We are delighted that Magnus Carter has been nominated as a finalist in the picture book category of the Wishing Shelf Book Awards, as voted for by primary school children themselves. News of the eventual winners is due in April, but in the meantime take a peek inside the book below, to remind yourself of Lyndsey Smith’s wonderful illustrations and Julian Warrender’s endearing fable of an underground hero.
It’s a perfect time to read “On Thin Ice” from The Railway Land Dogs’ Club, Three Further Tails. See what happens when Bad Dog ignores the warnings to “Keep Off the Ice” and how the Dogs’ Club come to the rescue……..
Or check out what Granny Marmalade is busy doing at this time of year, when juicy oranges from Seville, glossy Sicilian lemons and tight skinned tangerines are delivered to her warm, fragrant kitchen.
Julian is busy visiting local schools with readings and workshops, engaging children with her inimitable style of storytelling and games. We are now booked for World Book Day but reading is for any day of the year so if you would like her to visit your school, and are based in Sussex, then do get in touch via the contact form on this website or contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Three new stories follow the latest adventures of Ivy and her fellow members of The Railway Land Dogs’ Club, capturing the charm of our local Nature Reserve. The book also features several illustrations that children can colour in themselves. We’ve had lovely responses to it from readers both young and old – and if you walk your dog on the Railway Land you might even recognise your own pooch featuring in one of the adventures!
“You get three cracking stories for the price of one, each with a completely new adventure woven with historical facts and details of local countryside. They are stories of secrets, redemption, and most of all friendship. You end up wanting to join the club and share the fun!” Michael and Kitty Ann, conservationists and family founders of Drusillas Zoo.
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"These three gentle stories will, I am sure, be enjoyed by children especially those that have a dog in the family. The idea that their pets minus owners may all gather as a gang to play is most appealing"
Ronda Armitage, author of The Lighthouse Keeper children's books
" I particularly like The Bone Yard. Very good illustrations; Lyndsey really conveys the different characters and gives us a lovely idea of their surroundings. I do hope this gets the success it richly deserves"
Antony Penrose, farmer, author and director of the Lee Miller Archives and The Penrose Collection
"I think this story about the efforts of a hard working little mole, Magnus Carter, to lead his fellow workers in a rebellion against unjust King Moldewarp is ideal for the very youngest children. It helps them begin to understand what being fair to everyone means, and they will be entertained by the little mole peeping out through a hole in the book cover."
Margaret Mallett, Emeritus Fellow of The English Association in Books for Keeps Magazine
“A feast for youthful imaginations that cleverly links flavour with farming”
– Olly Smith, TV Presenter & Writer
“Granny Marmalade is a truly enchanting little book. Beautifully illustrated fun and exciting to read, but above all educational. A must for every child, whether from an urban or rural home”.
– Johnny Scott, Author & Farmer
“Perhaps the real achievement of this first Dogs’ Club story lies in the creation of a complete and seamless habitat where words and pictures intertwine in a classic fantasy. Here is a world where children will connect.”
– Christopher Dorling, Founder, Dorling Kindersley Ltd
“This beautifully illustrated story will bring huge delight to all children, dog lovers and those who know how much of the natural world can be found in an urban environment”
– Antony Penrose, Author, photo curator & farmer
“A fantastic, joyful and beautiful book”
– Clare Gabbett, author and mother