Welcome to Caroline
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!
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
(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.'
'beautiful watercolours distinguish this quiet story
about grace, humility and identity'
And an extra Thank You! to Isobel for reviewing
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|
Tiny Tiger is with us
11 o'Clock Chocolate Cake
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
Obi's Umbrella is my story in
My story Catch a Falling Star about a Narwhal called Nakkertok is in
ON A STARRY NIGHT.
My Story Dog Star is about Chookie, a blue-eyed husky pup,
and is in the Winter Wishes anthology.
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,
'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
This anthology of writings on war and peace raises money for UNICEF's emergency appeal for the children of Iraq.
PLEASE BUY IT NOW.
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
|'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
Aren't they lovely? 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.
Buy From Amazon
|Look out for my story about a dog called Wizard 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 published by Stripes in Winter Tales.|
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.........
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
|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
||'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.
'One goes to a willow tree in Canada,
These Little Owls do get around
'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'.
|This is the beautiful second
edition of Mariana and the Merchild.
It was great to meet a real life Mariana in Assos - Hello Mariana!
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)
|some more of my picture books||or||my 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:
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/
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 illustrations remain the copyright © of the artists acknowledged herein, or their publishers.