Author Archives: Simon

The prodigal author returns…to Canberra

Whew! April was quite the month for me. Because only a few days after I flew back from the Somerset Celebration of Literature, I moved from Melbourne to Canberra. Now, if you’ve ever moved house, you’ll know that it’s about as much fun as poking a cactus into your eye. Well, moving interstate is even […]

The Somerset Celebration of Literature

One of the best things about writing for young people is that you get to be a part of fantastic events like the Somerset Celebration of Literature. Taking place on the sunny Gold Coast, Somerset has got to be Australia’s best children’s literature festival. I was one of more than 30 authors and illustrators involved […]

Los Misterios de Mr Olfato Fino – Sniffy goes Spanish!

Sniffy the Mouse Detective speaks Spanish in the charming board book Los Misterios de Mr Olfato Fino – ¿A qué huele? Now I just need to find a Spanish speaker to read it to me!

Cover reveal: The Mystery of the Midnight Crunch

Hooray – it’s new book time! My new picture book is entitled The Mystery of the Midnight Crunch. It’s the first story starring Sniffy the Mouse, a rodent detective who thinks of himself as Sherlock Holmes, but is really closer to Inspector Clouseau. The Mystery of the Midnight Crunch will be out in September. In the meantime, how cool does this […]

Tough Times has launched!

Thank you to everyone who made it to Readings yesterday for the launch of the Do You Dare? series and the latest Our Australian Girl books. We had a fantastic turnout of readers of all ages, and the champagne and homemade cookies were well and truly flowing. All of which means that Tough Times is officially […]

Do you Dare attend this book launch?

Good news, Melbourne! Do you Dare? – Penguin’s awesome new series of historical fiction for children – will be launched on Sunday February 23 at the Readings bookshop in Hawthorn. And the even better news is that you are invited to come and join the fun. The first two books of Do You Dare? are Tough […]

Cover reveal: Tough Times

My next book for children, Tough Times, will be going to the printers very soon. Which means I can now reveal what the cover of this action-packed historical adventure will look like. I don’t know about you, but I think it looks pretty damn great. Tough Times is one of the first books in Do You Dare?, Penguin’s new […]

Writing update: histories, mysteries and an agent.

2013 is shaping up to be a very exciting year for yours truly, because I already have not one but two new book deals lined up! The first project is something entirely different for me – a historical novel. A new addition to Penguin’s outstanding stable of Australian historical fiction for children, this action-packed novel […]

Happy Book Birthday to The Great Stinkathlon!

For he’s a smelly good fellooow…and so say all of us! It’s a very happy book birthday to my latest junior novel The Great Stinkathlon. As of today, Marty’s brand-new ‘Smelympic’-themed adventure is available to buy in paperback from all good bookstores and websites. And for the first time ever, you can get your fart-based […]

Cover art for The Great Stinkathlon

Marty’s latest adventure is about to hit the presses, so it’s time for a sneak preview of the front cover! Gus Gordon has provided the hilarious illustrations once again, and the team at Penguin has done a beautiful job on the final design. The Great Stinkathlon will be published as an Aussie Bite in late […]

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