The Adventures of Jenny and Philip

We All Need Friends

About the Book

The Adventures of Jenny and Philip: We All Need Friends. Jenny lives in Yorkshire with her aunt and uncle and makes friends with George, the little boy who moved next door. The children enjoy playing together until the day Cousin Jessica comes to stay. Jenny is furious! Can her best friend, Philip, the talking cat, teach Jenny the importance of friendship and sharing? We’ll see!

The Adventures of Jenny and Philip: We All Need Friends

About the Author

Dawn-Maria France, a former youth worker and children’s author, is a dedicated and award-winning journalist. She focuses on children’s rights, mental health, and carers. Currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief of Yorkshire Women’s Life, she brings extensive experience from her work with BBC TV, Sky News, Talk TV, ITN News, and radio.

Qn 1: Can you tell us more about your book, The Adventures of Jenny and Philip: We All Need Friends, What is it about?

My second children’s Picture book, for 4-7-year-olds, is about a strong, independent Yorkshire little girl called Jenny. The book is called The Adventures of Jenny and Philip. We all need friends. It features Jenny and her talking cat. Their adventures are fun and a source of hope and inspiration for young readers.

Qn 2: Who do you think would be interested in this book, The Adventures of Jenny and Philip: We All Need Friends, is it directed at any particular market?

The book is Perfect for adults to read to preschool children or for youngsters to read for themselves; this is the second book in a series of books about Jenny’s inspiring life-learning journey with wise Philip, the cat.

Qn 3: Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors, which are your favourite and why?

Roald Dahl’s writing has always captivated me. His whimsical tales enchanted me as a young reader. Matilda left a lasting impression with her story of a brilliant young girl standing up to neglectful parents and a tyrannical headmistress. Similarly, James and the Giant Peach was a delightful adventure featuring a giant peach, talking insects, and a remarkable journey across the ocean.

William Shakespeare, the esteemed English playwright, poet, and actor, is widely recognized as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s foremost dramatist. His masterful works, especially Hamlet and Othello, captivate me.

I am drawn to his skillful delving into various genres, from comedy to history to tragedy. His adaptability and writing prowess shine through in every play.

Qn 4: What guidance would you offer to someone new, or trying to enhance their writing?

Before even putting pen to paper, I researched a lot. Knowing your genre and reading different books is essential if you write for children. I talked to young children and read my work to them. They are my market, and their response is critical. I ensured that I captured their speech pattern and used vocabulary suitable for 4-7-year-olds’ reading ages.

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