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About Judi Brereton
Born Judith Ann Ormrod in Ashton in Makerfield. Lancashire in the days of outside loos, larders in place of fridges, Rag and Bone Men and old fashioned telephone boxes.
After training as a teacher and marrying Michael Brereton I moved first to Parbold in Lancashire, then to Lincoln and finally here, to Umbria in Italy where I live with my husband (the same one) and lots of 'Jumbles' in a very crowded but adorable and very happy little house.
We have two delightful daughters and equally delightful granddaughter and two grandsons.
The stories in my books are linked to playlists of the same name on my channel of creative learning programmes. Here you will find information, art,craft or science activities connected with the story.
The books are 'different' in that the illustrations are very simply drawn using ordinary pencil crayons or they may consist of photographs taken on an iPad or phone and adapted using free apps. I use the app. 'Book Creator' to compose, edit and convert before publishing to Amazon as ebooks.
I use this method because I am passionate about creativity and creative thinking. I don’t just want children to enjoy reading or listening to my stories. I want to motivate and inspire them to 'have a go' themselves. To be creative and proactive rather than passive. With just a little support they can make their own 'Jumbles' toys, film their own programmes, write and illustrate and publish their own stories.
My delightful little Granddaughter, Maia Sian is to blame (if you don't like the 'Jumbles' or my books) or to thank if you do! She is also to blame for the overcrowding in Jumble House.
It all started when Maia was eighteen months old and I suddenly felt the urge to write stories for her. I needed a character to write about and, being rather an impatient creature, had to have it there and then. So, after rummaging around I found a pair of red tights, ripped open a pillow and an hour later the first 'Jumble' was made. I called her Maisie Jumble because she was made out of Jumble!
Maisie needed friends and so the Jumbles multiplied and now we have about six plus lots of Jumble Tufts and, of course Lizzie Witch.
Lizzie Witch was born a few months after the others in preparation for Halloween and she has become one of the favourites. She is a great character to write about! There are currently three Lizzie Witch books and I'm just writing a third which is set in Singapore and about snails and spirals and pagodas!
The Jumble Tufts are great fun and perfect for children to make and enjoy as 'puppets'. They currently feature in two books and a third is on the way.
'The Problem with Pedro Pear' is part of a series I wrote during a story writing workshop I held for children .The series is called, 'Five a Day Hill' and features little fruit and vegetable characters. All the stories have a moral. They are illustrated using ordinary pencil crayons and formatted using apps. The aim of the workshop was to give children the tools and the confidence to write, illustrate and publish their own short stories.
My books are fun to read but also educational. For example the book entitled, 'Lizzie Witch and Tufty the Caterpillar' introduces children to the magic and mystery of metamorphosis.
All my books have links to videos on my channel demonstrating how to make one of the characters.
Lizzie and the other Jumbles also feature in programmes on my learning channel so children can watch the characters from the books 'come to life' and learn more about them at the same time.
Lizzie performs 'magic' which is really clever science and a great way of introducing science and nature to little ones and there are also lots of Art and Craft programmes and learning programmes for pre-school children.
Currently my books are only available as ebooks on Amazon.
I recently began using my Jumbles toys to teach English on my website: www.jumblefunenglish.com and some of the books have been translated into Italian.
All programmes on the channel are free.
Titles By Judi Brereton
Maybe you aren't looking in the right places. ......?
Jumble Tufts are very tidy little creatures. They do not like mess.
You will find them tidying up everywhere.
Inside cupboards and drawers. Inside wardrobes and toy boxes.
But what if you never open any drawers, or wardrobes or cupboards?
A charming story in rhyme for the very young which just MAY persuade them to
'Put away their toys and books and
Hang their clothes back on the hooks!'
This book introduces the 'Jumble Tufts'. I hope you enjoy it and will take a look at the second book in the series:
'IN SEARCH OF SPRING'
Jumble Tufts are the latest edition to my 'Jumbles', the homemade toys which are featured in my books and on my free video learning programmes. Like the other 'Jumbles' they can be easily made at home with just a few scraps, rubber bands and Bobbly eyes. There is no need to sew!
Children will love making them and using them to make up and tell stories.
See them in action at: https://tinyurl.com/funjumbles
Or on my website: www.jumblefun.net
The illustrations in all my books are simply drawn using ordinary pencil crayons or are photographic illustrations taken with an iPad or iPhone.
I also use the app: BOOK CREATOR to compile, edit and convert my book. By using these simple techniques and resources I hope to encourage children to 'have a go' at writing, illustrating and publishing their own stories.
This book has a wide age range appeal.
Children from 3 years upwards will enjoy listening to this story and can have fun experimenting with the same techniques that Roo uses. Older children can expand on Roo's basic techniques and even adapt their creations using simple and free apps.
This book has a free link to a video for children on my channel which demonstrates how to create pictures just like Roo and also shows how paintings can be adapted using free apps.
This, the first book in the series has been written for my first little grandson, Rupert Alexander.
Join Lizzie Witch and her new friend, Tufty the Caterpillar on their rather strange adventures and discover the seemingly magic transformation of a little green Caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly.
This is the second book in the 'Lizzie Witch' series.
As always Lizzie appears as the charismatic but rather forgetful and very innocent Witch. Her spells often go wrong but she never gives up trying and always gets there in the end. A very good lesson for little ones!
In this story Lizzie enjoys day trips out with little Tufty Caterpillar until one day he is nowhere to be seen.
All Lizzie can see is a very strange looking green object hanging from a tree!!
I wonder what it is?
As with all JUMBLES books the end of the story is just the beginning of an adventure for its readers.
There are instructions to help you make your very own Tufty Caterpillar and suggestions for more follow up activities.
Lizzie Witch is the star in the science and nature programmes on the free Jumble Fun Channel and children will love laughing at her 'magic' whilst absorbing basic scientific facts delivered at a level suitable for under
I wrote this story and made the Jumble puppets for my little granddaughter Maia, a year ago when she just under two years old. She loved the story quickly memorising and joining in with its repetitive text. It remains one of her favourites today and her Tufty Caterpillar goes everywhere!
Maia also loves to watch the Lizzie Witch programmes and now has learnt the real science behind Lizzie's magic spells!
If you haven't read the first Lizzie Witch Book 'Lizzie the Forgetful Witch' you will find it here as an eBook and on my website as a soft backed book.
Coming soon : 'Lizzie Witch and the Silver Trail'. Another magical introduction to nature, science with Lizzie discovering all about snails, spirals and ..... ! I'd better not give too much away!
In addition to the Lizzie Witch series, I have written a series entitled 'Stories from Five a Day Hill.' These, as the name suggest feature little fruit and vegetable characters. Each one has a 'moral' to the story. They are fun to read and also to 'act out'. With just a few pipe-cleaners and bobbly eyes its a say to make your own 'Pedro Pear' or 'Bertie Banana' or 'Sally Strawberry' or 'Monty Mushroom' and put on a little play!'
I hope your children enjoy the books and programmes as much as Maia does.
'She forgets birthdays, she forgets the time, she forgets ....
But, worst of all she forgets her magic spells and that makes life very difficult for Lizzie and for everyone else.'
The story shows Lizzie bumbling through the day, mixing her magic spells up with hilarious results. The day ends surprisingly but happily because fortunately Lizzie's friends do remember birthdays and love Lizzie despite her scatty behaviour!! A subtle lesson in life! At the end of the book there is a link to make a Lizzie Witch table lamp just like the one in the story.
This is the first of the 'Lizzie Witch' series of books. Written as a book to be read to the under-fives it introduces Lizzie and the other ' Jumbles' who live in 'Jumble House'. The smallest child will soon be captivated by this scatty but charismatic Witch and will quickly learn and join in with the many repetitions and responses.
The illustrations are photographic because all the 'Jumbles' Books link with my Free learning channel for young children. The characters in the book are portrayed exactly as children can see them on the channel as is the setting. Yes! There really is a 'Jumble House'!
Lizzie Witch presents all the nature and science programs on the channel. Young children ask so many questions about the world around them and sometimes it's difficult to know which is the best way to answer. We know it's better to help them to find out for themselves but how? The subsequent books in the Lizzie Witch series have a learning strand interwoven with the story. For example, 'Lizzie Witch and Tufty Caterpillar' is a magical story about Lizzie befriending a little green Caterpillar who later turns into a butterfly.
What are the 'Jumbles' ? They are my homemade toys made from pairs of tights!
I made my first ' Jumble' (Maisie Jumble) a year ago because I wanted to write a story for my little granddaughter Maia and needed a character. Lizzie Witch and the other members of the family followed quickly behind. Maia is now nearly three. She is enjoying the stories and programmes so much that I decided to make them available to everyone.
All the photographs are taken by myself using my iPad. The programmes are also made in Jumble House by myself. There is no sound technician. No editor. No special lighting but often chaos!
Why? Because if I can do it so can they! I want to encourage children to be creative. Tiny children love making up and telling stories and I know from my Workshops that six and seven year olds are capable of creating their own characters and filming them using tablets or mobiles. I hope the Jumbles will inspire them to do this rather than becoming passive viewers of other's creations.
Jumble Tufts are very tidy creatures. They do NOT like mess! So, imagine how Jumble Tuft feels when his house is turned upside down to welcome Spring. But who is Spring? What does he look like? What does he do?
Wise Owl sends Jumble Tuft into the woods to find out more.
A retired teacher, I made the first Jumble (Maisie) a year ago because suddenly I felt the urge to write stories for my little granddaughter, Maia and needed a character to feature in these stories.
Maia has grown (she is now nearly three) as have the family of JUMBLES, the books and my channel of learning programmes for under-fives. She loves the JUMBLES, the toys, the books and the programmes so much that I felt I should make them available to everyone.
I have written eight books and am gradually getting round to publishing them as ebooks here. They are available as paperbacks on my website.
We now have seven JUMBLES and as many JUMBLE TUFTS so you can imagine JUMBLE HOUSE is now very crowded. It is also chaotic and often messy thanks to Lizzie Witch and her magic tricks but it is a fun place and I love what I do.
I have always been passionate about nurturing and developing creativity in children and this is exactly what my JUMBLES do. They are not just for entertainment, neither do they 'spoon-feed' facts. All the stories and programmes encourage children to think for themselves. To predict, to question, to investigate, to imagine.
At the end of each book there are links to videos showing how to make one or more of the characters from the book. There are also suggestions for further activities with links to free resources and art, science and nature projects for under fives and primary aged children on my channel and website.
I hope you enjoy this book and the resources.
With its captivating characters, simple storyline and predictable text this book will be a favourite with the under fives.
I wrote the 'Five a Day Hill' series of stories as examples of how to write, illustrate and share stories during a writing workshop for children aged seven and eight. The workshops are available free on the Jumble Fun Channel and Website.
Jumble Fun aims at promoting creativity in children and publishes free art, craft, science and learning programmes.for children from two years upwards.