I thought it timely to say that several copies of this great book are still available and to recap on what a good team effort we put into creating this lovely book.
This is a great collaborative collection of short stories, poems and a novella for children aged 8 to 12 to enjoy. Bought out by the The Ten Penners whose original book ‘Shock, Horror, Gasp’ was released in 2004. This edition came out in 2009.
‘Petal’ the dragon makes Hannah Elizabeth’s life much more interesting when he arrives in her life straight out of her picture book. With ‘Petal The Hungry Dragon’ taking other adventures to the Snow, to school and meeting the Easter Bunny. These stories are full of hilarity by the humble and happy Jill Ford.
‘Grandma J’ proves that being old can be an advantage to being a sleuth, no one really notices you. This great novella by Yvette Coutts scattered with her original sketches.
‘The Big Squeeze’ gets into the world of cheerleaders and their friendships, planning and creative ways of fundraising. Lorraine Blomberg wrote this great story, as well as painting the cover design for the book. She also added a brilliant poem Tree of Trolls, which she also illustrated.
‘Scared to Life’, a journey through a fun park that was not so funny and very scary for a young brother and sister. ‘The Enchanted Dolls House’ is a delightful story of a very special gift, and ‘Mrs Mulligrubs Investigates’ a poem all by Maria O’Donnell.
Several stories by Lindy Standage include ‘Aliens In the Park’, ‘The Night Before Christmas’, ‘A tale’, ‘Halloween trip’, ‘More Adventuring’ and ‘Hope’. You may never look at hairy spiders the same way again after reading Efangs tale.
‘Wart Boy!’, ‘Snot Cream Pie’ and ‘Spook Sleuths II’ are stories from the group co-ordinators Marion Martineer’s pen. Being a bully can have some sweet tasting consequences.
‘Black Cats Bullies and Boils’ a novella, Kylie has just turned 12 and instead being an ordinary girl she finds out she’s a witch. ‘Zelda the Witch’ is a poem, and ‘The Princess and the Tramp’ is a fairy tale with a twist, all by the enchanting Kate Pepper (now Russell).
Then there are contributions by my own hand, ‘Magical Musical Mervin’, ‘Horrible Hilda’ who had one big rainy day to get through, ‘The Toothpaste King’ how can young TC help his father the King? ‘The Night Witch’ would Jayne and Matthew escape Dreamland? ‘Goblins in the Grounds’ Bree is having a real bad day at school, when she bumps into a boy called Eric, it gets worse.
Feedback by children who have read this book is very positive, with children of many ages from 6 to 12 reading and enjoying these stories.