All my books finish with a short postscript explaining the real-life facts behind the story.
While my purpose is first and foremost to entertain, much of my inspiration comes from the fascinating world - and universe - around us. The hedgehogs are very much like us (with a few added extras - notably the ability to hibernate).
The locations are inspired by real places, most of which I either have connections with or have visited - such as France, Germany, Iceland and the Isle of Wight; but there some places I have not managed to visit - a video tour by astronaut Suni Williams is the closest I am likely to get to the International Space Station!
The plots also take in real events (such as World War II and the American Revolution) and real science and technology (from thermite's ability to burn under water to NASA's robot-cum-astronaut, Robonaut).
An outline of the educational themes in each book is provided below.
Click on the boxes below to see some of the illustrations inspired by real life.
Where Hedgehogs Dare
Set during the hedgehog equivalent of the Second World War, when Great Britain was threatened with invasion.
Ties in with History Key Stage 2.
Let Sleeping Hedgehogs Spy
Set in the present day, this takes Snipper to the Alps, the Netherlands and Iceland
Postscript explains the real-life science and geography behind the story - avalanches and crevasses, Iceland and the Alps, night-vision, hedgehogs and more.
Hedgehogs from Outer Space
Science-fiction meets science fact in an exciting story featuring the real-life International Space Station and Space Shuttle, and strange new worlds in a far-off solar system.
Postscript explains the science and scientific theories behind the story, European involvement in space and how to become an astronaut.
The Smugglers of Hog's Head Bay
Set in the 1770s, an age of sail, smuggling and revolution.
Postscript covers the rise of smuggling in 18th century Britain, the American War of Independence and war with France (1778-83); boats and navigation in the age of sail.
For readers on the Isle of Wight, ties in with History Key Stage 2 - the study of local history - by showing how international events fuelled smuggling and led to fears of a French invasion.
The German plan for the invasion of Great Britain
Formed within glaciers.
Retired from service in 2011.
For measuring speed at sea.