😊 Bluebells And Bonnets! πŸ˜Š

I bet you’ve been wondering what the Whimsy Wood folk have been up to over the Easter holidays? Well, along with the annual Easter egg hunt that always starts and ends at The Woodland Store, there’s been a spectacular Easter bonnet parade, which was held in the bluebell patch by Mrs Bramble’s burrow!

Below, you will see the bluebell archway that was the entrance to Whimsy Wood’s Easter bonnet parade! There are bluebells dotted throughout Whimsy Wood at this time of year, but they seem to grow in abundance in this spot by Mrs Bramble’s burrow! I’m guessing it’s something to do with all the carrot peelings that she digs back into the ground around her burrow?!

Are you ready for the Bluebell Bonnet Parade in Whimsy Wood this May?!
The Entrance To Whimsy Wood’s Easter Bonnet Parade!

There was such an amazing array of beautifully decorated hats, that Mrs Spottisdowne the sparrow struggled to pick a winner for the ‘Best Bonnet’ competition. In the end, she chose Winona Wren’s violet-themed extravaganza of a hat! This creation was so big, that Winona couldn’t fly with it on her head! Instead she had to instruct a team of ants to carry it along to the Easter bonnet parade for her!

So that’s got you up to speed with what’s been happening in Whimsy Wood. As for me, well, I’ll be off visiting another primary school this week. Burbage Primary School in Wiltshire, have invited me to visit their key-stage 1 children on Thursday April the 14th. This is part of their new topic for this term, titled ‘What’s At The Bottom Of My Garden?’ I’m really looking forward to meeting them all and I’ll let you know how this author visit goes. 😊 http://www.burbageprimary.org.uk/wilts/primary/burbage

Wishing you all a wonderfully whimsical week!

Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of The Whimsy Wood Series.

‘Just January’? Surely Not!

Now nothing in life is ‘just’ anything. Sometimes you have to look hard to find a glimmer of ‘magic’ or intrigue, but it’s there waiting for you to spot it!

The month of January is no different. You may think that January is dull and dreary and that there’d be no point going for a walk, because you wouldn’t see anything interesting. Well, that’s where you’d be wrong! If you were to wander into our very own ‘Whimsy Wood’ right now, this is the first thing you’d see.

A frosty 'Whimsy Wood' in January. 😊 ❄️
A frosty ‘Whimsy Wood’ in January. 😊 ❄️

Looks rather magical don’t you think? If you carried on walking into ‘Whimsy Wood’ and kept your eyes peeled, you might still find some snowberries growing. Providing they haven’t been eaten by ‘Mrs Spottisdowne the sparrow’ or ‘Mr Bilberry the blackbird’ of course!

Frost-covered snowberries in 'Whimsy Wood'
Frost-covered snowberries in ‘Whimsy Wood’

Finally, if you kept very quiet, you might be lucky enough to spot (in the words of the marvellous Roald Dahl) the ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’! Or in the case of ‘Whimsy Wood, our very own ‘Florence Fox’! 😊

'Florence Fox' off for a sniff and a snuffle in 'Whimsy Wood'. 😊 ❄️
‘Florence Fox’ off for a sniff and a snuffle in ‘Whimsy Wood’. 😊 ❄️

If those beautiful, wintry images have tempted your literary tastebuds for a snowy story, filled with adventure that overcomes the elements and is topped off with steaming hot mugs of snowberry juice, then ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’, my 6th ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s book, may be just what you and your little ones are after! It’s now available in ebook, hardback and the usual paperback :-http://abelapublishing.com/posie-pixie-and-the-snowstorm–book-6-in-the-whimsy-wood-series-hardback_p31232290.htm

Well, I’d best get on and try to be ‘creative’ elsewhere! Wishing you all a wonderfully whimsical day. 😊 ✨

Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of The Whimsy Wood Series.

πŸ’«πŸ˜ƒβœ¨ Create, Creation, Competition! βœ¨πŸ˜ƒπŸ’«

Well, it’s been a week of creativity in the wonderful world of ‘Whimsy Wood’. 😊 I was fortunate enough to attend an authors’ masterclass last Saturday, which was run by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). This was held in the Theodore Bullfrog Pub in Charing Cross, London, and we were put through our ‘writing paces’ so-to-speak by Beverley Birch, children’s author extraordinaireΒ and editor. She is the author of ‘Rift’ and ‘Night Of The Fire Lilies’ to name just a few of her children’s books, and she’s been in children’s publishing since joining Penguin in 1975.

Needless to say, it was a really insightful course, where I learnt a lot from both Beverley and indeed the other authors attending. Writing can be quite a solitary occupation, so it’s great to unleash myself from my writing desk occasionally, and sit amongst like-minded folk. I’d probably even say that I find it therapeutic! πŸ˜ƒ I’m certainly looking forward to attending the SCBWI’s annual conference at Winchester University, on Saturday November the 21st and Sunday November the 22nd. If you would like more information regarding this cracking conference or the SCBWI, then please click on this link :-Β https://britishisles.scbwi.org

Not only have I been stretching myself in the ‘create stakes’ with the authors’ masterclass, but work has started on the creation of a ‘Whimsy Wood’ website! Oh yes, my good friends and ‘Whimsy Wood’ fans! Hopefully, by the end of this year, there’ll be an all-singing, all-dancing ‘Whimsy Wood’ website, jam-packed with inside information and ‘behind the scenes’ images. I really can’t wait! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜ƒ

Finally, this brings me on to our latest ‘Whimsy Wood’ competition! I’m sure most of you are aware that it is now half-term! There is no school-run traffic on the roads, and I for one am enjoying not having to set the alarm clock for the daily morning wrestle with my 3 children, as I jolly them through the monotonous tasks of getting dressed, having breakfast and dashing to school! What else could we possibly do to celebrate this autumnal half-term, than to run a competition?!

'Posie Pixie' off on another exciting adventure in 'Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic'!
‘Posie Pixie’ off on another exciting adventure in ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’!

This time, there are signed copies of my 3rd ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s book, ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’, up for grabs! This competition ends at midnight on Tuesday October the 27th. All you have to do is ‘like’ the ‘Whimsy Wood’ Facebook page, or follow ‘Whimsy Wood’ on Twitter and ‘like’ and ‘share’ the competition post or retweet it. Please see the relevant ‘Whimsy Wood’ Facebook and Twitter links below to enter. Good luck! πŸ˜‰Β https://www.facebook.com/pages/Whimsy-Wood-Series/476339045765043?ref=hl

https://twitter.com/WhimsyWood

If you’re not familiar with ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’, my 3rd ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s book, then please let me explain. ‘PosieΒ Pixie And The Torn Tunic’ is written for the marvellous month of October, so it’s brimming with blackberries, beech nuts and all things autumnal!Β You’ll meet some naughty ants, ‘Raspberry Rabbit’ and ‘Mrs Spottisdowne the sparrow’, along with ‘Posie Pixie’ and her best friend ‘WibbleΒ Woodlouse’ of course! If you’re looking for a delightful children’s book this autumn, then here it is! 😊

'Raspberry Rabbit' out for an afternoon hop in 'Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic'. 😊
‘Raspberry Rabbit’ out for an afternoon hop in ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’. 😊

To tempt you even more, here is a wee extract from ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’, winner of the 5 Star Readers Favourite award:-

….”Wow, Wibble!” said Posie Pixie to Wibble Woodlouse, as they wandered through Whimsy Wood one damp October afternoon. “There’s heaps of scrummy blackberries over there!” Posie said excitedly, whilst pointing to some blackberry bushes that she’d spotted by the woodland’s edge.

“Squeak, squeak, squeak-squeak,” replied Wibble, as she scuttled and rustled through the colourful autumn leaves. ……..

I wonder where ‘Wibble Woodlouse’ is off to? ‘The Woodland Store’ perhaps? Or will she go blackberry picking with Posie? I couldn’t possibly tell you of course! No, you’ll just have to read ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’ for yourself! πŸ˜ƒ

Instead, I’ll leave you with a few reviews of ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’. 😊
“Think of the best bits from Enid Blyton’s fantastical stories for very young children.” Chopsy-Baby, UK online parenting magazine.

“I love the Posie Pixie books! I really like reading about the nature in the forest and the colours that you can find there.” Freddie Lea aged 6 yrs.

“This engaging tale of the Whimsy Wood folk and their merry antics, will enchant children and transport them into the world of make-believe!” Mrs Carol Clough, Headteacher at Crockerton and Heytesbury Primary Schools, Wiltshire.

Wishing you all a wonderfully whimsical weekend,

Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of The Whimsy Wood Series. 😊

 

 

 

 

πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘»πŸ‰ Story Monsters Galore! πŸ‰πŸ‘»πŸ˜ƒ

This week, in the wonderful world of ‘Whimsy Wood’, it’s all been about the ‘Story Monster’ magazine produced by Five Star Publications. I’m thrilled to tell you that ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’, my 3rd ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s book, is listed in their ‘Reading Guide’ section for their October edition! πŸ˜ƒ Please click on the link below and scroll to p24, where you’ll find all the children’s books that are recommended as great reads for this month! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š http://www.fivestarpublications.net/storymonsters_dir/pdf/story-monsters-ink-october-2015.pdf

The fabulous front cover of 'Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic'. 😊
The fabulous front cover of ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’. 😊

For those of you who aren’t aware about my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series, (shame on you!)Β every delightfully descriptive book is written for a specific month in the calendar, so the flora and fauna within this magical wood, change as you read through the series. ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’ is of course written for the awesome month of October, so it’s brimming with blackberries and beech nuts, conkers and crabapples, to name but a few autumnal items!Β You’ll meet some naughty ants, Raspberry Rabbit and Mrs Spottisdowne the sparrow, along with Posie Pixie and her best friend Wibble Woodlouse of course! Raspberry Rabbit is up to her usual recycling antics in ‘Whimsy Wood’, while Mrs Spottisdowne helps Posie when she gets herself in a right old tangle! πŸ˜ƒ

‘Chopsy-Baby’, a UK online parenting magazine, has reviewed ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’ and their comments on my 3rd ‘Whimsy Wood’ book are:- “Think of the best bits from Enid Blyton’s fantastical stories for very young children.” So if you’re looking for an amazing autumnal read this October for 5-8 year olds, then this could be the book for you! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜ŠΒ http://abelapublishing.com/posie-pixie-and-the-torn-tunic–book-3-in-the-whimsy-wood-series_p27279806.htm

Finally, I’m jolly excited to tell you that ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’ and ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’, books 6 and 7 in my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series, have been entered into the ‘Royal Dragonfly Awards’, sponsored by Five Star Publications! These awards recognise authors in all types of literature, from children’s to adult, Β fiction to non-fiction. There are 62 categories in this prestigious competition and if you would like more information regarding the ‘Royal Dragonfly Awards’, or Five Star Publications, then please click on this link. 😊 http://www.fivestarpublications.com/bookcontest/rd_book_contest.html

Well, it’s time for me to attempt to look busy and creative elsewhere! So I’ll bid you a fond farewell and wish you a wonderfully whimsical day. πŸ˜ƒβœ¨

Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of ‘The Whimsy Wood Series’.