TOP 5 FRIDAY: Kid Detectives

Posted by Rachel L on Friday May 29th, 2015

TOP 5 kid detectives

Detectives have to be more than just plain nosy – only the truly tough, steely and determined will get to the bottom of the crime. As Humphrey Bogart says in ‘The Big Sleep’ (when asked why he keeps on investigating):  ‘Too many people told me to stop.’  (more…)

TOP 5 FRIDAY: Small characters

Posted by Jazz on Friday May 22nd, 2015

Being a very tall person, Rights Director Elinor Bagenal has always loved all things small – especially in children’s books …

1. ARRIETTY from The Borrowers by Mary Norton

There is something about Arrietty that makes you know that anything is possible – and that being small can actually make you very big.

2. TINKERBELL from Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

Even though she is very annoying and really knows how to manipulate the heartstrings, Tinkerbell is fun and feisty and always made me long for wings.

3. BERTOLT ROBERTS from Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard

If ever there was a small person you would want in your life, it’s Bertolt Roberts from the forthcoming Chicken House bestseller. I fell in love with him instantly and adore his earnest steadfastness in the face of terrifying events, his joy in creating huge explosions and the way he never gives up on his friends. Publishing 2016!

4. TRUMPKIN from Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis

For his loyalty to Prince Caspian, his grumpiness about the four children being noble kings and queens, and his willingness to give his life to save Narnia.

5. THE LEPRECHAUN from Turf Cutter’s Donkey by Patricia Lynch

However old you are it doesn’t stop you looking for magic under every rainbow.  If you see me searching in the highways and byways it is because I still believe I’ll find a leprechaun – one of the most elusive of people –  to beg him to mend the holes in my boots. And then of course they’ll become magic and I’ll be able to leap over mountains, stride across seas like Elaine and never need to wait for public transport ever again.

And of course, Barry Cunningham – the smallest person in children’s publishing who has the biggest personality and the most enormous gift of generosity.

Let us know your thoughts by tweeting us at @chickenhsebooks and @elinorwellingto

TOP 5 FRIDAY: Tea Times

Posted by Kesia on Friday May 8th, 2015

We're big tea fans at the Coop, and we'll never say no to a sliver (read: wedge) of Victoria Sponge. Plus, after the Curses, Castles and Deaths of our last three top fives, we reckon it's high time for a bit of light relief. Well, light-ISH ...

1. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

'We're all mad here!' exclaims the Hatter. And indeed, this Tea Time Of All Tea Times - which lasts, literally, for ever - is characterised by unanswerable riddles and nonsensical poetry. And, naturally, tea. Turns out Time has punished the Hatter by evoking an everlasting six o'clock. Alice reckons it's the stupidest party she's ever been too, but I rather fancy an eternity of cake ...



Posted by Kesia on Friday May 1st, 2015

It's May day - and the first bank holiday weekend of the year! Chicken House is celebrating with true spring spontaneity: for 24 hours only, we're accepting unsolicited submissions for mystery novels aimed at a middle grade (8-12) audience. If you've written a complete novel which fits these criteria, please email a one-page synopsis and the first three chapters of your manuscript to on MONDAY 4 MAY from 12am to 12 midnight.

We will read all submissions. If we would like to read your full manuscript, you'll hear from us within a month. Otherwise, you haven't been lucky this time, but watch out for the next Open Coop!

May the Fourth be with you...

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