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About Barbara Godwin
I love quirky characters – skeletons, mischievous ghosts, wacky machines, pantomime people, inventors, alligators, aliens, insects, pirates, people who live in disused railway carriages, or windmills or tree-houses – anyone or anything that adds a bit of magic and makes my imagination whirl!
When I was little, running round our big back garden on the Isle Of Wight, I wanted to be in Robin Hood's band or go on adventures like Alices's. People in books were funny, scary, sad or warm-hearted. They felt real and I made up my own stories before I could write. I still write them for that little girl in the big back garden. I've never grown up!
Now I live in Surrey with my daughter and her family, - and our dog called Trixie. I used to have a budgie called Ringo, a rabbit called Flipper, a cat called Issy and lots of chickens. Many animals creep into my stories and they're always fun and magical to have around.
I have started to illustrate my books myself. I am still learning! I want all my books to be in full colour - and that means reissuing some of the early ones. If you purchase one that is still in black and white please come back in a few months to see if there is a new colour version to download - it will be free.
In the meantime, there are a lot of new books to come. See my website for details of new releases: www.barbaragodwin.com
Meet the Snowman rescuer. He knows all about snow: rainbow snow, singing snow, pudding snow and stampeding snow that chases and kicks. He rescues many children - but not from the Great Ghost Snow.
See what happens when the magic is stirred up - and the little Ghastlys with it.
A full colour, highly illustrated, exciting and fun story for readers of 7 - 9 years. It is Book 8 in the Ghostly Ghastly series, but can be read on its own.
They have to find a way to do something to impress her and help the townspeople - or they will be thrown out of their home at the Ghostly Ghastly House.
Find out what they do!
The Ghostly Ghastly series is fun for readers ages 6 years to 9 years. It features the Ghastly family, especially the mischievous children, and their friends, the skeletons, Branwing, a vegetarian vampire, and Princess who is sometimes a girl and sometimes a dog with black hair and white at the tips. A number of books in the series are being written and will follow.
The people on the island are a bit fed up with him. He causes a lot of black smoke in the hills above the villages, and it's getting worse. He is even eating the cliffs!
But now they are worried about him, and they send for the Dragon Dentist.
It's coming up to Christmas - can the dentist's best medicine heal him, and what will the Islanders do then?
And then the dragon makes a magic Christmas wish. See what he wishes for and whether it comes true.
The Isle of Wight is a small island to the south of the United Kingdom. The author was brought up there and this is the first book in her new series for 3-7 years olds, called "Tales of the Isle of Wight."
"Eggs, Pegs and an Elephant" is the story of the little elephant who was Pieces of Eight’s special friend. The elephant’s name is Edward, and he goes on a journey back to find his friend.
It’s also about Pegs, an enterprising chicken who wants to lay an egg. Pegs accompanies Edward and their adventures take them on a balloon ride,drop them in the middle of a football game, and later there are duckings in the river and a trip on a steam engine. They meet and rescue more friends along the way - until it is Edward's turn to get stuck. He might be a little elephant but he is far bigger than any of his friends. See how they get on when they try to rescue him...
This is the fifth book in the Ghostly Ghastly series. The Ghastly family and their friends, the skeletons, Branwing and Princess (who are away on their honeymoon in this book) are trying to keep the Ghostly Ghastly House open for visitors. The little Ghastlys are allowed to play tricks on the visitors, because they are expecting tricks. They are not allowed to play tricks on people who aren't expecting it, like the neighbours.
But the little Ghastlys find it very hard to be good.
See what happens when the little Ghastlys try to make things better for the Washing-Up-and-Odd-Job Boy.
But the little Ghastlys have also played a lot of tricks on other people, who don't think it's fun at all. That's caused mayhem all over the town.
And now it is Christmas Eve at the Ghostly Ghastly House. The little Ghastlys are not expecting Father Christmas to visit them with presents because he never does.Perhaps it is something to do with this "being good" business they keep hearing about.
Then a baby reindeer falls off a sleigh,and they try their hardest to find Father Christmas to take the reindeer home. They even visit the North Pole...
Three skeletons also live there. They are great friends, and they share their odd ideas.
Branwing doesn’t have a special friend, for he is the only vampire, and because he is a vegetarian, his family don’t want anything to do with him.
Then, one evening, he sees a lady in a black cape, fleeing down the road outside. What is she fleeing from? And if she is in danger, how can Branwing rescue her? And can the little Ghastlys, mischievous as they are, help him out?
Having successfully got out of going to their parents night-time concerts, the little Ghastlys have absolutely nothing to do in the evenings. They decide to visit Alfonso’s Italian Restaurant. It is next door and is bright and colourful with lively music and happy customers.
And it’s great fun to leap out of pizzas and shower the customers with flour, scaring them so much that they run off without paying their bills.
The customers don’t come back and the restaurant becomes a dark and dismal sort of place. Alfonso is in despair because no-one comes to dinner any more.
Can the little Ghastlys find a way to put things right?
This is Book 3 in the Ghostly Ghastly series.
In Book 1 Finding A Home, the Ghastly family are thrown out of the castle where they lived before because of the tricks the little Ghastlys play.
In Book 2 Branwing, the Old Museum where the Ghastlys are now living is under threat of being pulled down by the Striped-Suit man.
More Ghostly Ghastly stories to follow.
The little Ghastlys play their tricks and send the man away, but he says he will be back, with more people.
In the meantime, the little Ghastlys find a new friend in a tomato box outside the Italian Restaurant. His name is Branwing and he is a vegetarian vampire who got accidentally shut in the box. He can change himself into a bat, and often does to think things through.
The little Ghastlys and Branwing soon have an idea to save the Old Museum, but the Striped-Suit man keeps coming back with more men. Will the Ghastlys and Branwing really be able to thwart the man’s plans?
Book 1 of the Ghostly Ghastly series was Finding A Home. The family search the town to find a place to live - ideally where the mischievous ghost children won’t annoy anyone.
Book 3 of the series is called Alfonso. See what happens when the little Ghastlys play their tricks in the Italian Restaurant next door.
What they like doing is to make the visitors scream. The little Ghastlys are very good at playing tricks, and people love to come and be frightened. But the other castle ghosts are mean and don’t like that the little Ghastlys are more popular than them.
When the ghost children play tricks on the other ghosts, the Ghastly family is thrown out of the castle.
Finding a new home isn’t easy. There is something wrong with everywhere they go: too shiny, too narrow, too open, too modern, too many people. At last they discover an old museum that hasn’t been open for years. It seems ideal, but could other ghosts are already living there? If so, how will they get on with the mischievous little Ghastlys?
This is the first book in a new series called The Ghostly Ghastlys. The next book is called Branwing and Book 3 is Alfonso. Follow the adventures of the little Ghastlys and their friends.
But all is not well at the workshop. Tim is horrified to learn that Mr McMarvel is in big trouble. Things get worse when creepy Max Fish comes to help out. Max has a diabolical plan, and it’s all down to Tim, Rupert and the amazing machines to outwit Max, rescue Mr McMarvel and solve the problems in the workshop.