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The kids already know about giants, unicorns, mermaids and dragons, but …

We all know some people are a whole lot more keen to tell their stories than others. All those big hairy mythical creatures – and even some watery ones – were eager to get into the pages of the story books…

The faun, in his woodland scene, surrounded by vines, eagerly tells his story

…but one little creature was better at listening than telling, and whilst you may not have heard of him, you have *certainly* heard of all the stories *he* knows about…

The froggicorn hides in his pool, until the ancient teller of stories comes and finds him

Here is your chance to find out about a not so well known story. Click here to unlock the secret story…

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The value of difference

Differences can be so small you barely notice you are different, or they can be world-changingly enormous. Being a boy who is prone to suddenly changing shape –and colour – and catching flies with your tongue – is pretty enormous.

At first glance, Chris Tennent’s Horace Burp stories are good, every day fun but I went from liking them to really loving them when I noticed that the little band of friends and allies who were drawn to Horace were all, in their various ways, a bit different. A small difference – a weird name perhaps, or a ‘minor’ disability – can be a fearful thing when you’re a child but if you’re lucky, you’ll find some friends who don’t want or need everyone to be exactly the same. Then, life can be transformed.

Horace’s friends and relations

To me, that’s what makes Horace Burp books not just fun, but really quite precious. That’s also why I’m very proud that we produced them in a way that as many different people as possible can enjoy them. They are an accessible, page-turning read, in a dyslexia-friendly format, with off-white paper that’s gentle on sensitive eyes, Rob Overend’s dependably interpretative illustrations really help the story along, and last but most definitely not least, they are very funny. A genuine, satisfying read.

Horace’s first adventure
Horace’s second adventure

A third book is on the way. We’ll give you a shout when it appears. In the meantime, make sure the kids you know have had a chance to read the first two!

Some good places to buy books online:

Buy Horace Burp from

Buy Lizard Boy Hero from Foyles

or if you’re in or near Hastings, please contact me to have your books delivered direct, post free.

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Bother! Trouble!! Emergency!!!

S P Moss has a family background in the RAF, and loves classic children’s adventure stories every bit as much as classic cars, planes and kids’ books so, when she won the Earlyworks Press novels for children competition back in 2011, we knew we were in for some good, old fashioned fun.

The Bother

The Bother in Burmeon excelled our hopes. We scandalised conventional booksellers by designing the book to look as grubby and just-discovered-in-the-atticky as possible, and artist Joy Chan and designer Stefan Lochmann gave us a ‘look’ that was every bit as good and bad as you would expect for a rollicking children’s adventure which would have was been published 50 years after, and several years before, it was written…

Beasts, Baddies and Bombs!

Grandpop is supposed to be dead…

…but when Billy finds a mysterious kaleidoscope engraved with a jewel-eyed tigress, he’s whisked into a world of adventures in which his pilot granddad is very much alive and kicking.

In a real life race against time, “Play Again” simply isn’t an option.

The Trouble

If however, you’re behind the past or ahead of the future, and have already had a bit of Bother, Trouble in Teutonia is just brimming with Christmas-spirited adventure. S P Moss’s second time-defying adventure kicks off in a gloriously Teutonic Christmas market with a backdrop of snowy mountains where (if you’re not very careful) you’ll meet the Beast of Ratshausen and find yourself in – well, not so much a race against time this time, as a race against space.

the Trouble in Teutonia - cover pic

And if you’ve already had some Bother and enough Trouble, time to tackle book three:

The Emergency

The Al-Eden Emergency - cover pic

Here are some good places to buy books online…

Buy The Bother in Burmeon from

Buy Trouble in Teutonia from Foyles online

Buy the Al-Eden Emergency from Troubador

Or if you’re in or near Hastings, UK please contact me to buy books post-free.

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The Key to the World Beyond The Gate

There couldn’t possibly be another Timothy’s Gate novel, could there? I mean, in the first book, Timothy found the magical world of Challenrah behind a mysterious gate in the garden of the Grey Lady pub, near where he used to live – but now, he’s moved right across the world and will never see the Grey Lady’s garden again.

Timothy's Gate book cover
Timothy’s Gate – the first adventure

He’s having interesting times in his new home of Oceania, California. He’s made friends with a girl called Angela, and they’re working on a conservation project. It’s a good life – except that a girl called Madison wants to join in, and Tim’s not too sure about that. And he keeps having these dreams, where the grass is dying, and everything’s going wrong, in that once-upon-a-time magical land he used to know.

And then, on a walk along the Californian seashore with his dog, Jasper, he sees a gate that does not seem to go anywhere. Challenrah needs him again.

Book Two – The World Beyond The Gate

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Or if you’re in or near Hastings, UK please contact me to buy your books post free.

The cover illustrations in both books are the work of Katy Jones, co-creator of the fabulous Froggicorn.

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Have *you* ever heard of the Froggicorn?

Giants, unicorns, mermaids, dragons… They’re very famous, everyone knows what they are, even though (shh!) they may not quite… exactly… er… exist.

But no-one has heard of the Froggicorn. Why is that, when the Ancient Teller of Stories thought the Froggicorn was The Loveliest Mythical Beast of them All?

I read this every day for a week in my class. It was super fun. The frog is best.

– Girl, aged 6

I liked all the monsters. The dragon is the best.

– Boy, aged 6

36 full colour pages, beautiful, intricate illustrations throughout – from fantasy artist Katy Jones

“A finalist and highly recommended
– Wishing Shelf Awards, 2016

Buy The Froggicorn from

Buy The Froggicorn from Foyles.

Or if you’re in or near Hastings, UK please contact me to have your copy delivered to your door, post free.

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Who loves Timothy’s Gate?

It’s not for scaredy-cats!

I think people of 9+ would like it more. It was slow going at first, but became very gripping. Tim seemed like he could belong in the real world. I could imagine people being like him, and whenever I look at a closed gate I do think of the story. It was a happy ending, but please write a sequel because I really want to find out what happens next.

I think that in the sequel, Tim and Angela would meet in America and would explore the new Door that is going to form.

My favourite bit was when it said ‘Tim lifted the padlock and threw it – straight at Myella’. [Mummy says ‘yes – she keeps reading this passage out to me!’]

There was a typo on page 174, 5th paragraph – it said ‘Tom’, not ‘Tim’ and at first I couldn’t understand why somebody called Tom had suddenly turned up!

By Rowan Savage, age 10

Timothy's Gate cover picA reply from Circaidy Gregory: Thanks Rowan, delighted to hear that you enjoyed the book, and it’s always useful to know which age-groups like a book best. (Rowan’s research also told us that the book works for guinea pigs, but possibly only in combination with dandelion leaves) and I promise we’ll sort out the typo before re-printing.

Author Sue Hoffmann has promised to give some thought to the idea of a sequel.

By the by, here’s something we came across on the beach the other day that made us wonder…


A mysterious gate on the beach

More about Timothy’s Gate, and how to buy your copy, at Circaidy Gregory