Claire Freed­man wins a Richard & Judy book award

The Jewish Chronicle - - PEOPLE -

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).

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