Welcome to Caroline Pitcher's web-site.

A HUGE thank you to Charlotte Hayward and her class from St Louis Catholic Primary School in Frome, Somerset! They have sent me their wonderful responses to Lord of the Forest. There are setting descriptions, diary entries and even a letter from Tiger to his Mum. I've enjoyed reading your delightful writing, Year 2, so thank you again, from Caroline x.

I have been blogging!

CLPE Lord of the Forest Blog

The new supersize Lord of the Forest was published by Graffeg on September 15th

'Beautifully produced in a large format, this fable, richly imagined in both the lyrical words of the text and the stunning, large scale watercolour illustrations, is a book to treasure.'
Julia Eccleshare M.B.E Read the full review in Love Reading

'This book is so beautiful, it is impossible to do it full justice here. Caroline Pitcher’s lyrical text is a rich texture of descriptions and figurative language, her use of metaphors, alliteration and onomatopoeia weaving the mesmerising rhythms of nature into the story: ‘the grass growing’, ‘the shudder of branches’, ‘the curling of Chameleon’s tongue’; crabs creep, fish flip, Tiger’s paws are ‘scimitar claws’...Ultimately, Lord of the Forest is a uniquely beautiful picture book to be read, looked at, enjoyed and contemplated by a universal audience and one which I strongly recommend..' Reviewed by Barbara Valentini in Best Books for Schools

'Elegance and humility reign both in Caroline Pitcher’s lyrical telling and Jackie Morris’s awesome art. Jackie’s stunning watercolours immediately breath life into the creatures she portrays: the dignity and grace of the tiger in particular is palpable, while Caroline Pitcher’s poetic narrative truly transports us to the forest habitat with its magnificent sights and mellifluous sounds. This enlarged edition of a book first published 18 years ago seems even more beautiful than the original. Sheer joy to read aloud, it’s one to add to family bookshelves and classroom collections.'
Reviewed by Jill Bennett in Red Reading Hub

Graffeg partners with Wild Cats Conservation Alliance

We're so excited to announce our new partnership with Wild Cats Conservation Alliance. With every purchase of Lord of the Forest or Arglwydd y Fforest (Welsh edition translated by Mererid Hopwood) on our website using the code 'WildCats' we will donate £4 to this charity.

WildCats Conservation Alliance is an initiative of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation (DWF) channeling public and zoo support for wild tiger and Amur leopard conservation projects. To date, WildCats has mobilised over £4m in support of 103 monitoring, protection, conflict resolution, firefighting and awareness-raising projects.

Currently, WildCats supports projects in 5 tiger range countries within Asia. It works with implementing partners whose projects are regularly, independently, reviewed providing supporters with the confidence that their money is being used effectively.

'For something genuinely awe-inspiring, try Lord of the Forest.......this unforgettable story about a tiger could stop even the stroppiest of infants in their tracks.'
(Nicholas Tucker in The Independent)
'I defy anybody's head not to turn at this magnificent picture book.'
(Emma Shaw in the Derby Evening Telegraph)
'Caroline Pitcher's language is as measured as a tiger's footfall......repetition, alliteration, and rhyme hidden in the prose all contribute to the "tigerliness" when reading aloud......Jackie Morris's drawing is skilful and accurate'
(INIS - Children's Books Ireland)
'The best animal picture book of the season is Lord of the Forest...... Ms Morris's illustrations are lavish and painterly, and the story—who exactly is the king of the jungle?—holds the reader in suspense until the very last page.'
(The Economist)

'beautiful watercolours distinguish this quiet story about grace, humility and identity'
(Kirkus Review)

This illustration from Lord of the Forest has been auctioned on eBay. The painting, together with a signed hardback copy of the book sold for £620.00. The money all goes to help 21st Century Tiger. Thank you, everyone!

Cubs in water

Annie, a primary school teacher in North Devon, wrote "The Year 2s in my class were completely hooked by the story (of Lord of The Forest) and literally gasped several times at the incredible language.
I have never seen a book engage and inspire a class to the extent that this one has."
Annie sent me 11 examples of the childrens' own versions using different animals and they were excellent!! Thank you, Annie and her class.

There's a new Winter Dragon coming on October 11th, published by Graffeg.

Winter Dragon

These Little Owls DO get around - now there is a Russian One!


At the moment I am writing a novel for adults and a novel for children and guess what?
They both happen in Crete.

I have reviewed The North Water by Ian McGuire for
WRITERS REVIEW. Take a look at this site, or follow it on twitter @WritersReview.
There are some good things here, recommendations by published writers.

I was happy to hear from Irina in Romania who tells me her son enjoyed reading The Shaman Boy .
I didn't even know there was a Romanian edition of The Shaman Boy. Apparently there is a Romanian edition of 11 O'Clock Chocolate Cake too.
Irina says "please write more books. Children love your wonderful stories" Thank You Irina.

Remembering some fun gigs with Berlie Doherty at Eyam Hall, and visits to lovely schools.

"Thank you from all of us at Griffe Field for your wonderful, inspiring visit to our school"

"Just wanted to say what a great day yesterday was. Thank you for engaging and inspiring our children so well. All the teachers that were in the sessions in the morning and the storytelling in the afternoon commented on how excited the children were. Thanks again",
Sam Taylor Head of Physical Education Smith's Wood Primary Academy

Some of my short stories can now be bought as e-books from
Cut a Long Story Short the writers publishing community.
There are lots of good stories for grown-ups too.

Here we were at W.H.Smiths, Fargate, Sheffield. Thanks, Mick!

Caroline in Smiths
And an extra Thank You! to Isobel for reviewing
New Choclate Cake
Egmont MineNew Mine

the updated edition of
11 o'Clock Chocolate Cake.
published by Cybermouse
the updated edition of Mine, again published by Cybermouse, with artwork by Emma J Graham.
(Times 'Top Teen Book')

'What a joy to read! A great book for teenage girls, that had me constantly laughing aloud..... Sadness, tears, joy, depression and anger all take turns to feature. The layout is rather unusual....... the nicknames are very funny...... I loved this book, and read it in three days....... It's like an older version of a Jacqueline Wilson story, but with a few added twists, that keep you guessing until the end.'  (a young reviewer in Education Otherwise)

'...a delicious slice of teenage life. Readers will be engaged at once..... Great stuff.' (Adèle Geras in Times Educational Supplement)

This is a real giggle about the most important things in life - friendship and food!'  (Mizz)


'an unusually moving story of a girl unwillingly tuned into lamenting voices from thr past ...remarkable' (The Times)

'Fine poetic writing, a moving, ambitious book.' Berlie Doherty, choosing Mine in 'I wish I'd writen... (Books for Keeps)
Click here to read more rave reviews

I was delighted to hear that Ticknall Book Group are reading Ann Atkinson's anthology, From Matlock to Mamelodi.
Ann was a gifted poet. She was Derbyshire Poet Laureate and I especially love her Derbyshire poems.
I'm also happy that they're reading my poem Wanted from the Anthology. It's a young man's response to an advertisement in the Derby Mercury 1781 for work in Arkwright's Mill.

'Watch & Wait' is an anthology of short fiction donated to the Lymphoma Association by Cybermouse Multimedia Ltd & a host of celebrated authors.

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Tiny Tiger is with us
`As we’ve come to expect from Caroline Pitcher’s magical picture books, this is a superlative story, beautifully unfolded, at a pace that suits young children. ‘Lord of the Forest’ is a feast for the ears and eyes, and could be described as a poem in honour of tigers, with a wonderfully spare and lyrical text, powerfully illustrated by Jackie Morris. Highly recommended for children aged 6+ '
Pauline Chandler reviewing for An Awfully Big Blog Adventure

It was delightful to hear Time for Bed, Little One my fox story with charming illustrations by Tina MacNaughton on CBeebies.
It was read by Corrie's own Charlie Condou on Saturday 22nd March at 18.50

Foyles are an efficient and reasonable firm who will send you books and pay their taxes.
But if you are anywhere near Cromford visit Scarthin Books.

Meet the Littlest Owl, his mum and the other owlets, and the Winter Dragon.
Jo at Aringoroses made these puppets specially for my writer visits.
And my friend Susie Carr made Tiger, from Lord of the Forest.
Here we all are
All by myself
Here comes Mum
Can I light that fire?
That's my world
Who is the Lord of the Forest?<

11 o'Clock Chocolate Cake
(New Edition)
Mine (New Edition)
The Dolphin Bracelet
The Shaman Boy
Ghost in the Glass

are all now available on Kindle:

I loved to see this mention of my favourite bookshop (Scarthin of Cromford) in the Guardian www.guardian.co.uk/independent-bookshops

My story Two Little Snow Leopards has been published again in the new edition of the anthology WINTER TALES, `a collection of magical stories from much-loved authors with delightful illustrations by Alison Edgson.'


Moonlight Tales
Winter Wishes
Obi's Umbrella is my story in
Moonlight Tales.

My story Catch a Falling Star about a Narwhal called Nakkertok is in
My Story Dog Star is about Chookie, a blue-eyed husky pup,

and is in the Winter Wishes anthology.
Wow 366
In The Frame

Like Mother, Like Daughter?
Help the children of Iraq

Maybe I've read Once in a Blue Moon, That's What I Want or The Bit of Everything Dog to you in Assembly?
They're in Wow! 366 which has now raised over £30,000 for ChildLine.
So if School bought a copy, thank you!

My story 'Wakes' appears in In The Frame, an anthology of young adult stories from the 3 counties, published
by Five Leaves.

If you liked my novel Mine you'll like Wakes because it has a similar Derbyshire setting.
The cover is by David Wyatt, who also illustrated the stunning covers for Sky Shifter, Cloud Cat and The Shaman Boy.


'The Dolphin Bracelet' appears in
Like Mother, Like Daughter? an anthology for mothers and daughters.

'In this delightful collection... Caroline Pitcher strikes a poignant note in the story of a family holiday with a terminally ill mother' (Valerie Coghlan in Books for Keeps)

One of the best things I've ever done is to write
'Tam The Eldest'
Lines in the Sand

Published by Frances Lincoln for £4.99.

This anthology of writings on war and peace raises money for UNICEF's emergency appeal for the children of Iraq.


Every writing day is different. Here is one I wrote about for the Derbyshire Literature Newsletter: My writing day

The Winter Dragon was first published in 2003, with glowing illustrations by Sophy Williams. It's one of my very own favourites. Now it has been chosen by Bernice de Braal in RIGHT START as one of five Rip-Roaring Reads, in which monsters and baddies (or dragons!) help children overcome their fears. The other four books are Where the Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak) The Gruffalo (Julia Donaldson) A Hairy, Scary Night (Alex T. Smith) and We're Going on a Bear Hunt (Michael Rosen).

There's a new Winter Dragon coming on October 11th, published by Graffeg.

I was delighted to find this 5 star review on Amazon:

This book is stunning I have just read it to my four year old .... (the) rhythm timbre and resonance ... makes it magical to read.... the poetry and wordsmithing make it a delight, the illustrations are of very high quality and realism. A gem
There be Dragons here 'My absolute favourite of this year’s picture books is, however, Caroline Pitcher’s The Winter Dragon. Every night a timid boy’s home-made toy dragon comes alive to tell him stories of battles and elf-hoards, and makes him grow brave. The poignant warmth of this book will light up the darkest days.'
(Amanda Craig in The Times)

'Brighten up the darkness with this warm story and its soft cosy pastel illustrations..........A soothing and comforting message, but grown-up enough for a riveting bedtime read.'

Nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2004

Winter's Night cover
Winter Magic
Winter Tales
Aren't they lovely? Winter's Night reindeer These are the reindeer from 'Fox Fire' published in the anthology
A Winter's Night (Stripes £4.99). The story is about a young reindeer's encounter with a mysterious white fox, before he witnesses the amazing Northern Lights.
The anthology also has stories by Penny Dolan, Karen Wallace, Malachy Doyle and more... It has delightful drawings by Alison Edgson.
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Look out for my story about a dog called WizardWizard which has been published in Winter Magic. You'll know from The Shaman Boy and Cloud Cat that I love snow leopards. Here they are again, in my story Two Little Snow Leopards 2 Little Snow Leopardspublished by Stripes in Winter Tales.

I'm so chuffed to hear there will be a Korean edition of Please Don't Eat My Sister. If they send me a copy we'll put it up for you to see. My editor for PDEMS was the lovely, late Kate Petty.

Ore11 torta
there's yet another slice of best selling Italian 11 O'clock Chocolate Cake, with a little cake on every page. This is a new paperback edition!

What a surprise to find my story Kylie and the Can-Can Beans in this Puffin anthology of Stories for Nine-Year-Olds.........

Puffin Stories for 9 year olds

Octopus News........

We went to Ithaka (near Kephallonia, Greece) last June and sailed out on a caique with Jamie the marine biologist. Click on the cover of my book to see what Jamie found! We watched this magnificent octopus for half an hour in a tank of sea water. When he was put back in the sea he swam home using his jet propulsion - can you see his defiant plume of ink?

Books for Keeps gave it a 5 star review: 'Nico...calls his pet 'the chameleon of the sea'
'The book communicates a strong sense of place - a sunny Mediterranean fishing village where the people live an open air life'

The octopus did remind me why I had written this book:
Nico's Octopus
'An illustrated story of this quality is worthwhile in its own right, but this one also provides a context for a great deal of learning - about a particular sea creature and about a lifestyle.'

The Littlest Owl is out in paperback.

Gillian (8½) wrote to me to tell me of her own ending.

'One goes to a willow tree in Canada,
Two goes to a willow tree in Ohio,
Three goes to a willow tree in California,
and Four in a tree in Texas!'

What far-flung Owlets!

She says 'I really liked the book, it was awesome.'

Thank you, Gillian.

The Littlest Owl
Here is a picture book with charming illustrations by the very talented Tina Macnaughton.

Time for Bed, Little One
These Little Owls do get around
and NOW:

Helen Davis reviewed my novel The Shaman Boy:

Shaman Boy
'Two things immediately stand out: the warmth and originality of the characters, and the richness of the imaginative description. Reading the book is a sensual experience of shape, colour and texture… the startling use of imagery and language point to the fluid and unsettled nature of reality, throwing up questions about how we see the world, about freedom and choice.
Luka, a blind boy, discovers that he has the power to transfer his spirit to move with an animal, allowing him to experience the world from a stunning variety of perspectives, to marvel at the miracle of the universe.
Sharply contrasted against this dizzying world of possibility is the harsh reality of a village suffering the trauma of recent war. The orphan children love to hear Luka’s stories but Florin’s ability to process any story or information is reduced starkly to “bang bang dead.”
Ultimately, The Shaman Boy is a book about power. Luka must move between the powerlessness of fear and the power of imagination, love and infinity. ..'
Click on the book cover above to see the characters, hear Luka's tune and read more reviews.
Berlie Doherty describes The Shaman Boy as 'a feast of a book'.

Film News
Spinning Down the Derwent
It was great to see the finished film at The Ritz, Belper and
meeting up again with everyone who worked on it.

Spinning in Derbyshire

Mariana's super new cover This is the beautiful second edition of Mariana and the Merchild.

It was great to meet a real life Mariana in Assos - Hello Mariana!

SilkscreenSilkscreen - click for info
Silkscreen has won an Arts Council Writer's Award,
and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal.

'This is a powerful, moving and suspenseful story about loss and despair; but also about how good wins through eventually and how hope can triumph. The writing is excellent - the pitch,the pace and the juxtaposition of modern life against a Victorian background are absorbing and adept. A gripping read.'
(Sheila Wood in The Bookseller)

Click on the pictures below to see:
some more of my picture books or my earlier work
Click here to see some more of my picture books Diamond and other earlier work

You can order Caroline Pitcher's books in shops and online bookstores

A very good online bookseller is Hive .They will donate to a bookshop of your choice and do not charge for delivery.

Click on the picture below to visit Scarthin Books:
Scarthin books seen from the other side of the mill pond at Cromford
or better still visit in person.
You will find every wall covered in books, new and second hand, and friendly staff who live and breathe books. If it all becomes too much you could stop off in their cafe for some delicious home cooked food and proper coffee. They regularly host talks by local authors.

www.cybermouse-multimedia.com have published new editions of some of my books.

Do you need a Spanish translation? Try www.connectingwords.co.uk

Kathryn White writes great books - see www.kathrynwhite.net

or of a wonderful writer and wonderful friend Berlie Doherty

or of a fantastic writer and fantastic friend Patricia Elliott.

Some other lovely book people are: Hilary McKay Sophy Williams and Jackie Morris.

See the publications of a small Nottingham press Five Leaves.

Bridget Mackeith has illustrated lots more books www.bridgetmackeith.co.uk.

I was involved in Megaread for www.thelauracentre.org.uk

You can e-mail Caroline at lineyATcarolinepitcher.co.uk (replace 'AT' with the usual)

Luka's tune from The Shaman Boy was written and played by Max Morgan-Johnson.

You can hear him play or contact him here www.maxonsaxmusic.com/

Follow @lineynell

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NB The publishers listed are those publishing the books in the UK - often different publishers are used in other countries.

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All texts on this entire site are the copyright © of Caroline Pitcher unless otherwise attributed.
All illustrations remain the copyright © of the artists acknowledged herein, or their publishers.

Tina Macnaughton