The contract’s signed. The money’s in the bank(1). It’s time to talk about the new book.
Muddlespot is a little devil down in hell. His job is to sweep up the remains of his larger colleagues who get ripped to pieces by his boss whenever the boss is unhappy with their results. He is a contented little Muddlespot. Until one day the boss finds that somehow there is no one else left to do his bidding, and Muddlespot gets sent up to Earth. His mission (which he has no choice but to accept) is enter the mind of a girl called Sally Jones. Sally is top of her class, always does her homework, always keeps her room tidy, is nice to everybody and liked by all who meet her. And Muddlespot has to persuade her not to be any of the above any more.
The story is about how they get on. It’s about how it is, in fact, really quite difficult to persuade someone who is the best and nicest and most likeable at everything to try being something else for a change. And when our hero finally starts to make a bit of headway, there’s a lean, muscular, square-jawed, heroic angel called (cue the trumpets, please) Windleberry who gets sent in against him. And after that the story’s about how they all get on together, and how the climax builds to the final, fateful confrontation over – the Muffin of Doom.
Written for 9-13s and any one up to the age of 93 who likes that sort of thing. Like me. Coming out June 2012 or maybe a little bit after. Thank you, David Fickling Books.
(1) Well, it was last week. Some of it’s still there.