As Custodian of The Charlie Small Journals, imagine how delighted I was to discover that his young cousin, Alfie, has been having adventures of his own. They are every bit as exciting as Charlie’s, and they are ALL TRUE!
My job was to sort through the notes and sketches Alfie had hurriedly
made on his swash-buckling voyages and turn them into full-colour, easy
to read books. I had a huge amount of fun doing it!
Alfie Small is a young explorer who discovers a special place at the
bottom of the garden, behind the shed and through the long weeds, that
leads him on incredible journeys of excitement and danger. Two of his
escapades have just been published, and more are coming in the summer!
In the first book, Pirates And Dragons,
Alfie is rescued from the ocean’s depths by a friendly Sea Serpent; he
fights a despicable old pirate in hand-to-hand combat and becomes
captain of a band of unruly brigands. Here is Captain Bonedust, the
terrifying old pirate Alfie encounters on a desert island:
The second book, Ug And The Dinosaurs,
sees Alfie attacked by a terrible T. Rex, befriended by a stone-age girl
and captured by a tribe of pea-brained ogres.
But, however dangerous or incredible the
adventure, Alfie always manages to get back home in time for his tea!
Here, Alfie’s hot air balloon is swept inside the grinning mouth of an
ogre-shaped cloud that propels him into another, crazy world:
I hope Alfie Small is pleased with how I’ve turned his sketches into
full, bone-crunching colour illustrations and, with the help of reading
consultant Prue Goodwin, his notes into terrifically exciting stories
that are dead easy reads for all young adventurers!
So, keep your eyes peeled for these adventure-filled stories and, if you
like the sound of them, why not visit the website of his older cousin
who is an eight-year-old boy who has lived for four hundred years.
Don’t believe it? I can assure you, everything in his and Alfie’s
journals is true!