Top 17 of ’17

It’s time for the annual book selections that topped our ‘favourites list’. The ones that had us rip roaring with giggles, the ones that made our hearts stop beating, and the ones that simply took our breath away. It’s always tough to choose, especially since we literally turn over hundreds of books in a year. READ MORE

The Scared Book Competitions and Launch Details

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day5 What a fabulous week we’ve had virtually touring around the globe with Debra Tidball and The Scared Book! Who’s had a blast?! We’ve been fortunate to be able to get to know more about this talented author, where her ideas stemmed, and even got up close and personal with The Scared READ MORE

The Scared Book Kids Craft: Paper Fan

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day4 Paper Fan (For fanning away monster smells!) What’s the smelliest smell you’ve ever smelt? What did you do when you found the smell? What did your face look like? What kinds of things could you use to take the smell away? Why do you think these monsters left such a yucky READ MORE

The Scared Book Kids Craft: Monster Shaker

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day4 Monster Shaker What do you know about monsters? Do you know any monsters in books or on TV? Do monsters scare you? Can monsters be something else that’s scary, like a new place, or a new kind of food? What can we do to try and be brave and not be READ MORE

The Scared Book Activities for Kids

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day4 Fabulously Fun Activity Sheets Courtesy and copyright © Kim Siew, Debra Tidball and Lothian Children’s Books 2017 Find these downloadable activities, and more, at Debra Tidball’s website.           For your chance to WIN a signed copy of The Scared Book comment below or on social media with your READ MORE

Three Books that Helped Shape My Own

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day3 Today on our tour Debra Tidball is back to share how her story ideas developed from invaluable time and research that centred around books. With her added pieces of advice, I think we can all take a leaf (or a few) from Debra’s book! 📖 Three books that influenced the writing READ MORE

Character Q and A: Interview with The Scared Book

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day2 Today we are thrilled (haha!) to introduce the one and only, The Scared Book to the panel, who will be discussing some highly personal and spine-tingling topics. Thanks for joining us! 😱 😜 👹 Dear Scared Book, I understand you have a fear of monsters. Where and when did this stem? READ MORE

Sneak Peek: The Video That Gave us Goosebumps

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day1 “Blotches or circles”… the making of goosebumps! Illustrated and animated by Kim Siew. Article by Debra Tidball. I love this little video that Kim made to coincide with the release of  The Scared Book. It’s of one of the goosebumps that appear in the book, and it demonstrates Kim’s trademark quirky READ MORE

Review – The Scared Book by Debra Tidball and Kim Siew

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day1 The Scared Book, Debra Tidball (author), Kim Siew (illus.), Lothian Children’s Books, August 2017. Synopsis: This book is too scared to tell you its story because there are MONSTERS! Can you help? It needs you to RUB away its goosebumps. FLICK away the monsters and FAN away the yucky smell they READ MORE

New Book Chores

With a new book coming out at the end of August, there’s a tsunami of chores to get ready for the launch.  I feel a bit like Mickey Mouse in Fantasia: I bail out a bucket-load of chores, and as soon as I turn my back, more have swept in from nowhere! Not that I’m complaining READ MORE