Updated September 2017
*4.5 Stars* “A superbly written, magical adventure. Highly recommended!” Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards panel reviewer
I’m delighted to announce that my latest illustrated children’s book, Walter Brown and the Magician’s Hat, for ages 7-9+ was a Red Ribbon Winner in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2016 (judged by school children and their teachers in 2016, with winners announced in Spring 2017). You can order in print or as an eBook using the online links at the end of the page or in print through your local bookshop.
The making of Walter Brown…
With over 30 interior illustrations to brief and then lay out there was a lot of fine tuning to do once the manuscript was finalised. Once again my illustrator, Damir Kundalic, came up trumps with his images – and once again we worked online between London and rural Bosnia to bring the story to life visually. An indie author’s life is never dull 🙂
I garnered feedback from both beta readers experienced in children’s books and 11 school children in the development of Walter’s story – and worked with a professional children’s book editor for the final draft. My huge thanks go out to all of them.
Walter Brown and the Magician’s Hat – the blurb
A sneak peek at Chapter One
Free chapters of The Secret Lake and Eeek! The Runaway Alien
At the end of Walter Brown I’ve included the first two chapters of The Secret Lake (bought and enjoyed by over 7,000 readers) and Eeek! The Runaway Alien (still a firm favourite at school visits – including with reluctant readers). I’m hoping this will tempt young readers to try out my other books if they’ve not done so already – follow the links below to Amazon to read the synopses and check out the reviews.
Read chapter one of Walter Brown and the Magician’s Hat
Tip: click on the diagonal arrow to open in fully screen – magic!
Where to order Walter Brown and the Magician’s Hat
You can order Walter Brown and the Magician’s Hat using the links below or through your local bookshop.
Why I changed the Walter Brown book cover
Feedback from the award was fantastic — the children and teachers loved the fast-paced plot, the characters and pace. However they were less keen on the purple cover, which they felt didn’t do the book justice and looked (possibly) a little bland. I am thrilled with the new version above. If you’d like to see the previous cover and grab yourself a signed limited edition of it while stocks last drop me an email or go to the signed orders page here.