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Getting Storyshaped With Debbie Thomas

Season 1, Ep. 17

This week's guest is the wonderful Debbie Thomas! Susan and Sinéad had so much fun chatting to Debbie, who was full of wisdom and wit as we discussed the stories that shaped her - not only the stories in the books she loved, but also the stories of her family. This episode is filled with laughter and suffused with joy, the same joy that Debbie (and we at Storyshaped!) see as being vital in every child's - and every person's - life. Come with us as we meet Debbie, who not only crafts the most wonderful books, but who also uses her storytelling skills to show every single child the true value of story: that their story is important, and that they're worth being listened to.


Find Debbie online via her website and find out more about her books, and her work with children in direct provision, in underprivileged areas, and in hospitals


Books mentioned in this week's episode include Debbie's own:


Dead Hairy (Mercier Press)

Jungle Tangle (Mercier Press)

Monkie Business (Mercier Press)

Class Act (Mercier Press)

My Secret Dragon (Little Island)

Chameleon Dad (Little Island)


And the stories and books which shaped her include:


The Storytelling Animal, by Jonathan Gottschall


The Seven Basic Plots, by Christopher Booker


The Science of Storytelling, by Will Storr


Andrew Stanton: The Clues to a Great Story (TED Talk)


Steering the Craft, by Ursula K. Le Guin


Harry the Dog (series), by Gene Zion


Flat Stanley (series), by Jeff Brown


The King of the Copper Mountains, by Paul Biegel


My Naughty Little Sister (series), by Dorothy Edwards and Shirley Hughes


The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis


The work of Roald Dahl


The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster


The Tin Drum, by Gunter Grass


Midnight's Children, by Salman Rushdie


The Dragonfly Pool, by Eva Ibbotson


The Abominables, by Eva Ibbotson


East of Eden, by John Steinbeck


The International Yeti Collective, by Paul Mason and Katy Riddell


The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, ill. Jules Feiffer, Notes by Leonard S. Marcus


Collected Fairy Tales


"This life was hired out to me/To decorate the earth with glee."



Our podcast bookshop in Ireland is Halfway Up the Stairs: www.halfwayupthestairs.ie


In the UK, check out our storefront on: https://uk.bookshop.org/shop/Storyshaped. Disclaimer: If you buy books linked to our site, we may earn a commission from bookshop.org, whose fees support independent bookshops.




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