If you are one of the many who have only just discovered the Vale of Strange books, you may not have ￼read this interview with their author Grimly Darkwood. Grimly was in conversation with Ian Eagleton who is the developer of the excellent app for iPad ‘The Reading Realm’. This app encourages children to read with games and quizzes. An extract from the first Vale of Strange book, ￼’The Shop on Peculiar Hill’, is one of the texts which Ian has used in his app.
The conversation took place a few months ago and the interview appeared on The Reading Realm site in November, shortly before the publication of the second￼ Vale of Strange book, ‘Stranger Days on Peculiar Hill’. It’s really worth a read if you haven’t seen it. Here’s a brief extract in which Grimly describes what he hoped to achieve when he started out writing the books:
￼“In writing The Shop on Peculiar Hill, I wanted to produce a book that was funny as well as scary, mysterious as well as exciting, and fun for adults to read as well as for children. I hope readers will think I’ve succeeded.”
You can read the whole of the interview here.￼
If you read one of the Vale of Strange books over the Christmas holiday, don’t forget to write and tell us what you think of it or send us your impressions of the Vale, either in print or in pictures. You are also welcome to send in any questions you have about the books. ￼￼We always love to get feedback from you.
And finally, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Grimly HQ!
Oh yes, and don’t forget that hat….