Friday 5 February 2021

My Robot's Gone Wild! New Book in the Robot Babysitter series, Out Now!


Hi folks, 

Belated best wishes for the New Year – I hope all is well with you and yours.

I'm posting today to announce that the fourth (and final) book in the Robot Babysitter series is now available.

Emma, at Primary Teacher Bookshelf, did a great review that sums up the story very nicely. She kindly allowed me to use it here:

"My Robot’s Gone Wild is an epic finale to this series of books … a real ‘coming-of-age,’ ‘moving on’ story, that will appeal to children in Year 6 thinking about their transition to high school and all the changes that lie ahead. 

Jake, his twin sister, best friend Ali and school-friend Ivana are spending one last summer together before ‘big school’ camping in the Scottish Wilderness. They’re pitching up at Granny Anderson’s place and Jake can’t wait to see Robin his robot babysitter again. He’s also really looking forward to hanging out with his best mate, but it would seem Ali only has eyes for Ivana now and Jake’s worried he might have lost his best bud for good. His summer is looking lonely, but when Granny’s Highland cattle are stolen, Jake & his friends end up having one last adventure they’ll never forget … 

There’s some really appealing themes between the pages alongside the adventure … that most upper primary pupils will identify with."– Emma Kuyateh, Primary Teacher Bookshelf

If you happen to have a robot fan to hand and would like to buy a copy … THANK YOU! I've set up a 'bookshop' of sorts on my website with links to various places you might like to purchase from.

To watch some videos and find out more about the rest of the stories in the series, click here for the robots page on my website.

Thanks for reading.

Take care of yourselves.

Best wishes

Friday 18 December 2020

Seasons Greetings!


As we all know, it's just not Christmas until you've seen a robot in a sleigh …


You're telling me that's not a thing where you're from!


Just a quick post to say thanks, once again, for your support this year folks. I hope that you and yours are safe and well, and would like to wish you all the best for a the festive season. Here's hoping 2021 brings better news for everyone.

Take care and all the best,



Friday 11 December 2020

Signed Books for Christmas … and beyond!

Looking for a personalised gift for the book lover in your life? Don't know what to buy for that robot-obsessed whipper snapper in the family? Well, I might just be able to help you out there …

If you'd like to buy a copy of one of my books, first of all – thank you!

Ideally, you'll have a local bookshop you can purchase from – one of those hallowed spaces where you can walk around and browse the books on the shelves while inhaling the heady scent of ink on paper … 

Sorry, where was I? Ah, that's right – bookshops. Sadly, actual bricks and mortar bookshops are an increasingly rare and endangered species, so if you don't have a local shop you can visit in person, I've outlined a few alternative options below.


As part of an initiative to support independent bookshops in the current difficult times, Catalina Echeverri – the brilliant illustrator of the Robot Babysitter books – has designed some bespoke bookplates. Cata created and signed all the bookplates, then posted them to me in Wales, where I added my signature, then posted them on to four independent bookshops who have joined us in this venture (details below). Don't worry if you don't live locally to any of these shops, as Alligator's, Chicken and Coles all take orders online. 




COLES BOOKS, Bicester OX26





I have a limited stock of the titles below and would be delighted to sign and dedicate a copy as requested. Books cost £8 each plus P&P. Please email me with the details and I'll confirm the full price including postage. Thanks.



Again, in an effort to support independent bookshops I have joined the initiative. The copies available here are not signed, but the full profit from your order will either go to a specific local bookshop you'd like to support, or contribute to an earnings pool that will be evenly distributed among independent bookshops.

As well as copies of my own books, my bookshop page also features lists of some of my favourite books. If you're in need of some inspiration for Christmas presents, why not have a browse?


Thanks for your support. Enjoy the stories and have a great festive season!


Take care and best wishes




Monday 16 November 2020

A VIEW OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS! Book Week Scotland 2020

As part of the 2020 Book Week Scotland celebrations I was invited to make a short film where I share "a view of my favourite things". 

I'm a bit of a hoarder, so it was tough deciding which of my favourite things to talk about! If you'd like to find out what I chose, the video is available to watch for FREE this Friday (20/11/20) by following the LINK HERE or via the Book Week Scotland website where you'll find details of lots of other great events. If you do decide to have a look, I hope you enjoy it – apologies in advance for the terrible noises! Thanks to Moira and Elaine in Dundee for inviting me to take part.


Monday 17 August 2020

National Literacy Trust #FitforLit Alternative Sports Day Challenge


With COVID-19 set to have a disastrous impact on the literacy of the 4.6 million children living in poverty in the UK, the National Literacy Trust is raising money to fund projects to support these children.

The #FITFORLIT Alternative Sports Day challenge invites you to film or photograph yourself doing something active with a book – maybe set up a book obstacle course, or see how many books you can weight-lift!

I decided to attempt to read out loud the first chapter of A Robot Ate My Grandma while out running! Watch the video below to find out how I got on.


Why not have a go yourself? Challenge three friends to join in too! Visit the Literacy Trust #FitforLit website for more info and ideas for how to get involved.

If you are able to donate a few pounds it would be much appreciated and a huge help to this important project. Please visit or text FITFORLIT to 70085 to donate £3 (texts cost £3 plus one standard rate message). Thank you!

Thanks for reading and watching the video of my pain! Have fun with your own #FitforLit challenge.

Take care and all the best, Dave.

Thursday 6 August 2020

A Robot Ate My Grandma – 3rd story in the Robot Babysitter series OUT NOW!

Hi folks, 

I hope you're all doing OK and staying safe. 

There's not been much to celebrate these past few months, so I'm really pleased to have a small piece of good news to announce. 

The third book in the Robot Babysitter series I've been doing for Stripes/Little Tiger Press comes out today! 

A ROBOT ATE MY GRANDMA finds the gang in another mess of trouble – this time with a mystery to solve. When Grandma goes missing and appears to have been replaced by a mechanical version of herself (AKA RoboGran), the twins' robot babysitter Robin activates his built-in detective mode and gets on the case (with Digby the dog as Dr Watson!). Unfortunately, Robin starts malfunctioning, and then a pair of strange and unexpected visitors arrive. Will they provide what the gang needs to solve the mystery or make things even worse? Only time will tell …

I had a lot of fun writing this one and, as always, Catalina has produced some fantastic illustrations to bring the characters and the action alive on the page. 

If you'd like a sneak preview, there's a video of me reading chapter one at the top of the page – I hope you enjoy it.

Take care and all the best

PS. If you'd like a sample of the second story in the series, you can watch Is My Teacher a Robot? here.

The first two stories in the series are also available as audiobooks, read by the excellent Peter Kenny.

Thursday 16 July 2020

Is My Teacher a Robot? Video extract

Hi folks,

I hope all is well with you and yours.

Is My Teacher a Robot? – the second story in the 'Robot Babysitter' series came out back in February and I've been meaning to record an extract ever since. 

With schools closed and events cancelled or postponed, I've put the unexpected free time to good use and finally put the above video together.

It's me reading the start of the story accompanied by Catalina Echeverri's excellent illustrations from the book. Those of a certain age will spot that I'm channeling a 1970s Jackanory vibe here with the somewhat shoogly animation! Anyway, I hope you enjoy it. I'm thinking Rhubarb and Custard for the next one …?

Take care and all the best,