We are inaugurating a new feature on Library Mice today with the help of picture book author Michelle Robinson. This new feature was inspired by one I read in a leading woman’s magazine so I can’t take the credit, really!
So, here it is, ta-dah!

The last children’s book you read:
The Great Snortle Hunt by Claire Freedman and Kate Hindley. 
It’s great fun, just the right sort of scary and the illustrations are wonderful – very exciting as Kate is currently working her magic on one of my stories…

Your favourite comfort reads:
I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

The book that made me want to be a children’s writer :
The Garden Gang Ladybird books by Jayne Fisher

The books that made me cry :
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows plus The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society again.

The book I wish I’d written:
Not A Box by Antoinette Portis, because it is perfect. It’s the purest idea expressed in the simplest way – and it’s deceptively simple, actually. I bet it was actually pretty hard to produce a book like this; it would have been much easier to over-egg it. Instead we get a game that’s familiar to toddlers the world over: ‘Why are you sitting in that box?’ ‘It’s not a box.’ The sparseness of both the illustrations and the text is ingenious. I love reading it with my kids, but every time I do I wish it bore my name on the front. Note to self: must raise game.

The book that everyone should read :
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee – but they’ve probably already read it, so they should read one of mine instead… 😉

Many thanks to Michelle for taking the time to share her life in books with us.
I should at this point confess that I have never read To Kill A Mockingbird … all my credibility is now shattered!