Tom Fletcher's Tips for Bedtime Story Competition Entrants

We were delighted to be able to interview Tom Fletcher, McFly musician and bestselling children's author, about bedtime, books, best friends and more! Find out what Tom thinks makes a great bedtime story, how he comes up with characters, and an important piece of advice for Bedtime Story Competition entrants...

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Author Questions

1) How do you come up with an idea for a story?

I wish there was a formula but to be honest they are just ideas that pop into my head when I'm not really thinking about it! If I try to think of a story, I usually get nothing.

2) How do you come up with your main character?

It's usually pretty clear from the concept who the main character needs to be. Sometimes it's an idea for a character that inspires the whole story. Coming up with the way they look and their name is really fun and interesting. I get inspiration from everywhere - friends, movies, music, everything!

3) What inspired you to become a writer?

I've always loved stories and my parents encouraged me to be creative from a very young age. My life has been focused on songwriting for over sixteen years and it was really refreshing to put some of that focus into books and stories.

4) What do you think makes a great bedtime story?

One that is as fun for the grown-up to read as it is for the child. I love reading to my kids and it's so brilliant when we find a book that we both enjoy together.

5) If you could give our young writers one piece of advice, what would it be?

Read. Write. Then read some more. Reading inspires writing. Don't wait for someone to tell you to write or hope that an opportunity will come knocking; just get writing, just because you enjoy it. That's when you'll write your best work.

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Quick Fire Questions

What's your favourite bedtime storybook?

Green Eggs and Ham.

If you could be best friends with anyone from a book, who would it be?

Hagrid! Definitely Hagrid.

Did you have an imaginary friend growing up?

I had a few, actually. Mostly imaginary cartoon characters. Chip and Dale used to come to school with me in my bag. They might actually still be in there.

What's your favourite word?


What makes a good goody and a bad baddy?

A good goody is someone you see yourself as and someone you aspire to be. A bad baddy is one that you love to loathe. Baddies are fun to write.

Who's your best friend? What makes them so good?

My wife and my kids. They find me funny... sometimes... I think.

Tell us something we didn't know about you...

I make great banana bread but hate bananas. It's my curse.

Don't forget to check out our range of Tom Fletcher books to see what makes his stories so great!

  • ALKEP 3 years +
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    Read along with Tom and Dougie in this supersonic book and CD duo! Danny and Dino survived an poop-tastic Christmas and this time they take a trip into space. One boy. One space rocket. One very hungry dinosaur. And NO sandwiches. The ingredients for an EXPLOSIVE space adventure ...But just how will Danny get home when his dinosaur has eaten the rocket? This book comes from the authors and illustrator of THE DINOSAUR THAT POOPED CHRISTMAS!
  • ALRWN 3 years +
    3 years +
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    This mini edition of the best-selling Christmas picture book is the perfect stocking-filler. Danny wants everything for Christmas. But what he gets is a dinosaur, a very hungry dinosaur. Danny's new dino eats up all of Christmas, but as we all know, what goes in must come out ...Danny is about to have the most EXPLOSIVE Christmas of his life! There's poop, presents and prehistoric creatures in this festive feast!
  • ANMWT 3 years +
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    Join Danny and Dinosaur as they explore space together! There's rockets, planets, puzzles and Poop in this fun sticker activity book. With puzzles, games and four pages of stickers, it's perfect for keeping little ones busy.
  • AOQGH 3 years +
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    Danny and Dinosaur want to watch telly but Mum won't let them until they've tidied their room. So Danny thinks of a plan to make all the mess go away - he gets Dino to eat it all up! But just when they think they can get away with it, there's a rumble in Dino's tummy - another explosive adventure is about to begin! From the best-selling creators of The Dinosaur That Pooped a Planet! and The Dinosaur That Pooped the Past!
  • BDSY 3 years +
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    The winner of Book People's Bedtime Story Competition 2016, Isabel Harris' The Moon Man is an exciting book and truly is one of a kind. It tells the tale of two sets of animal friends who view a scarecrow in very different ways...

    We asked children aged between 5 and 11 to let their imaginations run wild and write a picture book of between 200 and 800 words based around animals. This fantastic story, chosen by a panel of celebrity parents and publishing experts and illustrated by Ada Grey, is the judges' favourite and is perfect for reading at bedtime.

    Sold exclusively at, proceeds from this book will be donated to Action for Children, a UK charity which provides vital services, support and campaigns for disadvantaged children, young people and their families.
  • ASXVV 3 years +
    3 years +
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    The perfect little book about colours for fans of The Dinosaur That Pooped series. When Dino and Danny see a rainbow in the sky, they go through and name all the colours they can see. But soon they notice there is one important colour missing and Dinosaur is keen to help correct it. A very funny short Dino story in board book format. "A work of genius." (The Bookseller on The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas).
  • AWZXC 3 years +
    3 years +
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    A mischievous monster has invaded the pages of YOUR book! Tom Fletcher's warm, witty and perfectly-judged narrative voice brings this wonderfully inventive debut solo picture book to life, inviting readers to create magic inside the book. Children will love interacting by tilting, spinning, shaking and blowing, and then seeing the impact as each page is turned. A fantastic celebration of all the fun that can be had with a book, with a wonderful wind-down bedtime ending!
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    These super-simple chunky mini books are designed specifically to introduce babies and toddlers to the best-selling The Dinosaur That Pooped stories. Based on the original picture books stories, these little books have just a few words per page, colourful backgrounds and big pictures, they are quick to read but perfect for little ones to enjoy. The titles included in the slipcase are Christmas Present!, Planet Poop!, In the Past! and Time for Bed! and each book follows the plot of the original books, but with under ten words per book.