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World Book Week!

Posted on March 13th, 2018

We had such a lovely week visiting lots of schools for World Book Day.

Here are some photos.

Many, many thanks to all the schools that invited us and the warm welcome from the staff, children and parents!

The children were amazing,  joining in well and asking some wonderful questions.

Thank you to Hall Green Infant School, Birmingham!

Thank you to Cawston Grange Primary School, Rugby!

Thank you to Oakfield Primary School, Rugby!

Thank you to Priorsfield Primary School, Kenilworth!

Thank you to Eastern Green Junior School, Coventry!

Thank you to Beanfield Primary School, Corby!

You can read more about each visit on my face book page if you follow the link on my home page, at the top on the bunting.

Can’t wait for my next book tour in the summer for National Writing Day!

Big woofs,




Posted on February 4th, 2018

January has been a very quiet month. The weather’s been rainy and wet so we haven’t gone out much.

Here’s a few photos to show you what I’ve been doing.

Lyn and Ruscomb have been on their boat and one night we went to watch a movie on our big screen TV. They had wine and Lyn brought pop corn.

They wouldn’t give me wine but Lyn let me  have some of her yummy pop corn.

I didn’t really enjoy the film much so I kept talking and asking for more pop corn and then suddenly I found myself  back on the boat, I’m not sure why they wouldn’t let me stay, maybe next time I should be a bit quieter?

Last week I had to go to the vets to get my kennel cough nose drops. I don’t like getting those drops they make me sneeze and feel very snuffly! The vet and staff there were ever so friendly and gave me lots of treats and I tried ever so hard to be good but when they came near me with the nose drops I couldn’t help panicking.

Finally I calmed down and they managed to get them up my nose…YUK!

I’ll try and be good next time.

Jan and Mike made a little film about a very muddy walk I took them on. You can watch it on my facebook page if you click here.

Have fun!

Big woofs, Chico Chugg.


Posted on December 31st, 2017

Wow what a fun time!

Parties, snow and Christmas celebrations!

First the snow came and it made the marina look beautiful.

I loved it and couldn’t resist snuffling around. Check out this film Jan made.


Anthony and Michelle invited us to a fun party and we stayed over. They gave me lots of treats and Jan said they really spoiled me. I loved it and hope we can go and visit again soon.

Then it was Christmas and went to stay in a lovely little cottage.

I loved looking out the window as it was just the right height for me to look into the garden.

They all wore silly glasses and even tried to get me to wear a pair, but I wasn’t having that!

Can you see our tiny Christmas tree and the film we were watching on the TV?

My friend Ethel came to stay.  Everyone dressed up and played a thing called a murder mystery. It was a bit confusing so Ethel and me just watched and waited for more yummy treats!

The day we all went home it snowed again and it was the first time Ethel had seen snow as she’s only young. I showed her how to run around in it. She wasn’t sure to start with but then she loved it.

Bye Ethel hope we see each other again soon.

We had a long journey home and I am now having a good rest for a few days before the New Year, wait a minute that’s tomorrow!

Happy New Year everyone

Big woofs

Chico Chugg. xxx


Posted on December 6th, 2017

One Sunday we went for a lovely walk in a large wood in a place called Badby.

I had a wonderful run around until Jan made Mike put my lead on!

I’d been chasing squirrels and knew where Jan and Mike were, but Jan got quite hysterical when I didn’t keep checking in with them.

So after only an hour I was back on my lead!

Jan went to see Crick Beavers again and told them all about her books and my TV series.

They loved hearing all about me. They watched my Christmas episode and Jan read from one of my books.

Jan, Mike and Anita were nominated for another RTS award so they went to the award ceremony.

They didn’t take me of course but took one of my finger puppet doubles.

Jayne and Isabel,who work really hard organising the whole evening, were there too.

We didn’t win but Jan met Bob the Builder (Neil Morrisey) and insisted on having her photo taken with him. I wonder if he’ll ever do a voice over for any of my characters?

Now we’re in December and will soon be getting ready for Christmas…oh I love Christmas …I wonder what will happen this year?!

To watch my Christmas episode click here to watch it on Wizz kids.

Big woofs,



Posted on October 31st, 2017

Well it’s been a bit quieter this month, but I did have a new friend come and stay and I had fun making a pumpkin for Halloween, oh and I enjoyed helping Jan paint our garden furniture!

Autumn is well and truly here and I’m loving my morning walks along the tow path.

Here’s my new friend Ethel.

Isn’t she lovely?

She reminds me so much of Mishka, she’s kind, gentle and a bit shy but lots of fun. She doesn’t normally bark but I taught her how to chase and bark at dogs walking along the towpath. We had so much fun and she’s actually very good at barking!


I helped Jan cut the pumpkin for Halloween. Doesn’t it look pretty?


Debbie and Steve came to stay on their boat called Stanley.

They thought our pumpkin was very good. We showed them my Halloween episode too and they thought Henri’s wings were very funny. I don’t think I’ll tell Henri though!

Click here to watch it.


Can you see my lovely red stripes on my back and tail?

That happened when I was helping Jan paint the benches outside. I think it looks great but Jan says it will take ages to come off. That’s OK with me !



Look at these beautiful Autumn walk photos Jan took the other morning on our walk. Isn’t it pretty around the marina?

I love living on a boat!

Now November should be a bit colder, I wonder what Jan and Mike have got planned?

Big woofs,








Posted on October 1st, 2017

What a busy month I’ve had!

First Mike went off kayaking at the beginning of the month. He kayaked from Kendal to London for Cancer Research UK.

This was me sitting under his boat just before he left. Then he was ready to go with Clive. After he’d gone I sat where his boat had been standing for the first day.

Jan and me really missed him as he was gone for almost 4 weeks!

While Mike was away I had to go to Collaton Kennels for some of the time because Jan was at work and I had a lovely time with Steph.

One weekend while Mike was away I went with Jan to join in with Kenilworth Literacy Festival. Kenilworth Books had asked Jan to go and read from my books in the Story Tent. It was a lovely afternoon and the children really enjoyed listening to some of my stories.

Many thanks to James, Alan and Ingrid who came and helped Jan on the day.

Finally Mike arrived back in London at Teddington Lock and Jan went to fetch him.

We’d made a big banner and got balloons to welcome him back and say how brilliantly he’d done. 400 miles kayaking had been completely exhausting!

When Mike got home I didn’t recognise him because he’d grown a very itchy beard!

He loved his Welcome Home sign too.

Well done Mike for all your hard work! However I really hope you don’t go away again, I missed you lots.

Life’s back to normal now…it’s lovely having my family around me and back in the marina!

Big woofs, Chico.




Look at what I have been doing this summer.

Posted on August 16th, 2017

At the beginning of the summer Jan went to Birmingham to the Canal & River Trust offices to meet with Emily from Explorers. With Phillipa and Rachel they chose the school to win the Corridor For Nature competition. She can’t say yet which school won but she had a lovely time looking at all of the wonderful entries.
I wish I could have gone too but she says next time I am invited when the school that has won will show the wonderful canal inspired habitat that has been built from their winning design. I can’t wait!

We decided to go chugging for a few days and went to Foxton locks and then into a town called Market Harborough. (I did this same trip in Book 2 The Hero, chapter 4.)

We even saw a boat named Paddington Bear! My favourite character ever!

We met some lovely people who’d also had a dog called Chico, but he had sadly recently died, so they made a big fuss of me. Which was lovely! The ladies name was also Jan, which Jan thought was amazing.

Some lovely children helped Mike open and close all the lock gates and there were lots of them too!!!

For the rest of the summer I’ve been very lazy, mostly sitting out in the sunshine next to the boat or snuggled on the sofa while Jan’s been writing, but we have had some visitors.

First we had Raewyn who came all the way from NewZealand and we had a BBQ. I kept an eye on the sausages!

Then we had some visitors from Canada, this time I kept an eye on the cakes!

I love it when we have visitors because it means food!

I hope you are all having a good summer too…now I wonder who’s coming to visit next?

Big woofs Chico.







Writer’s Dozen final week!

Posted on July 2nd, 2017

Supporting National Writing Day. #NationalWritingDay

Thirteen schools!

Wow Jan has been busy.

Here are the photos of the last 3 schools Jan visited this week.

Allesley Primary in Coventry celebrated National Writing Day last week and the whole school had written stories together in the hall. That must have been amazing!

The children asked some amazing questions and enjoyed hearing all about how Jan gets her creative ideas for her stories about me. I think I may often help with that as I somehow always manage to get myself into mischief!

St Lawrence Primary at Napton is a lovely village school and the staff, children and parents made Jan and Mike very welcome.

The children asked lots of very interesting questions and Jan was thrilled that they wanted to know so much about her journey from writing books to writing a TV series.

The very last school was St Anthony’s Primary School and they made us very welcome.

I went too but Mike wouldn’t let me go into school because in the morning I’d rolled in some delicious fox poo and he said I smelt horrible, in fact his exact words were “Phew you really stink Chico!” What a cheek! I thought I smelt lovely.

Anyway the children loved my stories  and all gave me a wave when they went past the car on their way home.

Thanks to everyone who supported National Writing Day and Janet on this book tour, we have had lots of fun and Jan and Mike have loved meeting the thousands of children they have seen over the past month.

Jan would finally like to say to all the children out there:

“Find something that you are excited about and get writing! Remember the 3 rules:

Finally have fun and enjoy writing!”

Hope you had fun seeing all the schools we have visited and

Get Writing!

Big woofs

Chico Chugg



Writer’s Dozen book tour week 3

Posted on June 26th, 2017

What a lovely week Jan’s had with her book tour supporting National Writing Day. #NationalWritingDay #TellYourStory

Here are some photos of all the schools she visited.

On week 2 Jan only did one assembly at Guilsborough Primary.

The children listened well and the staff made Jan and Mike very welcome.


Week 3: On Monday Jan went back to a school that she taught in many years ago called St Nicholas Primary in Kenilworth.

All the staff, children and parents welcomed her back and she had a lovely assembly with lots of children telling her they were going to start writing stories.

One little boy said, ” At home I’m going to make a little book called ‘Benny the Beagles adventures round the world’ and it’s about this dog called Benny traveling around the world in a little boat. I just decided to do this today because I’ve been inspired by you.” Janet was thrilled.

On Tuesday Jan was at Chilcote Primary in Birmingham.

It was a very big school with over 480 children and Jan said they were all brilliant and asked some really interesting questions.

One little boy even gave Jan a story he had written, here it is isn’t it great?!!

NATIONAL WRITING DAY 21st June: On Wednesday Jan went to Hanslope Primary and Mike brought me along too! It was so exciting to actually be there with them. It was the hottest day in the heat wave we’ve been having, but I sat very quietly next to Mike. Half way through a kind teacher took me out for a walk around the school field.

The children asked some amazing questions and were really interested in learning about how Jan does her writing.

One child said:” I’ve learned that you’re never too old or too young to start writing.”

Jan even got a little girl to stand out the front because her  dog Jasper won the summer picnic competition. I can’t wait until we make the film in July!

Thursday: Jan said they had a wonderful assembly at Dunchurch Junior School.

The staff and parents were really friendly and the children were very excited about reading her books. Some children already had my first book so wanted the next ones.

Friday: Phew what a busy week!

Finally Jan went to Yelvertoft Primary School. One of her books is called Chico Chugg moves to Yelvertoft so the children were very excited when Jan read a bit from one of it’s chapters.

Lots of children got very excited about writing their own stories and one little boy even gave Jan a story for me. Isn’t it good?!

What a great way to end a busy week!

Don’t forget to go to my facebook page to see more about Jan’s book tour and read what parents and children are saying!  facebook

Only 3 schools next week, lets hope the weather is not quite so hot!

Big woofs, Chico.








Writer’s Dozen Assemblies

Posted on June 10th, 2017

Jan has been supporting National Writers day this week when she started her Writer’s Dozen book tour.

#NationalWritingDay #TellYourStory

She went to four schools in the Midlands inspiring children to be more creative with their writing.

Here are some photos of the schools she visited.

Park Hill Junior school in Kenilworth was the first school.

The children were very excited about her visit and the staff, children and parents made her feel very welcome.

The children joined in well and said they would use her tips and ideas in their creative writing.

Next she was at our local village school, Crick Primary.

The children were very excited to see that her stories are all about Crick.

They remembered when we filmed an episode for my second TV series at the Scarecrow Festival and were thrilled that they could now go and watch it on Sky Kids and Now TV.

Some of them said they were going to write some creative stories about their pets, I can’t wait to read them!

On Thursday she went to Earlsdon primary School in Coventry

The children loved hearing about her journey from writing her first book to today with 6 books in one series, 5 in another and 2TV series.

She explained how it all started by planning her first book and the children were very excited to go off and start planning their own stories.

One little girl even showed her two books that she had written and Jan said they were amazing!

On Friday Jan went to Bilton Junior school in Rugby.

A lot of children had already heard about me and my stories.

After her assembly one boy from year 6 came up to Jan and said he was going to start writing now. I hope he sends the story for me to read!

She said the children were so well behaved and asked some really interesting questions at the end.

Jan was thrilled that the 3 actresses who star with me in my TV episodes go to Bilton Junior School and she brought them out to the front of the school so everyone could give them a clap for all their hard work!

Thanks girls I love working with you, you are all real stars!!

Well, next week we have only one school to visit so I will probably write all about that the following week when Jan is  visiting 5 schools.

On the big day for National Writing day, June 21st, she will be at Hanslope Primary School in Milton Keynes, I’m going too I can’t wait!!

Phew I think she’ll be a bit tired by the end of that week!

Speak soon, big woofs, Chico. xx












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