective when the character being biffed in the face has just made some sort of pompous remark, or been a bit mean to another character. In order for it to be funny, the character can’t be badly hurt, but having them be a bit dazed, or even lose a tooth or two, is perfectly acceptable.

Ritual Humiliation

Struggling to add some more laughs to your story? Have one or more characters utterly humiliate themselves in some way. Perhaps their trousers fall down, they slip on a banana skin or, like Beaky in World’s Greatest Liar, they loudly confess to doing a little wee in their pants. The more public their humiliation, the funnier it’ll be! It’s important to note the bit about the character humiliating themselves. If another character humiliates them, it’s nowhere near as funny. That’s just mean. Having a character shamed by their own clumsiness, stupidity or, even better, over-ambitiousness, though – now that’s funny.

For bonus points, why not combine two or more of the above? Have a character fart with such explosive force they tear a hole in their trousers, or slide on a patch of ice and eventually WHANG their face into a lamp post. The possibilities are endless, and young readers will never get tired of laughing at them.

I hope.

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You can buy a copy of Beaky Malone World’s Greatest Liar here


About Barry Hutchison

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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.


Blog Tour

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

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

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

Have you read Beaky Malone World’s Greatest Liar?  What did you think?  How would you make people laugh?  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!

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