Episode 153: 10 minutes with John Larkin

April 17, 2024

In episode 153 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

10 minutes with John Larkin

Allison interviews multi-award-winning author John Larkin about his latest novel ‘Brittany & Co Take On Paris’, hobby horses, and teaching creative writing. Plus, two highly recommended middle-grade novels and a heads up about World Bee Day.  

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Bookmail and TBR pile

Kelpie Chaos’ by Deb Fitzpatrick 

‘To and Fro’ by Anton Clifford-Motopi 

Outlaw Girls by Emily Gale and Nova Weetman 

Everyone Wants An Octopus Book! by Liz Ledden and Makoto Koji

Tuckshop Terrors by Leo Baker



Interview with Anton Clifford-Motopi on ABC Conversations


10 minutes with John Larkin

Your Kid's Next Read interview with John LarkinJohn Larkin is a multi-award winning author of children’s and YA novels, with a debut adult novel on the way. His latest novel is ‘Brittany & Co take on Paris’, out now with Larrikin House, and illustrated by Rebecca Timmis.




John Larkin bookBrittany & Co Take On Paris

Brittany & Co. are horse crazy, but when their headmistress, Ms Tralala, bans their actual horses from their extracurricular school horse club, they decide instead to compete in The First Inaugural International Hobby Horse Championships in Paris (TFIIHHCiP).

To raise money for their trip they attempt to sell radioactive chocolate crackles outside the village bookshop! With the help of Ms Tralala, who insists on joining them on their adventure, Brittany & Co. take on Paris in a way that Paris has never been taken on before. Will it matter that they haven’t done a scrap of practice for their big competition?

BE WARNED: This book will make you laugh until you puke.



John’s recommendations

My EXTRAordinary Mum by Dani Vee (illustrated by Alexandra Colombo)

My EPIC Dad! Takes Us Camping by Dani Vee (illustrated by Marina Verola)

My EPIC Dad! Takes Us Fishing by Dani Vee (illustrated by Marina Verola)


The Finnish Hobby Horse Championships, inspiration for Brittany’s adventure


Quick tips

World Bee Day website

Wheen Bee Foundation

Teacher’s Notes for The Bee Hive (includes downloadable activities)

Activities for World Bee Day

Our books

The Mapmaker Chronicles series by A. L. Tait

The Ateban Cipher (duology) by A. L. Tait

The Maven & Reeve Mysteries by A. L. Tait

The First Summer of Callie McGee by A. L. Tait

The Beehive by Megan Daley

Teacher, Teacher (anthology), edited by Megan Daley

Raising Readers by Megan Daley


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10 minutes with John Larkin chatting about his latest middle grade novel