Image © Leigh Hodgkinson, 2008
Image © Leigh Hodgkinson, 2008

No slurping
No slouching
No grabbing
No burping
And don't dip your chips in your drink!!!

When Katie P. Green goes to tea with the Queen, she gets more than she bargained for in this hilariously anarchic look at the tricky subject of table manners.

Don't Dip Your Chips in Your Drink, Kate! is illustrated by the hugely talented Leigh Hodgkinson and published by Orchard Books.

WINNER Picture Book Category, Rotherham Children's Book Awards, 2011
WINNER Community Libraries Favourite Book, Sheffield Children's Book Awards 2010
SHORTLISTED for Norfolk Children's Book Awards 2010
Rotherham Children's Book Awards, 2011
It was an honour just to be shortlisted for the Rotherham Children's Book Awards, 2011. We didn't expect to win! The other books in our category were:

What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks
A Night at the Zoo by Judith Kerr.

The event took place in a cavernous hall at Magna Science Park, in Rotherham. We spent the afternoon meeting children and teachers, signing books and "eating" some rather delicious looking felt cup-cakes!

Towards the end of the afternoon, we gathered with baited breath to hear the announcements of the Picture Book and Young Fiction awards and guess what?! We WON!!

Leigh Hodgkinson and I climbed onto the stage rather shell-shocked and each received one of these beautiful trophies!

So, here's a big THREE CHEERS for the children of Rotherham, especially those who voted for us. You ROCK!
Norfolk Children's Book Awards 2011

Don't Dip Your Chips in Your Drink, Kate! was one of three fiction titles chosen by children for the Norfolk Children's Book Award Shortlist.

Although it did not win (Emily Gravett's fantastic pop-up book, Rabbit Problem was the overall favourite), I am told that the final results were very close! We had a lovely time at the awards ceremony and I was very impressed at the wonderful artwork and reviews the children had done, inspired by the book. So here's a big WELL DONE to all the children who took part!
Here we are receiving our award.  Image courtesy of Sarah MacIntyre
Here we are receiving our award. Image courtesy of Sarah MacIntyre
Sheffield Children's Book Award 2010

Don't Dip Your Chips in Your Drink, Kate! won Community Libraries Favourite Book AND Highly Commended Picture Book!

The awards are organised by the highly dynamic Sheffield Library Services and are voted for by children in schools and libraries thoughout the city.

The book was up against stiff competition on the day. Morris the Mankiest Monster, by Giles Andraea and Sarah MacIntyre scooped a very well deserved Best Picture Book and Overall Winner. Other prizewinners include:
  • The Great Dog Bottom Swap by Peter Bently & Mei Matsuoka
  • Boom! by Mark Haddon
  • How Kirsty Jenkins Stole the Elephant by Elen Caldecott
  • Secrets of Hightower by Martin G Naylor
  • Gone by Michael Grant
  • The Dead House by Anne Cassidy
  • Life Interrupted by Damien Kelleher
  • Vampire Knight Vol 5 by Matsuri Hino

Visit the Sheffield Children's Book Award Website to find out more.
Chips Funtastic Launch Event!
The book was launched at Sheffield City Library on 1 October 2009. We had a great time making up rhymes, creating our own giant colour spread from the book, and eating lots of yummy cake!

Click here to find out more!

"This superbly illustrated, rhyming picture book will delight readers with its hilarious characters and cheeky ending."

“The chaos within the pictures is a perfect foil for the witty rhyme.”

School Librarian
“A totally satisfying experience. The illustrations are stunning.”

Sunday Express
“A fun and cheeky guide to the tricky subject of table manners.”

Library Mice
"Caryl Hart's wonderful way with words brings fun, vitality to the story and the wonderful rhyming makes it a pleasure to read aloud. It is bursting with energy!"
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Here are some reviews sent directly to me, or to Amazon or The Book Depository

Excellent book, great illustrations
This is my 3 year old daughter's favorite book. It is funny and entertaining, and the pictures are really detailed and fun to look at. I really like the fact that it advocates fun in childhood, rather than stuffy manners.
P. Burrow

"Wonderful Imagination"
"Really lovely book. Find me a child who won't find the subject relevant and hilarious, and also timeless. The rhyming is a joy and each page is a new surprise. The illustrations are wonderful too. I imagine my copy will be read many times over!"
Bohemian Wanderer, UK

Activities and Downloads
If you like cutting out and getting gluey, we have some chip-dippingly fabulous activites for you!
Just go to Activities and Downloads for some chip-dipping fun!