"A delightful alternative to fairies, wizards and naughty schoolboys." Junior

 

About Flotsam and Jetsam Tanya writes: "Some years ago Storybox Theatre did a production of the Grimm's fairy story The Fisherman and his Wife. The two puppets looked as though they'd been made from driftwood washed up on the shore. During the performance they talked to each other in broad west country accents. They were great characters to perform. When I had children I stopped acting and started writing. The puppets of the fisherman and his wife moved on to shelf half way up our staircase - they were too special to simply put into storage. Then one day I was walking with my children over the cliffs and we spotted a tiny beach. There was no way any human could ever visit it - there was no path down and it was just too small to bother visiting in a boat. I started to wonder what - or who - might live there. Somehow that beach and the puppets came together, and the three Flotsam and Jetsam books are the result. They are gentle, whimsical stories, and Ruth Rivers' illustrations are perfect."

 

A tiny beach... an upturned boat.... a whisper of smoke.... When Flotsam and Jetsam are washed ashore, they soon become the best of friends. Every day brings a new adventure. Join them as they battle a spiteful seagull, build a new home and rescue a very shy hermit crab.

Listen to Tanya Landman read from the books by clicking on the links below:

Flotsam and Jetsam - a Home by the Sea

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Flotsam and Jetsam and the Stormy Surprise

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Flotsam and Jetsam and the Groof 

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At the launch of Flotsam and Jetsam at Bideford library children made driftwood creatures, sticking googly eyes on to sticks and giving them wigs of dried seaweed. The results were fabulous.

I've recently discovered the joys of Skype as a result on the ingenuity of teacher Chris Bounds at Grappenhall Heys Primary School. For the last two years he's used the Flotsam and Jetsam  books as the basis for a class project, and I've done a live interview with the children via my computer. Strange but great fun! The fabulously talented Jude Cartledge made these amazing models: