The River Singers Blog Tour

The River Singers Monday July 28th was World Nature Conservation Day and to celebrate it, I have collaborated with the children’s author Tom Moorhouse and his ‘Blog Tour’.

Tom is the author of The River Singers, which is a gripping adventure featuring a family of water voles who embark on an epic journey to find a new home. Hailed a modern classic, The River Singers was one of The Times Children’s Books of the Year when it published in hardback last year. Now released in paperback, it’s perfect for readers 8 to 12.

For this part of his blog tour, Tom was asked:

The River Singers has been compared to The Wind in the Willows and Watership Down. Tell us how you set about creating your animal characters.

He replied:

The River Singers It’s interesting to me that The River Singers has drawn comparisons with both of those books, because to me they are at opposite ends of what I am rapidly coming to think of as “the anthropomorphism scale” (catchy name or what?). I think that some of the similarities between the books are actually outweighed by the differences in what their characters do. Ratty, Badger and Mole wear waistcoats, drive cars, go on picnics and row boats. They face the perils of imprisonment for motoring offences and of having their property annexed by some weasels. So they are essentially humans with a little bit of animal in part, I suspect, to poke fun at some British social stereotypes. In Watership Down the rabbits are rabbits, live in warrens and are subject to all of the brutal realities of life as a rabbit (no picnic, I can tell you). If anything I wanted The River Singers to be even more towards the animal end of the scale than Watership Down, with just enough human in the characters to allow readers to understand them (if they were “pure vole” we wouldn’t care about them…because, well, they’d just squeak, really). So that was what I was aiming for: as accurate a portrait of life as a water vole as possible within the confines of an adventure story.

And here’s a tip from Tom to get kids interested in the great outdoors this summer:

Tip 2: Camping with a campfire. My brother and I took my nephew camping when he was five.  We found a campsite with fire pits, pitched our tents, cooked dinner on my camping stove and made S’mores (which I’d never heard of until that point). My nephew spent ages roving around having fun collecting firewood (which was handy for the lazier members of the party) and despite being a bit tired the next day generally loved the experience. I think the fire was the critical component – it kind of tied everything together, because it’s rewarding but needs gentle maintenance. And there’s always something fascinating about fire, however old or young you are…

You can also catch Tom talking about The River Singers in this short clip

To read more about Tom and The River Singers, why not pop over to the other blogs in the blog tour.

Monday 28th July –  OUP children’s books blog.

Tuesday 29th July – Smiling Like Sunshine

Wednesday 30th July – Serenity You

Friday 1st August – Library Mice

Saturday 2nd August – My mummies Pennies 

Monday 4th August – Madhouse Family Reviews

Tuesday 5th August – Red Peffer 

Friday 8th August – Making It Up

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43 Comments

  1. Tracey Peach
    August 1, 2014 / 12:52 pm

    water voles

  2. Richard Beesley
    August 1, 2014 / 9:04 pm

    Water voles

  3. Lara Davis
    August 3, 2014 / 11:12 am

    Water vole

  4. elaine dale
    August 3, 2014 / 1:00 pm

    WATER VOLES

  5. clair downham
    August 3, 2014 / 1:23 pm

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  6. laura stewart
    August 3, 2014 / 4:06 pm

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  7. Julie Ward
    August 3, 2014 / 5:04 pm

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  8. Janine Phillips
    August 3, 2014 / 6:32 pm

    Water Voles x

  9. olga carpenetr
    August 3, 2014 / 7:08 pm

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  10. anna
    August 3, 2014 / 8:25 pm

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  11. Debbie Burfoot
    August 3, 2014 / 8:28 pm

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  12. Allan Wilson
    August 3, 2014 / 8:42 pm

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  13. Corinne Peat
    August 3, 2014 / 10:24 pm

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  14. Susan Hunt
    August 4, 2014 / 12:53 am

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  15. Miss Tracy Hanson
    August 4, 2014 / 1:03 pm

    Water voles 🙂

  16. Claire D
    August 5, 2014 / 8:37 pm

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  17. Spencer Broadley
    August 6, 2014 / 10:54 am

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  18. michelle banks
    August 6, 2014 / 9:17 pm

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  19. Lynn Heath
    August 8, 2014 / 7:10 am

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  20. Sheri Darby
    August 8, 2014 / 6:34 pm

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  21. Caroline Blaza
    August 9, 2014 / 12:22 am

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  22. Jane Green
    August 9, 2014 / 12:24 pm

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  23. Scott Fallon
    August 10, 2014 / 1:56 pm

    water voles

  24. Michelle Ferguson
    August 10, 2014 / 8:17 pm

    Water voles

  25. Amanda Beamish
    August 11, 2014 / 10:31 am

    Water voles x

  26. jamie banks
    August 11, 2014 / 6:54 pm

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  27. David Allen
    August 12, 2014 / 9:09 am

    WATER VOLES – used to see a lot when I was a child all those years ago!

  28. Elizabeth Smith
    August 13, 2014 / 7:23 am

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    August 13, 2014 / 12:53 pm

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    August 13, 2014 / 4:10 pm

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    August 13, 2014 / 4:11 pm

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  32. Allan Fullarton
    August 13, 2014 / 5:04 pm

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  33. George Brown
    August 13, 2014 / 5:06 pm

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  34. Clare S
    August 13, 2014 / 7:33 pm

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    August 13, 2014 / 8:09 pm

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  36. Chris Fletcher
    August 13, 2014 / 8:34 pm

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    August 14, 2014 / 12:02 pm

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  38. Adrian Clarke
    August 14, 2014 / 1:22 pm

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    August 14, 2014 / 3:53 pm

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    August 14, 2014 / 8:47 pm

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