Giles Paley-Phillips, author of The Fearsome Beastie and There’s a Lion in My Bathroom, talks to The Positive about Beasties, the Brothers Grimm and fiery grandmothers. He is touring around the UK to promote his new book, Tamara Small and the Monsters’ Ball.
The Positive: Out of all the characters you’ve created in your picture books, who your favourite?
Giles Paley-Phillips: The Granny in The Fearsome Beastie. She is entirely based on my own grandmother! She was a fiery lady, my Gran, and I’ve no doubt she’d quite happily chop up a beastie!
The Positive: What books did you read when you were a child?
Giles Paley-Phillips: I do remember loving all the Brothers Grimm tales. I’m discovering things second time round with my two sons.
The Positive: What children’s books (apart from your own of course!) should be on every child’s bookshelf?
Giles Paley-Phillips: Not Now Bernard by David Mckee, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and The Courage of the Blue Boy by Robert Neubeker.
The Positive: What is your motto?
Giles Paley-Phillips: Be Good!
The Positive: What do you want to find in your Christmas stocking this year?
Giles Paley-Phillips: Everything!
The Positive: Do you have any new books coming out in 2013?
Giles Paley-Phillips: I have two picture books out in 2013, The Things You Never Knew About Dinosaurs, which is illustrated by Liz Pichon and Princess Stay Awake which is out later in the year.