I have been lucky enough to have been invited to write shorts stories for some wonderful anthologies:
THE LITTLE BUNNY and OTHER ANIMAL TALES
This is a collection of Spring / Summer short stories for young children called THE LITTLE BUNNY and other stories
I wrote the the title story called, surprisingly, The Little Bunny! Other authors include Holly Webb, Malachy Doyle, Michael Broad, Elizabeth Baguley, Penny Dolan, Caroline Pitcher, Karen Wallace, Narinder Dhami and Lucy Courtenay.
Two young bunnies, Buck and Bo have to outwit Old Red Rafferty the gardener if they are going to have a feast.
Here’s an extract…
Bo the young brown bunny thumped her feet. “Hey, Old Red!” she shouted. “Catch us if you can!”
“We like being chased,” yelled her brother Buck, jumping up and down beside her. “It makes nibbling your lettuces much more fun!”
Old Red Rafferty looked up from where he was digging his vegetable patch, and let out a holler. The rabbits turned and fled. They bounded over the tops of carrots and raced down the grassy verge that ran alongside the allotment.
Old Red chased after them as fast as he could, his pink cheeks puffing and his fat belly jiggling. But, without a moment to spare, the bunnies disappeared down into their burrow. “Next time I see you nibbling my lettuces,” he bellowed, “it’ll be rabbit stew for you!”
But Buck and Bo did’t hear him. They were safe below ground with their family.
“That was fun!” said Bo. “Let’s do it again tomorrow! We’ll steer him into the nettle patch. That always makes him hopping mad!”
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A Magical Collection of Animal Tales
I wrote this winter anthology along with Holly Webb, Guy Bass, Malachy Doyle, Michael Broad, Caroline Pitcher, Elizabeth Baguley, Karen Wallace, Penny Dolan and Narinder Dhami.
I wrote the cover story, THE PENGUIN PARADE…
It’s about a young Penguin, Pip’s first Christmas and he has to take part in a parade for the local children in order to get his Christmas surprise. But poor Pip can’t keep up or march in time. While he is practising he gets lost and bumps into Santa. Santa is worried that he won’t get all his presents made for the girls and boys as one of his elves is sick. Pip volunteers to help and Santa rewards him with a tin drum. Perfect for keeping time!
You can read a short extract here…
THE PENGUIN PARADE
Pip the little penguin hopped up and down, flapping his tiny, feathery flippers. He was bursting with excitement, for in two days’ time, on Christmas morning, he and his big sister, Toots, were going to march in the Penguin Parade.
The youngest penguins march at the front,” explained Toots, “and if we march nicely, children bring us buckets of shiny, silvery, sparkly presents.”
“Ooh!” said Pip. “What sort of shiny, silvery, sparkly presents?”
“It’s a surprise,” said Mum.
“Humph,” said Pip. “Do you know, Toots?”
Toots giggled. “Of course I do. I’m older than you.”
“That’s not fair,” said Pip. “Please tell me.”
Mum shook her head. “It’s tradition,” she said. “Every young penguin gets a shiny surprise for their first Penguin Parade.”
But Pip didn’t want a surprise. He wanted to know NOW!
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CAROLINE JUSKUS BOOKS AND ANTHOLOGIES