‘The Tide’ Goes Global: The Tide, illustrated by Ashling Lindsey and published by Little Tiger Press, will be translated into the following languages; French, German, Finnish, Greek, Italian and Chinese (complex) It is also available in the US.

Reviews for ‘The Tide’: Here are some of the glowing reviews for our special book:

“The story, which centres around a family day out at the beach, explores the relationship between a little girl (the narrator) and her beloved grandad, who lives with dementia. The girl has become aware of changes in her grandad’s behaviour: he sometimes gets confused, forgets things, or acts oddly (one illustration shows Grandad trying to bury the picnic sandwiches in the sand). The girl’s mum (who is a silent but important loving presence in the story) has cleverly described the situation to her daughter using a comforting metaphor: Grandad’s memory is like the tide: sometimes near, sometimes distant. The girl is learning to ‘go with the flow’ of her grandad’s condition, cherishing the precious lucid moments when he is able to play and interact, and also to be able to ‘just sit’ and be at peace with him during the times when his memory and thoughts seem more distant. The girl is very considerate: she empathises with her grandfather and compares his forgetfulness with times she has forgotten things herself and has needed help (and in doing so appreciates that it’s not easy for him).
This is a skilfully crafted and incredibly beautiful picture book which shows a perfect collaboration between author and illustrator. It is by no means easy to create a story about a subject like dementia which has an air of of joy, playfulness and hope, but Clare Helen Welsh and Ashling Lindsay have aced it. The love and understanding shared between the three family members radiates from the pages, reinforcing the story’s concluding message: the girl and her grandfather still love each other and will continue to do so, regardless of what lies ahead.” (Little Parachutes) 

“This book will move you and delight you. It might even make you cry. The wonderful relationship between a little girl and her grandfather is at the heart of it. But there is a deeper and very poignant message here too, about the long goodbye that is caused by dementia.
The narrator of this story is a little girl. Sometimes her beloved Granddad gets confused and forgets things. The child feels guilty because she often gets impatient with him. She is anxious that someday he might even forget her. She balances that anxiety against trying to imagine how frightening it must be for him to find his everyday world strange and confusing.
Welsh handles the topic of dementia here with huge insight and sensitivity. Her text is clear, and unadorned. She captures the child’s perspective perfectly. Lindsay’s illustrations are charming. Using red, orange and yellow tones to contrast with the blues and greens colours of the sea and sky, she infuses her images with colour and warmth. She encourages us to recognise the loving relationships between the little girl, her Mum and Granddad.
As we study the other people at the beach, we notice that a very positive version of family life is depicted. Although Welsh deliberately avoids using the terms ‘dementia’ or ‘Alzheimer’s’, parents and teachers could use this book as a beautifully gentle means of opening up dialogue about the illness and its effects.
Reading and discussing the book could encourage children (and adults) develop empathy with family member or neighbours who suffer with this distressing condition. Moreover, it could provide a springboard into discussing how we might help those with the condition to live well. I recommend that schools make copies of this book available.” (Mary Roche, Just Imagine)

|”A beloved grandfather’s memories ebb and flow.
A small child muses that Grandpa “sometimes…forgets things” and “sometimes…gets confused.” Still, while the narrator, Mommy, and Grandpa are at the beach, they engage in favorite activities together and watch the tide come in. The child is comforted to recall also having needed help in forgetful moments and also occasionally having behaved in perplexing ways. The child’s loving, easy forgiveness of Grandpa’s differences leads to understanding and acceptance of his predicament even though “sometimes, I get upset.” The child deals with these feelings—even the unsettling idea that Grandpa might forget his grandchild—by thinking about how scary forgetfulness must be. The author’s use of the tide as a metaphor for the way Grandpa’s memories softly drift in and out works persuasively. The simple strategies the protagonist employs to cope with the changes in Grandpa’s mental state are helpfully and naturally incorporated into the narrative. The reassuring, satisfying ending allows that loving family closeness can still prevail, particularly in dementia’s earlier stages. Artwork is loose and appealing, and the colorful, refreshing seashore scenes are inviting. Protagonist and family appear white; other persons in the background are depicted as ethnically and physically diverse. 
This will be comforting for many readers.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“This is a story about a little girl, her grandfather and his memory loss. The family go for a day out at the beach. They build sandcastles, hunt in rock pools and eat ice creams. Although the little girl’s grandfather sometimes does things which are a little unusual, or forgets what he has done, she lives him just as much as she ever has because she understands how annoying it must be to forget how to do things properly.
The tide is a gentle metaphor for the ebbing and flowing of Grandad’s memories and although the terms ‘dementia’ and ‘Alzheimer’s’ are not specifically mentioned, this touching story would provide the perfect starting point for a conversation about these topics. Ashling’s warm, soothing illustrations brilliantly capture the magic of a day at the seaside”. (Library Girl and Book Boy)

“In a poignant story about accepting a loved one’s dementia, a girl with long, cherry-colored hair tries to understand that her gentle, mustachioed grandfather sometimes becomes confused: “Mommy says Grandpa’s memories are like the tide”—sometimes “near and full of life,” other times “distant and quiet.” During a day at the beach, the girl and Grandpa build sand castles and search for sea stars. But when it’s time for lunch, Grandpa mistakenly buries the sandwiches in the sand (she wonders “but where are all the sandwiches?”). The girl empathizes with her elderly relative by remembering times when she, too, forgot things: how to tie her shoes, and “the time I buried Polar Bear, and Mommy helped me find him.” Lindsay fills her seaside images with warm, fruity color tones that conjure feelings of kinship and comfort rather than absence and despair. No one is ever truly lost, Welsh suggests, so long as they are loved by those around them.” (Publishers Weekly)

Kate Poel’s review of ‘How Rude:’

Scott Evans’ review of ‘TheTide’:

“The Tide is up there as one of the most heartwarming books I’ve ever seen.

If you’re looking for a book to explain families, growing older and living with dementia in the most child-friendly and resonating way, this is the book you need.

Perfect for use throughout the primary school.”

Kirkus Reviews for ‘The Tide’:

“The author’s use of the tide as a metaphor for the way Grandpa’s memories softly drift in and out works persuasively. The reassuring, satisfying ending allows that loving family closeness can still prevail, particularly in dementia’s earlier stages. Artwork is loose and appealing, and the colorful, refreshing seashore scenes are inviting.”

Review for ‘The Tide‘ (Youth Service Book Reviews)


Interview with Laurie J Edwards

Read the full interview here to learn about the inspiration for How Rude, favourite childhood books and more!

BookMonster Ally reviews ‘How Rude!’

“How Rude is a lovely intro to good manners and how empathy can aid children’s learning! Gorgeously fun and important picture book.”

Full review here.

LibraryMice interviews ‘How Rude!’ Illustrator, Olivier Tallec

Read the full interview here.

MrEPrimary reviews ‘How Rude!’

“This story is brimming with empathy, and not only has the potential to make young readers cry with laughter but also has the power to change their ways and attitudes and help them to reflect on their behaviour to become better people.”

Read the full review here.

ReadItDaddy reviews ‘How Rude!’

“Never underestimate the power of a little girl to put things right. Fab flowing text and awesome illustrations.”

Read the full review here.

LibraryGirl and Book Boy reviews ‘How Rude!’

“How Rude’ is understated, yet truly hilarious. The illustrations are absolute genius with some brilliant facial expressions! A great book to explain the value of good manners and making amends with your friends.”

Read the full review and Q&A here.

MyBookCorner reviews ‘How Rude!’

“How Rude! is rib-tickling fun. Highly recommended!”

Read the full review here. You can also read my interview with MyBookCorner, here.

BookBairn reviews ‘How Rude!’

“This book is a conversation opener to gently introduce little readers to manners and behaviours through this hilarious double-act.”

Read the full review here.

An interview by Amy Sparkes, The Writing Magazine

Praise indeed for King Carl from Madge Eekel Reviews

‘An excellent series of books that can support children learning to read in both an educational and home setting.’ Read the full review here.

A glowing review for King Carl and the Wish from Linda’s Book Bag

Delightful, fun, vibrant, educational and entertaining.’ Read the full review here.

New Early Readers for Maverick

Maverick have released the covers of my two new early readers, publishing on 28th August 2018. Click here to find out more about them.

Second Edition:

Thank you to all the lovely people who bought a copy of Aerodynamics of Biscuits. It’s off on a second print run!

*New book*

‘The Tide,’ publishing with Ashling Lindsay and Little Tiger, makes its debut appearance at Bologna Book Fair 2018! #TheTide


Words & Pictures, SCBWI Celebrations:

News about The Tide is spreading. Thank you B.B Taylor for the love, cheers and fireworks!


Bologna Book Fair 2018:

Biscuit Blast Off’ travels to Bologna Book Fair, Italy, with Maverick Books alongside a whole host of fab early readers.


A visit to Leigham Primary School; Book Week

A lovely write up from a Plymouth primary school:


“Local author Clare Helen Welsh has been a real inspiration to us all today! Key Stage One had lots of fun designing characters based on her books and Key Stage Two found out about the journey that she had from her initial ideas to becoming a published author. We even had a go at testing how aerodynamic a range of biscuits are! :)”


School Visit Feedback

“The workshop was amazing! The children were engaged from start to finish. Such a great way to get such young children to believe in themselves as writers! The children haven’t stopped talking about where they are going to travel in their rocket!”

“Super! The children enjoyed the activities and they fitted well with the introduction to story writing. Perfect for reception children. Their ideas can be further developed back  in the classroom. Hopefully some children will continue their thinking and writing.”

A fantastic review for Biscuit Blast Off!



Words&Pictures Magazine 


A mention in Words&Pictures magazine, celebrating 20 years of World Book Days.


World Book Day

Some excellent feedback from this year’s school visits!img_3647img_3646

Crystal Kite Nominee


Review from Read It Daddy

Have you ever considered the gently sloping curve of a custard cream? The wingspan of a bourbon? The jet power of a double-chocolate cookie? Then this book might tickle your fancy…
“The Aerodynamics of Biscuits” by Clare Helen Welsh and Sophia Touliatou might win this year’s award for “Most Original Children’s Book Title” – I mean who could fail to be intrigued by a book with a name like that!

Digging into the biscuit tin, we find the story of a young boy who (rather naughtily) cannot resist raiding the cookie jar. Alas, the boy finds that a sneaky thief has made off with all the comestibles and there’s scarcely a crumb left! Soon the boy traces the miscreants, finding a gallant band of mice not scoffing their ill-gotten gains but doing something rather odd with them! Trying to construct biscuit-based spacecraft with them in order to fly to the moon for a cheese raid!

(See, we told you this book was hilariously original!)

The fearsome pirate mouse crew need help though. They’re absolutely terrible at building rockets but our heroic human pal knows a thing or two about the stress conditions of chocolate spread when used as wing binding material, or the impact resistivity of a chocolate cookie on rough landing on the lunar surface, so he accompanies the mice on their perilous cheese quest. But what happens when they get to the moon? Is it time for a cheese feast, or does tragedy lurk in the lunar shadows!

This book is utterly brilliant and inventive, with a wonderfully paced tale underpinned with mouthwatering biccie-flavoured illustrations. Be warned though, reading this story is likely to make your tummy rumble a lot and may prompt pre-bedtime raids to the biscuit jar!

Charlotte’s favourite bit: The naughty mouse Pirate Captain, scuppering his own crew! Oh noes!

Daddy’s favourite bit: Baked to perfection, this book is brilliant!

Review from Red Reading Hub

When hunger pangs strike, Oliver (normally a good, kind sort of a boy) creeps downstairs to raid the biscuit barrel only to find it completely empty. But what are those shadowy things scuttling across the floor, ‘Hauling and heaving, towing and tugging.’ out through the door and into the garden?

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The marauding mice however, are not consuming their spoils, oh no, they’re in the process of constructing or attempting to, aerodynamic biscuit rockets in which to fly to the moon and there partake of some – well you know what the moon is said to be made of.

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However their design skills leave a lot to be desired and it’s only when Oliver offers to help with the rocket building that things start to look more promising, and finally it’s blast off time.
Once at their cheesy destination, the mice can hardly wait to tuck in to the feast that awaits them when they discover that their leader, Captain Sneaky McSqueaky has gone missing: seems his appetite is for something other than cheese …
Are the mice to be marooned on the moon without a craft or can they find another way to return to earth? Perhaps, with Oliver’s help …

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This unlikely story is great fun. The nature of the telling is such that it draws listeners in from the start, keeping them involved and interested throughout and offering possibilities for active joining in with the rocket building and cheese gathering as the story unfolds.
Equally, Sophia Touliatou’s quirky illustrations are packed with amusing details, creating a visual feast of small rodents engaging in all manner of tasks, tiny tools, and tasty treats – sweet and savoury, not to mention a whole host of speech bubbles, noises, labels and more for the eyes to digest.

Review from Handy Mummy Tumblr

“From a teacher’s point of view I loved the book for the wonderful vocabulary. Perfect for introducing key stage 1 to adverbs and adjectives.

The illustrations are lovely and the attention to detail is great. We loved looking at the different cheeses that made up the ship and the biscuits to make the rocket.

It is a clever little story that we really enjoyed and we have continued to enjoy for the last three nights. Each time we read it we find something new to explore.

A great new edition to our family bookshelf.”

Marldon C of E Primary School, Devon

Ks2 School Visit 

“All children were totally engaged and enthralled throughout the workshop. Clare was fantastic with the children, bringing plenty of props to excite and provoke creativity from the group. The children were well guided and fully involved throughout the session.” (Katie Church)

Quotes from the children:

“I enjoyed dressing up as a pirate mouse and getting creative.” (Amy)

It gave me new ideas.” (Aimee)

“You have really encouraged me to write more stories.” (Max)

“You gave me more confidence in writing stories.” (Alyssa)

“I really liked getting into character by dressing up and using face paints.” (Charlotte)

“A magical experience for English writing.” (Lianda)

“AWESOME!” (Alice)



 “‘Aerodynamics of Biscuits’ sounds really amazing. Just the title alone should make it a bestseller!”

(Ed Blazek)

“A quirky story for children with big imaginations. Clare is a first time author but has already made a big impression gaining a Silver Medal in the Greenhouse Funny Prize.”

(Steve Bicknell, Maverick Books)

“At Maverick, we are very excited at having Clare join our team with her wonderfully imaginative text ‘Aerodynamics of Biscuits’. We loved the story from the start and thought that it would make a fantastic Maverick title.  Clare has a huge amount of passion and talent for writing children’s books and we are very pleased to be publishing her first book. “

(Kymara Nye, Maverick Books)


3 thoughts on “PUFF PAGE

  1. My daughter, Alice, took part in your session and was full of it when she came home. She can’t wait to finish her story this weekend! Thank you


    1. Thank you 🙂 That must be ‘Awesome Alice!’ I’m so glad she enjoyed it and looking forward to finding out how her characters escape the cat! A great plot!


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