Behind the Scenes on The Incredible Journey Book Launch

7-year-old Tom Burlison, the winner of our Bedtime Story Competition 2018, has had a busy few days with the launch of his book, The Incredible Journey! See what's been going on behind the scenes of his TV and radio appearances here on our blog.

Behind the Scenes on The Incredible Journey Book Launch

After Tom was announced as the winner of the competition, The Incredible Journey illustrator, Sara Sanchez, and the team at Little Tiger Press worked hard to turn Tom's story into a real-life picture book. The book is now on sale and can be bought exclusively through us at The Book People. Tom was thrilled to see his book for the first time and has been making appearances in the press to talk about what it's like to be one of the youngest picture book authors in the UK. 

The Incredible Journey was launched on Sunday the 16th June 2019 and Tom's press appearances kicked off with an interview on the BBC Breakfast couch. He was joined by his mum and his head teacher to talk about imagination and the inspiration for his story. 

The second day of Tom's launch saw The Incredible Journey featured on ITV News London and Channel 5 News. Channel 5 News went into Tom's school to speak to him and his classmates about his brilliant book and competition win. His friends are all very proud of Tom and let the news team know just how much they love his story.

Behind the Scenes on The Incredible Journey Book Launch

Tom has also been on two of his local radio stations, BBC Radio Surrey and Radio Jackie, to discuss what it's like becoming one of the UK's youngest authors and how it feels to know his book is raising vital funds for Save the Children.

If you would like to get a copy of The Incredible Journey, it is available on our website now. Don't forget, at least 35% of the sales from each book is being donated to Save the Children so be sure to get your copy soon. 

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    Bedtime Story Winner 2018: The Incredible Journey (Hardback)

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    We are so excited to be sharing Tom Burlison's The Incredible Journey - the winner of The Book People's Bedtime Story Competition 2018.

    Seven-year-old Tom's tale is a fun and inspiring bedtime story about the power of imagination and friendship. The two main characters, Elliot and Ruby, have many adventures: they travel through puddle portals to pirate lands, find parts of an alien spacecraft, and get chased by dinosaurs - all on their walk to school as their imaginations unlock a world of possibilities!

    Tom's story was selected as the winner of our Bedtime Story Competition 2018 out of over 1000 entries from children aged between 5 and 11. A panel of judges that included Olympic Gold medallist and Dadventures author Alex Gregory and Sara Sanchez, the illustrator of the winning book chose Tom's story because it is funny, clever and it shows how imagination can transform the way a child looks at the world.

    At least 35% of the price of the book will be donated to Save the Children, a charity that fights every single day for children's futures. Sold exclusively through us at, Tom's book features illustrations from top children's book illustrator Sara Sanchez and is published by Little Tiger.

    Please note that this book is exempt from all promotions due to its charitable donation.

    If you think you know a child who could be our next published author then head to our competition page to encourage your children to enter their stories about feelings.
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