Writing 'n' Stuff

My New Venture

The Magic Book

Hi all,

As well as working on my current WIP, a comedy romance, for some reason that only the Gods of Fiction know of; I have started to write a children’s book as well!

I don’t usually show my work in public, but I have had some comments from my youngest daughter that it may be ‘a bit too adult for children’s fiction’, and wondered what you lovely blog peeps think?

Any comments, suggestions, good or bad, will be very welcome!


And thank you for your time. 🙂


The Hedgehog x

10 thoughts on “My New Venture

  1. I enjoyed what you’ve written so far! I love the idea of a magic book and I think the story could be appropriate for the 8-12 set. I wouldn’t worry so much about the dead mother – so many wonderful children’s books are written from the place of a child having lost a parent/parents (Harry Potter, Series of Unfortunate Events, Secret Garden (I believe the mother had died in that one, no?))…Keep going!

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  2. I agree with all above. 8-14. It is sad about her mum, but remember that Disney is a ruthless parent murderer. If I was a parent in a story and I heard, “When you wish upon a star,” I would run for the hills! I love this, and I love stories about books and bookshops and little girls in book shops! Do continue. 🙂 I love that the granny insists on tea!

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    1. Thank you SC. Yes the Grandma ‘insisting on tea’ was a great tip from a friend. 😉

      Being very ‘Jolly’ and British myself, there HAD to be tea in there somewhere!

      Hearty Hedgehog Herbal Hugs x


  3. I’m a softy for books about books and book shops! Loved it. I think the 8ish range is reasonable. It struck me as something I would have loved to read to my kids when they were younger. One of those stories that speaks to children but doesn’t speak down to them and that the parents don’t get bored reading. I collect Christmas picture books and I do read some YA as well. Definitely keep going 🙂


    1. Oh thank you Suzanne! I’m glad the dead mother didn’t put you off! My daughter didn’t like that part, but I said that not all children are as lucky as her, and they may well identify with sadness.

      I really appreciate your comments. Have a great day!

      Love from the Hedgehog x

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  4. Love the idea of a book that can be read in any language just by opening. I think the age range is about right too, though maybe more 8 -12 years? Just a thought there. Stick with it, I think you have something here.

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  5. That’s great, well done! What age were you aiming for? I don’t write children’s fiction so can’t comment on whether it’s too adult or not, and my girls are a bit older now, but I can say that I liked reading it.
    I wouldn’t say that it’s any more adult then say, Enid Blyton, who had some pretty strong stuff in her books and it hasn’t got anything unsuitable for children in it. Will it have pictures?
    You could maybe break the paragraphs up a bit so they’re not so long and see if that makes a difference?
    But I love the story 🙂

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    1. Thanks, I was aiming for ages 8 to 14ish. Never done it before, so it’s all a wild stab in the dark, as many new ventures are! 😉

      Thanks for your suggestions! Gratefully received, Tracy! x


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