Save the date: It’s the Dave Pigeon (Royal Coo!) launch party!

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I’m so proud that Dave Pigeon (Royal Coo!) is flying free and will soon be arriving on the shores of Aotearoa in May. To celebrate, you are invited to a right royal shindig here in Christchurch, New Zealand. There will be crafts, drinks, nibbles and a book signing. Please do bring your family and friends along for lots of Dave …

Summer Holidays in January

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Earlier this week we returned from an amazing trip to the north of the South Island. We had a wonderful first Christmas here in New Zealand and with January now being the summer that meant SUMMER HOLIDAYS! We travelled up to the gorgeous and peaceful Nelson Lakes… And then on to Golden Bay where we camped at Pohara Beach. The …

The Books of My Childhood: an essay for The Sapling

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I’m so proud to have written a piece for The Sapling, a brilliant online zine which focuses on conversations about children’s books for those who love children’s books. My essay started as a piece about funny books but took a different direction as I looked at the books that shaped me as a writer. Do have a read of Swapna …

Dave Pigeon roosting on shelves in New Zealand

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Dave Pigeon’s been making himself right at home here in Christchurch. So far, he’s joined the library shelves… Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre library … He was spotted at a local bookshop by brilliant school librarian, Zac… PaperPlus in Hornby … And pigeontastic children’s book blogger Bob Docherty has given Dave Pigeon two dazzling reviews! I think Dave is loving the Kiwi …

New Zealand: one month in

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We are back from our mini-tour of the South Island and here is a Halfway Round the World with the Haddows update on how we are doing. The three flights were long but with an excellent selection of movies, a never-ending supply of in-flight cookies and only one mad dash between two airports to make our final flight, we arrived …