I have new neighbors.

Have I mentioned to you my faithful followers that for the past year I am the proud tenant of my very first allotment, Although I have co-owned one with my daughter for six months prior to getting my own and in the past shared one with my brother, this is one happy place for me.

Now someone has moved onto the very allotment where I kept my Hens a few years ago and to my joy have now rebuilt the coop and have filled it with hens and a few ducks.

This just happens to be next to my own plot.

If you recall, my series of children’s books Coop Chaos is based on my hens who were on the very same allotment.

This is very exciting news. Watch this space.

Happy New Year from Coop Chaos.

Wishing a tweetilicious New Year to all the followers of Coop Chaos. Watch out for another amazing adventure from Daisy, Rose, Bluebell, Buttercup, Lily, and Poppy coming in the New Year.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

I was out walking in Rufford Park Nottinghamshire today when I spied the cutest red letterbox begging for me to post my letter to Santa. Well, I simply could not resist. So fingers crossed everyone that I get my wish and so do all of you wonderful children and grown up’s. I hope this Christmas all of your dreams come true and around the world, there will be peace, happiness, and freedom from the microscopic war that is affecting our health and liberty.

HENTASTIC

Forgive the play on words but I feel compelled to share with you the wonderful news that the popularity of keeping hens is on the rise and shine.

It appears that the A-List’s latest obsession is keeping hens. But wait for a second!

Move over the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Harry and Meghan, I was enjoying the crazy antics of my kooky hens well before the Cameron’s and Geri Halliwell set foot inside a coop.

In addition, just like Isabella Rossellini who wrote an entire book about her chickens I too have written about my crazy mischievous hens in my children’s illustrated book Morning Mystery.

This is the first in my Coop Chaos series which features: Daisy. Poppy, Buttercup, Lily, Bluebell, and Rose. Each little hen has a unique character, all so funny and lovable., all so funny and lovable., all so funny and lovable.

Great reviews are pouring in from the public and from Royalty alike. The Duchess of Cornwall Camilla has endorsed Coop Chaos making special mention of the wonderful illustrations from local artist Derek Maguire.

So why not join in with the new craze and purchase a copy of this delightful book. Available from the website and from Amazon.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=coop+chaos&i=dvd&ref=nb_sb_noss_1

www.coopchaos.com

International poetry day October 2021

In recognition of this year’s celebrations, I wish to share with you a poem written by K,L,Loveley. Titled Autumn Antics.

                                                                     

BEHIND  THE  SECRET  GARDEN.

BEHIND  THE  BIG  STONE  WALL.

BARRY  HEARS HIS  CALLING.

BRIAN HEARS  A FALL.

FALLING  APPLES  HIT  THE  GROUND

FALLING  FRUIT  A  THUDDING  SOUND

FALLING  DOWN  FROM  LADEN  BOUGH

FRUIT  FOR  SCRUMPING  HERE  AND  NOW.

COME!  SAYS  BARRY  WITH  A  GRIN.

COME  WITH  ME  LETS  GO  IN.

CAN  WE  CLIMB  A  WALL  SO  HIGH?

CALLS  BRIAN  WITH  A  HEAVY  SIGH.

AND  SO  THEY  CLIMB  A  WALL  SO  HIGH.

TWO  YOUNG  BOYS  BRAVE  AND  BOLD.

LIKE  HERO  SOLDIERS  GOING  FORTH

TO  BATTLE  GROUND  IN  TIMES  OF  OLD.

THE  SMELL  OF  RIPENING  FRUIT  DRAWS  NEAR.

THEY  SPY  THE  APPLES  ON  THE  GROUND

IN  THE  DISTANCE

ROSY  RED  BIG  AND  ROUND.

THEY  LEAVE  THE  DAMAGED  APPLES.

AND  STUFF  THEIR  POCKETS  TIGHT

WITH   HEALTHY  SHINY  APPLES

WHAT  FUN  AND  SUCH  DELIGHT.

SHUSH,  SAYS  BRIAN,  I  HEAR  A  SOUND

OF  FOOTSTEPS  DRAWING  NEAR.

AND  SURE  ENOUGH,  BOTH  BOYS  FOUND

THEY  WERE  FROZEN  STILL  BY  FEAR.

HELLO,  HELLO,  THE  POLICEMAN  SAID.

NOW  WHAT  DO  WE  HAVE  HERE.

ARE  YOU  BARRY  OUR  MICHAELS  LAD?

SPEAK  UP  AND  MAKE  IT  CLEAR.

YES  SIR   I  AM  BARRY  REPLIED

A  TREMBLE  IN  HIS  VOICE.

THE  ORCHARD  IS  SUCH  A  TEMPTING  PLACE

WITH  FRUIT  SO  TEMPTING  TOO

AND  SIR,  THE  FRUIT  THAT  WE  HAVE  PICKED

IS  FOR  MAM  TO  MAKE  A  PIE  FOR  YOU,

Edwinstowe book festival.

 Coop Chaos, Morning Mystery was introduced to local children on Saturday, September 18th where I enjoyed meeting lots of families who popped along to the Edwinstowe Book Festival.

The sun was shining on this wonderful Autumn Day adding to the atmosphere in the garden of Edwinstowe house.

The pop-up storytelling program was a great success as Jim Munro captivated the children with his tales of The magic Paintbrush and Many Moons.

A storyteller not a story reader is how he describes himself and he certainly achieved this as he took the children on a journey to China with his tale of The magic paintbrush.

Gareth Baker children’s author and patron of reading sat the children around the magic storytelling campfire and read The Little Gingerbread Man with such gusto and energy encouraging the children to interact with the story.

Teacher Jade Millington from Mansfield’s Holly Primary School provided an impromptu storytelling session with her debut picture book Coronasaurus Rex. She created this story to help children understand the coronavirus. I wish Jade massive success with this book and subsequent publications.

I wish to thank the Newark Festival Team for inviting me to join in with this fun-filled day.

Jim Munrow

Newark book festival 2021

Recently I had the pleasure of being part of the Newark Book Festival Literature village event, where I had a stall on Saturday, July 10th, and Sunday, July 11th. It is no exaggeration to express, how much I enjoyed being a part of this amazing event. I wish to convey my sincere thanks to Clair Robshaw and Sara Bullimore for their professional organization of the event.

Located in Newark Market Place, Newark, Nottinghamshire the event was set against the historical backdrop of the castle and surrounding historical buildings of this historical town on the River Trent.

The theme ‘Great British Village Fete’ was embraced by many stallholders, myself included. Flags and bunting fluttered in the light breeze and live music on both days set my feet tapping and my vocal cords tuning in to some well-known popular music.

Meeting the public and chatting to families about a subject close to my heart, lifted my spirit after months of not being able to attend live literary events due to Covid restrictions.

The highlight for me on both days was meeting fellow authors and networking with them to learn new ideas about the promotion and marketing of books in a world where celebrity authors dominate, and big-budget publishers take a large share of the market.

It was good to see a number of children’s authors and authors of teenage fiction. Wilf Morgan the author of The Arilon Chronicles was promoting his books about Arthur Ness and the secret of Waterwhistle. Suitable for age eight plus, these are delightful books to inspire the imagination of the pre–teens.

Izzy Wheeldon was promoting her illustrated book called Clarence the Cockerel for 3–5-year-olds which she felt inspired to write during a family trip to Crete while surrounded by some noisy cockerels.

Sounds like a familiar story, Izzy. I too was inspired to write my series of illustrated children’s books called Coop Chaos, after observing my own brood of hens that lived on my brother’s allotment plot.

There the similarity ends, as, unlike Izzy, I am not an illustrator. My good friend Derek Maguire came to my rescue and made an amazing job of illustrating the first in the series called Morning Mystery.

The most inspiring children’s author I met at the Newark Book Festival was Lesley Berrington, the author of the children’s series Hattie and friends. These books are being used to promote positive images of disability encouraging a consistent message of respect and acceptance for the differences we have. How amazing is that?

A day at the seaside features Hattie and her friend Lucy who is blind.

A day at the park features Hattie and her friend Toby who has a cochlear implant.

A day on the farm features Hattie and Nisha who wears leg braces.

A day on the farm features Hattie and George who uses a wheelchair.

Well done Lesley and well done to the illustrator Karen Middleton.

HAPPY READING CHILDREN.

SPECKLED HEN.

Hi to all of my Coop Chaos followers. You may have wondered where I got the inspiration from to write my series of books. Well, it is a rather interesting story and involves my brother and me co-owning our own hens and chickens a few years ago.More of that in a later post.

However, for now, I wish to show you an image of one of our Suffolk hens that has a staring role on the side of our canal boat, aptly named ‘SPECKLED HEN’.

Here I am with our canal boat which we sailed along the Trent and Mersey Canal this weekend.

HAPPY DAYS.

Book Review. 10 Little Frogs.

Book review.

10 little frogs. Written by Jason Travis. Illustrated by Shawn M Travis.

Thank you, Henry Roi, for sending me a digital copy of Ten Little Frogs in return for an honest and open review.

This story is much more than a book for children learning to count.

The introduction to the story in the form of a rhyme, prepares the child to expect a story of adventure. Counting down from ten the story and illustrations link to space, countryside, music, arts and culture.

There is humour to keep the young readers amused. For example: Frogs riding a snake, frog cake containing flies and sky – diving for flies. All of these are beautifully illustrated to provide a talking point or for the child to flip through the book and enjoy.

The closing page leaves the reader with something to think about and for further discussion with the child.

A generation who will feel the continued effects of Covid.

Sadly, since the disruptions to learning as a result of Covid, many children in our schools have fallen behind with their studies. Ofsted’s report into the impact of the pandemic found that some children who were hardest hit by school closures have regressed in basic skills. Older children have fallen behind with their reading and writing skills. These findings were linked to parents who were unable to work flexibly or lacked the skills to help their children.

According to one report by the UN cultural agency 100 million more children than expected in a normal academic year have fallen behind the minimum proficiency level of reading. This is in direct correlation to the closure of schools.

Research suggests that in 2020, 460 million children experienced reading difficulties. This has now risen by a further 20%.

Improvements to the situation may take a decade to remedy, therefore we need to all pull together and help in any way we can. I have recently applied to become a reading assistant in our local school to help in the remedial classes.

Fingers crossed I am able to be of help.

Scroll to Top