Stripy Seaside Visit – Hello Hove!

Hello to everyone who came along to our event at the Hove Book Festival last month. What a lovely time we all had!

We were lucky enough to be the very first event at this, the very first Hove Book Festival, which was also the very first festival organised by super-talented author Dorothy Koomson. She did a fantastic job and everything ran very smoothly, so let’s hope it’ll be the first of many.

We’ve been waiting for some pictures before posting, so here you go. First up here’s us with Dorothy, and then Karen scribbling away…



Hove Town Hall was a great venue too, with plenty of space to spread out for mask making. Here’s everyone doing a wonderful job with their colouring and sticking – there were sequins and glitter all over the place!

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Afterwards, we treated Stripy Horse to fish and chips just down the road at the Regency. Very, very tasty.

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Super Stripy Stickerscape!

The online sticker company, Stickerscape, have created a range of fantastic new Wall Stickers featuring our very own Stripy Horse… and we love them all!

You can see pictures of some of the stickers below, but for more information on sizes and custom captions etc, take a look at their website:

To celebrate the launch, Stickerscape are running a competition to win 1 of 5 stickers. Simply use this link: and follow the instructions on their Facebook page, but  you’ll have to be quick, the competition closes tonight!



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World Book Week 2014 – Stripy Visits!

WBD2014Hello everyone! We hope you all enjoyed World Book Day last week.

A big stripy wave to St Bartholemew’s Primary School in Sydenham (especially Karen Kent), Herne Hill School (thank you to Helen Harrild) and Edmund Waller Primary School in Lewisham (we loved the wonderful Mrs Twit, or perhaps that was Helen Winter?). Three fantastic schools with lots of terrific teachers and super-imaginative children. We had a great time on our visits. You kept us very busy and showed us how good you are at ‘growing and shrinking’, ‘clipping and clopping’ and, most impressively of all, ‘drawing and describing’. Phew! We were exhausted by the end of the week!

And a special thanks to the Tales on Moon Lane Bookshop in Herne Hill for organising our trip there, we’re so glad that they have recovered from the flooding.

After reading ‘Oh No, Monster Tomato!’ here are brilliant drawings of pupils as their own favourite vegetables. Meet Frankie the Chilli, Skye the Carrot, Hana-Rosa the Sweetcorn and Tin Tin the Grape:


And here are some animal characters that the children drew (and described) as friends for Stripy Horse. A ‘werly’, happy, Tortoise, Joe the Top-Hatted Giraffe, Micol the cheeky monkey and Jace the mischievous, toothy tiger!


And finally, here’s one of the teachers at Edmund Waller with Karen’s Stripy Horse drawing. We don’t have a picture of Helen Winter as Mrs Twit, but if she sends us one, we promise to put it up for everyone to see!


We’ll be visiting the Hove Book Festival at Hove Town Hall on Saturday 5th April, so do come along and say hello if you can!

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Year of the Stripy Horse!

Happy Chinese New Year! 2014 is the ‘Year of the Horse.’ Horses are seen as energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able, just like a our own Stripy friend…



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Top Class Tidemill Teachers

Before Christmas, we promised you some pictures of the teachers at Tidemill Academy dressed up as characters from the Stripy Horse books… and here they are. We’ve seen a lot of costumes in our time, but nothing quite like these! What an amazing bunch!

dress up SH

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Warm Woolly Christmas Wishes!


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Terrific Tidemill!

We hopped onto the Deptford bus last Friday, to visit Chestnut and Maple Classes at Tidemill Academy. Hello everyone! And a big thank you to Amelia Swan for inviting us along!

The children invented some exciting new characters for Stripy Horse to meet and used lots of very clever words to describe them. Below are just a few of their drawings, but everyone did a terrific job! We’d like you to meet Rosetta the Cat, Isabella the Owl, Pip the Giraffe and a very pretty princess (and there are some great drawings of Stripy Horse from Christina and her classmates too)…


And here’s Karen doing some drawing of her own…


We were also shown some amazing photos of the Tidemill teachers dressed in their own special Stripy Horse costumes last year, and we hope to put them up here soon – wait until you see Hermann!

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Christmas With Stripes!

We promised you some exciting festive news a few months ago… and here it is!

Stripy Horse will be appearing on his own range of Christmas cards and wrap this year. Karen has been busy creating new seasonal artwork of your favourite horse, so soon you’ll find him hanging up his stocking and delivering presents on cards from the Great British Card Company or juggling baubles and building a snowman on wrap and gift bags from Penny Kennedy Ltd. Here a few pictures – ‘Ho, ho, ho!’ We’re tickled pink with the results!

SH xmas range

Both cards and wrap should be available this month from independent stockists and the Garden Centre Group. There are only 72 days until Christmas – time to get wrapping!



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As Easy as ABC…

Karen has been busy working on a fantastic, interactive letter-linking ABC book with Lee Singh. ‘ABC and Do’ follows Mouse, as he spins, flips, lifts and pulls his way through the alphabet! Have a look at some of the amazing pages below:

ABC and Do

Stripy Horse doesn’t appear, but you might be able to spot a black and white relation of his at the very end…

There’s a lovely review of the book here and you can buy it at your local book shop or online here.

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Hot Summer Stripes!

Phew! What a scorcher this summer is turning out to be! We hope you’re enjoying all the sunshine as much as Stripy Horse – lets hope it lasts a bit longer.


Next time we should have some exciting news for you on Stripy Christmas things, but its much too warm to be thinking about that now. We’d rather be eating ice cream. YUM!

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