As I’m sure you’ll know, it was Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday celebration recently. In fact, there was an official ‘Roald Dahl Day’ on September the 13th 2016, to mark this momentous day. There were plenty of festivities happening around the country, from school children getting dressed up as their favourite Roald Dahl character, to the ‘Wonderman’ production which was a unique gig-theatre take on Roald Dahl’s stories for adults. This was at The National Theatre in Cardiff, Wales from September the 13th to the 18th and had rave reviews. If you want to know more about this brilliant British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot, then please click this link here:- https://www.roalddahl.com/blog/2016/september/are-you-ready-for-roald-dahl-day
In other children’s fiction news, I read today that there will be anthology released to mark the 90th birthday of ‘Winnie-The-Pooh’! If that wasn’t exciting enough then this book, titled ‘Winnie-the Pooh, The Best Bear in All the World’, (due for publication by Egmont on 6th October) will contain a brand new character! ‘Penguin’, (for indeed that is his name!) was created by author Brian Sibley and his ‘Winter’ story features in this anthology. For more information please click on this link:- http://www.thebookseller.com/news/egmont-marks-winnie-s-90th-new-character-394286
In the world of ‘Whimsy Wood’ we have our very own news to tell you! Firstly, we’re delighted to be involved with ‘Pretend To Bee’ (the UK’s leading brand in preschool role play and dressing up) and their new fairy competition! This competition is to mark the new designs in their fairy costume range. Alongside winning one of these magical costumes, you’ll also win a hardback copy of ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’ or ‘Fearne Fairy And The Chocolate Caterpillar’, books 8 and 9 in the ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series. To be in with a chance of winning, click on this link for Pretend To Bee’s Facebook page and follow the simple instructions! Good luck! 😉📚✨ https://m.facebook.com/Pretendtobee/?ref=ts&fref=ts
Not only is there this cracking competition happening, but work has started on the 10th ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s book! This is titled ‘Fearne Fairy And The Landing Lesson’ and is due for publication on November the 26th 2016! More details and illustrations from this new whimsical book will be posted here and on the Whimsy Wood social media pages in the next few weeks. 😉📚✨
Finally, the ‘Whimsy Wood’ team are getting ready to set sail for their biggest trip yet to….Las Vegas! Yeah Baby! Book 4, ‘Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party’, won the Chapter Book category in the international Children’s Literary Classics book awards back in July. We are delighted, thrilled, bowled-over, to be attending the authors’ round table dinner, the official black-tie awards ceremony and the Vegas Valley Book Festival next month in Las Vegas!! Woohoo!! 😃📚🎉✨
Well, that’s quite enough from me for now. I shall bid you farewell and wish you a wonderfully whimsical weekend!
Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of The Whimsy Wood Series