Dave Pigeon x Block Books

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I’m so proud to announce that my publisher, Faber & Faber, are supporting the very brilliant Block Books, a project working hard to get one hundred free books into the hands of young people living in socially neglected neighbourhoods in London every month. Dave Pigeon (Racer!) will be amongst the selection of books donated by Faber & Faber. Do follow …

A year in New Zealand

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It’s been a whole year since Family Haddow arrived on the shores of Aotearoa and we have had the most incredible twelve months. I can’t even begin to list all the amazing adventures we have had but needless to say, it has been a year of surfing, snowboarding, beautiful hikes and making wonderful new friendships. I keep waiting for the …

How to needle felt your very own Little Rabbit

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Alison Friend’s gorgeous illustrations of Little Rabbit in Little Rabbit’s Big Surprise got me inspired to create a plushie of the character. During my travels of New Zealand’s South Island, we stopped off at The Woolshed Canaan to enjoy some delicious ice cream and I took the opportunity to learn about needle felting. That’s right, folks! I needle felted a …

Dave Pigeon at KidsFest 2019

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Today, I was at KidsFest, in association with WORD Christchurch, at the beautiful Tūranga in Christchurch where I got to introduce an audience to my terrible but financially rewarding habit of telling tales. We had a game of Guess Which Statement Was One of Swapna Haddow’s Many Many Outrageous Lies and then I got to meet with twenty-two budding young …

It’s time to Return to Wonderland

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It’s publication day for Return To Wonderland! Fall down the rabbit hole and return to where it all began with this brand new selection of stories. I’m so proud to have my story ‘The Missing Book‘ in this stunning collection, illustrated by Laura Barrett. I hope you all enjoy!

Return to Wonderland on 27th June…

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Just three more sleeps until the Return To Wonderland anthology, illustrated by Laura Barrett, is officially out. I’m so chuffed to have been part of this gorgeous collection of stories alongside some of today’s biggest children’s authors including Robin Stevens, Pamela Butchart, Patrice Lawrence, Maz Evans, Lisa Thompson, Amy Wilson, Lauren St John and Piers Torday. My story, ‘The Missing …

Dave Pigeon at Queenspark School

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Today, I visited years 3, 4, 5 and 6 at Queenspark School as part of their Book Week celebrations. We had a blast talking about imagination and creativity and giving Mean Cat the stories she never had in the Dave Pigeon series. Mean Cat got to meet donkeys, toilets, ponies, a meaner cat and a whole lot of poop. Thank …

The Dave Pigeon (Royal Coo!) Launch Party

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Hurray hurray! The very brilliant Zac and my Patron of Reading school, Halswell School, hosted the Kiwi launch of Dave Pigeon (Royal Coo!) on Tuesday evening. Thank you very much to everyone who came along to celebrate and for those who didn’t manage to make it, here are some pictures from a most pigeontastic evening: