Puffin Podcast episode 12: Adventures in Wonderland

Follow that white rabbit! To celebrate the 150th unbirthday of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, BAFTA winning actress Sheridan Smith exclusively shares how she came up with the voices for the new audiobook. What’s more, host Ally McCrae will be exploring modern-wonderlands inspired by Lewis Carrol’s classic, like Cathy Cassidy’s intriguing Looking Glass Girl read by Helen Baxendale and the soon-to-be Hollywood blockbuster The Fifth Wave.

For the especially curious amongst you, there’s a curious cast of characters:

ANSWERS TO CHARACTER QUIZ at the end of the episode… No cheating please! 

Could you name all  the curious characters at the end of the episode? Here are the answers . . .

  • The Cheshire Cat
  • Frog Footman
  • The Duchess
  • The Dormouse
  • The Mad Hatter
  • The March Hare
  • The Caterpillar
  • The Queen

So that just leaves one question, why is a raven like a writing desk?

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Puffin Podcast Episode 10: Hop Outside

Kate McCafferty, the voice of Oona the Puffin, on Nick Junior’s Puffin Rock, guest presents a very special episode all about the great outdoors. Listen out for amazing extracts from The Secret Garden, Amy Wild, The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck ready by Ewan McGregor and the award-winning audiobook Stig of the Dump read by Tony Robinson

Let us know you’re listening with the hashtag #ListenWithPuffin and watch regular host Ally McCrae interview Kate!




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Puffin Podcast Episode 9: Jokesters & Pranksters!

Get ready to giggle! This hilarious episode of the Webby nominated Puffin Podcast is full of the best jokesters and pranksters in kids’ books. From wormy spaghetti (Roald Dahl’s The Twits) to incidents with the pet goldfish (Kes Gray’s Daisy) and an appearance from Beanotown’s original prankster, the gnash-bang-wolloping Dennis the Menace. Plus, presenter Ally McCrae orders a pizza bigger than a swimming pool, and laugh-out-loud-funny author Steven Butler prank-calls his old headmaster… none other than the King of Comedy himself, Jeremy Strong! WARNING: This programme might make your cheeks hurt from grinning so much!


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Penguin Schools’ Puffin Virtually Live Hot List

We have some truly amazing Puffin Virtually Live events coming up in 2015. Featuring some of the world’s biggest authors and stories, the shows will entertain and engage thousands of school pupils from across the globe. Over at the Puffin Virtually Live website, there are a tons of On Demand videos available for you to share in your classroom. Click below to view our picks of some of the best…

Find out more about Wimpy Kid Virtually Live 2015 and register for the event here. There’s a great activity pack you can download, including a special DIY cover design activity!

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Puffin Podcast nominated for a Webby!


Whoopee! The Puffin Podcast has been nominated for a Webby Award, that’s like the Oscars but for the internet. In fact one big wig at The New York Times called it ‘The Internet’s highest honour’. There are two categories, one chosen by some clever judges and another picked by the people. That means YOU!

How can you vote? Just go here and click on the Puffin Podcast.  The whole thing will be over quicker than you can say fuzzy hatchling!

Not going to vote just because we tell you? Highly commendable free-thinking. So in light of this, here are 9 reasons why we think you should vote Puffin.

1. The Puffin Podcast is presented by Ally McCrae. You might be able to guess from his accent that he hails from the Highlands – but did you know he’s 6″4 and enjoys chomping crisps in the recording studio?


2. Our monthly quiz for Puffins Boffins (Poffins? Buffins?) is tenser than the knicker elastic in Dennis the Menace’s catapult.  Sparks flew when Editor Ben and Marketeer Gemma battled it out in the Hocus-Pocus head-to-head.  (Battle commences at 10 minutes and 21 seconds).

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Trailer: Moomins on the Riviera!


Join the Moomins and friends as they leave Moominvalley behind and head south in Moomins On The Riviera, which opens in cinemas on 22 May.

In search of adventures, the Moomins, Snorkmaiden and Little My set sail for the French Riviera. After a perilous journey, they reach their dream destination where Snorkmaiden is dazzled by the attentions of a a new admirer, leaving Moomin consumed by jealousy. When Moominpappa befriends an aristocrat and adopts the name ‘de Moomin’, Moominmamma retreats to the calm of their trusty old boat to wait for her family to come to their senses and to remember their motto:

“Live in peace, plant potatoes and dream.”