Charlotte Guillain, Adam Guillain - Author

About the Author

Adam and Charlotte Guillain.

Adam is a performance storyteller and was the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre Writer in Residence. He is published by OUP, Pearson and Scholastic.

Charlotte taught English to air traffic controllers and nurses before deciding a career in publishing would endanger fewer lives. Following a decade working as a commissioning editor, Charlotte is now a prolific author of children's fiction, non-fiction and picture books. 

Q&A: Adam and Charlotte

1. How did you get the idea for this book/artwork?

Like many parents with babies, Charlotte and I would make up silly rhymes and songs for all usual baby stuff: changing nappies, going to sleep, eating food etc. One of the first solids our own George loved was spaghetti. One day we were doing the usual nonsense stuff when the words 'spaghetti with the yeti' came out. We were on to it like a shot! When Egmont said they loved it and wanted Lee Wildish to create the illustrations we were so happy we danced a jig!

2. How would you describe the book?

It's very silly, funny and warm.

3. Which is your favourite character/theme in the book?

We love the character, George, partly because he's based on our own red-headed son, but because he so refreshingly innocent and optimistic. He has an idea and in good faith he just goes for it!

4. How long did it take you to write/illustrate this book?

The first draft was written in about fifteen minutes but we've been writing, rewriting and crafting this story for seven years.

5. How did you do the research for it? Where did you look/go?

Other than researching if anyone else had thought of this idea before, we did absolutely no research at all - which was great!

6. What other books have you written/illustrated?

It's a long list. Better check out our website www.tinnedspaghetti.co.uk

Books by Charlotte Guillain, Adam Guillain

Engage Literacy Brown Level 27 and 28 Pack of 12 Readers

Engage Literacy Brown Level 27 and 28 Pack of 12 Readers

Author: Charlotte Guillain, Adam Guillain, Alison Reynolds, Kelly Gaffney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/08/2017

Engage Literacy is the award-winning reading scheme from Raintree. Perfect for both guided and independent reading, its engaging and contemporary content motivates and supports early readers while providing a reliable and instructional framework. Some readers are thematically linked in fiction and non-fiction pairs and precisely levelled, with new vocabulary introduced and reinforced throughout the levels.

Reading Planet - Ping Pong Champ - Orange: Comet Street Kids

Reading Planet - Ping Pong Champ - Orange: Comet Street Kids

Author: Charlotte Guillain, Adam Guillain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2016

Finn is brilliant at table tennis - better than anyone else at school. The problem is no one wants to play him because he's so good! Can he find his match - and will he lose his winning record? Ping Pong Champ is part of the Comet Street Kids range of books from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Comet Street Kids is an action-packed character series with highly decodable books for Pink A to White band. Children will love experiencing the amazing adventures of Rav, Asha, Tess, Finn and Stefan!Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and activities to support reading at home as well as comprehension questions to check understanding. Reading age: 5-6 years

Reading Planet - What Happens Next? - Orange: Comet Street Kids

Reading Planet - What Happens Next? - Orange: Comet Street Kids

Author: Charlotte Guillain, Adam Guillain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2016

Asha is writing a comic book, and all her friends can't wait to find out what happens. But just as she finishes the story, she loses the book! The search is on... Can the friends find the book and discover the ending? What Happens Next? is part of the Comet Street Kids range of books from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Comet Street Kids is an action-packed character series with highly decodable books for Pink A to White band. Children will love experiencing the amazing adventures of Rav, Asha, Tess, Finn and Stefan! Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and activities to support reading at home as well as comprehension questions to check understanding. Reading age: 5-6 years

Reading Planet - The Pharaoh's Cat - Orange: Comet Street Kids

Reading Planet - The Pharaoh's Cat - Orange: Comet Street Kids

Author: Charlotte Guillain, Adam Guillain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2016

When the Comet Street Kids visit the Ancient Egypt exhibition at the museum, they find themselves travelling back in time to see the Egyptian pyramids for real! Unfortunately, not everyone's happy to see them, and they have to hide inside a pyramid so they don't get caught. Can the pharaoh's cat help them to find their way out? The Pharoah's Cat is part of the Comet Street Kids range of books from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Comet Street Kids is an action-packed character series with highly decodable books for Pink A to White band. Children will love experiencing the amazing adventures of Rav, Asha, Tess, Finn and Stefan! Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and activities to support reading at home as well as comprehension questions to check understanding. Reading age: 5-6 years

Reading Planet - Space Junk - Orange: Comet Street Kids

Reading Planet - Space Junk - Orange: Comet Street Kids

Author: Charlotte Guillain, Adam Guillain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2016

Tess is excited because Rav's parents are taking her and Rav to Planet Zoom today. In the Alien World cinema, they find themselves shooting through the screen and into space! There they bump into some little blue aliens who are scared and hiding in a crater. Can they find out what's wrong with the little aliens and defeat their enemy? Space Junk is part of the Comet Street Kids range of books from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Comet Street Kids is an action-packed character series with highly decodable books for Pink A to White band. Children will love experiencing the amazing adventures of Rav, Asha, Tess, Finn and Stefan! Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and activities to support reading at home as well as comprehension questions to check understanding. Reading age: 5-6 years

Race Ahead With Reading: The Pirates and the Talent Show

Race Ahead With Reading: The Pirates and the Talent Show

Author: Charlotte Guillain, Adam Guillain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2016

The Planktown Pirates are back! This time they want to show off their musical talents in a local talent competition. However, they don't have much musical talent, and they don't realise that they are up against their arch enemies the Gruseome Crew, who are bound to cause trouble! Race Ahead with Reading is the perfect introduction to reading chapters with brand new page turning reads in five short bite size chapters, to encourage children to take the driving seat with their reading.

Race Ahead With Reading: The Pirate Pie Ship

Race Ahead With Reading: The Pirate Pie Ship

Author: Charlotte Guillain, Adam Guillain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2013

The Pirate Pie Ship is a burly tale of tasty adventure on the high seas! Times are changing and the pirates can no longer rely on stealing treasure to make money so they decide to go into the pie making business. But they soon find a rival ship has the same idea... Race Ahead with Reading is the perfect introduction to reading chapters with brand new page turning reads in five bite-size chapters, to encourage children to take the driving seat with their reading.

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