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Summer 2010 issue out 7 December!

"Alphabet Soup magazine issue 9 cover"

Inside issue 9 of Alphabet Soup magazine:

  • Q&A with Hazel Edwards, author of There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake (and many more books!)
  • Australian Wetlands at Perth Zoo
  • Stories, poems and book recommendations
  • Kids’ writing (your own stories, poems and book reviews!)
  • Crossword
  • The Book Chook’s writing tips for kids
  • Summer 2010 writing competition

Oh! And don’t forget to admire the cover. The artwork is by Angel Hatton, the winner of our design-a-cover competition.

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“Lights out!” (Hazel Edwards)

To tell us what she used to read after lights out, today we welcome Hazel Edwards, author of many, many books, including There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake, The Gang-O Kids, and Outback Ferals.

Gang-O Kids (cover)

Outback Ferals (cover)

There's a Hippopotamus on my roof eating cake (cover)

Hazel Edwards, the Aqua-readaholic

Hazel holding new Plato Book
Hazel Edwards holding Plato The Platypus Plumber (Part-time)

Yes, I did read under the bedclothes with a torch. Didn’t have to use my pocket money for torch batteries because we lived in a country general store which sold everything.

But my favourite place for reading was, and still is, in the bath. So I’m an aqua-readaholic. Maybe a publisher will make waterproof pages in the future?

My grandfather had a lending library, so I could borrow Enid Blyton mysteries and then I moved onto spy stories. (If I were aged under 12 today, I’d probably read Deb Abela’s ‘Max Remy’ series.)

I like quest stories where you have to find something. That’s why I wrote the Gang-O Kids who solve mysteries while orienteering.

Now I write stories like Outback Ferals (published by Hachette) which has an eco-scientist Kyle who is trying to solve a pandemic mystery, or picture book Plato the Platypus Plumber(part-time) who is a problem-solver.

Also, I travel a lot so I listen to audio stories, especially mysteries.

– Hazel Edwards

PS I have dropped a few books in the bath, but don’t tell.

© 2010 Hazel Edwards

You can find out more about Hazel Edwards and her books by visiting her website –

undercover readers logoAlphabet Soup magazine is celebrating the launch of Undercover Readers (our new reviewers club for kids)!  If you’d like to join the Undercover Readers Club, you’ll find an information pack you can download from the Alphabet Soup website. As part of the celebrations, we have a different children’s author or illustrator visiting Soup Blog each day until 29 June 2010 to talk about what they used to read after ‘lights out’ when they were growing up. So be sure to check back tomorrow!

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Author website: Hazel Edwards

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There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake Answering Questions!

There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake (by Hazel Edwards and illustrated by Deborah Niland) celebrates its 30th birthday this year. Do you have a question you’d like to ask the hippo? You can ask away on Hazel’s website! (You can also find out the answers to to questions from other kids, like: What kind of cake is it? and Do you talk?)

The site also has news about Hazel’s latest picture book Flight of the Bumblebee, which comes with a CD of Antonia Kidman reading the story, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s famous music Flight of the Bumblebee.