Groovy Stuff


Connecting Stories with the Literacy Trust

I’m honoured to be a part the National Literacy Trust‘s ‘Connecting Stories‘ campaign. This is a new programme to champion the joy of writing and reading for enjoyment with schools and communities in some of the most deprived areas of the country.

It was the livestream launch today for the communities that I will be involved in and it was a lot of fun connecting with homeschoolers from the Blackpool area. We had some great questions which allowed me to gibber away and hopefully explain why this is something so important to me.

There is plenty more happening – including a writing competition – so watch this space!


Chaos is Released!!

Shinoy and the Chaos Crew by Children's Author Chris Callaghan a 24 book series for reluctant readers

I am delighted that my new book series –

‘Shinoy and the Chaos Crew’

has been released.

There are 24 books in the series – seven of them written by the fabulous Zoë Clarke – and artwork by Amit Tayal, who has done a staggering job bringing all our craziness into life.

They have been written with young reluctant readers especially in mind, but hopefully will be enjoyed by all ages and abilities. I’ve tried to pack them with as much action, adventure and silliness that I can. They’ve been so much fun to write. More details and options to buy them are here.

Obviously … schools, teaching staff and their pupils have lots of more important things going on right now. I wish everyone strength in these coming weeks as schools only take in the children of critical workers, and carry out their lessons online. This is far from perfect, but the time will soon be here when teaching and learning can get back to normal. These books can wait until then.

Stay safe and keep using those fantastic imaginations!

Shinoy and the Chaos Crew by Children's Author Chris Callaghan a 24 book series for reluctant readers

Things are about to get Chaotic!

Shinoy and the Chaos Crew by Chris Callaghan a 24 book series for children

Absolutely delighted to be able to share news of ‘Shinoy and the Chaos Crew‘.

When Shinoy downloads the Chaos Crew app on his phone, a glitch in the system gives him the power to summon his TV heroes into his world. With the team on board, Shinoy can figure out what dastardly plans S.N.A.I.R. has come up with, and save the day. This is a series of 24 books banded for guided and independent reading, there are reading notes in the back, comprehensive teaching and assessment support and ebooks available.

Seven of these titles were written by the fabulous Zoë Clarke, who has been my editor, mentor and conscience throughout the development of this series. I could not be more honoured to have the uber-talented Amit Tayal adding his magical artwork throughout this whole series. He has produced so much amazing stuff.

This has been a genuine team effort. My hugest of thanks go to everyone at Collins Big Cat and Harper Collins, especially Holly Woolnough, for all being such champions of (controlled) chaos!

This series will be released on 4th January 2021.

There will be a dedicated ‘Shinoy and the Chaos Crew’ page on the Collins website, but until then there is an individual link here. And it is available for pre-order from all good online book sites such as Waterstones and Bookshop UK.

Let the chaos commence!!


Flattered

Thank you.

Seriously, thank you to all the lovely people who have taken the time to leave a review on Amazon. The Great Chocoplot has now received over 100 reviews and, as I publish this, has returned back into a No.1 Best Seller spot!!

It isn’t just an ego thing (honestly!), reviews really help to boost the visiblity of books, especially if they are not backed with big promotional budgets like some of the ‘top brands’. It also helps to keep the book in print and helps us authors to bargain for our other ideas to be considered by our publishers.

But please, please, please – if you can, buy your books from your local bookshops (they really need your support) or borrow from your local library. And then leave a review online. It is very much appreciated!


Stoomio

Thrilled to have been asked to answer some marvellous questions on the new(ish) and utterly fantastic Children’s Book Blog, Stoomio!

You can see my gibberish here, but please check it out because there are so many other reviews, interviews and general fun stuff on the site. I’m sure it will grow into an amazing and entertaining resource.


Number 1 Best Seller!!!!

As the writer of a chocolatey children’s story, getting an Easter Weekend #1 Bestseller in the charts is the closest I’ll get to being Cliff Richard clocking up a Christmas No 1.

I’m incredible grateful – but don’t worry, I wont start singing!

*** But please support your local book shop. They need your business now more than ever ***


Book Reading Authors

There are endless children’s authors delightfully gibbering away online at the moment (including myself!), but here’s a fantastic resource providing links to so many. There’s a lot of other fun stuff here too.

Thanks to Books For Topics for compiling this great selection and for including me and my silly book.

Check it out here. Other authors reading parts of their books include Cressida Cowell, Andy Stanton, Andy Shepherd, James Nichol and David Walliams – and many, many more …!


Generation Lockdown Writing Comp

The Generation Lockdown Writing Competition is open to young writers aged between 7 – 17. We’d love to hear about your life in lockdown. That could be a personal experience, poem or a creative story.

All the entries are judged by published authors and I’ll be looking at the 8 year olds category.

The winners will be published in a book and a special prize from Chicken House Books is on offer too! This will also raise funds for The Book Trust.

All the details are on the website. We look forward to reading your entries. So, get writing and the best of luck.


Happy Easter

Hoping everyone has a very chocolatey Easter.

In these strange days, we are all staying at home to help our amazing NHS and protect our loved ones from harm. So enjoy some chocolate, maybe read a book and be kind to each other.

You could also join me on Easter Sunday at 6pm BST where I will be summoning up my inner Jackanory (ask the grown-ups!) and reading the first chapter of The Great Chocoplot. Thanks to my lovely publishers, Chicken House, for hosting me.

It goes ‘Live’ here from 6pm. Please excuse my rubbish attempts at ‘acting’!!