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Little Witches

Little WitchesI have found the perfect little book for your Halloween reading. It’s Rhiannon Lassiter’s Little Witches Bewitched, a collection of five short stories about two little witches.

Rhiannon Lassiter, Little Witches Bewitched!

While it’s all very well to get into the spirit of things this time of year, I have to admit to preferring sweet spooky, to terribly frighteningly spooky. And that’s what you get in this brand new ebook, which celebrates Halloween tomorrow by being available for a mere £1.53. I’m telling you about it today, because I want your trigger fingers to be ready to go.

Dulcie is 11 and she wants to be a witch. When out trick-or-treating she meets Verity who is 12 and while she didn’t exactly want to be a witch to begin with – especially not one wearing pirate’s boots from the dressing-up box – she soon changes her mind. Through a slight ‘mishap’ the two girls actually become real witches, albeit only little witches.

This is a thoroughly enjoyable collection of stories, and since I don’t want to spoil it for you, I will say no more. Except, you meet some fun characters, and these are two quick-witted witches. Small, but brave.

Autumn Armadillo

Armadillo The latest issue of Armadillo is out now, so have a little look. I don’t say this just because they mention me, but it does prove how good they are at finding something interesting to say… There are several articles on different subjects, including Rhiannon Lassiter’s new project (a kind of book user’s wiki) and Mary Hoffman’s long interview with authors of pink fairy books. As usual there are book reviews, and I always enjoy comparing their opinions with mine. There will soon be new people taking over from Mary and Rhiannon, and it’s excellent news that Armadillo will continue to be published. Mary herself is about to start a children’s books blog. That sounds awfully familiar, somehow…

Guardian longlist 2008

Luckily Daughter insisted we buy the Guardian yesterday as we boarded our plane, which means I can now let you know the longlist for the Guardian children’s fiction prize, rather than having to concentrate on Daughter’s artistic rearranging of sickbag into flower, while bored on the flight. I think it may have been her way of sorting out Mother’s Day, which is only my second one this year.

Anthony McGowan, The Knife That Killed Me

Frank Cottrell Boyce, Cosmic

Jenny Downham, Before I Die

Patrick Ness, The Knife of Never Letting Go

Rhiannon Lassiter, Bad Blood

Siobhan Dowd, Bog Child

Tanya Landman, The Goldsmith’s Daughter

Good list, but unfortunately one where I have yet again failed to read enough of the books to know what’s what. I’ll go home and catch up as best I can. It’s definitely a list of knives and death, which when you think about it is not very “child friendly”. As for my famous predictions, I can only see one outcome, and that’s for Bog Child to win. The shortlist will feature books 3, 4, 6 and 7.

Sickbag Flower

Run Armadillo?

Anyone out there who fancies running a children’s books magazine? A year ago I might have put my hand up, but somehow the witchery takes too much time.

This is from Mary Hoffman in the latest Armadillo:

“The Future of Armadillo
Armadillo looking for new owner

After ten years – five on paper and five online – by the end of this year, Rhiannon and I will be happy to hand over the editing and coding of Armadillo magazine to new hands.

We hope very much that the magazine will continue and that someone will come forward to take it on. But our own workloads are making it increasingly difficult to spare the time that it takes every quarter.

Please contact me at: armadillo@maryhoffman.co.uk if you’d like to talk about this. Rhiannon and I will be happy to remain as consultants to anyone who wants to take the magazine over.”

Could be fun?

Winter Armadillo

I’d been looking out for the new issue of online magazine Armadillo, so I was pleased to see it was out the other day. They have now changed the way you pay, so it’s open to all, but they’d like donations to the address on their website.

It’s worth supporting, as both Mary Hoffman and Rhiannon Lassiter put a lot of work into Armadillo. And I always find something there that I haven’t seen elsewhere.