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The Perks of Being a Bookseller: Part 2

This will be quick and I have already shared the photographs on social media, but as I am still smiling about the event this morning, I thought I’d share just once more. So, last night I pootled off to Walker Books to listen to a presentation about their amazing new list. It is, quite simply, stunning. Readers are in for a treat and a half!

However, my main reason for going into London after a long day was the chance to meet the one and only Helen Oxenbury. And I did! Not only did I meet her, but Helen very kindly signed my copy of Alice in Wonderland, which she illustrated. That would have been enough for me, but then, Helen noticed my arms and began quite a thorough inspection of my Alice in Wonderland inspired ink.

I grinned (like the Cheshire Cat), all the way home.


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I know, I know, another hashtag. Kids these days…but this hashtag is a very important one. It’s for Independent Bookshop Week, which is coming up in June. We love #IBW because it highlights the wonderful independent bookshops across the UK (including us of course) and the authors and illustrators who share their genius with us.

This year we are just a little bit excited to announce that we have not one, but two author events taking place here at Chicken and Frog.

Just yesterday afternoon we received confirmation that Daniel Whelan, of The Box of Demons fame will be kicking off the week with us, on Saturday 18th June! That’s all we know so far, but to say we’re thrilled is an understatement. As soon as we know more, we’ll pass it on.


And the end of the week will be celebrated with a local author, Josi Dom. Details of Josi’s event can be found here. We’re also taking Josi into a local primary school, so it’s all go!


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The Enemy Within

We have just finished Book Club for November and it was a real circus! Our chosen title was The Enemy Within, by newly published author Gary Nott.


I don’t want to give too much away, as this is a mystery with many a twist and turn. But I will tell you that it’s set during¬†one¬†summer holiday in the 1970s; there’s romance (not too much), crimes to solve and firm friendships made, all within the space of one hectic school break.

The Book Clubbers absolutely loved The Enemy Within, as you can see from this 5 star review by Julia (aged 11).


The Book Clubbers got to ask Gary questions about the life of an author, as well as getting their book signed, which is always a treat,


We’re looking forward to Gary’s next book, which is a collection of original short stories. Watch this space for an update.

The Enemy Within is available in store.

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Well we got no choice…

…all the girls and boys, making all that noise…school’s out for summer! (Almost). I can forgive the poor grammar of Mr Alice Cooper for two reasons. Firstly, he has almost a god-like status in our house and secondly, summer holidays are very nearly upon us. Hurrah!




I am one of those parents who actually relishes the summer break. Yes, it costs us a fortune, yes by the end of it you may want to kill each other, but that heady freedom of the summer break can’t be beaten. I consider myself extremely lucky because I’ve always had the holidays off with our lot (those teachers, flipping part-timers, blah, blah, blah) and our kids are fantastic if I do say so myself. This year will be a little different, as this is the shop’s first summer, which means I have waved a slightly shocked farewell to the six week holiday. However, we have lots of groovy stuff going on to entertain not only our family, but hopefully others too!

I’m an inquisitive person by nature, so always like to know what other schools do when their Year 6 pupils leave them for good. Some have a graduation ceremony, others a prom, perhaps a social gathering or two…every school is different. This is going somewhere, honest.

booksA few weeks ago we were approached by the Chair of Governors from Ingrave Johnstone, with a lovely request which I feel compelled to share with you. Their PA do something rather wonderful; they sponsor a book buying spree for the children. Each Year 6 pupil is asked to purchase a book which will bear a bookplate with the child’s name and be placed in the school library, as a legacy if you will. Isn’t that inspiring? So this morning, the children came along in the roasting heat, to buy a book each and just chill out with myself and Mr Frog for a while. The children were an absolute credit to their school, choosing thoughtfully and never once forgetting their manners. We were extremely impressed.

A truly beautiful way to leave your mark before heading off into the sunset, embarking on a whole new adventure.

*We gave a 10% discount on all purchases, plus free delivery. Supporting local schools all the way!