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Brand New Book Series by Tom Percival Out Now!
Reader's Book Review of Little Legends Plus Fantastic Giveaway!
Tuesday 3rd May 2016
Tom Percival has been drawing since he's been able to hold a pencil, and making up stories for as long as he can remember, in fact, probably longer, especially as his memory is not what it once was! Basically, he's been making things up his whole life and he's not about to stop any time soon.
His latest book series, Little Legends, sees lots of favourite fairy tale characters embark on adventures together. Little Legends are perfect for young readers between the ages of 6-10 years old. We sent one of our reviewers, Lilly (7), the first two books in the series and here's what she thought...
The main characters in the stories are Jack, Anansi, Betsy, Red, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel. They all have been in their own fairy tales before.
Betsy is a talking chicken but she can only say, 'What!', which I think is so funny!
One day, Jack sees Anansi having a secret meeting with a troll. He thinks Anansi is a troll and has to break the troll spell. Trolls are bad. Jack finds a sea witch called Lily who can grant him wishes, but he has to steal the magic he needs to save the day.
In the next adventure, The Great Troll Rescue, Jack and his friends are captured by a wicked witch. Red has to save the day this time as there are a lot of people the wicked witch has kidnapped!
Both books are very funny, enjoyable and easy to read. I think boys and girls will like reading them. My mum and dad liked me reading the stories to them as well. I like reading Horrid Henry and Jeremy Strong books as they make me laugh, and these books made me laugh too. I've taken the books to school for Show and Tell as they are so good to read, everyone should read them. My favourite book is The Spell Thief because of the characters Jack and Betsy. I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Little Legends: The Spell Thief (Book 1)
Written and Illustrated by Tom Percival
Published by Macmillan Children’s Books
Win a copy of both Little Legends: The Spell Thief and Little Legends: The Great Troll Rescue thanks to Macmillan Children's Books!
We have 3 sets of Little Legends: The Spell Thief and Little Legends: The Great Troll Rescue up for grabs. To win a set all you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post and we'll pick 3 winners at random on Wednesday 11th May 2016. Good luck!
Giveaway Terms & Conditions
Only one comment per entrant
Comments must be made on this blog post between 3rd May 2016 and 10th May 2016
Delivery is for both books to one UK address only
Schools, parents and young writers are welcome to enter
3 winners will be selected at random on 11th May 2016 and announced the same day
Winners' will need to supply a UK delivery address, which will be passed to Macmillan Children's Books so their prize can be posted
The prize is 3 x sets of the first 2 books in the Little Legends series: Little Legends: The Spell Thief and Little Legends: The Great Troll Rescue. The prize is as stated. There is no cash alternative
Employees at Young Writers/Bonacia and Macmillan Children's Books/Panmacmillan are not eligible to enter. Neither are their relatives.
YoungMinds have just launched their #LifeOnTheWeb cartoon competition. The winners will receive a range of prizes from the London Graphic Centre, and their work will be published in national media and as part of YoungMinds' next youth campaign, which launches this summer.
To enter, applicants are asked to submit a cartoon, comic strip or 5-10 second animation showing their experience of coping with life online.
The cartoons – which can be funny, serious, quirky or thought-provoking – can be about social media addiction, gaming, obsession with phones, FOMO, the need to be camera-ready, cyberbullying or the difference between their artist's online and offline world. Anything, in fact, about the pressures that young people face in the online world.
The competition will be judged by the cult online artist Rubyetc, illustrator and author Mike Medaglia and a panel of YoungMinds activists. It’s open to young people up to age 25, and closes at 5pm on 26th May 2016.
Britta Teckentrup is an award winning illustrator, author and fine artist. She was born in Hamburg, growing up in a town called Wuppertal. She moved to London in 1988 to study illustration and fine art at St Martin's College and the Royal College of Art.
Britta is the author and illustrator of many well-loved books for children, including the bestselling 'The Memory Tree', 'The Odd One Out' and 'Grumpy Cat', which was selected by the Booktrust's Bookstart scheme - 250,000 copies to be distributed to families throughout the UK.
Her awards include a nomination for the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis and a Special Mention at the Bologna Ragazzi Award.
Since 1993 Britta has written and illustrated over 80 children's picture books which have been published in over 20 different countries.
After 17 years in the UK - Britta now lives and works in Berlin with her Scottish husband, son Vincent and their old cat Oskar.
What inspired the story ‘Before I Wake Up’?
My work quite often develops in a quite subconscious way and on a very visual level.
Images and ideas start to emerge out of seemingly nowhere and I can’t always tell where the idea originated from or what inspired it.
It was the same with this book.
I started to create more and more images about a little girl living in the wild together with a menagerie of wild animals and beasts - nature seems to be a recurring theme in my work.
The girl is happy and content living in her world made up of darkness and light, a place where the imagination can run wild and where she feels at home and safe.
The idea of the dream, which is now the framework of ‘Before I Wake Up’, developed at a slightly later stage.
The artwork is beautiful, how would you describe your style of illustration?
My work is all based around collage, printmaking and digital collage.
I create a large selection of textured papers and shapes using hand-made printing techniques. I will then start creating my collages by hand which I scan into the computer to manipulate them further….
I guess that you could call it a combination of digital and hand-made collage.
Whose work inspires you and why?
Inspiration comes from many different places… I tend to admire people who are brave and have gone their own way. People who have developed a unique voice and way of seeing things because of it…
There are so many... but maybe Astrid Lindgren and Tove Jansson are two very obvious and big names that come to mind when thinking about children’s books.
I have recently re-discovered the landscapes of Munch and always really like the stories of Toon Tellegen.
You’ve illustrated over 80 amazing children’s picture books do you have a favourite and why?
Many of the books are special to me in different ways and it is very hard to pick a favourite. But some books are a bit more personal than others: ‘The Memory Tree’ is special to me because I wrote it after the death of my beloved grandmother…
‘Before I Wake Up’ is special because it has been a part of me for so long. And sometimes I wonder if the little girl is me…
Do you have a special place that you write/illustrate in?
The best place to illustrate is in my studio at home …
I also write in my studio but a good place to get ideas is on long train journeys and in the bath…
Do you have any advice for budding writers/artists?
Try to stay true to yourself and find your own unique voice…
Write and create for yourself and not for others…
Be patient and persistent…
Don’t let a bad experience or rejection hold you back…
Listen to advice along the way but be aware that not all advice is good advice…
Work hard and just get on with it …
But most of all: Love what you do!
Can you sum up ‘Before I Wake Up’ in 3 words?
Dreamy, dark, atmospheric
Thanks to Britta Teckentrup for taking time out of her busy schedule for this exclusive guest author interview!
Before I Wake Up
Written and Illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
Published by Prestel
A young girl falls asleep and travels in her dreams through the sky, down to the ocean’s depths, and into a jungle. She is accompanied by a lion friend, who eases her fears, gives her confidence, and helps her explore the world around her. Along the way she meets whales, jellyfish, grizzly bears and wolves. Then it is time for the moon balloon to take the girl home to her bed, where she awakes, snuggled safely next to the lion, who returns to being a stuffed toy.
Here at Young Writers, we love Shakespeare and are excited to be a Shakespeare Week Partner for the third year running!
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust passionately believes that Shakespeare is not only for all time, but for everyone, and that having a great first experience of Shakespeare should be something every child experiences. That’s where Shakespeare Week comes in.
From the 14th – 20th March there will be performances, interactive plays, drama workshops, craft events and competitions across the UK to celebrate possibly the most famous writer to ever live. On top of this teachers and parents have the opportunity to register on the official Shakespeare Week’s website and gain access to tons of totally free educational resources to get kids excited about exploring and understanding the works of the Bard (that’s William Shakespeare to you and me.)
Visitwww.shakespeareweek.org.ukto find out what’s taking place in your area and download some fun packs to get to grips with all things Shakespeare.
Let us know how you are celebrating Shakespeare week by tweeting us@YoungWritersCW!
Are you celebrating at your school? It's really easy to get involved and you can take part in lots of different ways.
Firstly, visit www.britishscienceweek.org for activity packs, quizzes plus tons of information. There's even a handy section that will help you get started!
In celebration of British Science Week, we're running Whizz Pop Poetry competition in conjuction with our friends at Whizz Pop Bang magazine. All you need to do is write a poem up to 20 lines that is inspired by science - from space to nature and everything in-between, what will you write about?
The winning poet will have their poem published in Whizz Pop Bang magazine and will receive a free copy of the magazine that their poem features in. The winning poet will also receive a fabulous Cambridge Brainbox science kit and a selection of books.
You can find out further information about Whizz Pop Poetry here.
Let us know how you're celebrating British Science Week by giving us a tweet @YoungWritersCW!
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