Monday 9 January 2017


Hello everyone, and happy Monday! I hope everyone had a magical weekend of relaxing with your loved ones and reading lots <3

Today I am super stoked to be participating in a blog tour for Little Tiger Press... to celebrate the release of their two fantastic children's books St Grizzles School for Girls, Goats and Random Boys and Beaky Malone: Worst Ever School Trip! For this blog tour each blogger was assigned either of the books, and I was delighted to find out I had been given St Grizzles

St Grizzles School for Girls, Goats and Random Boys follows Dani as she is dumped in St Grizelda’s School for Girls while her mum goes to the Antarctic to research penguin bums. However, it's not the strict institution she expected it to be... in fact, this is the total opposite of what she imagined! The events that follow are crazy, wild and unpredictable. But what kind of adventures will be found along the way?!

Intrigued? Here's the blurb to find out more...

Hi I'm Dani and my mum loves penguins’ bums more than me. Otherwise she’d never dump me in some stuffy old school while she heads off to the Antarctic.

And it gets worse. When we arrive at St Grizelda’s School for Girls, the school’s had a drastic makeover. Gone are the uniforms, the rules and ... er, most of the pupils and staff.

In their place is TOTAL CHAOS.

We’re greeted by a bunch of stampeding eight-year-olds, a head-butting goat and a crazy head teacher wearing a plastic-spoon crown...

Somebody get me OUT of here!

For my spot on the tour today I will be sharing with you some character profiles from the book, just to whet your appetite for when you come to read the book (trust me, you should!)

Hope you enjoy :)

Name: Dani Dexter
Age: 11
Best friend: Arch. He is a numpty but he is MY numpty.
Pet: Downboy, my box-a-poo. #arf #arf
My talent is: Directing mini-movies with Arch, starring all our random ex-toys. One day we will win a fancy film award at the Oscars! (We’ll have to make a VERY small suit and bow tie for our star actor, the Tyrannosaurus Rex.)
Something no-one knows about me: I am allergic to skirts; they make me go all snarky. 

Name: Arch Kaminski
Age: 11
Best friend: Dani Dexter.
Pet: I’m not allowed one cos my parents are allergic to having any.
My talent is: Doing voiceovers for the ex-toys in the mini-movies me and Dani make. You should hear me doing Clio the Beanie Boo as Elsa, singing ‘Let It Go’.
Something no-one knows about me: I have a photo of me and Dani Blu-tacked inside my sock drawer. But don’t tell her or she’ll think I like her in a smushy sort of way, or moan about her face being so close to my socks or something. 

Name: Granny Viv
Age: 18-ish-ish. OK, 66. Satisfied?
Best friend: Eric. He is a semi-retired mechanic by day and sings punk songs in pubs and clubs at the weekend.
Pet: I am Downboy’s part-time doggy walker/human cushion.
My talent is: I can do the splits, but not when I’m wearing my skinny jeans. *RRRIPP!!*
Something no-one knows about me: Back in the 1970s, I was nearly the singer in Eric’s punk band, but got sacked for having too nice a voice. They wanted someone more shouty.

Name: Lulu (Ms Louise Murphy, Headteacher, St Grizelda’s)
Age: 39
Best friend: My twins Swan and Zed, everyone at St Grizelda’s, the universe.
Pet: I found Twinkle the goat and Toshio the Japanese student as strays in the same week. No-one claimed Twinkle, so she became our school mascot. Toshio decided backpacking around the UK wasn’t for him since he kept getting lost, so instead, he’s spending his gap year being our temporary receptionist, in exchange for English lessons. He’s getting very good at answering the phone. He just needs to work on figuring out what the callers are saying to him.
My talent is: Nurturing students, looking at education in a fresh and highly-creative, non-pressured environment. Oh, and I can touch my nose with my tongue.
Something no-one knows about me: I got the idea for the new direction at St Grizelda’s after I took Swan and Zed to India and I observed  a monkey colony outside our beachside hut. They were so free, having such fun and yet being very caring of one another. Swan said they were just eating each other’s nits, but still.

Name: Swan Chen-Murphy
Age: 11
My best friend is: My twin brother Zed, but don’t tell him, or he’ll expect me to be nice to him.
Pet: Twinkle the goat, though she’s officially the school mascot. So I suppose all the girls in the Newts class would be a better answer.
My talent is: Painting birds. Okay, I mean I like to DO paintings OF birds. (Actually painting birds would be cruel. And dumb.)  
Something no-one knows about me: I could tell you my middle name, but then I’d have to kill you.

Name: Zed Chen-Murphy
Age: 11
My best friend is: My twin sister Swan. (Not really; it’s Twinkle. I just said Swan cos I thought she’d get grumpy if I chose a goat over her.)
Pet: See above. 
My talent is: Doing excellent wheelies in my chair.
Something no-one knows about me: Ha! I know something about Swan that she doesn’t want anyone to know. Her middle name is– OUCH! That hurt, Swan!! 

Name: Blossom Stogdon-Culbert
Age: 8
Best friend: Everyone at St Grizzle’s is my best friend. Well, maybe not Mrs Hedges, who does the cooking and stuff. She doesn’t like noise, mess or children. And since I am a kid and noisy and messy, I think she might like me less than the snail family she found oozing around the tins of beans in the kitchen cupboard yesterday. Yes, I put them there – it was a bit chilly in the garden and I thought they’d be cosier inside.  
Pet: Something is growing out of the pizza slice I hid in a box under my bed and forgot about. Does that count?
My talent is: Roaring. RAAARRGHHH!! 
Something no-one knows about me: I am quite shy. Not really – RAAARRGHHH!! 

I hope you guys enjoyed this spot on the blog tour! Make sure you catch everyone else's posts :)

Buy St Grizzles School for Girls, Goats and Random Boys here

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Until next time :)

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