Eggs, Pegs and an Elephant – Illustrated Chapter Book


front cover_finalWhen I was small – a long time ago – I was often given books for presents, because everyone knew I loved reading. I also loved illustrations, and I kept my disappointment to myself when a beautiful coloured book cover had only grayscale pictures inside.

So, when I published my chapter books, I had one or two colour pictures inside, to augment the grayscale illustrations.

Eggs, Pegs and an Elephant is different. There was a  problem with the print version, and the only solution that I could find was to colourize all the delightful illustrations that the wonderfully talented artist, Christina Boon, had done for me.

As Christina is not now illustrating, and as I wanted to learn to illustrate myself, I spent two months not only colouring, but adding to the smaller illustrations throughout. Almost every other page now has an illustration, and although several are not nearly as good as Christina’s, the 7-year-old me would have approved.

The ebook was published earlier this year, and I have updated the ebook format for the new coloured version on Amazon. As soon as I can find a way to reduce the size of the file, which now exceeds what will be accepted at Smashwords, I will get this new colour version uploaded to iBooks, Barnes and Noble,  Kobo and a number of other online sellers.

In the meantime, here are some of my favourite illustrations:



Eggs, Pegs and an Elephant is the story of a little elephant who goes in search of his friend, the porcupine in Pizzas, Pirates and a Porcupine. This is all about his adventures along the way. It also features Pegs, an adventurous chicken, a news-spreading crow, a monkey who is an expert at hair-dos, fur-dos and feather-dos, and a whole host of other characters – some of which are a bit grumpy.

Here is a map of his journey:


Available as a paperback and as an eBook on Amazon.


I am also currently working on my illustrations for Poggle, the Pirates’ Cat as mentioned in previous posts, and will update my adventures in Krita soon. I also intend to colour the small pictures in Pizzas, Pirates and a Porcupine, already published in paperback and an eBook to match Eggs, Pegs and an Elephant.



Anyone for Pirate Treasure?

Arrr, shiver me timbers! Be there booty in the box?


Find out in Pizzas, Pirates and a Porcupine if the rascally band find the long lost treasure or not.

Available free to download on Smashwords, iBooks, Barnes and Noble Nook books, Sony books, and on Amazon for 77p.

Illustration by Christina Boon.


Arrrr! Shiver me Timbers! Anyone speak pirate?

Seem to be obsessed with pirates. My first book (free on Smashwords, ibooks, Barnes &Noble and Kobo) had a pirate theme. Christina Boon, the immensely talented artist who has illustrated all my books is working on a picture book for me “Skyship Pirates” and there is even a book planned in my Ghostly Ghastly series which has a pirate in it.

Perhaps the attraction is the finding treasure, or maybe a life at sea or perhaps its just the wonderful language?

My granddaughter and I have been watching a lot of “Curious George” lately, a TV series featuring an adorable monkey who has a lot of adventures, and there is even a pirate story in there. A lot of arrrrrring! takes place.

Here’s some pirates from my book, “Pizzas, Pirates and a Porcupine”:



More Animals

Here are a few more of the animals that have appeared in my stories. The artist, Christina Boon, has illustrated them delightfully, and added so much to their creation.


Here is the baby pirate elephant again who first appeared in Pizzas, Pirates and a Porcupine. He only has a small part in that book, but because so many people loved him (thank you Christina for such an inspired illustration) and commented about him on my Facebook page

he has been named Edward – with discussion on Facebook – and I am in the throes on working on his own story.

This is the original drawing. Christina has kindly done some more for me, even though the book isn’t yet ready!




Edward goes travelling with his friend, the pirate chicken, in his own story. I think her name is Pegs, as she lays a lot of eggs on the way. Here she is:



Animals have even crept in my book about the amazing machines.

Here is the Clop-a-Hopper from Mr McMarvel’s Amazing Machines. She does much to help Tim and Mr McMarvel’s robot, Rupert, although she has doesn’t like to be told what to do. Tim has to entice her out of the workshop so that they can rescue Mr McMarvel who has been kidnapped  by the villains…





Here is the Unlock Anything Machine from Mr McMarvel’s Amazing Machines. Mr McMarvel designed a wasp with extra special abilities for the very important job of unlocking anything.




And here is Matey, the pirate porcupine in Pizzas, Pirates and a Porcupine. She is befriended by Evie, who keeps her, but Dad will have to build her her own home out in the garden. Luckily Dad is a builder so this will be very easy for him!




Lots of animals come into my stories. They are great fun to work with.

This is Edward Elephant who originated in Pizzas, Pirates and a Porcupine, and who is to have his own story this year.


Here’s the pirate parrot from Pizzas, Pirates and a Porcupine. Ahoy me hearties!


Here’s the resident cat from The Ghostly Ghastlys, Book 1, Finding a Home. He helps the little Ghastlys find the cupboard from which mysterious (and very polite) voices are calling for help.


Here’s the were-dog from The Ghostly Ghastlys Book 4 Princess. The dog has a very important part in the stories…and is not always a dog.


And here are hornets chasing after the villains in Mr McMarvel’s Amazing Machines. They are not real hornets, but ones Mr McMarvel has made especially for the job.


Pirate story

The amazingly talented Christina Boon is illustrating a new pirate story for me.  Pirates with a difference, for they are SPACE PIRATES with a ship that flies the seven skies.


They get attacked by martian dogs and rock storms, and have to steer a careful path through asteroids, but will they find any treasure?


Here are the characters:



Christina Boon – Illustrator

I would like to re-introduce the hugely talented artist who illustrates my books for me.  I am extremely lucky to have found her and she has so brilliantly drawn the worlds and brought my characters to life, that it is no surprise to learn in her own blog that she is getting very busy indeed.

Here it is:

And here is some of her work for me. There is lots more on this blog and on my Facebook page