One of the absolute best and most satisfying experiences for a publisher is to hear from our readers – and last week we really hit the jackpot. A Year Two class at our local primary school had all been reading the Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble books by Tracey Corderoy and Joe Berger – both the picture books and the new young fiction series, which began in October with Hubble Bubble: The Glorious Granny Bake-Off – and they enjoyed the books so much that they wrote and delivered some absolutely brilliant letters to us.
Feedback like this isn’t just very heart-gladdening: it’s also an invaluable way for us to learn what parts of our books children respond to the most. In the case of the Hubble Bubble books, these six-year-olds particularly liked the humour (“very funny” came up a lot), the illustrations, and, in the case of The Glorious Granny Bake-Off, the length – which is carefully designed for a newly independent reader (“I enjoyed the book because it is long” and “I like to read chapter books” both came up).
And even better still, the letters were all fantastically illustrated – you can click each of the images below to enlarge.
There were lots of grannies:
The giant rabbit (and carrot) in The Glorious Granny Bake-Off was also very popular:
And there were even some Nosy Crows!
…And here’s the envelope it all arrived in (with some sage advice – they’ve got my number):
Thank you very, very much to all the pupils at the Charles Dickens Primary School for these wonderful letters!
If you’re new to the Hubble Bubble books, you can look inside the first picture book, Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble, below:
And here’s a look inside The Glorious Granny Bake-Off: