Christmas Day in Upton Snodsbury certainly doesn’t go to plan for the Pinkertons. Twelve year-old Timothy opens his Professor Nervetski Super Deluxe Chemistry Set and creates a load of trouble – and something else that he never expected…
Targeted Age Group:: 8-13
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wrote the book for my 4 children.
DECEMBER 1965 – OH BOY!
“Merry Crimbo, Timbo,” said Mrs Pinkerton. “Father won’t be long. He’s just rubbing cream on his itchy patch. Shushy over, sweetie.”
Timothy ‘Timbo’ Pinkerton had no idea at all how to ‘shushy’. Instead, he shunted closer to his grubby pillow and made a space on his bed. His impatient eyes were fixed on the small pile of presents by his sockless feet.
“Come on… hurry up, Father,” he muttered.
It was Christmas Day 1965 in Upton Snodsbury and Timothy had woken at twenty minutes past four. As always, he knew his grump of a father would make him wait until eight o’clock before he allowed him anywhere near his presents. To twelve-year-old Timothy, it had been an awfully long wait that morning.
Mrs Pinkerton smiled and placed another present on Timothy’s rickety bed. “Be happy, Timbo,” she said, planting a kiss on Timothy’s spotty forehead before he had any chance to duck out of the way. Timothy stared at the five presents and sighed. His rusty alarm clock showed two minutes after eight.
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I live in Berkshire in England (near the Queen) with my wife and dog, Ted. Before I began writing children’s books, I worked in computing and as a Driving Instructor, but now I’m retired from all of that, I can enjoy my favourite job – creating the Lottie Baxter adventure stories.