Chris Callaghan

Chris Callaghan is the author of the award winning story 'The Great Chocoplot' and his brand new series of books 'Shinoy and the Chaos Crew'.

What was your favourite childhood book and why?

I didn’t read much when I was very young (I found reading very hard work) but when I discovered ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, I was hooked. These are incredible stories with fantastic characters, but more importantly for me – they were mostly short stories. I remember feeling a huge sense of achievement finishing a story and I always wanted to read another (and I still do!)

Which of your own books is your favourite and why?

My first published book, ‘The Great Chocoplot’ will always be very special. I wrote it for my daughter to read with her at bedtime and make her giggle. My new ‘Shinoy and the Chaos Crew’ series includes a story called ‘The Day of the Risky Rescue’, which I think is my favourite of the set. Shinoy is transported into the futuristic world where his heroes are trapped and has to rescue them with his Dad. It was a lot of fun to write.

Why do you choose to read?

Even though I am a HUGE film and TV fan, I think nothing gets the imagination going like reading a book. Those wibbly wobbly lines on a page turn into the most amazing things inside your brain. Your own imagination is far bigger and better than any screen – all you need to do is download those wobbly words into it!