Liz Pichon will launch a “Tremendous Tales” podcast series in June for children and families to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of her Tom Gates series.
Presented by Pichon herself, the podcast will reflect the style of the Tom Gates books and include funny stories, musical idents and various themed segments. Aimed at children aged seven and above, each episode will be approximately 20 minutes long.
The inaugural guests will include former children’s laureate Chris Riddell and Horrible Histories illustrator Martin Brown, with the first episode launching in June 2021.
A "Snack Chat" section features Pichon trying her guest’s favourite snack; "Tremendous Tale" includes guests recounting a story from their lives or childhood; and "Tremendous Fail" covers episodes when something in their lives did not go to plan. There will also be games to interact with such as "Name that Noise" and a section where Pichon reads letters from readers that showcase their creative projects, called "It's All About You". There will also be an opportunity for guests to chat with the writer about their latest book or project.
“Every aspect of the show will be geared to entertaining and engaging children,” Scholastic said. “Guests will include authors, illustrators, actors and musicians, as well as industry experts.”
Pichon says: “There are so many podcasts for adults; I wanted to create one for children crammed with things that they will love. Listeners to the 'Tremendous Tales' podcast will be entertained, maybe learn something new and have fun guessing the games.”
Pichon’s award-winning Tom Gates book series (Scholastic) has been translated into 45 languages and has sold 5.5 million units sold for £29.2m, according to Nielsen BookScan. The Brilliant World of Tom Gates, Liz’s Pichon’s first Tom Gates book, was published by Scholastic in 2011. Pichon has won more than 25 awards for the series, including a Roald Dahl Funny Prize, a Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, multiple Nielsen Bestseller Awards and a Blue Peter Book Award. The TV series, "The Brilliant World of Tom Gates" launched on the channel Sky Kids in January 2021. The 20-episode mixed media magazine-style series was co-written by Pichon and she presents the live-action "Draws" and "Makes" sections in the show, which is produced by TG Entertainment.
The podcast will be available on various podcast platforms as well as Pichon’s website.