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Karen Inglis - Author

About the Author

Karen Inglis lives in Barnes, southwest London. She’s been writing ever since she was little and still has a box of her daily diaries hidden in a cupboard somewhere. She also had many pen friends in far-flung places as a child. Of course that was back in the day of handwriting and posting letters – so it often took months to get a reply!

As well as writing for children Karen writes for business, but she far prefers making up stories. Her time travel adventure, The Secret Lake, sat in a box in her office for over 10 years – she’s very glad she got it out as it’s now been enjoyed by over 7,000 readers! Karen has two grown-up boys, George and Nick, and it was reading to them that inspired her to start writing for children.

Featured books by Karen Inglis

Ferdinand Fox's Big Sleep

Ferdinand Fox's Big Sleep

5+ readers

Author: Karen Inglis Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/11/2012

Beautifully illustrated, this is the first of six delightful rhyming stories for 3-6 year-olds about Ferdinand, a kindhearted urban fox.  Young children will love the rhyming text, the passing of time with the church clock, and the vibrant colours.

Other books by Karen Inglis

The Christmas Tree Wish

The Christmas Tree Wish

Author: Karen Inglis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

A heart-warming Christmas tale about hope, friendship and being different. Children and grown-ups will fall in love with little Bruce Spruce and his fir tree friends! For ages 3-5 +. As the snow starts to fall on Christmas Eve morning, little Bruce Spruce dreams about finding a home for Christmas Day. But when things don't quite go to plan he finds that his friends are there for him - and all is not lost... This delightful new children's Christmas picture book from UK bestselling author of The Secret Lake, Karen Inglis, comes with stunning pen and ink hand-drawn illustrations by Anne Swift, featuring little Bruce Spruce, Penelope Pine, Douglas Fir and Cedrick Cypress - along with a charming Christmas robin and an inquisitive squirrel! Perfect for parents and grandparents to share with pre-school children and grandchildren or for nursery school or kindergarten teachers to share in class in the holiday season. The cast offers plenty of scope for children to dress up as the characters and act out the story and discuss hope, empathy, kindness and friendship. A wonderful Christmas story gift for children ages 3-5 or ages 4-6, and for all grown-ups who love picture books! Order with one click today!

Ferdinand Fox and the Hedgehog

Ferdinand Fox and the Hedgehog

Author: Karen Inglis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2018

Children, parents and grandparents will fall in love with Ferdinand Fox, Hatty the hedgehog and her baby son Ed in this delightful rhyming picture book story. Includes eight pages of fun photos and facts about foxes and hedgehogs. 'Ferdinand Fox trotted down past the park, where the seesaws and swings stood still in the dark. His magnificent tale sailed along in the light of the streetlamp above, which lit up the night.' 'That very same night, seeking bugs with her snout, Hatty the hedgehog was out and about. As soon as she smelled the scent of a fox, she scampered to hide in an old soggy box...' When Ferdinand Fox meets Edmond the baby hedgehog playing out alone one night, little Ed shrieks and curls into a tight prickly ball. He thinks the fox will eat him! But Ed soon realises that he is safe, and has just met a very special fox. Also introducing Hatty, Ed's mum... Perfect to share with toddlers, pre-school or kindergarten children at home or in the classroom or for home schooling. Older siblings and grown-ups will also love the rhyme! Includes eight pages of fun photos and facts about foxes and hedgehogs, to share with young children. Also in this series: Ferdinand Fox's Big Sleep - a firm favourite at school visits!

Walter Brown and the Magician's Hat

Walter Brown and the Magician's Hat

Author: Karen Inglis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/05/2016

*RED RIBBON WINNER WISHING SHELF AWARDS 2016* A fast-paced, magical page-turner for children ages 7-9+. Black and white illustrations throughout. When Walter Brown is woken on his 10th birthday by his cat Sixpence he has no idea that his life is about to change forever. A large present wrapped in silver paper reveals an old top hat, a tiny pair of white gloves and a magician's wand - together with a mysterious note from his late Great-grandpa Horace. But Walter gets the biggest surprise when he puts the top hat on and discovers that his cat has special powers and they've been chosen for a secret mission. What better place to start practising magic, they decide, than on Walter's super-cool new neighbours, twins Harry and George Braithwaite? But magical mayhem follows when Walter accidentally sets free monsters from their new video game and finds himself locked in battle with a Fire Fiend that's threatening to burn his house down...'A superbly written, magical adventure. Highly recommended!' Wishing Shelf Book Awards review If you're looking for a fun, fast-paced story for children ages 7-9 or ages 8-10 that combines humour, adventure and magic this is the book for you!

Henry Haynes and the Great Escape

Henry Haynes and the Great Escape

Author: Karen Inglis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/04/2014

A boy, a magic book and a bossy boa - oh, and a VERY smelly gorilla! A fun and fast-paced illustrated chapter book for ages 6-8 When Henry Haynes complains that his new book is boring he gets more than he bargained for. Before he knows it, he's been sucked down into the story and finds himself eyeball to eyeball with Brian, a bossy boa constrictor who's in charge of a zoo escape. Brian won't let Henry return home until he's released the animals, including some hungry lions and Gordon - the extremely smelly gorilla who masterminded the escape plan. To make matters worse, it looks as if Gordon's out to get Henry...Can Henry get home alive? And why didn't he just keep his big mouth shut about boring stories? Includes the first two chapters of Eeek! The Runaway Alien for free!

Ferdinand Fox's Big Sleep Colouring Book

Ferdinand Fox's Big Sleep Colouring Book

Author: Karen Inglis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2013

A delightful rhyming picture book and colouring book in one - perfect for ages 3-5 Ferdinand Fox curled up in the sun, as the church of St Mary struck quarter past one. His tummy was full, he was ready for sleep, and closing his eyes he began to count sheep. As Ferdinand Fox falls asleep in Peter Maceever's back garden one afternoon, we learn through his dream bubbles about all of his favourite food - including sausages, chocolate, cakes and ice cream! Perfect for parents to read aloud to children aged 3-5, with plenty to talk about. They will also love the rhyming text and bold black and white line drawings for colouring in. Also available as a full colour picture book . Why not get both so that your child can copy the colours?!

Ferdinand Fox's Big Sleep

Ferdinand Fox's Big Sleep

Author: Karen Inglis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/11/2012

When Peter Maceever spots Ferdinand Fox sleeping in his garden he tiptoes out to take a photo. At the click of the camera Ferdinand briefly stirs as his dreamy blancmange goes blurred. But he is far too lazy to move and is soon back asleep, dreaming about cake and ice cream! The first of six delightful rhyming stories about Ferdinand, a kind-hearted urban fox. Read aloud to 3-6 year-olds or for confident readers and adults to enjoy themselves! Look out for more Ferdinand Fox stories in 2013! www.FerdinandFox.co.uk

Eeek! The Runaway Alien

Eeek! The Runaway Alien

Author: Karen Inglis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/02/2012

A boy, an alien and football - a match made in heaven for soccer fans aged 7-10! Laugh-out-loud funny!Eleven-year-old Charlie Spruit can't believe his luck when he opens his door to an alien one morning. Who is he? Why has he come? Charlie soon discovers that this alien has run away from space to Earth to be with him because he's soccer mad and the World Cup is on...! 'Eeek, ' as Charlie decides to call him, takes up secret residence in Charlie's bedroom where he sleeps on the ceiling by night and pores over Charlie's football magazines and stickers by day. All is going surprisingly well until slimy sci-fi mad Sid Spiker, who lives out the back, spots Eeek through his telescope. Sid has his own plans for this alien, which bring surprises that no-one could have imagined...

The Secret Lake

The Secret Lake

Author: Karen Inglis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2011

A lost dog, a hidden time tunnel and a secret lake take Stella and Tom to their home and the children living there 100 years in the past. A page-turning time travel adventure for children aged 8-11. Now enjoyed by thousands of young readers! When Stella and her younger brother, Tom, move to their new London home, they become mystified by the disappearances of Harry, their elderly neighbour's dog. Where does he go? And why does he keep reappearing wet-through? Their quest to solve the riddle over the summer holidays soon leads to a boat buried under a grassy mound - and a tunnel that takes them to a secret lake. Who is the boy rowing towards them? Why is he so terrified? And whose are those children's voices carried on the wind from beyond the woods? Stella and Tom soon discover that they have travelled back in time to their home and its gardens almost 100 years earlier. Here they make both friends and enemies and uncover startling connections between the past and present. The Secret Lake has been described by readers as a modern Tom's Midnight Garden and compared in atmosphere with The Secret Garden and the Enid Blyton and Nancy Drew mystery adventure stories. Its page-turning plot, with its many twists and turns, makes it a firm favourite with both boys and girls. Karen Inglis describes it as: a time travel mystery adventure with modern twists - the kind of story that I loved to read as a child, but brought right up to date .

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