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Meet Mr Tiger, Betsy and the Blue Moon with Sally Gardner

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The book cover of Mr Tiger, Betsy and the Blue Moon, by Sally Gardner

Our author of the week is Sally Gardner!

Our free book this week is Sally Gardner's Mr Tiger, Betsy and the Blue Moon, illustrated by Nick Maland. You can also watch an exclusive video with Sally to hear all about her The Tindims of Rubbish Island stories, discover Sally's top three children's books and read a Q&A!

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Sally Gardner - Author of the week

Sally Gardner's recommended reads

A Bear Called Paddington

By Michael Bond, illustrated by Peggy Fortnum


By Louis Sachar

Eight Princesses and a Magic Mirror

By Natasha Farrant, illustrated by Lydia Corry

Q&A with Sally Gardner

If you could be a storybook character who would you be?

I would be Mary Poppins so that I could get to know and help lots of different children.

What is the best thing about reading?

Books are friends. You always know they’re going to be there, they’re never going to change, they’re always waiting for you, and they’re always reliable and they’ve always got the same story to tell, which I think is very comforting.

What is your all-time favourite book?

A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond. Paddington Bear inspired me when I was struggling to read, and I think it inspires anybody really. They are delicious stories, they are beautifully written and they’re exceedingly funny. The first one had me in absolute stitches, I loved it.

What can you do to get better at reading?

I am dyslexic and often I find words become circus horses that go leaping all over my page, which isn’t very helpful when you’re trying to read. So I think audiobooks are a very good thing indeed. I love using both, so I read a bit of a book and listen to a bit of a book, and that way, lo and behold, you’ve got through quite a lot of books!