Bedtime story books from the original writer of ‘Chorlton and the Wheelies’ and ‘Jamie and the Magic Torch'.
* Cover artwork from surviving copies of The Boodles (as they were originally known) First published in 1980 by Thurman pulishing of 'Mr Men' fame.
BoodleBobs children's bedtime stories, The first set of BoodleBobs stories were first published in 1980, and are being re-released on this website for download as PDF's and as Podcast audiobooks.
Is traditional storytelling dead in the water? Children’s author Jo Kemp believes not. When she wrote the original scripts for Chorlton and the Wheelies and Jamie and the Magic Torch in the late 70’s she adopted a gentle, narrative style with little regard for political correctness and both series attracted a cult following. She continued in this style when she wrote Boodle Books published by Thurman who were also responsible for the Mr Men series of books.
Fast and furious programmes then took the market and the more traditional approach to storytelling took a back seat other than timeless classics and well-marketed formulaic concepts but there was a need for something different.
Boodle Books had a temporary reprise when they were re-launched as Hoo Ha House but the time and circumstances still weren’t right. Together with the Writers’ Guild, Jo reclaimed the rights along with some 23,000 residual books which she distributed at her own cost, free of charge to local schools, hospitals and Barnados.
At her son Luke’s insistence, due to his belief in the stories he’d grown up with, he convinced Jo not to leave it there and that the best vehicle to get the stories out would be via the Internet, with the premise of being available in multiple formats and in multiple languages. Kids books online boodlebobs free online books for kids!