πŸ“š 🌬 πŸ˜ƒ Another Whirlwind Week For Whimsy Wood! πŸ˜ƒ 🌬 πŸ“š

 

The wheels of ‘Whimsy Wood’ were back on the road again last week, as I was invited to visit Townsend Barn Nursery in Poulshot, Wiltshire, to read ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’, book 7 in my Whimsy Wood children’s series.

Visiting Townsend Barn Nursery in Poulshot, Wiltshire.
Visiting Townsend Barn Nursery in Poulshot, Wiltshire.

The pre-school children certainly enjoyed meeting all the woodland folk that I brought with me and loved listening to Posie’s February adventure! They were able to take home Whimsy Wood bookmarks and information about book 8, ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’, which is due out this Saturday! πŸ˜ƒ

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Talking of which, the first hardback and paperback copies of ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’ arrived last week! I know I’m biased, but they really do look absolutely beautiful! If you’d like to pre-order a copy you can do so here :-Β http://abelapublishing.com/preorder–fearne-fairy-and-the-dandelion-clocks–book-8-in-the-whimsy-wood-series_p31235401.htm

The 1st Hardback and Paperback Copies Of Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks!
The 1st Hardback And Paperback Copies Of Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks!

I was also invited to Hamp Academy in Bridgwater, Somerset last week, to run 2 creative writing workshops for their junior pupils. We had lots of fun, creating woodland story arcs in the form of game boards. The children were then able to write a short woodland story, using their story game boards. This tied in with a woodland visit the children had been on a few days before.

Finally, I was asked to judge a children’s writing competition run by The Little Hen House in Devizes, Wiltshire and the prize-giving party was last Saturday. The entries we’d received were really wonderful; full of imagination and creativity. Huge congratulations to the winners and indeed all the children who entered. πŸ˜ƒ

Along with a treasure hunt around The Little Hen House, the children were treated to a ‘pin the beak on the chicken’ game and craft activities. Following some essential celebratory slices of cake, the children settled down to hear the first ever public reading of ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’!

I’m delighted to say that it went down a storm and the children headed home, happily carrying their party bags and prizes. Hopefully, they had wonderfully whimsical dreams that evening, of little hens getting up to mischief in Whimsy Wood with Fearne Fairy perhaps?! πŸ˜ƒ

The mention of dreams has just reminded me, that I really should be finishing off the content required for Whimsy Wood’s new website, which will go live this Sunday! So, I shall bid you farewell and wish you a wonderfully whimsical week!

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

✨ πŸ“š πŸ˜ƒ A Brand New Whimsy Wood Children’s Book Is Coming Soon! πŸ˜ƒ πŸ“š βœ¨

Yes, it’s official! The eighth Whimsy Wood children’s book, ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’, is currently going through its formatting process and will be released on Saturday March the 19th! I am tingling with excitement that this book, which I originally wrote a good 2 years ago now, will be published very soon. 😊

Now, as you may or may not know, there are 35 books in my Whimsy Wood series for 5-8 year olds and these are divided into 5 sets of 7 books. This means that ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’ is the 1st book in the 2nd set of 7 books.

Front Cover Of 'Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks'
Front Cover Of ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’

This is the 1st time that readers, young and old alike, will meet Whimsy Wood’s Fearne. I’m relieved to say that she isn’t your typical pink, sparkly and sugary-sweet fairy. She is certainly a lovely wee creature, but she has flaws just like you and I. For example, Fearne’s brilliant at flying, but she’s completely hopeless when it comes to landing!

As you may remember, every Whimsy Wood children’s book is written for a specific month in the calendar, so the flora and fauna change as you read through the series. ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’ is written for the marvellous month of March, so you’ll read about white wood anemones and yellow daffodils, amongst other things.

White Wood Anemones a Growing In Whimsy Wood
White Wood Anemones Growing In Whimsy Wood

You’ll also meet 2 new Whimsy Wood characters, ‘Bertie and Beatrice Bramble’ who are baby bunny twins. ‘Raspberry Rabbit’, the twins’ auntie, returns in this story having last featured in book 4, ‘Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party’.

Front Cover Of 'Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party'
Front Cover Of ‘Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party’

For now, I’ll leave you with one of the wonderful illustrations from ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’, by our fabulous illustrator Sarah Mauchline.

Fearne Fairy's Looking Jolly Busy In Her Woody Home! 😊
Fearne Fairy’s Looking Jolly Busy In Her Woody Home! 😊

I’ll also share with you one of the reviews that we have in already for this new ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s book :-

” The Whimsy Wood folk are timeless characters in the fashion of Potter, Milne and White. In time, The Whimsy Wood Series is likely to find its place in the lexicon of classic children’s literature.” – Readers’ Favourite, U.S.

Wishing you all a wonderfully whimsical day!

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.

✨ New Year, New Thoughts βœ¨

With the beginning of a new year, there often comes the need for change. The world of ‘Whimsy Wood’ and I are no different! With this in mind, there are a number of new and exciting things that I can tell you about, that are planned for my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series this year. 😊

The first thing being the creation of an all-singing, all-dancing ‘Whimsy Wood’ website! The second thing being the creation of some unbelievably cute ‘Whimsy Wood’ stationery, which you will be able to obtain from this whimsical website! The final thing is the creation of book 8, ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’! I wrote this March story a while ago now, so I really can’t wait to see it in all its paperback glory!

In the meantime and if you can’t possibly wait until the release of this next wonderfully whimsical book, then please check out ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’ which is now available in hardback! Thank you. 😊 http://abelapublishing.com/posie-pixie-and-the-snowstorm–book-6-in-the-whimsy-wood-series-hardback_p31232290.htm

Front cover of 'Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm'!
Front cover of ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’!

This is my 6th ‘Whimsy Wood’ book and it’s written specifically for this wintry month of January. It was awarded the ‘Story Monster Approved’ seal back in October last year and it was a tied winner (with ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’, book 7 in my series) in ‘The Royal Dragonfly’ children’s book awards at the end of this year. Not bad going really! πŸ˜ƒ

As for news from ‘Whimsy Wood’ itself, well ‘Wilma Waxwing’ has come to visit her good friend ‘Mrs Spottisdowne the sparrow’. Wilma hails from cooler climes you see and so she likes to come to ‘Whimsy Wood’ for her winter holidays. It’s actually warmer in ‘Whimsy Wood’ presently, than where she lives back home! ❄️

'Wilma Waxwing' arriving in 'Whimsy Wood' for her winter holiday! 😊
‘Wilma Waxwing’ arriving in ‘Whimsy Wood’ for her winter holiday! 😊

Also, ‘Wibble Woodlouse’ was the first of the woodland folk to spot the snowdrops flowering in ‘Whimsy Wood’! ‘Fearne Fairy’ will be pleased, as her skirts are made from snowdrop petals and her old skirt had holes in, poor fairy. Looks like she’ll now be able to make herself a new snowdrop skirt! 😊

The 1st snowdrops flowering in 'Whimsy Wood'. 😊
The first snowdrops flowering in ‘Whimsy Wood’. 😊

Well, I’m off to try and be creative elsewhere, so I shall bid you farewell and wish you a wonderfully whimsical week! πŸ˜ƒ ✨

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

πŸ“š πŸŽ„ πŸ˜ƒ It’s Going To Be A Hardback Christmas! πŸ˜ƒ πŸŽ„ πŸ“š

Along with the wonderful Christmas cards that have been arriving at our family home in the wonderful county of Wiltshire, there have also been boxes of hardbacks of my 1st 7 ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s books, arriving directly from the publisher, Abela Publishing. πŸ“š

I was absolutely delighted when Abela Publishing were keen to produce hardback copies of my woodland books for 5-8 year olds and, I know I’m biased, but they really do look and feel pretty darn fantastic! ✨ If you’d like to purchase a hardback copy of ‘Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree’ in time for Christmas, then please click on this link. Thank you. 😊 http://www.amazon.co.uk/POSIE-PIXIE-CHRISTMAS-TREE-Whimsy/dp/1910882615/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1449494997&sr=1-1&keywords=Posie+Pixie+And+The+Christmas+Tree

Hardback copy of 'Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree' πŸŽ„ ✨
Hardback copy of ‘Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree’ πŸŽ„ ✨

Now, if you’d rather try your hand at winning a copy of ‘Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree’, then The Wildlife Trusts UK (who we donate 10% of all ‘Whimsy Wood’ book sales to), are currently running a competition in their children’s magazine, ‘Wildlife Watch’, as shown below. πŸ˜‰

Competition to win 'Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree'!
Competition to win ‘Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree’!

Incase you’re not familiar with ‘Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree’, then here’s an extract for you to get you in the festive spirit:-

‘ ….That night, with Wibble curled up by her feet in the matchbox bed, Posie dreamt of a huge snow-kissed Christmas tree that filled her copper kettle house. It had beautiful red and white baubles hanging from its branches and twinkly, sparkly tinsel spiralling down from top to bottom.

By dawn the next morning, Posie was up and dressed in her purple pixie tunic, leggings and boots. She’d eaten her hot porridge with honey and drunk her nettle tea. As she was putting on her ice-blue duffle coat, Wibble scuttled into the kitchen. ….’

Well, that’s all from me for now. Christmas baking and present wrapping is calling! 🎁

Wishing you a wonderfully whimsical week. 😊

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

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✨ πŸŽ„ πŸ˜ƒ Christmas Fair Fun And Frolics! πŸ˜ƒ πŸŽ„ βœ¨

I don’t know about you, but I can certainly smell Christmas, if that is indeed possible!?! It’s almost within reach and I for one get so excited about this wonderfully jolly and cosy time of year. 😊 With this in mind, my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series and I were delighted to have a stall at Townsend Barn Nursery’s Christmas Fair this week in Poulshot Village Hall in Wiltshire. There were mini mince pies galore and mulled wine flowing for all! It was a truly splendid evening! πŸ˜ƒ

Whimsy Wood's stand at Townsend Barn Nursery's Christmas Fair πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ„
Whimsy Wood’s stand at Townsend Barn Nursery’s Christmas Fair πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ„

So that was the first of our Christmas Fairs this year and the next is this coming Tuesday (November the 17th), at Edington Farm Shop in Edington, Wiltshire. This farm shop is classed as Wiltshire’s best farm shop and rightly so, as it is really fabulous. Their Christmas Fairs are always jam-packed with music and merriment, jolly folk and beautiful, unique gifts for all, so it really is worth popping along if you’re free! πŸ˜‰ This year’s Christmas Fair at Edington Farm Shop starts at 3pm and carries on until 10pm. For more information, please see this link:- http://www.threedaggers.co.uk/events

Front Cover of 'Posie Pixie And The Copper Kettle' in hardback
Front Cover of ‘Posie Pixie And The Copper Kettle’ in hardback

Behind the scenes of ‘Whimsy Wood’, work has been progressing well on the creation of hard back versions of my 1st 7 books. We had so many requests and enquiries for hard backs, that it only seemed right to listen to demand from ‘Whimsy Wood’ fans! πŸ˜ƒ Above is the hard back of ‘Posie Pixie And The Copper Kettle’ and below is a beautiful image of Posie, as she appears in this 1st instalment from my award-winning children’s series.

Here's 'Henry Horse', feeling very grateful for Posie's help. 😊
Here’s ‘Henry Horse’, feeling very grateful for Posie’s help. 😊

If you would like to order a copy of this in time for Christmas, or you’d like further information about my series, then please click on this link, thank you:-Β http://abelapublishing.com/posie-pixie-and-the-copper-kettle–book-1-in-the-whimsy-wood-series–hardback_p31204951.htm

Front Cover Of 'Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party'
Front Cover Of ‘Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party’

Finally, our next ‘Whimsy Wood’ competition is up and running on our Facebook and Twitter sites. This competition ends at midnight tonight! (Sunday November the 15th) To enter, all you need to do is click on one of the links below and follow the simple instructions. You could be a winner of a signed copy of ‘Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party’! Good luck! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜ƒhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Whimsy-Wood-Series/476339045765043?ref=hl

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Now, as I look down on the woodland floor of the enchanting ‘Whimsy Wood’, I can see ‘Wibble Woodlouse’ scuttling off home, to the copper kettle house that she lives in with ‘Posie Pixie’. Wibble had been visiting her family who live under the large lime log in the middle of the wood, you see. She often does that on a Sunday afternoon. πŸ˜‰ ‘Skittle Spider’ is busy weaving charming cobwebs in the lower branches of an old oak tree and ‘Dr Tustle the tawny owl’ is about to leave his nest and visit ‘Raspberry Rabbit’. She hurt her paw whilst tidying up her ‘Treasure Room’ in her burrow earlier today, poor thing.

Well, that’s it from me for now. I’ll close the heavy oak doors to the magical world of ‘Whimsy Wood’ today and wish you a wonderfully whimsical week ahead. 😊

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. 😊

 

 

 

 

From Special School Visits To Fantastic Food Festivals!

As you may or may not know, we had the lovely launch of book 7, ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’, (the last book in the 1st set from my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series), at The White Horse Book Shop in Marlborough, Wiltshire on Saturday June the 27th. You’ll be delighted to know that the publisher, Abela Publishing, are still running their spectacular special offer, for all 7 ‘Whimsy Wood’ books in this 1st set, for just Β£25! Here’s the link for this awesome offer, if you missed the launch πŸ˜‰Β http://abelapublishing.com/whimsy-wood-series-set-1–7-book-special-offer_p27279552.htm

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Since then, my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series and I have been fortunate enough to be invited to visit Nursteed Primary School ( http://www.nursteed.wilts.sch.uk ) in Devizes, Wiltshire. This author visit will be on Wednesday July the 8th and I simply can’t wait to meet all the key-stage 1 children and teachers! πŸ˜ƒ I hope they enjoy the reading of book 7, ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’, during their assembly and all the woodland-based literacy activities that I shall be doing with them! I wonder if there’ll be a special ‘author’s chair’?!

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We’ve also been invited to be part of Edington Farmshop’s Summer Food Festival! (Β http://edingtonfarmshop.co.uk/events ) This will be at the farm shop in Edington, Wiltshire, from midday onwards, on both Saturday July the 11th and Sunday July the 12th. There’ll be plenty of activities, crafts and stalls for all the family, along with an array of food, drink and music to entertain you!

'Mrs Scarlet the squirrel' and 'Posie Pixie' in Whimsy Wood's 'Woodland Store' 😊
‘Mrs Scarlet the squirrel’ and ‘Posie Pixie’ in Whimsy Wood’s ‘Woodland Store’ 😊

‘Mrs Scarlet the squirrel’ and ‘Posie Pixie’ are particularly excited about this event, as they want to see if the farm shop is anything like Whimsy Wood’s wonderful ‘Woodland Store’! If you haven’t been to Edington Farmshop before, then come along to this fantastic food festival and grab yourself a signed copy of one of my award-winning ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s books from our ‘Whimsy Wood’ stall! Hope to see you there πŸ˜ƒ

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Half-way house!

Would you believe that we are almost half-way through 2015 already!?! Crazy I know, but true. During this week, there has of course been the annual D-day celebrations, but did you know that 100 years ago, the 1st publication of Beatrix Potter’s ‘Peter Rabbit’ story occurred? Not only that, but during this week back in 1934, ‘Donald Duck’ made his 1st appearance! Whilst in 1942, Anne Frank received a diary for her 13th birthday. What an amazing gift that became.

To add to these exciting past events and bringing us back to the here-and-now, the new Children’s Laureate was announced this week. Malorie Blackman’s term as the previous children’s laureate has come to a close and instead, Chris Riddell will be taking on this prestigious role.

Closer to home, in our own wonderful world of ‘Whimsy Wood’, flyers have been distributed for the launch of book 7, ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’. Journalists have been notified of this pending event at The White Horse Book Shop in Marlborough, Wiltshire, on Saturday June the 27th, from 2.30pm. Fabulous posters advertising the launch, designed specifically for this shop’s window, have arrived. All in all, I think we’re set for a toptastic event! 😊

On a more creative note, I had an awesome author visit to Knebworth Primary School in Hertfordshire this week! I was invited to spend half the day with their KS1 children. We created woodland characters, designed woodland maps and I read ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’ to them during their assembly! Apart from my own 3 children, they were the 1st children to hear this latest instalment from my ‘Whimsy Wood’ series and I’m pretty sure they thoroughly enjoyed it! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š

Signing my 'Whimsy Wood' children's books at Knebworth Primary 😊
Signing my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s books at Knebworth Primary 😊

 

Reading 'Posie Pixie And The Pancakes' to the KS1 children at Knebworth Primary 😊
Reading ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’ to the KS1 children at Knebworth Primary 😊

Not only that, but we can happily announce a competition to win signed copies of book 7, ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’ on the fabulous ‘mummascribbles’ website! Thank you heaps Lisa in advance for running this 😊 To be in with a chance to win, simply click on this link below:- Β http://mummascribbles.com/competitions/giveaway-whimsy-wood-book-7-posie-pixie-the-pancakes/

I do believe that’s all there is to mention this week in the world of ‘Whimsy Wood’, so I shall bid you a wonderfully whimsical weekend 😊

Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of the ‘Whimsy Wood’ series.

The Delightful Dawn Chorus!

The marvellous month of May usually brings with it all sorts of wonderful delights here in Whimsy Wood! The choir start practising earlier and earlier every morning, with more and more young birds trying their hand, or should I say wing, at auditioning for the Whimsy Wood’s annual ‘Dawn Chorus’ singing event!

Winona Wren singing her wee heart out in Whimsy Wood's 'Dawn Chorus' competition!
Winona Wren singing her wee heart out in Whimsy Wood’s ‘Dawn Chorus’ competition!

Then there’s the annual May Day Fair, with dancing around the maple May Pole. There’s also the Bluebell Bonnet parade, where all the Whimsy Wood folk can decorate and adapt a bluebell, to be worn by themselves in this prestigious parade! Prizes that day are for the ‘Most Imaginative Design’ and for the ‘Most Number Of Bluebells Used For One Bonnet’! Mrs Spottisdowne the sparrow (Whimsy Wood’s seamstress) and Mrs Scarlet the squirrel, who runs The Woodland Store, are usually the guest judges for the Bluebell Bonnet Parade.

Are you ready for the Bluebell Bonnet Parade in Whimsy Wood this May?!
Are you ready for the Bluebell Bonnet Parade in Whimsy Wood this May?!

 

This talk of bluebells may indeed make you think of our very own charming character, Posie Pixie, who does indeed sport a jingling, tinkling bluebell hat! She was beyond excited when we received a handmade bluebell hat in the post last week, from one of her fabulous Whimsy Wood fans! Thank you so very much for this gift! 😘

Incredible handmade replica of Posie Pixie's bluebell hat!
Incredible handmade replica of Posie Pixie’s bluebell hat!

This amazing creation has now become somewhat of a lucky mascot for my Whimsy Wood series and I. It came on its first outing to our book-signing event last Saturday, at The Madhatter Book Shop in Burford! This uniquely special store not only sells brilliant books, but fabulous hats as well, so we were in good company!! The book-signing event went swimmingly and it was wonderful to see so many new faces! Thank you all for coming πŸ˜ƒ

On that fun and frivolous note, I shall bid you a fond farewell and a slightly early wonderfully whimsical weekend! If you would care to have a look at the most recent review of my 6th ‘Whimsy Wood’ book, titled ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’, then please do click on this link below. Thank you 😊

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

https://adventureswithmonster.wordpress.com/2015/05/01/posie-pixie-and-the-snowstorm-a-whimsy-woods-review/