A Whimsical Deadline And A Preschool Visit!

Hello there and apologies for my recent absence. I have been a little snowed under with Whimsy Wood Family work for a deadline, which I’m delighted to say that I met with time to spare! Woohoo!

The work requested of me was to change all the titles of the 1st 10 Whimsy Wood children’s books that have been published to date. I also needed to add a new character to each of these 10 Whimsy Wood books and adjust their storylines slightly. I can let you know a few of the new Whimsy Wood Family characters; there’s ‘Lettie Ladybird’, ‘Soul Songthrush’ (singing teacher extraordinaire!) and ‘Mable Mole’ to name but a few!

Meet ‘Mable Mole’! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ“šโœจ

 

The reason I needed to do this tweaking is because, very excitingly, we have a brand new publisher for the Whimsy Wood books! The books, brand new TV animation series and merchandise will now be under the Whimsy Wood Family brand! All super dooper amazing!

Now that my recent flurry of fervent activity is done, I am enioying a little respite and making the most of this glorious weather! While sitting in my sunny garden, listening to the Wiltshire birds twittering and bumblebees buzzing, I’ll be mulling over a wee preschool visit that I’ve been invited to do. This is next month and to Bishop Cannings Preschool in Wiltshire.

Well, I’d better get back to my mullings and sunny snoozings! Wishing you all a wonderfully whimsical week.

Sarah Hill

A Flurry Of Whimsical Activity!

It’s certainly been a busy few weeks in the wonderful world of Whimsy Wood! ‘Posie Pixie’ and ‘Wibble Woodlouse’ have been practising their lines for the brand new animated TV series, ‘Whimsy Wood Family’, which they’re appearing in!

Wibble Woodlouse and Posie Pixie practising their lines for the Whimsy Wood Family TV Series!

 

‘Dr.Tustle the Tawny Owl’ has been helping the Whimsy Wood choir of young chaffinches to get over their sore throats. They have a number of splendid songs to sing in the Whimsy Wood Family TV series and with regular acorn capfuls of Dr.Tustle’s milk thistle medicine, their singing voices are now much better!

The brand new animated TV series, Whimsy Wood Family, is coming to your screens very soon!

 

While the woodland folk have been preparing themselves for the filming of the Whimsy Wood Family which they’ll all feature in, I’ve been busy writing more whimsical stories! Did you know that ‘Fearne Fairy’ has a cousin? No, neither did I! Not until Fearne told me herself just last week!

Fearne’s cousin is called ‘Fortune’ and she lives in a far away land with much colder climes than the delightful Whimsy Wood. I imagine that where she lives is rather like Lapland, especially since she has a team of arctic foxes which all have very delicate white fairy wings, just like Fortune! The image below is the nearest I could find to how I imagine Fortune to be…..

Meet Fearne Fairy’s cousin ‘Fortune’!

 

Well, on that wonderfully whimsical note, I shall bid you farewell and wish you a wonderfully whimsical week!

Sarah Hill, author and creator of the Whimsy Wood children’s books and Whimsy Wood Family TV series. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ“šโœจ

The ‘Whimsy Wood Family’, A New Whimsy Wood Brand!

Soooo, finally I can let you in on a little bit of Whimsy Wood’s ginormous secret! The Whimsy Wood children’s books are to become a brand new animated children’s TV series and brand. It really is beyond exciting and I can barely get my head around it!

The 1st Whimsy Wood Family Animation Poster!

 

There has been a huge amount of hard work going on behind the scenes for the past 5 months. The 1st 14 Whimsy Wood children’s books I have now rewrittenย as children’s TV episodes. I have written a synopsis for a brand new Whimsy Wood animated children’s film and created gaming concepts for this wonderfully whimsical brand new brand! Sarah Mauchline, our wonderful illustrator, has also been very busy creating all these amazing adverts for the Whimsy Wood Family.

The 2nd Whimsy Wood Family Animation Poster!

 

All that’s left for me to say is…stay tuned and watch this space! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŽฅโœจ

With warmest whimsical wishes,

Sarah Hill

A Wonderful Review, A Writing Festival And A Fairy Fayre!

The wonderfully chocolatey time that is Easter is just around the corner and what better gift to accompany a child’s Easter egg than a book? Well you’ll be excited to know that Whimsy Wood has its very own Easter book, titled ‘Fearne Fairy And The Chocolate Caterpillar’! We recently received a wonderful review for this 9th chocolatey instalment and here’s a snippet of what Abbie at Bloomin’ Brilliant books thought:-

“….I loved the way this book is written. Hillโ€™s use of alliteration gives the story a rhythm and makes it immediately engaging to the reader. The use of this technique within the characterโ€™s names makes them easy for children to remember. Brilliantly written for young readers, I can imagine that any child would be easily captivated by the story. It also has a conversational tone in places making it an ideal book to read aloud to your child. The use of phrases such as โ€˜splish, splash, sploshโ€™ encourage young, new readers to get involved in the story and I can imagine children saying these phrases loudly. Fearne Fairy and the Chocolate Caterpillar is the perfect length to keep young minds focused. …..”

The fabulous front cover of book 9, ‘Fearne Fairy And The Chocolate Caterpillar’!

 

If you’d like to read more of this review then please click on this link here, thank you.ย http://www.bloominbrilliantbooks.com/childrens-books/childrens-book-review-fearne-fairy-and-the-chocolate-caterpillar-by-sarah-hill/

It’s just over a week until my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s books and I will be at The Abergavenny Writing Festival! I’m so excited that we’re first up on Thursday April the 20th and I can’t wait to meet all the children that will be coming along and trying their hands at some Whimsy Wood craft activities! If you and your wee ones fancy making ‘Skittle Spider’ from pine cones, or dressing up Whimsy Wood’s ‘Dr.Tustle the Tawny Owl’ in exotic feathers, or putting ‘Humbug Hedgehog’s’ prickles back on him, whilst listening to me reading ‘Fearne Fairy And The Chocolate Caterpillar’, then do come along! You’ll be in for a wonderfully whimsical treat! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ“š

Whimsy Wood Is First Up At The Abergavenny Writing Festival!

 

Once we’ve packed away the Skittle Spiders and Humbug Hedgehogs, trundled our merry way home and had a quick cuppa, my Whimsy Wood children’s books and I will be at Pewsey’s Fairy Fayre in Wiltshire on Sunday April the 23rd! We’re very excited about this fabulous fairy event and can’t wait to see what everyone thinks about the brand new ‘Fearne Fairy’ stationery and notepads! If you fancy taking part in the Fairy Trail that will be at Pewsey’s Fairy Fayre and seeing all the wonderful fairy crafts that will be there then do come along! You’ll be able to grab yourself a signed Whimsy Wood children’s book too! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ“š

Flyer for the Pewsey Fairy Fayre!

 

Well that’s all from me for now, so I shall bid you farewell and wish you a wonderfully whimsical and chocolatey Easter! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿฐโœจ

Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of the Whimsy Wood children’s books.

March Winds And April Showers Bring Forth May Flowers!

While the wind is blowing a gale outside and the rain is pitter-pattering down the window pane, I’m trying to remain positive and think about that well known saying above of ‘March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers’! If it all gets a bit much, I might have to adopt Fearne Fairy’s thinking below of ‘If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em’ and go jumping in numerous muddy puddles!

Here’s Fearne Fairy jumping up and down in a muddy puddle in Whimsy Wood!

 

Incase you didn’t know, my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s books all have a proverb or old saying woven into each story, giving the books real meaning. For example, the proverb that appears in book 8, ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’, is ‘Share and share alike’. I’m rather excited to share a wonderful review of this particular whimsical book which is especially written for the month of March. This review arrived in my inbox this week and here’s an snippet…..’This is a truly enchanting fairy tale, magical and yet with a little lesson about the importance of sharing woven in. I read it to my little granddaughter and she was captivated, loving both the story and the wonderful illustrations. I look forward to sharing more Fearne Fairy tales with her as we explore this exciting series together.’

The fabulous front cover of ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’!

 

If you would like to read the rest of this review then you will find it here:-https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R2C8PX8GINZSRP/ref=pe_1572281_66412651_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

Also, you may be excited to learn that Wildlife Watch, the children’s club of The Wildlife Trusts, are currently running a competition to win signed copies of ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’! The competition closes on March the 31st and all you have to do is tell them what you most like about Spring and then enter here ย http://wildlifewatch.org.uk/fearne-fairy-and-the-dandelion-clocks

Now what I most like about Spring is the sign of fresh green shoots growing, indicating new life and fresh beginnings, which brings me onto the new Whimsy Wood story that I’m currently writing. I love researching all the woodland flora and fauna that is relevant to the month and book that I am writing for and it amazes me the number of weird and wonderful things we have growing and living in our woodlands! This terrific toadstool below is a prime example! This beauty is named the ‘Plums and Custard’ fungus and rightly so, with its creamy yellow undersurface on its cap and the rest of it being a marvellous maroon colour! You won’t be surprised to learn that I shall be weaving this magnificent mushroom into the latest Whimsy Wood book!

 

‘Plums and custard’ fungus!

 

Finally we’re thrilled to have been invited to attend the Pewsey Fairy Fayre in Pewsey, Wiltshire on Sunday April the 23rd! There will be a Fairy Trail as well as the fairy-themed Fayre, so if you fancy a day filled with fun, frivolities and fairies then come along!

Flyer for the Pewsey Fairy Fayre!

 

Well, that’s all from me for now. I shall toddle off and try to be creative elsewhere! Wishing you all a wonderfully whimsical weekend! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ“šโœจ

Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of The Whimsy Wood Series.

It’s British Science Week!

Did you know that it’s currently British Science Week? It started on Friday the 10th of March and ends on Sunday the 19th of March. There are plenty of activities for you and your children or school to get involved with. For fun ideas or further info on this innovative week, then please click on this link here. https://www.britishscienceweek.org/

At the Whimsy Wood headquarters we had our very own suggestion for a nature-related science activity that we’ll be getting to grips with this weekend. ย Our very own activity to honour British Science Week will be to do some wildlife gardening, where we’ll be planting up a wildflower border to attract plenty of brilliant bumblebees and we’ll be creating some bug hotels for the thousands of important insects that inhabit our gardens. For more wonderful wildlife gardening ideas please click on this link here.ย https://www.buglife.org.uk/activities-for-you/wildlife-gardening?gclid=CjwKEAjwzKPGBRCS55Oe46q9hCkSJAAMvVuMNlOX1YYBR-FvdhsYeSlGMvbJKPmlXRdpOyluL8dVixoCxQbw_wcB

Can we imitate Whimsy Wood’s perfect primroses and charming celandines with our gardening science project?! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ“šโœจ

 

Now I know that my Whimsy Wood children’s books have been used during science, geography and numeracy classes, as well as the obvious literacy lessons in Primary schools. However if science isn’t your thing then how about entering a Whimsy Wood competition? This Spring competition is being run by Wildlife Watch, which is The Wildlife Trusts’ children’s club. There are signed copies of book 8, ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’ up for grabs. All you need to do to enter is click on this link to Wildlife Watch’s website and follow the competition guidelines. Good luck! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ“šโœจhttp://wildlifewatch.org.uk/fearne-fairy-and-the-dandelion-clocks

The fabulous front cover of ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’!

 

Well that’s all from me for now, so I shall go and try to be creative elsewhere! Wishing you a wonderfully whimsical week! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ“šโœจ

Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of The Whimsy Wood Series.

Whimsy Wood’s World Book Week And School Library Opening Event!

Last week’s 20th World Book Week was certainly a wonderfully whimsical one for my Whimsy Wood children’s books and I. First of all the Whimsy Wood competition to win signed copies of book 10, ‘Fearne Fairy And The Landing Lesson’, run by the International Writers Inspiring Change (IWIC) foundation, concluded on March the 1st. The 5 lucky winners were Tina Brown, Carol Dowd, Elisabeth Elgenmark, Patricia Halfman and Tracy Hudson. They have been notified and their signed copies are winging their splendid selves to them as we speak! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ“šโœจ

The fabulous front cover of ‘Fearne Fairy And The Landing Lesson’, the 10th ‘Whimsy Wood’ book!

 

Then the 20th World Book Day itself was on March the 2nd and I was kindly invited to Corsham Primary School’s Broadwood and Pound Pill sites to take their KS1 assemblies and read book 9, ‘Fearne Fairy And The Chocolate Caterpillar’. I had a truly terrific time and I was astonished at how the 270 children that I read this 9th chocolatey Whimsy Wood instalment to, listened so intently and sat so beautifully. Thank you very much Corsham Primary School for inviting me. Here I am in the picture below dressed as ‘Posie Pixie’, ‘Fearne Fairy’ and ‘Mrs Spottisdowne the sparrow’ for my World Book Day author visit!

Sarah Hill dressed as ‘Fearne Fairy’, ‘Posie Pixie’ and ‘Mrs Spottisdowne the sparrow’ for World Book Day! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ“šโœจ

 

For this particular school visit, I took plenty of Whimsy Wood bookmarks and colouring-in sheets to give to all the children. Below is the black and white image from ‘Fearne Fairy And The Chocolate Caterpillar’ that I used for these sheets . ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ“šโœจ

‘Fearne Fairy’ and ‘Mustard the magpie moth caterpillar’ image for the Whimsy Wood World Book Day colouring in sheets! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ“šโœจ

 

Not only did the enchanting world of Whimsy Wood celebrate World Book Day with a school visit, but we also ran a competition on our Whimsy Wood Facebook page to win signed copies of book 7, ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’. To enter, all you had to do was post a photo of your child dressed up as their favourite book character to the Whimsy Wood Facebook page. This competition ended at midnight on World Book Day. I was absolutely delighted with how many people entered! I’m not kidding, we had hundreds of photos posted to the page! So much so,ย we had to increase the number of books that we had planned to give away! All fifteen winners have been notified and their signed copies of ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’ are winging their sweet selves to them as I type! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ“šโœจ

Fabulous Front Cover Of 'Posie Pixie And The Pancakes'.

Fan-fizzle-tastic Front Cover Of ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’.

 

Last but by no means least, I was very fortunate to be invited back to Corsham Primary School on March the 3rd to be part of their official opening event of their 2 brand new school libraries! It was a real honour to be invited to their library openings and I was thrilled to see how excited the children were about their new, fun libraries! Here’s a link to the article about this awesome event in The Wiltshire Gazette & Herald:-ย http://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/15132697.Corsham_Primary_School_celebrate_World_Book_Day_with_new_libraries/#

Opening of Corsham Primary School’s 2 new libraries! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ“šโœจ

 

Well, I had better get on and be creative elsewhere, so I shall wish you a wonderfully whimsical week. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ“šโœจ

Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of The Whimsy Wood Series.

A Whimsy Wood Competition To Celebrate The 20th World Book Day!

On Thursday March the 2nd, (this coming Thursday in fact!) the 20th World Book Day will have arrived! Woohoo! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ“šโœจ

On Thursday March the 2nd it will be the 20th World Book Day!

 

To celebrate this delightful day and all things bookish, I wanted to let you know that we’re running a competition on the Whimsy Wood Facebook page! Here is the link to this page:- https://www.facebook.com/WhimsyWoodSeries/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Dress up as your favourite character from your favourite book!

 

Signed copies of book 7, ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’ are up for grabs. To enter, folk need to simply ‘like’ the page and post a photo to this page of their child dressed as their favourite character from their favourite book! The competition is open now and closes at midnight on Thursday March the 2nd. Winners will be chosen at random and notified on Friday March the 3rd. Good luck!

Fabulous Front Cover Of 'Posie Pixie And The Pancakes'.

Front Cover Of ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’.

 

Wishing you a wonderfully whimsical week,

Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of The Whimsy Wood Series.

It’s Up Up And Away For The Whimsy Wood Series!

This past week or so has seen some wonderful reviews roll in for ‘Fearne Fairy And The Landing Lesson’, book 10 in my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series. One in particular came from Briony, a lady book blogger whose young son ‘L’, has become quite taken with my whimsical stories for 5-8 year olds. Here is an snippet from her review:-

“…..L really enjoys these books and all of the wildlife in them. We spend ages pouring over the pictures as he points out different animals and insects. He giggles at the mishaps and now really wants to learn to fly. My only saving grace currently is the season, the lack of available dragonflies to train him is upsetting but understandable. Hopefully heโ€™ll have forgotten by spring, thatโ€™s unlikely though isnโ€™t it.

Every time we read a new one of the Whimsy Wood books his interest in the world around him peaks and he looks for bugs and insects even more actively than normal. That for me is the whole reason I love these books. A great story, coupled with an interest in the natural world.” To see the rest of this wonderful review please click here:-ย http://anywaytostay.com/fearne-fairy-chocolate-caterpillar-book-review/

My son Monty enjoying ‘Fearne Fairy And The Landing Lesson’!

 

There’s also been the continuing positive developments regarding the pitching of my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series to various main stream TV networks. I’m excited to say that my agent is very happy with how things are progressing and the cross-tying of promotions is going well. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Whimsy Wood books are set to become a brand new animated children’s TV series!

 

Finally 2 more stores are keen to stock my award-winning whimsical children’s tales. The first is Johnsons based in Boston, Lincolnshire and the other is Bookasaurus Children’s Book Shop in Melksham, Wiltshire. Needless to say that here at the Whimsy Wood headquarters, we feel as though we’ve had a pretty productive and fan-fizzle-tastic week or so! The Whimsy Wood folk have decided to have their very own party to celebrate as you can see below! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ“šโœจ

The Whimsy Wood folk having their very own celebrations!

 

Well, that’s all from me for now. I’ll bid you farewell and wish you a wonderfully whimsical week.

Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of The Whimsy Wood Series.

A Whimsy Wood Giveaway And A Writing Festival!

Well it’s been another wonderfully whimsical week for the ‘Whimsy Wood’ Series and I. Now that half-term has finally arrived (hooray!) we thought what better way to celebrate than by having a giveaway to win the latest ‘Whimsy Wood’ book?! So that’s exactly what’s we’re going to do! As from today, 5 signed copies of ‘Fearne Fairy And The Landing Lesson’ are up for grabs!

The fabulous front cover of ‘Fearne Fairy And The Landing Lesson’, the 10th ‘Whimsy Wood’ book!

 

See what these children think of ‘Fearne Fairy And The Landing Lesson’ by reading their comments on its back cover!

The back cover of ‘Fearne Fairy And The Landing Lesson’!

To enter, simply click on this link! Good luck! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ“šโœจ http://www.writersinspiringchange.com/book-giveaways.html

In other news, I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that I’ve been invited to appear at the Abergavenny Writing Festival on Thursday April the 20th! There’ll be Whimsy Wood crafts and a reading of the latest Whimsy Wood story, as well as the chance to ask me as many questions as you like about the process of writing and what it’s like to be an author. For more information regarding the Abergavenny Writing Festival, please click on this link here:-ย http://abergavennywritingfestival.com

Finally I can tell you that book 15, ‘Fearne, Posie And The Giggling Ghost’ is nearly finished! This fifteenth whimsical story is written specifically for the month of October, so Halloween and trick-or-treating happen to feature in this particular tale! Now, at this rate, ‘Fearne Fairy And Giggling Ghost’ will remain half-finished, so I’d best crack on and carry on writing!

Wishing you a wonderfully whimsical weekend!

Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of The Whimsy Wood Series.