Wednesday, 12 May 2010

One of the best children's books ever. . .

I had a lovely surprise this morning. I received a message from my fellow Bloomsbury author, Mary Hooper, telling me that I had been included in a list of the 'best children's books ever' in the Guardian newspaper here in the UK.

I couldn't quite believe this could be true, but I rushed downstairs and opened the paper, and she was absolutely right. There was Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror in the 8-12 section. I'm not sure what I make of being among such company as and Tom's Midnight Garden or The Phantom Tollbooth - both books that are really in a class of their own - but it was certainly exciting to see my work even considered worthy to be set alongside books like that.


  1. Congratulations-- I will need to read "Tales of Terror"-- so this is in the 8-12 section- does that make it a middle grade novel?

    Anyway, well done!

  2. Well, it is though, isn't it?

  3. Thanks for that. Middle grade? You've got me there. These age-range things are a little weird I always think. I certainly don't set an upper age limit for my books. I just write them the best I can!

  4. Oli - you are very kind. And I really appreciate it.

  5. Hi Chris!
    I'm the one who translated Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror into Italian and well, congratulations!

  6. Thanks! Great to hear from you. I hope the Italian version is successful and then I might get invited over. I'll buy you a coffee if I do!

  7. Congratulations! I think your modesty is misplaced: I think Tales of Terror is fantastic book and is one of the best I've read in ages. It's one of those very rare books that I can read and reread with kids at school and never tire of, mainly because of the expressions on the kids' faces! And I'm definitely out of the 8-12 age range. A richly deserved accolade. Well done!

  8. Thanks Leroy. Obviously I'm very proud of my books. It just feels weird being listed with books I admire so much. It actually means as much to me to hear that you can make them work so well with children. That's what it's all about after all.

  9. actually, i live in Paris now. so, if your book is translated into French and you're invited, I may pay you a glass of red wine ;)

  10. I don't have a French publisher yet Chiara - but when I do, we'll definitely have that glass of wine.

  11. Hi Chris ,
    It's Libby again!
    I hope liked my last letter I remembered to include the drawings this time . I hope you liked Sid my cat, he now lives with Vicky (my Aunty) we could not bring him to Australia. We now have two new ones Pebble she is stripey and a black one called Slinky only his tummy is too fat to do much slinking about hehe!
    I love my new school.
    I have won a spot in the gifted and talented gats camp,one of the teachers entered me for visual arts.
    I just can't wait for the new book,The dead of winter to come out!
    I'm so excited hehe.
    hope you are having a good summer it is winter over here but ts not even cold.
    My friend is coming to see me i January,I'am so excited.
    hope to hear from you soon libbyx

  12. Lovely to hear from you Libby and I'm so pleased that your move to Australia was a good one. Well done for getting a spot at the gifted and talented camp. I thought your drawing of Sid the cat was excellent and I'm glad that your talent has been noticed. Good luck with everything and keep up the drawing!