HELLO – The latest news about ALBERT the tortoise and our friends Hugg ‘n’ Bugg is right here.

May 23 was World Turtle Day and it was a day to think about the tortoises and turtles who might not be looked after as well as real Albert..  We thought about pollution, illegal trading and littering.

We were in touch on social media with lots of tortoises and turtles all round the world..

And we heard from our friends in California, USA .. the people who so kindly appointed Albert their UK Ambassador.. The Sofa Cushion Challenge and the California Turtle and Tortoise Club (Valley Chapter) .. both helping sick and injured tortoises and turtles.

The CTTC held their show – and we were delighted to offer some of our Albert books as prizes in the raffle to help raise some funds.

Then, on actual World Turtle Day we received a picture from a school in California .. Phillip M. Stokoe Elementary in Riverside ..  and look what had centre spot in their WTD display…

Wowzers. We love to see pictures like this.

We were also pleased to see some great pictures from Sturton-by-Stow Primary school in Lincolnshire – where we visited last week.. to see some pupils had been busy and had created their very own Albert books. Keep writing!

Good illustrations too…

We had another cracking school visit ..  to Trent C of E Primary in Cockfosters and we were thrilled to discover pupils had made an amazing Welcome Poster …


We also thoroughly enjoyed signing a stack of books for the schoolchildren.. and talking about real Albert, being a writer and about making books happen.

There was some excellent ROARing too… especially for our story ALBERT SUPERSIZE when Albert meets the dinosaurs…


Thanks to everyone involved. Top visit!

Our NEW Albert the tortoise picturebook ALBERT AND THE POND is starting to land all over the place .. It officially publishes on June 15.

Bloggers are reporting their copies arriving …

Copies also arrived at Publishers Graffeg….

AND copies are landing in bookshops..

So, we were delighted to dash over to our local bookshop Jo’s Bookshop in Chingford to sign some copies …  It was TORTally stuPONDous…

A reminder… We’re at Waterstone’s bookshop in Orpington, Kent next Thursday June 1 from 11:30am with ALBERT and Hugg ‘n’ Bugg picturebooks storytime… Hope to see some of you there.

Lots more news soon.

Til next time