Chae Stratie was born 32 years ago in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, when he was very small. Since then he has grown a great deal, to the extent that nowadays he is considerably bigger than a baby.
He was educated in a secret underwater laboratory built by the Government, before escaping in a huge bubble at the age of 18. After that he embarked on a series of ill-fated schemes designed to win friends and impress girls. The most notable of these disastrous outings was his attempt to reach the South Pole on a Â£2.99 plastic sledge pulled by a team of cats.
Chae is a world famous horse-whisperer, weasel-murmerer and bee-shouter and is the creator of all the most successful Broadway musicals since 1982.
Chae Strathie is prone to flights of fancy.
Chae started writing silly stuff for children in his 20â€™s and has now amassed a sprawling collection of literally three or four picture book stories, two of which have been published by those nice people at Meadowside.
He works as a sub-editor for a national newspaper based in Dundee and lives in a quiet fishing village in Fife with his wife Corinna, daughter Eilidh, three cats, a goldfish and numerous uninvited spiders. Eilidh wants some giant land snails, but if she thinks sheâ€™s bringing them into the house sheâ€™s got another thing coming.
His greatest claim to fame is once appearing in an episode of Channel 4â€™s Location, Location, Location. They didnâ€™t find him a house.
He dreams of one day going to Great Yarmouth.
Winner of Bookbug Readers category (3-7 years) Scottish Children’s Book Award 2013 Fans of Aliens Love Underpants will laugh equally loudly at this story which also has a useful moral. With its gunk on the carpet and junk on the bed, the bedroom of Johnny McNess is such a mess that his mum is sure that the horrible Jumble Monster will soon be along to feast on the horrible slobbery. And mum is right! Luckily, there is one machine that Jumblebum cant stand and Johnny gets him into it as soon as possible. And his room is never messy again! The winners of each of the categories - 3-7, 8-11 and 12-16 - of the Scottish Children’s Book Award 2013 are voted for by children and will be announced in March 2014. If you would like to register to vote, visit www.scottishbooktrust.com. You can also add a review on their site and here at Lovereading we would also be delighted to receive reviews of any of the shortlisted titles, which we will load on to the site. Just email your review through to firstname.lastname@example.org
An inventive space fantasy tells how the Loon powers the lights on the Moon by sucking up all the dreams that leak from children. Suddenly, disaster strikes! Earth children are producing no more dreams! The Loon sets off to Neptune but the Noodle’s have used up all of their dream steam. On Venus the Vimtingles are too busy laughing to care about dreaming…Can the Loon keep the Moon shining its light? A humourous look at the space!
A warm and comforting story that’s perfect for a toddler to give to their dad, particularly for Father’s Day. Dad’s wonderful tales of where he’s been, from flying round the world in a motorised bed to working as a top secret spy, bring out all the love and admiration that father and child could ever have for each other. Fabulous. This title is from the same author that created the magical book The Tickle Tree!.
This is one of the most beautiful books for bedtime reading that we’ve seen in a while. Full of strange creatures you’ll never have heard of from a Boomjangle and a Crabbysnap to a Giant Galumph to the Grimbles on Mars. And then of course there’s the place where the Tickle Tree grows.
A kid's life in ancient Greece might sound like fun, what with all that brilliant sunny weather and watching the Olympic Games, but actually life for kids could be pretty hard. In this hilarious book, written by award-winning author Chae Strathie, children will learn just how tough life really was, from living on a diet of blood soup whilst wearing nothing but a cloak, to having to learn a poem that was over 15,000 lines long! Thanks, but no thanks, Homer! Probably the first book about ancient Greece to feature a race between a go-kart and a goose, this is a must read for kids with a passion for horrible history!
Mack the cat is the best detective in town, or so he tells his assistant, Squeak. So when a lovely piece of cheese goes missing, he's the perfect cat for the job! But solving the cheesy crime is a lot harder than expected... will Mack and Squeak ever found out who ate the cheese? With gorgeously vibrant illustrations from Nikki Dyson and an hilarious text by Chae Strathie, this laugh-out-loud picture book is sure to tickle your funny-bone!
Max and his favourite T. Rex are back with a bang in this gorgeous follow-up to DEAR DINOSAUR. When Max visits his friend, the mighty T.Rex, at the museum, he's disappointed to learn that T.Rex is no longer there. Instead, he's halfway around the globe on a tour of the world. Max decides to write his missing friend a letter and, once again, his faithful friend writes back - this time from locations all across the globe. Dinosaur fans will love this interactive picture book with fold-out letters and cards to open and dinosaur facts to discover.
Welcome to Cap'n Firebeard's School for Pirates - the fiercest, baddest school on all the Seven Seas. Step aboard me hearties, and learn how to become a real pirate. It's a new term at Captain Firebeard's School for Pirates, and Tommy, Jo, Milton and Spencer are back on board the Rusty Barnacle for another adventure. But something fishy is going on. Someone is stealing sweets from Liquorice Len's tuck shop. When Tommy and friends find themselves in the frame, it's time to solve the swashbuckling mystery and find the culprit. But no one expects it to be a real-life sea monster!
Get ready for a ROARSOME time! When Max visits a local museum, he wishes he could ask the dinosaurs a bunch of questions. Since the museum is about to close, the curator (Dinosaur Dora) says, Why don't you write our T. Rex a letter? He might even write back. And so begins a pen pal relationship unlike all others. At first, T. Rex's letters make him seem like a big, toothy tough guy who's too busy to write friendly letters to tasty little humans. But once Max and T. Rex start trading letters, they share funny jokes, silly facts, a baby tooth, rubber duckies, and more. This unlikely duo soon embark on an unusual friendship that spans the ages...and even includes very real cards and letters to open.
After a trip to the museum, Max writes a letter to his favourite dinosaur, the mighty T. Rex - and the T. Rex writes back! As Max and T. Rex learn about each other's lives, a very unusual friendship develops in this funny and touching story from an award-winning duo. Dinosaur fans will love this interactive picture book with letters and cards to open, and dinosaur facts to discover along the way.
A deliciously funny new picture book by Scottish Children's Book Award winner Chae Strathie and Waterstones Children's Book Prize winner Nicola O' Byrne. When the animals visit Little Sam Sundae's ice cream shop on Jellybean Street they have some unusual requests. Sam whips up blue cheese sundae for Mouse and a worm cornet for Hen. Finally, it's Gorilla's turn to order but all he wants is plain old vanilla. Licking their lips, the other animals realise that Gorilla has made the best choice, after all. Luckily for them, gorillas love sharing!