Read any good children’s books recently? Stuck for ideas?  Well, this week is your big chance to hop around the world in search of good reads for kids.  You may even win copies, too!   Children’s Book Week is a celebration of the best books for children. 

Every day this week I’ll be posting here, talking about my books, my characters and other books that inspired me.   There will also be some extra activities and on every post there will be a link to my Giveaway.  You can enter some of the options every day you visit.

Victor – a guinea pig of many talents

All the characters in my books, The Princelings of the East and the rest of the series, are guinea pigs.  They have a complex world, live in castles and other communities and have work, school and all the usual things ‘people’ do. They are based on my real guinea pigs, the first of whom were Fred and George, then came Victor and Hugo, who I took home through a snowstorm.

Victor celbrates his second birthday with Hugo (the candles are only there for the picture)
Victor celebrates his second birthday with Hugo (the candles are only there for the picture)

Victor is the youngest out of my original four guinea pigs, and so he became the youngster in the books.  In the Princelings trilogy he is in his teens, but very responsible and able to look after the Inn when his dad has disappeared.  In Traveler he turns up as a young kid, “a bundle of flying fur and legs”.  He’s full of enthusiasm, but has a tendency to live in a world of his own – two characteristics that the fictional Victor absolutely shares with the real one!  In future books he will turn up again, as a business guru, having passed all his exams and got his Masters in Business Administration.  What I wanted is for Victor to be seen to be clever, and to be able to travel round to other castles and find out more about them.  That couldn’t happen if he stayed at the Inn, even if he was running it.

Fred and Victor in the tent in the garden
Fred and Victor in the tent in the garden

Things to do

Have you ever made a list of all the different things you can do?  Why not do one now.  And see if you have as many talents as Victor.  I bet you can beat him!

Enter my Giveaway

KL Giveaway

Thanks to Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews I’m taking part in a worldwide promotion, the Kid Lit Giveaway Hop. My Giveaway is part of that.

The prizes are:

  • one copy of the Princelings Trilogy (paperback) to a winner in the EU (plus Norway and Switzerland)
  • a bundle of the first three ebooks (as pictured) for a winner elsewhere in the world.
  • one copy of my latest ebook The Talent Seekers (or another of the series if preferred) to a winner (worldwide)

It’s open now and it will close at midnight 19th May (New York time). Click the Kid Lit Giveaway button above to enter – and you can enter every day!

Even more – you can go to other blogs with more books and competitions! Let’s go hopping…

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Children’s Book Week Day 5
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