lions & fleabags

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


My friend Helen writes & illustrates the most wonderful books for children. She’s also one of my favourite people ever, a hugely inspirational mama and has a wardrobe full of Things I Want to Steal, but they don’t seem to mention that much when they read her stories on cbeebies/Blue Peter, or when she illustrates a new Michael Morpurgo book. Weird.

Anyway, she’s given me a stack of some of her most popular books to give away to my instagram followers – or to you, if you follow me here instead.

You know how the best kids TV shows are the ones that entertain the adults too? Helen’s books are like that. Even when you’ve read the story a hundred times (moooore being Orla’s new favourite word), the illustrations just keep drawing you in. Plus they’re funny, timeless, and, depending on how much sleep you’ve had, occasionally tear-jerking. You have been warned.


To enter, just follow Helen on one (or more!) of her official social media pages – twitter, Facebook or instagram – then comment below. There are 10 copies of Fleabag & 10 copies of How to Hide a Lion to be won, and both are suitable for all ages. Winners will be chosen in about a week.
Good luck!

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  • January 17, 2024

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  • Sara

  • July 13, 2014

Ps yes! Available in Waterstones & all goods kids bookshops, plus I’ve definitely seen How to hide a Lion in Asda ☺️ x

  • Sara

  • July 13, 2014

Congrats Gemma – you were one of the winners! Email me your address & your prize will be on it’s way! x

  • Louise Evans

  • June 19, 2014

These books are fab x

  • Chris

  • June 18, 2014

I love these front covers 🙂

  • Gemma

  • June 18, 2014

These are the kind of books my youngest daughter would love she could make a story out I would enjoy reading them with her now following on Facebook and Twitter, are Helens books avible in a lot of places xx

  • Sarah

  • June 18, 2014

We have borrowed both of these books from the library, my children loved them, it would be great to have these books to read over and over again.

  • Sara

  • June 18, 2014

Oh I think I had a Richard Scarry rainy day book with a paper village! Seem to remember hours cutting out tiny shops and market stalls. Thanks for reminding me! x

  • Toni

  • June 17, 2014

Her illustrations are just gorgeous. They remind me of the Richard Scarry Golden Books I grew up with only much cooler.

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