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Ever since reading 'sodium monofluorophosphate' on the side of a toothpaste tube, Archie Kimpton has enjoyed putting words together and seeing what comes out. He graduated from Manchester University in 1991 and has spent the last twenty years in preparation for this moment of authordom - flogging salami, script writing, book binding and care working in the interim.
Jumblecat is his first novel.
He lives in south London with his wife, kids and Doonican, the diabetic cat and sometime-inspiration for his animal cruelty based stories (only joking, Dooni).
May 2015 Book of the Month There’s a lovely traditional feel to this book. It’s set in Slopp-on-Sea, and stars a little girl called Milk (she was abandoned on a milk cart as a baby, hence the name), who lives with her granddad. Granddad is a bit confused and prone to wandering off, though he never comes to harm, and one day he returns from the beach with a strange old book in his pocket. In the book is a recipe for the mysterious Porridge of Knowledge, which of course Milk makes. The Porridge does indeed transform anyone and anything who eats it, from ants to the children in Milk’s class. The main plot concerns the nasty family who have moved into Slopp, and care nothing about dumping toxic waste into the bay, and the Porridge helps Milk and her neighbours see them off. Funny, and slightly silly too, this is a proper adventure story, and the relationship between Milk and her Granddad is beautifully observed. ~ Andrea Reece
July 2014 Debut of the Month Introducing a fantastically funny new voice in children's fiction. Think David Walliams meets Franck Cottrell Boyce with a smidgen of classics like Dick King-Smith and Richmal Crompton thrown in. Jumblecat is bursting with quirky characters (including a jumbled up talking cat - I ask you!, a taxidermist and an eccentric old lady), juicy and playful writing. It is a book to be relished, read and re-read over again. Beautifully illustrated with lots of black and white line art by the Greenaway Medal nominated artist Kate Hindley, Jumblecat is sure to capture a child's heart as has happened with the kids from the Lovereading4kids reader review panel who were lucky enough to read and review it ahead of publication. A Piece of Passion from Emma Matthewson, Editor-at-Large It was quite a dreary day outside when I started reading Jumblecat by Archie Kimpton, and it cheered me up so much! The story of Billy, who discovers a cat who not only can talk but is literally jumbled up (head, tail, ears, paws, all in the wrong place) is such fun. For fans of Roald Dahl and David Walliams, this story is perfect for boys and girls - something that really drew me to it, when so many stories are clearly aimed at one or the other. I just loved it as I laughed (at Billy's obsessively neat freak mother hairdrying the carrots before she puts them in the fridge) and cried (at Billy's really very touching relationship with his gentle father). I really hope everybody else who reads it will love it just as much as I do.
Magic gloop, evil baddies and a ridiculous amount of food abound in this super-silly story Milk lives in the grubby seaside town of Slopp-on-Sea - a rubbish name for a rubbish town. But Milk's life is pretty rubbish too, so it fits. She loves her Granddad, but nowadays he's always wandering off somewhere, or asking her befuddled questions. Then one day, he comes back from one of his jaunts with a battered book in his hand containing a recipe for THE PORRIDGE OF KNOWLEDGE. Intrigued, Milk enlists the help of her friend Carp to try the recipe. At first it looks like all they've managed to create is a lump of malodorous goo - but then they notice the ants (who have been nibbling the porridge) building a mashed potato replica of the leaning tower of Pisa... So they decide to try it out on themselves. And the results are incredible! Suddenly Milk and Carp are the cleverest people in town - and Granddad is back to his normal self. Milk and Carp are about to discover that sometimes a little bit of knowledge goes a long way...
A hilarious and madcap adventure from a delightfully quirky debut author Billy Slipper is a fairly normal boy with a definitely not-so-fairly normal family. All he wants to do is add to his 'Collectabillya' (an assortment of weird and wonderful objects he finds) in peace, but his cleaning-mad mum (she even clingfilms the carrots!) and his fantastically horrid twin sister have other ideas. However, they don't bargain on Billy finding his best ever Collectabillya - Jumblecat! Jumblecat is a . . . well, a jumbled-up cat (who talks, by the way), and he's set to change the Slippers' lives forever. With the help of his batty old-lady next-door-neighbour, Billy must battle to win the town pet show (top prize: GBP10,000), find a vet who can un-jumble Jumblecat (price: GBP10,000), RESCUE Jumblecat when he is stolen (culprit: an insane taxidermy-obsessed general) - and then stop Jumblecat from getting stuffed, all with the help of his dad's milk float. Sounds easy? Well, you just haven't met Jumblecat yet. Beautifully illustrated by the Greenaway Medal nominated artist Kate Hindley, JUMBLECAT is sure to capture your heart.