I have now written and published seven books that I love presenting to children all over the world on my school visits.

Some of the schools I visit let me sell copies of my books to parents during my visit. In addition, six of the titles are always available as paperbacks from Amazon — just look up the title on the Amazon website wherever you live.

And now, alternatively, there’s another really good way to buy them: I’m very excited to tell you that six of my seven books are also available as both paperbacks and hardbacks on order from bookshops in many parts of the world, including the UK, Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. You won’t find them on the shelves yet, but ordering should be easy. The paperbacks are the same price as those from Amazon and might even prove cheaper since some bookshops such as Waterstones don’t charge for delivery to the shop. The hardback versions are a little more expensive, but the quality of both the printing and the binding is excellent.

Why am I so excited about the books being available through bookshops? Well, buying your copies through a bookshop supports that shop, and every time you support your local bookshop, you help it stay in business. After all, bookshops are wonderful places full of so many ways of firing your imagination. But like many animals, they are an endangered species. None of us wants to see them disappear!

If you don’t live in one of the places listed above, it’s still worth asking at your local bookshop since they might be able to order the books for you.

Why are only six of my seven books available through Amazon or bookshops? It’s because book number seven, Sharks, Our Ocean Guardians, is available exclusively from the foundation, Shark Guardian. You can buy the book through the Shark Guardian website (sharkguardian.org) or directly from Liz and Brendon who run Shark Guardian if they happen to visit your school or organisation.


Patrick’s Birthday Message

Patrick Front Cover new 300x300Patrick is a very clever African grey parrot who wants send a birthday message to his great-grandfather Gilbert who is going to be one hundred years old. There’s just one big problem: Gilbert lives thousands of miles away in Perth, Australia. How can he do it? Patrick asks for the help of a flock of migrating swallows heading from northern Europe to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. The swallows then pass the message on to whales and dolphins who sing it all the way to Australia.

The story is told in rhyme and is suitable for 4-9 year-olds.

If you would like to see a few pages from the story, click here.

The paperback of Patrick’s Birthday Message is available from Amazon or by ordering from your local bookshop. If you would like a hardback version, you can order it through your local bookshop. If you have any problems with this, let me know; I’m sure we can sort something out!


 Searching for Skye

Skye Front Cover new 300x300pxSearching for Skye is the story of two baby Arctic terns, Pilot and Skye, who are born, like all Arctic terns, in the Arctic Circle. Soon after they learn to fly it is time for their first pole-to-pole migration with their parents. This is a marathon journey that all Arctic terns make every year of their lives. Just as they are about to leave Skye goes missing. What can the parents do?

Searching for Skye is also in rhyme and there’s lots of fascinating information about tern migration. Great for 5-9 year-olds.

Before you buy, if you would like to see a few pages from the story, click here.

The paperback of Searching for Skye is available from Amazon or by ordering from your local bookshop. If you would like a hardback version, you can order it through your local bookshop. If you have any problems with this, let me know; I’m sure we can sort something out!


Cosmos the Curious Whale

Cosmos Front Cover new 300x300 resWhen Cosmos the baby humpback whale learns about the creatures that live in the world, he wants to see some of them for himself. He sets off on an adventure to the South Pole to find polar bears and penguins. His whale friends try to warn him that he is making a big mistake but Cosmos is so excited about his plans that he won’t stop to listen.
Follow the brave baby humpback as he meets a huge turtle, swims into the arms of a giant squid, watches penguins at play and rescues a baby polar bear from being swept out to sea.

Cosmos’ story is also told in rhyme and there are tons of exciting humpback whale facts included. Great for 5-9 year-olds.

Before you buy, if you would like to see a few pages from the story, click here.

The paperback of Cosmos the Curious Whale is available from Amazon or by ordering from your local bookshop. If you would like a hardback version, you can order it through your local bookshop. If you have any problems with this, let me know; I’m sure we can sort something out!


The Chameleon Who Couldn’t Change Colour

Cover Chameleon peralta 300x300Chameleon is green from the top of his scaly head to the tip of his scaly tail. Not red; not blue; just green.

He knows he should be able to change colour but no matter how hard he tries he can’t do it. To make matters worse, all the creatures he meets want to see his clever colour-changing trick.

Let’s join Chameleon on his jungle walk and find out if he can learn the secret that every chameleon should know: how to change colour!

Chameleon’s story is also told in rhyme and there are tons of exciting chameleon facts included a well as four pages of drawings of chameleons by children from around the world. Great for 4-9 year-olds.

The paperback of The Chameleon Who Couldn’t Change Colour is available from Amazon or by ordering from your local bookshop. If you would like a hardback version, you can order it through your local bookshop. If you have any problems with this, let me know; I’m sure we can sort something out!


Ndotto. An Elephant Rescue Story

One morning, high in the Ndoto mountains of northern Kenya, a Samburu herdboy was amazed to find a tiny baby elephant sleeping among his goats and sheep. The elephant was very weak and the herdboy knew he was unlikely to survive.

But, thanks to the quick action of the herdboy’s tribespeople and an elephant rescue team, Ndotto the baby elephant did survive. Today he lives in an elephant sanctuary in Nairobi where he is lovingly cared for twenty-four hours a day by his keepers. This book is based on the true story of his dramatic rescue.

Ndotto’s story is also told in rhyme and there are tons of exciting elephant facts at the end of the book along with information about elephant foundations. Great for 4-9 year-olds.

The paperback of Ndotto. An Elephant Rescue Story is available from Amazon or by ordering from your local bookshop. If you would like a hardback version, you can order it through your local bookshop. If you have any problems with this, let me know; I’m sure we can sort something out!


Mischief at the Waterhole

The sun is blazing in the sky. Elephant, Giraffe, Lion, Cheetah, Zebra and Snake are tired, grumpy and very, very hot. They would love to find a way to cool down.

Monkey, who enjoys all sorts of mischief, hears them  grumbling. He thinks of a cheeky way to help his friends and play a funny trick on them.

Mischief at the Waterhole story is also told in rhyme and there are tons of exciting facts included at the end of the book. Great for 4-9 year-olds.

The paperback of Mischief at the Waterhole is available from Amazon or by ordering from your local bookshop. If you would like a hardback version, you can order it through your local bookshop. If you have any problems with this, let me know; I’m sure we can sort something out!


Sharks – Our Ocean Guardians

Shark Cover 300x300 for website rgbThis is a very special book that I wrote at the request of the amazing Shark Guardian charity run by Liz Ward-Sing and Brendon Sing. Shark Guardian is a UK charity which aims to advance the conservation of sharks and many other marine species for their sustainable management while protecting their natural environment. This is achieved through education, skill development, conservation activities and promoting research projects.

Here’s what the book is about:

Two hundred million years before the birth of the first dinosaur, prehistoric sharks like these lived in rivers, lakes and seas. In these pages you will find a story of a special kind: How the sharks of long ago became the ones that we now know, and the important part they play in keeping our oceans healthy today.

Sharks – Our Ocean Guardians is available exclusively from the Shark Guardian website at www.sharkguardian.org