Wulfie: Stage Fright is the first in the series (published Sept 2020). Wulfie: Beast in Show came out in March 2021. Wulfie Saves the Planet comes out on October 4th 2021 while the fourth Wulfie book comes out in March 2022. All are published by Little Island Books, the first two illustrated by Josephine Wollf and the second two by Rosa Devine. It has been, and continues to be a great experience working with everyone in Little Island.
ABOUT THE SERIES
I created Wulfie as bedtime stories for my daughter so to see it finally in print is amazing.
Wulfie is a wulfen who tumbles through a portal into Libby’s bedroom at a time when Libby, 10, really needs a best friend. He can grow as big as a house or small as a mouse. He also talks and since he’s mischievous and insatiably curious, Libby is soon tumbling into and through all sorts of unexcpected adventures.
I have written for children in many forms but these are my first books for the 6-9+ age group.
You can also find info on Wulfie’s facebook page and feel free to email me with any questions. I’m doing some workshops around Wulfie for the Claddagh Festival in Galway in November and appearing on a panel featuring new books for WonderFest 2021 the same month; but my next gig is for new young writers with the wonderful Jacqson Diego Book Emporium on August 25th.
Wulfie: Stage Fright
“This delightful book, aimed at children of 6+ years, is both a hoot and a fable about overcoming our fears. Superb illustrations from Josephine Wolff (no relation) throughout the text are charming. The whole package is charming.” – Full review by Annie-Book.com here
“It’s a charming story about families, friendship and being brave even when you’re afraid….With just the right amount of mischief and lots of laughs Wulfie: Stage Fright is sure to delight young readers and have them cheering for an encore!” Full review by Mary, The Book Activist here. Mary invited me onto her blog to do a guest post about Why Everyone Needs a Wulfie… and you can find that article here.
“Pretty scary in its opening stages, this very clever and entertaining story takes readers brave enough to face up to their fears to a place where they can take the lead in their own drama… Adroitly amplified by Wolff’s witty and evocative illustrations, Sedgwick’s thoroughly enjoyable book celebrates finding the roar within you…” – You can download the Books Make Things Better guide to Irish books for wellbing and mental health from Children’s Books Ireland here.
I also did an article for them on why #BooksMakeThingsBetter and you can find it here.
“Fantastically funny, heartfelt and warm, a delight to read that will leave you wanting more.” – Full review by Fallen Stars Blog/ mary Esther Judy here.
“I love Libby and Wulfie – and they have such wonderfully villainous villains to outsmart. Very much looking forward to the next instalment.” – Andrew Sharp, Twitter
“When I asked why there were torches in [my son’s] bed this morning, it was because he couldn’t wait till tonight to read the next chapter… Trying to get him hooked on books. He’s not as keen as … his sister, but this one might be the one that does the trick.” – Rich Simpson, Twitter.
Wulfie: Beast In Show
“I brought this for my ten year old daughter & love the fact she read it within 2 days as could not put it down.
This is her review:
I loved this book even more than the first one, I couldn’t put it down
I loved the twist of fate.
As always Rex was up to his usual tricks & Wulfie was still mischievous & cuddly.
I would recommend this book to everyone and most definitely schools.
I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE.”
– Amazon review. Jennifer H. 5 stars.
“If you thought step-mother Veronika was bad, wait until you meet her elder sister Ilda! Dog-breeder Aunt Ilda is determined to win the SNOB (Stunning Newcomer from an Outstanding Breeder) award, and will go to any lengths to do so. It’s time for her annual visit to Veronika, two days before the TV show where the SNOB is awarded so Libby warns Wulfie to keep out of sight. Being Wulfie, all his good intentions come to naught, and it’s only a matter of time before Aunt Ilda spots him and decides he is her ticket to success.
“It’s another charming adventure told with warmth, imagination, and humour. Libby is a lovely character. She’s sweet and kind and clever and hard-working. Despite the bad treatment she receives at the hands of her family, she is never vengeful or bitter, which I really like. The friendship between Wulfie and Libby is truly endearing. Wulfie is totally loveable and is such a fantastic creation. In Beast in Show we learn that he can also freeze time when he sneezes, another wulfen trait! I loved Stage Fright but Beast in Show raises the stakes and the fun!
Perfect for reading aloud with younger children, fantastic for children of all ages. Can’t wait for book 3!”
“… A welcome return from our quirky canine friend brings more thrilling, chilling adventure. Libby is a wonderful character. Kind and clever, she really puts herself to the test in this story, risking much to save not only her friend, but to free a lot of dogs, expose Aunt Ilda and her true nature to the world and maybe, just maybe push Veronika and Rex to be a little nicer….maybe. We’ll have to see. Family issues rise to the fore with great heart and hilarious humour. The fast-paced tale will keep your head spinning and your heart pumping, with the wonderful black and white illustrations scattered throughout setting a perfect tone for the mayhem. You never know what will happen next, but you’ll be longing for a friend like Wulfie. Incredibly entertaining, funny, warm and fabulous.” http://littleisland.ie/books/wulfie-beast-show/
SOME RADIO INTERVIEWS
The Author Who Came to Tea podcast, Jacqson Diego Book Emporium: When Lindsay J Sedgwick Came to Tea…
Bookline, LiffeySoundFM: Also talked with the wonderful Teresa Quinn on Sept 6th 2020 and you can find that show here. This books show is also broadcast on the following local radio stations: Athlone, Castlebar, Community Radio Youghal, Connemara, Corca Baiscin Kilkee, Kilkenny City, Kinvara, Near FM Coolock and Phoenix FM Blanchardstown.
I was also delighted to take part in WONDERFEST 2020 (20-22 November), Ireland’s first online digital festival for kids books, put together by writers. I was on a panel with the wonderful PJ Lynch, Kieran Fanning and Mariane McShane.
And for the DUBLIN BOOK FESTIVAL (27 Nov – 6 Dec 2020), I was thrilled to do my first primary school classroom event , Everyone Needs A Wulfie, on Dec 2nd. Here are the kids of 3rd and 4th class at Boolavogue NS in Wexford… all in their Wulfie and Libby masks!
Meanwhile, here are some photos of Wulfie arriving all over the world…