Monthly Archives: June 2014

Half way through…

Phew – well today’s Story Adventure Speedy Story almost made the posting time of 6pm – but actually ended up making it out at 6.19 which was ALL MY FAULT!

It’s not entirely my fault – actually, the children suggested such wild and varied things it was A BIT OF A CHALLENGE to get it done in time.

We had robots, the Cold War, the battle of Hastings, mediaeval peasants, the future, the past – and a whole bunch of character suggestions.

You’ll be able to read the whole book by the end of the week – but there are still opportunities to contribute – join up here The Story Adventure

Speedy, teeny tiny Story Adventure

To mark Children’s Book Week next week (I know it’s Independent booksellers too, but they aren’t mutually exclusive) – we’re running a teeny tiny , super speedy story adventure, based on a single episode from the Yoghurt Plot.

If you have any children who might like to join the story adventure, but can’t do week after week, then this is for them. The book at the end will be totally FREE and downloadable.  So do sign up. 

 

Here’s a taster….

 

Chapter 1

 It was entirely by accident.  I didn’t mean to do it.

It was six o’clock. I opened the fridge, and took out a yoghurt.  It was in a glass jar, it had a paper lid, I should have stopped right then, but I was hungry…

That’s all I’m going to give you – you’ll have to go over to the Story Adventure to find out more – but I can tell you that  it will feature Bugg, Dilan and Lorna on another adventure –  with more time travel, more yoghurt – and maybe more gerbils?

 

The Yoghurt Plot – Fleur Hitchcock Q&A

Here is Jake’s lovely interview that we did – a small exploration of sci-fi and seaside towns.

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‘Even if Einstein thought it was theoretically possible to travel in time, he never proved it, and if all the minds at the great universities haven’t managed to do it yet, then the likelihood of a 1920’s bungalow managing to invent a time machine, unaided, is very, very small. Time travel is far too complicated and unlikely to have been invented by a fridge.’

The Yoghurt Plot is just my sort of book. It features time travel, the seaside, a pain-in-the neck child called Lorna and a lot of yoghurt. Fleur Hitchcock has written a run of funny stories in the mode of classic children’s books from the 60s-80s (tailor made for Jackanory), told with an outlandish sci-fi twist. I asked her some questions.

Why use a fridge with time travel inducing yoghurt as your time machine?

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