Claire Freedman wins a Richard & Judy book award
CHILDREN’S WRITER Claire Freedman has a lot to smile about. Her book Aliens Love Underpants! scooped the Richard & Judy Book Club awards for the “Early” (over fives) category.
The book, written in rhyme, is about aliens, who come to Earth not with a view to taking over the world — but to steal underpants. Ms Freedman tells People: “It is definitely the zaniest book I have every written. It has taken me completely by sur- prise how popular it has been. It has really caught the attention of parents and children.”
Ms Freedman, based in Essex, admits she was a “bit embarrassed” when sending a copy off to the publishers.
She explains: “I first sent in a story about aliens, but the publishers came back to me saying that they wanted a different spin on it. So I sent in something that was completely mad, but they seemed to really like it. I am really pleased to have won the award,” she adds.
A professional writer for the past 11 years, Ms Freedman’s other works include Dilly Duckling, Hushabye Lily and Snuggle Up (all Little Tiger Press); and Squabble and Squawk (Simon & Schuster, also Aliens Love Underpants!).
There was also success for Andy Stanton, whose book, You’re A Bad Man, Mr Gum!, won the “developing over sevens” category (Egmont Books).