ALBERT’S 100 UP – HERE’S TO 2022

HELLO – we hope The Holidays and Christmas were good to you. It was a time for Albert HQ to take a little breath and take stock of what has been going on in the past 8 months since the first Albert picturebook – ALBERT UPSIDE DOWN – published.

What a rollercoaster it has been. So many landmarks for newbie author Ian and illustrator Eoin Clarke – and the inspiration for the books real Albert.

And over the Festive period there was extra cause to shellebrate as we passed the 100 REVIEWS mark on that shopping site. We are thrilled. And we crossed over with a terrific 5* Review to add to all the others.

We’re delighted too that some cracking Reviews and Ratings are mounting up for the second Albert book ALBERT AND THE WIND. Thank you .. The comments and Ratings do help us.

Also, we’re now getting some lovely feedback on the first ever OFFICIAL ALBERT CALENDAR for 2022 .. With 12 colour images of Albert, key turtle, tortoise conservation dates and other fun.

Here’s a few things being said –


It’s great to receive such praise. Thank you all.

However, unfortunately, in his debut Calendar Pin-Up outing Albert did lose out.. He could not topple veteran Calendar Star and UK pop music legend Sir Cliff Richard (aged 81) from the top spot as Best Seller in the Octogenarian Calendar Wars (as we called it). Despite Albert being younger at 80. Hey ho. There is always 2023…

So, the landmarks keep on coming and we are really looking forward to more in 2022.

In the last few months we’ve visited schools where possible to do readings and to talk about Albert and real tortoises and turtles. We want to do many more such visits. DO GET IN TOUCH FOR A SCHOOL VISIT…

And we have visited dozens of bookshops to sign copies of the books. GET IN TOUCH IF YOU WANT AN AUTHOR VISIT TO YOUR BOOKSHOP.

We’re also up for some AWARDS in 2022.. Woo hoo…. We’re looking at more VISITS, more EVENTS, more EVERYTHING in 2022 – and of course.. More Albert books with the launch of Books 3 and 4 in April and September respectively. Thanks to publishers Graffeg.

Albert also became an Ambassador for the US-based Sofa Cushion Challenge (a fun way to raise cash for needy turtles and tortoises) and for the California Turtle, Tortoise Conservation Club (Valley). We hope to do more to support these great causes in 2022. – Check them out, please.

It’s all TORTALLY exciting. We hope you agree.

We also hope that you have a lovely New Year. Thank you for all the support, so far. All at Albert HQ wish all of you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR and all good things for 2022.

Til next time…