A New Forest Tale

Set in the New Forest, “On the Banks of Hatchet Pond” features Podge, an ugly old frog with low self-esteem who comes to the rescue of the one he really envies...Dizzy, a beautiful little dragonfly.

The story has a sound moral; “EVERYONE HAS SOMETHING TO BE PROUD OF”. 

A Visit to the Pond

Val has included within the story's foreword an introduction to "one of the Forest's most famous ponds, where you MAY catch a glimpse of Dizzy and her good friend, Podge, who still live there today" and these words have attracted many a small child to insist on a visit to the pond to see if these little characters can indeed be seen.

The Sequel

The book's sequel called “Podge Goes Splodge at Hatchet Pond” (and many more adventures yet to be penned) is written and is awaiting a national publishing contract.

On the Banks of Hatchet Pond

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Visiting Hatchet Pond?

If you're visiting Hatchet Pond and want to pick up a copy of either On The Banks Of Hatchet Pond or Podge Goes Splodge At Hatchet Pond then the nearest place to buy them is Norris Gifts & Furnishings in Beaulieu, a very short drive (or bike ride) away. 

Norris Gifts & Furnishings can be found half-way up Beaulieu High Street, directly opposite the path to the main car park. It's a superb shop full of beautiful gifts and items for your home, so well worth a visit if you're in the area.

Posted by Admin in News on 24/06/2015

World Book Day


For World Book Day Val Lee was entertaining children at Alresford Library, reading On The Banks Of Hatchet Pond, Podge Goes Splodge At Hatchet Pond, and some of her other poems.

Meanwhile Simon Chadwick was at Blackfield Primary School for the day, where he did a writing and illustration workshop with the children, and was interviewed on the school radio station about his work.

Posted by Admin in News on 30/03/2015

Meet Val Today At Alresford Library

World Book Day is being celebrated in the Alresford Library today at 10.15 a.m. and again at 11.00 a.m. with local author Val Anne Lee who will be reading to two separate parties of local infants from Sun Hill School.  Anyone is invited and Val will be delighted to enthrall and capture the imagination of her audience with her two rhyming New Forest tales - 'On the Banks of Hatchet Pond' and its recently-published sequel 'Podge goes Splodge at Hatchet Pond'.  Both books cover the quite scary adventures of Podge an ugly old frog who hides in tangled weeds and thinks he's "just a useless lump" because he can't fly and a beautiful little dragonfly called Dizzy who uses her sparkling silken wings to flit around the Forest's largest pond. These two endearing creatures become firm friends due to a VERY brave action.  Both stories carry a strong moral.....and HCC Library has agreed that Val also follows up with a book-signing session at the Library the following day: from 10.30 a.m. Sat, 7th March.

Posted by Admin in News on 06/03/2015

Another Nice Feature...

We're in the Lymington Times now too, and were recently covered in the Hampshire Chronicle as well...


Posted by Simon in News on 21/01/2015

Splodge In The Echo


Nice write up, plus competition, on the front of The Daily Echo's Entertainment section today for Val and Simon's new book Podge Goes Splodge At Hatchet Pond. 

Posted by Admin in News on 19/12/2014

Podge Goes Splodge At Hatchet Pond Is Here


The new Podge and Dizzy has arrived, and just in time for Christmas! 

Val wanted to tell a slightly different story with the new book, so this time it’s a cautionary tale about showing off, and with Podge being a frog that means showing off near water. Packed, once again, with wonderful rhyme and great illustrations, this is a delightful book to share with pre-school and infant-aged children.

The book will be available on this site soon, but in the meantime you can purchase it from www.ceratopia.co.uk/shop/ or from museums, visitor attractions and shops in the New Forest and surrounding areas.



Posted by Admin in News on 02/12/2014

New Podge & Dizzy Adventure Coming Soon...


There's a new Podge and Dizzy book coming. On Monday 24th November Val Anne Lee and Simon Chadwick present the next instalment, Podge Goes Splodge At Hatchet Pond. More news soon...

Posted by Admin in News on 06/11/2014

Alresford Watercress Festival 2014


Thank you to everyone that stopped by to see Val and Simon at the Watercress Festival in Alresford yesterday. Simon did some live drawing while Val, several times, read brief snippets from On The Banks Of Hatchet Pond to potential new customers. A very busy, very hot day, but lots of fun. In a Where's Wally style, can you spot Val in the above picture?

Posted by Admin in Events on 19/05/2014

School Visits

Both Val and Simon are available for school visits, either together or as individuals, depending on your school's needs.

Val is a wonderful children's poet with some delightful verse that she can share, while Simon can talk about how a book illustration is put together and take a group drawing exercise with the class. They are happy to tailor their visit to fit in with the curriculum and themes of that particular term, and can also offer a book signing session either during or after school.

To learn more, please get in touch via the contact page.

Posted by Admin in Schools on 30/09/2013

Another Satisfied Customer

We're very pleased to have received this email following the Alresford Agricultural Show:

"We met you both yesterday at the agricultural show and just wanted to say thank you for such an amazing book. My son, Oscar, is 3 years old and we have read this book no less than 20 times in the last 24 hours! He is also delighted to have met the people who wrote the words and drew the pictures - we've never thought to discuss how books come about and it's magical that he thinks you've written the story for him. I will be recommending this book to all my friends and probably buying more copies to give as gifts."

Posted by Admin in News on 09/09/2013

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