When I’m not theatre making I write stories for children. In 2015 I wrote and published my first children’s picture book Molly’s Marvellous Moustache. Read my guest blog for picture book blogger ReadItDaddy
Molly’s Marvellous Moustache
‘I want a moustache, said Molly, like the grown ups’
Molly wants to be just like the grown ups. With her moustache she can go anywhere and build anything. But if being a grown up means eating olives it might not quite so much fun after all…
Molly’s Marvellous Moustache is a picture book for 2-6 year olds. A story about fast forwarding to grownup-dom. The possibilities and the pitfalls. And ultimately the realisation that the adult world of moustaches, telephones, and spicy spicy sauce can wait because being just Molly is just marvellous!
Molly Marvellous Moustache is illustrated by the fabulous Talya Baldwin
“The writing is lovely as it’s very much in the style of how a young child might speak so you feel like you are gradually getting to know Molly” Book Monster
“This is a lovely book which I really enjoyed sharing with my girls and talking to them about all their dreams when they grow up, they were both enchanted by the story.” Book Lover Jo
In 2016 I adapted Molly’s Marvellous Moustache for the stage. The show toured nationally with Fidget Theatre.
Imagine how it would feel to climb inside someone else and walk around for a day. Imagine if that someone was a MONSTER.
When a monster appears at Martha’s school everyone is in a spin. Those monster feet! That stick out monster hair! He’s such a… Monster! But, thinks Martha, maybe Monster isn’t so different after all.
Starting life as a picture book MONSTER is now on it’s way to becoming a chapter book for 7-11 year olds, about fitting in and finding friendship.
‘Stanley Button is bright as a button. As bright as bright can be. Stanley loves stories. One day, says Stanley, he will write a real book. One day.’
Stanley Button is a picture book for 4-8 year olds. The story of a boy spending Saturday mornings with his elderly Grandpa. Grandpa can’t communicate as he did once upon a time but 7 year old Stanley doesn’t need words to understand. Holding Grandpa’s hand he can go anywhere. But when Grandpa gets tired it’s up to Stanley to seize the day.
‘Sometimes, thinks Stanley, one day must be today’
Stanley Button is currently in search of an illustrator
MMM images used by kind permission of Talya BaldwinFollow @heatonsltd