I have just finished working on the first book in a major new fiction series for ages 9-12, to be published by Anova. Once again it is written by the brilliant and hilarious Martin Howard. The first book will be in the shops in October 2009.

Here is a brief taster from Anova’s catalogue. 

The headline in ‘The Cackler’ is grim. Old Biddy Vicious, the most Superior High and Wicked Witch and owner of the Black Wand of Ohh Please Don’t Turn Me Into Aaaaarghhh…..Ribbett, is dead. But witches like their news on the dark side and there is great anticipation in the witching world. After all, there will need to be a new leader and a diabolical competition to find out who will become the new Most Superior High and Wicked Witch.

Esmelia Sniff fancies her chances; after all she is exceedingly wicked and has warts in all the right places. As she and her surprisingly cheerful apprentice, Sam, set off to find three other witches to nominate her for the job, the meanest and baddest witches in the world are hatching their own devious plan to become The Wickedest Witch…

The copyright for the above text is owned by Martin Howard and Anova books.

Here is one of the roughs I did for the cover. For the final cover the illustration will be of Esmelia and Sam flying against moonlight.