Tag Archives: Chris Wormell

Eric and Ella

This lovely couple who sound like they belong together, are actually two main characters in two new picture books. Picture books that I was all too ready to ignore, but then I read them, ‘just in case.’

Good thing I did. And because Thursday next week is worse than buses that come in threes, I have to start now. You’d have thought that publishers would have published so much before Christmas that they could take a break, but here they go again.

Ladies first, and Ella also happens to be a Cinderella Ladybird. Ella. Cinderella. Witty. And sweet. Also red and spotty, in the most beautiful way.

Alex T Smith, Ella

This Cinderella cooks and cleans, but she meets no prince. This time lover boy is an artist called Pierre, and the romantic setting is Paris. And as I said, Ella is spotty, and she wears glasses. But romance will always conquer.

Eric is an accidental hero. Or perhaps not. That would suggest he isn’t brave. People around him call him names and he feels worthless. But when the monster comes, it’s Eric who saves the day. He and the monster have quite a lot in common. Being a dummy or a dope or a dunce needn’t be bad.

We can all do with friends.

Chris Wormell, Eric the Hero

Ella, by Alex T Smith, and Eric the Hero, by Chris Wormell. Two nice books.

Bookwitch bites #24

Book launch sign

It’s lists and launch time at bookwitch towers with my bites one day early.

Last night Keren David had a launch party for her second novel, Almost True. I wasn’t present as unfortunately there’s a limit to how frequently I can do the commute to London. And I’m afraid I’m on my way there today, although not to see the Pope if I can help it.

Keren David at her Almost True book launch

Gillian Philip

Gillian Philip has been shortlisted for the Royal Mail’s Scottish Children’s Book Awards, along with Barry Hutchison, Julia Donaldson, Debi Gliori, Elizabeth Laird, Cathy MacPhail, Lucinda Hare, John Fardell and Simon Puttock. Luckily there are several categories so more than one of these lovely people can win. I hope they do. Not sure what they win if they win. Stamps?

The Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010 judges have also come up with a shortlist, or rather two shortlists, because you can’t have too many lists of whatever length:

The Funniest Book for Children Aged Six and Under

Angelica Sprocket’s Pockets by Quentin Blake

Dogs Don’t Do Ballet by Anna Kemp, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates

The Nanny Goat’s Kid by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Tony Ross

One Smart Fish by Chris Wormell

The Scariest Monster in the World by Lee Weatherly, illustrated by Algy Craig Hall

The Funniest Book for Children Aged Seven to Fourteen

The Clumsies Make a Mess by Sorrel Anderson, illustrated by Nicola Slater

Einstein’s Underpants and How They Saved the World by Anthony McGowan

The Incredible Luck of Alfie Pluck by Jamie Rix, illustrated by Craig Shuttlewood

Mr Stink by David Walliams, illustrated by Quentin Blake

The Ogre of Oglefort by Eva Ibbotson

Withering Tights by Louise Rennison

I gather Philip Ardagh, who is one of the judges, may almost have read too many funny books in the course of duty. I believe it was something like 130, which is enough to put you off even that which you like best.

Right, I have a train to catch. See you tomorrow.

Molly and the Night Monster

I mentioned this picture book back in January. It’s another of ‘my’ Random meetings books that has become ‘real’ at long last.

It’s funny because it’s the one where the discussion was centred on the colour of the book title on the cover. Chris Wormell’s Molly and the Night Monster has already been published in hardback, so it was the design for the paperback the Random team had on the agenda. The picture is the same as before, of a bear and a crocodile (tail of) in a very nice smokey blue colour. And I rather favoured orange letters.

They had mocked up a variety of colours so we could have a good look and decide. As you may remember, I really wanted to have my say, but felt it wasn’t my place.

Now that I have the finished book in my hands, they have picked the orange. And the red. And the blue. It’s a mix of coloured letters on a pale yellow rectangular background. So much for the choice of colours. Maybe they were overcome by it all.

So to the story, which is lovely. It’s about a little girl in bed at night, who ‘sees’ all sorts of monsters coming up the stairs. And then she catches one.

It’s such a wonderful book. The blue pictures are truly beautiful, and it’s a good bedtime story. Unless the monsters keep you awake.

(And, yes, I really ought to show you the cover here, so you can see for yourself. But, when I surfed for the image, the only ones that appeared were the old ones. And what good would those do?)