Our author and illustrator of the week is Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre!
Our Virtual School Library author and illustrator of the week is Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre! They have created more than eight books together, and are now the acknowledged King and Queen of Children's Fiction. Their glorious reign shall continue for a thousand years.
Visit the Virtual School Library from the National Literacy Trust and the Oak National Academy to read The Legend of Kevin for FREE!
You can also watch an exclusive video with Sarah and Philip talking about their book Kevin and the Biscuit Bandit, read a Q&A and find out their recommended reads.
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Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre's recommended reads
Sarah: The Secret Time Machine and the Gherkin Switcheroo by Simone Lia
Marcus the worm and Laurence the bird are best friends, which is adorable but also awkward at the best of times, and even more tricky when Marcus tells a lie about an exciting time machine and then tries to make it work so Laurence won't be upset.
Sarah: Bunny vs Monkey by Jamie Smart
Jamie has a laugh-out-loud ridiculous sense of humour and creates the most terrific anarchic comic characters in a vivid world.
Sarah: Bad Panda by Swapna Haddow & Sheena Dempsey
A panda tries desperately hard NOT to be cute, and fails utterly... what's not to love?
Philip: Knight Sir Louis and the Dreadful Damsel by the Brothers MacLeod
One of the funniest books I’ve read for a long time, following the adventures of Knight Sir Louis and his trusty mechanical steed Sir Clunkalot as they strive to save Castle Sideways from some very silly perils. (it’s the first in a series!)
Philip: Agatha Parrot and the Floating Head by Kjartan Poskitt, illustrated by David Tazzyman
This is the first in a series, too! Agatha Parrot is a brilliant character, and so are all her school friends and teachers. (Agatha narrates all her own stories, and Kjartan Poskitt just ‘types them up neatly’)
Philip: Carry On, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse
Once when I had nothing to read to my son at bedtime I picked up this book of short stories, thinking he’d probably hate it because it was written in the olden days and full of things he wouldn’t have heard of. But he loved it, and we went on to read all the Jeeves stories. There are LOADS of them, and they are all the same: rich twit Bertie Wooster gets himself into trouble and his genius servant Jeeves gets him out of it. They’re short, beautifully written and very funny. My favourite comfort reads.
Q&A with Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre
If you could be a storybook character, who would you be?
Sarah: I would be Kevin the roly-poly flying pony because he is beautiful and magic and can still fly with his tiny wings even after eating an absolutely tremendous number of custard cream biscuits.
What is the best thing about reading?
Philip: Reading a book makes you look very busy and helps you get out of doing household chores, because reading is Vitally Important.
What is your all-time favourite book?
Sarah: Watership Down by Richard Adams. I love how it's utterly about how rabbits live, but also completely about how people work.
Philip: Lots, but The Lord of the Rings was my favourite when I was growing up, and the one that most made me want to be a writer: I loved the idea that you can make up an entire world.
What can you do to get better at reading?
Philip: Read books about things that interest you - if you can't find any, ask a librarian or bookseller to recommend one - there are bound to be some.
Sarah: Find out that you have a lot of chores to do, then suddenly books will feel Very Interesting and Preferable to Work.