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📚 🎄 😃 It’s Going To Be A Hardback Christmas! 😃 🎄 📚

Along with the wonderful Christmas cards that have been arriving at our family home in the wonderful county of Wiltshire, there have also been boxes of hardbacks of my 1st 7 ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s books, arriving directly from the publisher, Abela Publishing. 📚

I was absolutely delighted when Abela Publishing were keen to produce hardback copies of my woodland books for 5-8 year olds and, I know I’m biased, but they really do look and feel pretty darn fantastic! ✨ If you’d like to purchase a hardback copy of ‘Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree’ in time for Christmas, then please click on this link. Thank you. 😊 http://www.amazon.co.uk/POSIE-PIXIE-CHRISTMAS-TREE-Whimsy/dp/1910882615/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1449494997&sr=1-1&keywords=Posie+Pixie+And+The+Christmas+Tree

Hardback copy of 'Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree' 🎄 ✨

Hardback copy of ‘Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree’ 🎄 ✨

Now, if you’d rather try your hand at winning a copy of ‘Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree’, then The Wildlife Trusts UK (who we donate 10% of all ‘Whimsy Wood’ book sales to), are currently running a competition in their children’s magazine, ‘Wildlife Watch’, as shown below. 😉

Competition to win 'Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree'!

Competition to win ‘Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree’!

Incase you’re not familiar with ‘Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree’, then here’s an extract for you to get you in the festive spirit:-

‘ ….That night, with Wibble curled up by her feet in the matchbox bed, Posie dreamt of a huge snow-kissed Christmas tree that filled her copper kettle house. It had beautiful red and white baubles hanging from its branches and twinkly, sparkly tinsel spiralling down from top to bottom.

By dawn the next morning, Posie was up and dressed in her purple pixie tunic, leggings and boots. She’d eaten her hot porridge with honey and drunk her nettle tea. As she was putting on her ice-blue duffle coat, Wibble scuttled into the kitchen. ….’

Well, that’s all from me for now. Christmas baking and present wrapping is calling! 🎁

Wishing you a wonderfully whimsical week. 😊

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

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✨ 😃 🎄 ‘Tis The Season To Be Jolly! 🎄 😃 ✨

” ‘Tis the season to be jolly, tra-la-la-la-laaa-la-la-la-la!

Time to decorate everything with holly, tra-la-la-la-laaa-la-la-la-la!”

That’s right! Christmas 2015 is rapidly approaching and I’m sure it will be very cheeky and sneak right up on us when we’re not looking! I for one, am certainly not ready for it just yet! Too much to do, with too little time left to do it all in…. I believe that may be the standard sentence for all fraught folks at this time of year!

Anyway, thankfully I am marginally more organised when it comes to my writing and the wonderful world of ‘Whimsy Wood’. We were certainly all set and ready to go, before the start of Seend Primary School’s Christmas Fair last Friday. I had a wonderful time supping mulled wine and hot chocolate, whilst signing copies of my ‘Whimsy Wood’ series, in both their paperback and hardback forms! A fabulously festive evening! Thank you Seend Primary School. 😊

Whimsy Wood books on display at Seend School Christmas Fair 😊

Whimsy Wood books on display at Seend School Christmas Fair 😊

The most requested ‘Whimsy Wood’ book currently is ‘Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree’ of course. According to Santa’s Elves, no stocking will be complete without a copy this Christmas! 😃

'Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree' the 5th 'Whimsy Wood' book 😊

‘Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree’ the 5th ‘Whimsy Wood’ book 😊

In this fifth, festive instalment, you’ll meet ‘Florence Fox’, who is Whimsy Wood’s fun tom-boy. She lends a helping paw to Posie Pixie who gets herself in a bit of pickle. Here’s Florence having a bit of a chuckle! 😃

'Florence Fox' features in 'Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree' 😊

‘Florence Fox’ features in ‘Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree’ 😊

There’s also ‘Mr Bilberry the blackbird’, Whimsy Wood’s postman, who’s terribly busy at this time of year, as I’m sure you can imagine! Mr Bilberry is very proud of his postal job as it’s been in his family for generations.

'Mr Bilberry the blackbird', Whimsy Wood's postman 😊

‘Mr Bilberry the blackbird’, Whimsy Wood’s postman 😊

Here’s a lovely review of ‘Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree’ from an Amazon customer, to give you a bit of an insight into this festive book. If you’d like to view this book on Amazon, here is the link for you :- http://www.amazon.co.uk/POSIE-PIXIE-CHRISTMAS-TREE-Whimsy/dp/1910882615/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1449494997&sr=1-1&keywords=Posie+Pixie+And+The+Christmas+Tree

“The Posie Pixie series is simply enchanting. Light up Christmas in a little one’s life with this magical story about finding and decorating the all important tree! The descriptions really engage small imaginations with the help of adorable drawings. I am looking forward to reading this latest instalment to my niece and daughter. Definitely one for the stocking this year!”

Well, I’d best go and attempt to tick off as many things from my ‘To Do’ list before bedtime!

Wishing you a wonderfully whimsical week! 😊✨

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

✨ 🎁 😊 Time For Thanks And Thanksgiving! 😊 🎁 ✨

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As you may or may not know, across the icy blue Atlantic waters to the vast and glorious country of America, they are currently awaiting the beginning of ‘Thanksgiving’ and the holiday spell that goes with it. This is a special time to spend with family and friends, enjoying each other’s company, eating splendid food and being thankful. It may not be something that we celebrate here, but I came across a rather lovely acrostic poem about this particular time of year recently, so I thought I’d share it with you:-

Holiday Letters

T is for Turkey on ‘Thanksgiving Day’.                                                    is for “Hurry! I’m hungry!” I say.                                                           is for Auntie, she works and she mends.                                             is for Native American friends.                                                           is for Kitchen, the oven’s on low.                                                       is for Silverware, set in a row.                                                             G is for Grandma, the one we love most.                                                 is for Inside, where we’re warm as toast!                                             is for Vegetables, eat them we try.                                                        is for Ice-cream on top of the pie.                                                        is for Never do we have enough dressing!                                        G is for Grandpa, who gives thanks for our blessings. 😊

Now in the wonderful world of ‘Whimsy Wood’, this past week has been truly incredible! There are so many things that have happened recently, that I am well and truly thankful for. The first thing, being the delectable display of my ‘Whimsy Wood’ books in Edington Farm Shop. I was at their Christmas Fair recently and I was absolutely delighted at how and where they’d decided to display my books! In prime position as you enter their shop and at child height! 😃

My 'Whimsy Wood' books out on display at 'Edington FarmShop' 😊

My ‘Whimsy Wood’ books out on display at ‘Edington FarmShop’ 😊

A few days after this Christmas Fair, I received an exciting email from ‘The Royal Dragonfly Book Awards’ over in America. They wanted to inform me that ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’ and ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’ (books 6 and 7 in my ‘Whimsy Wood’ series) were tied winners of the ‘Picture Book For 6 Years+’ category!! I was completely bowled over and utterly elated!!

'Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm' and 'Posie Pixie And The Pancakes' are tied winners in The Royal Dragonfly Awards! 😃

‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’ and ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’ are tied winners in The Royal Dragonfly Awards! 😃

At the weekend, I attended the annual ‘Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ conference in Winchester. I learnt a lot from the various brilliant guest-speakers. These ranged from senior editors and agents to…..

The awesome annual SCBWI conference in Winchester!

The awesome annual SCBWI conference in Winchester!

….amazing authors and illustrators, such as Philip Reeves and Sarah McIntyre……

Guest speakers Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

Guest speakers Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

…..and Jonny Duddle. I was very fortunate, that these 3 fabulous folk kindly signed their books, that I’d brought from home with me. My 3 children were over-joyed, to see personal messages written to them on the insides of their well-thumbed copies! 😉

Guest speaker Jonny Duddle

Guest speaker Jonny Duddle

In the evening, I’m delighted and honoured to say that ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’ and ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’, were included in the conference’s ‘Mass Book Launch’! I received my autographed certificate from fellow children’s authors, Philip Reeves and Jonny Duddle….

The Mass Book Launch (I'm at the back on the right hand side 😉)

The Mass Book Launch (I’m at the back on the right hand side 😉)

…..and we all celebrated with a slice of the splendid, swashbuckling ‘Mass Book Launch’ cake! It featured front covers of all the books that were included in this fabulous launch and I must say, it was the best chocolate cake I think I’ve ever had! 😋

The SCBWI Mass Book Launch swashbuckling cake!

The SCBWI Mass Book Launch swashbuckling cake!

For all these terrific things that I’ve mentioned above, I am indeed very, very thankful. On that note, I shall bid you farewell and wish you a truly happy thanksgiving! 😃✨

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

✨ 🎄 😃 Christmas Fair Fun And Frolics! 😃 🎄 ✨

I don’t know about you, but I can certainly smell Christmas, if that is indeed possible!?! It’s almost within reach and I for one get so excited about this wonderfully jolly and cosy time of year. 😊 With this in mind, my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series and I were delighted to have a stall at Townsend Barn Nursery’s Christmas Fair this week in Poulshot Village Hall in Wiltshire. There were mini mince pies galore and mulled wine flowing for all! It was a truly splendid evening! 😃

Whimsy Wood's stand at Townsend Barn Nursery's Christmas Fair 😊🎄

Whimsy Wood’s stand at Townsend Barn Nursery’s Christmas Fair 😊🎄

So that was the first of our Christmas Fairs this year and the next is this coming Tuesday (November the 17th), at Edington Farm Shop in Edington, Wiltshire. This farm shop is classed as Wiltshire’s best farm shop and rightly so, as it is really fabulous. Their Christmas Fairs are always jam-packed with music and merriment, jolly folk and beautiful, unique gifts for all, so it really is worth popping along if you’re free! 😉 This year’s Christmas Fair at Edington Farm Shop starts at 3pm and carries on until 10pm. For more information, please see this link:- http://www.threedaggers.co.uk/events

Front Cover of 'Posie Pixie And The Copper Kettle' in hardback

Front Cover of ‘Posie Pixie And The Copper Kettle’ in hardback

Behind the scenes of ‘Whimsy Wood’, work has been progressing well on the creation of hard back versions of my 1st 7 books. We had so many requests and enquiries for hard backs, that it only seemed right to listen to demand from ‘Whimsy Wood’ fans! 😃 Above is the hard back of ‘Posie Pixie And The Copper Kettle’ and below is a beautiful image of Posie, as she appears in this 1st instalment from my award-winning children’s series.

Here's 'Henry Horse', feeling very grateful for Posie's help. 😊

Here’s ‘Henry Horse’, feeling very grateful for Posie’s help. 😊

If you would like to order a copy of this in time for Christmas, or you’d like further information about my series, then please click on this link, thank you:- http://abelapublishing.com/posie-pixie-and-the-copper-kettle–book-1-in-the-whimsy-wood-series–hardback_p31204951.htm

Front Cover Of 'Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party'

Front Cover Of ‘Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party’

Finally, our next ‘Whimsy Wood’ competition is up and running on our Facebook and Twitter sites. This competition ends at midnight tonight! (Sunday November the 15th) To enter, all you need to do is click on one of the links below and follow the simple instructions. You could be a winner of a signed copy of ‘Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party’! Good luck! 😉😃https://www.facebook.com/pages/Whimsy-Wood-Series/476339045765043?ref=hl

https://twitter.com/WhimsyWood

Now, as I look down on the woodland floor of the enchanting ‘Whimsy Wood’, I can see ‘Wibble Woodlouse’ scuttling off home, to the copper kettle house that she lives in with ‘Posie Pixie’. Wibble had been visiting her family who live under the large lime log in the middle of the wood, you see. She often does that on a Sunday afternoon. 😉 ‘Skittle Spider’ is busy weaving charming cobwebs in the lower branches of an old oak tree and ‘Dr Tustle the tawny owl’ is about to leave his nest and visit ‘Raspberry Rabbit’. She hurt her paw whilst tidying up her ‘Treasure Room’ in her burrow earlier today, poor thing.

Well, that’s it from me for now. I’ll close the heavy oak doors to the magical world of ‘Whimsy Wood’ today and wish you a wonderfully whimsical week ahead. 😊

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

💫😃 Flaming Firework Fun! 😃💫

One minute it’s Halloween, the next minute it’s Bonfire Night! Before we know it, it’ll be Christmas! Yes I know, I’ve gone and said the ‘c’ word! But don’t fret, I won’t mention it again (well, not today anyway!) as there’s too much to say about the fabulous fifth of November!

First and foremost, and being the animal-lover that I am, I feel I must warn you about bonfires and what could be lurking within them. Especially if it’s been standing for a few days, waiting patiently for Bonfire Night. All sorts of creatures have a tendency to hide amongst piles of sticks and logs – we only know too well from ‘The Gruffalo’, as the snake in the story lives in a log pile house of course! 😉

Now, it’s not snakes I’m thinking of, with it being a typical damp and dreary November day here in bonny Blighty, but hedgehogs and similar small wild furries. Please take a look at the image below, thank you.

Hedgehog safety this Bonfire Night. 😊

Hedgehog safety this Bonfire Night. 😊

Ok, so that’s my responsible, nature safety bit done. Now onto more fun things! “Do you happen to have a Whimsy Wood story about fireworks, or the month of November?” I hear you ask. Well, funnily enough I do! In fact, ‘Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party’, (my fourth Whimsy Wood children’s book) is both about fireworks and this marvellous month (let’s try and stay positive!) of November! Here’s the front cover of ‘Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party’, to wet your whistle so to speak!

Front Cover Of 'Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party'

Front Cover Of ‘Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party’

 

In this particular story, ‘Posie Pixie’ is going to be paid a visit by a certain special someone….Who could this be I wonder? Will Posie be pleased? Well, you’ll just have to read the story to find out! 😉😊 To tempt you even more I shall give you a wee extract from this ‘fan-fizzle-tastic’ book (according to ‘Ping Pixie’ that is!)

‘…….we’ve not had a fireworks party in Whimsy Wood for years!” Mr Bilberry whistled. “You’ll need toffee-apples, flapjack and crackle-crunch cakes you know Posie.”

“Oh yes and we’ll have pixie hokey-pokey and scrumptious slow-slush!” she said, whilst dancing about happily in her purple pixie boots.

“Now in all my days, I’ve not heard of those! They sound delicious!” He trilled.

“Hmmm, I’d better write some invitations too,” Posie said and she adjusted her bluebell hat, which jingled and tinkled as she did so. …’

Last but not least, here are some cracking comments about ‘Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party’ that I’d like to share with you. 😃

“Adorably British! I wished this book was in my library when I was a young gal.” – Vegbooks.org  Washington, DC, USA.

“It was really funny when Wibble snored with her feet in the air! It’s so cool that Ping is a boy pixie who sometimes sets fire to his hair!” – Rory Gaule, aged 5 years.

“Children smile their way through this book, whether listening or reading for themselves. There’s a plethora of woodland animals helping the ever cheerful Posie and the ‘squeak, squeak, squeak’ of Wibble Woodlouse, children just adore!” – Mrs Kerry Parker, Deputy Head at Corsham Primary School, Corsham, Wiltshire.

If you would like to take a further look at this book, then please click on this link, thank you. 😊 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Posie-Pixie-Fireworks-Party-Whimsy/dp/1909302643/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1446732830&sr=1-1&keywords=Posie+pixie+and+the+fireworks+party

Wishing you all a wonderfully whimsical remainder of the week! 😃

Sarah Hill ✨

💫😃✨ Create, Creation, Competition! ✨😃💫

Well, it’s been a week of creativity in the wonderful world of ‘Whimsy Wood’. 😊 I was fortunate enough to attend an authors’ masterclass last Saturday, which was run by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). This was held in the Theodore Bullfrog Pub in Charing Cross, London, and we were put through our ‘writing paces’ so-to-speak by Beverley Birch, children’s author extraordinaire and editor. She is the author of ‘Rift’ and ‘Night Of The Fire Lilies’ to name just a few of her children’s books, and she’s been in children’s publishing since joining Penguin in 1975.

Needless to say, it was a really insightful course, where I learnt a lot from both Beverley and indeed the other authors attending. Writing can be quite a solitary occupation, so it’s great to unleash myself from my writing desk occasionally, and sit amongst like-minded folk. I’d probably even say that I find it therapeutic! 😃 I’m certainly looking forward to attending the SCBWI’s annual conference at Winchester University, on Saturday November the 21st and Sunday November the 22nd. If you would like more information regarding this cracking conference or the SCBWI, then please click on this link :- https://britishisles.scbwi.org

Not only have I been stretching myself in the ‘create stakes’ with the authors’ masterclass, but work has started on the creation of a ‘Whimsy Wood’ website! Oh yes, my good friends and ‘Whimsy Wood’ fans! Hopefully, by the end of this year, there’ll be an all-singing, all-dancing ‘Whimsy Wood’ website, jam-packed with inside information and ‘behind the scenes’ images. I really can’t wait! 😉😃

Finally, this brings me on to our latest ‘Whimsy Wood’ competition! I’m sure most of you are aware that it is now half-term! There is no school-run traffic on the roads, and I for one am enjoying not having to set the alarm clock for the daily morning wrestle with my 3 children, as I jolly them through the monotonous tasks of getting dressed, having breakfast and dashing to school! What else could we possibly do to celebrate this autumnal half-term, than to run a competition?!

'Posie Pixie' off on another exciting adventure in 'Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic'!

‘Posie Pixie’ off on another exciting adventure in ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’!

This time, there are signed copies of my 3rd ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s book, ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’, up for grabs! This competition ends at midnight on Tuesday October the 27th. All you have to do is ‘like’ the ‘Whimsy Wood’ Facebook page, or follow ‘Whimsy Wood’ on Twitter and ‘like’ and ‘share’ the competition post or retweet it. Please see the relevant ‘Whimsy Wood’ Facebook and Twitter links below to enter. Good luck! 😉 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Whimsy-Wood-Series/476339045765043?ref=hl

https://twitter.com/WhimsyWood

If you’re not familiar with ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’, my 3rd ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s book, then please let me explain. ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’ is written for the marvellous month of October, so it’s brimming with blackberries, beech nuts and all things autumnal! You’ll meet some naughty ants, ‘Raspberry Rabbit’ and ‘Mrs Spottisdowne the sparrow’, along with ‘Posie Pixie’ and her best friend ‘Wibble Woodlouse’ of course! If you’re looking for a delightful children’s book this autumn, then here it is! 😊

'Raspberry Rabbit' out for an afternoon hop in 'Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic'. 😊

‘Raspberry Rabbit’ out for an afternoon hop in ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’. 😊

To tempt you even more, here is a wee extract from ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’, winner of the 5 Star Readers Favourite award:-

….”Wow, Wibble!” said Posie Pixie to Wibble Woodlouse, as they wandered through Whimsy Wood one damp October afternoon. “There’s heaps of scrummy blackberries over there!” Posie said excitedly, whilst pointing to some blackberry bushes that she’d spotted by the woodland’s edge.

“Squeak, squeak, squeak-squeak,” replied Wibble, as she scuttled and rustled through the colourful autumn leaves. ……..

I wonder where ‘Wibble Woodlouse’ is off to? ‘The Woodland Store’ perhaps? Or will she go blackberry picking with Posie? I couldn’t possibly tell you of course! No, you’ll just have to read ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’ for yourself! 😃

Instead, I’ll leave you with a few reviews of ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’. 😊
“Think of the best bits from Enid Blyton’s fantastical stories for very young children.” Chopsy-Baby, UK online parenting magazine.

“I love the Posie Pixie books! I really like reading about the nature in the forest and the colours that you can find there.” Freddie Lea aged 6 yrs.

“This engaging tale of the Whimsy Wood folk and their merry antics, will enchant children and transport them into the world of make-believe!” Mrs Carol Clough, Headteacher at Crockerton and Heytesbury Primary Schools, Wiltshire.

Wishing you all a wonderfully whimsical weekend,

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

 

 

 

 

🎁😊🎁 It’s All About Giving 🎁😊🎁

This morning was my daughters’ school harvest festival in our local village church. We live in Wiltshire, in the wee hamlet of Seend Cleeve (which happens to have 2 pubs, so for a small place it certainly has its priorities right!) The church in question, where this seasonal service was held, is in the spectacular village of Seend. The Church Of The Holy Cross (for this is its name) is a truly beautiful and historic church, tucked away down a quiet lane.

Inside the church this morning was a large table, filled with food donations from all the school children and their families, as part of the harvest service. This food will go to the local food bank and the splendid service itself, reminded me of the importance of giving to everyone and everything around us.

With this in mind and the thought of food and what traditionally used to be taken to harvest festivals years ago – I distinctly remember taking courgettes, marrows and a rather large pumpkin, to my own school harvest festival many moons ago! I thought I’d share with you a vegetable poem, that is one of my children’s favourites!

Where Broccoli Comes From – by Michael Rosen

Not many people know                                                                     that broccoli grows in the armpits                                                      of very big green men                                                                      who live in the forest                                                                         and brave broccoli cutters                                                                  go deep into the forests                                                                    and they creep up on the                                                                   very big green men.

They wait for the                                                                               very big green men                                                                              to fall asleep                                                                                     and the broccoli cutters                                                                      get out their                                                                                     great big broccoli razors                                                                   and they shave the armpits                                                                  of the very big green men.

And that’s where broccoli comes from.                                             Not many people know that.                                                             Just thought I’d let you know. 😃

With the same ‘giving’ theme and after numerous requests of hard back versions of my 1st 7 ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s books, Abela Publishing (who have published my books to date) are indeed releasing hard back copies! Here is the front cover of the proof copy of ‘Posie Pixie And The Copper Kettle’, in its hard back form’:-

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You can now order a copy of this hard back version of my 1st ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s book, directly from the publishers:-

http://abelapublishing.com/posie-pixie-and-the-copper-kettle–book-1-in-the-whimsy-wood-series–hardback_p31204951.htm

If the front cover hasn’t tempted you, then please check out its back cover! 😃

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Finally, on the subject of giving, I decided to donate copies of ‘Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree’, ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’ and ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’ (books 5, 6 and 7 respectively in my ‘Whimsy Wood’ series) to our local libraries this week. They already had copies of my 1st 4 ‘Whimsy Wood’ books, so it only seemed right to donate the rest of this 1st whimsical children’s set. 😊

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Donating copies of my 5th, 6th and 7th ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s books to Wiltshire Libraries 😊

Well, that’s me done on here for this week, so I’ll bid you farewell and wish you a wonderfully whimsical day! 😉

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

😃👻🐉 Story Monsters Galore! 🐉👻😃

This week, in the wonderful world of ‘Whimsy Wood’, it’s all been about the ‘Story Monster’ magazine produced by Five Star Publications. I’m thrilled to tell you that ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’, my 3rd ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s book, is listed in their ‘Reading Guide’ section for their October edition! 😃 Please click on the link below and scroll to p24, where you’ll find all the children’s books that are recommended as great reads for this month! 😉😊 http://www.fivestarpublications.net/storymonsters_dir/pdf/story-monsters-ink-october-2015.pdf

The fabulous front cover of 'Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic'. 😊

The fabulous front cover of ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’. 😊

For those of you who aren’t aware about my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series, (shame on you!) every delightfully descriptive book is written for a specific month in the calendar, so the flora and fauna within this magical wood, change as you read through the series. ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’ is of course written for the awesome month of October, so it’s brimming with blackberries and beech nuts, conkers and crabapples, to name but a few autumnal items! You’ll meet some naughty ants, Raspberry Rabbit and Mrs Spottisdowne the sparrow, along with Posie Pixie and her best friend Wibble Woodlouse of course! Raspberry Rabbit is up to her usual recycling antics in ‘Whimsy Wood’, while Mrs Spottisdowne helps Posie when she gets herself in a right old tangle! 😃

‘Chopsy-Baby’, a UK online parenting magazine, has reviewed ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’ and their comments on my 3rd ‘Whimsy Wood’ book are:- “Think of the best bits from Enid Blyton’s fantastical stories for very young children.” So if you’re looking for an amazing autumnal read this October for 5-8 year olds, then this could be the book for you! 😉😊 http://abelapublishing.com/posie-pixie-and-the-torn-tunic–book-3-in-the-whimsy-wood-series_p27279806.htm

Finally, I’m jolly excited to tell you that ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’ and ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’, books 6 and 7 in my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series, have been entered into the ‘Royal Dragonfly Awards’, sponsored by Five Star Publications! These awards recognise authors in all types of literature, from children’s to adult,  fiction to non-fiction. There are 62 categories in this prestigious competition and if you would like more information regarding the ‘Royal Dragonfly Awards’, or Five Star Publications, then please click on this link. 😊 http://www.fivestarpublications.com/bookcontest/rd_book_contest.html

Well, it’s time for me to attempt to look busy and creative elsewhere! So I’ll bid you a fond farewell and wish you a wonderfully whimsical day. 😃✨

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