Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Uncle Pete and the Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep by David C Flanagan & Will Hughes – Blog Tour

Uncle Pete and the Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep is the first early-reader chapter book for 6-9 year olds from the brilliant indie publisher Little Door Books.

Bursting with fun and fantastic, friendly illustrations, this is the first title in a captivating magical, adventure series. The second book, Uncle Pete and the Forest of Lost Things, will follow in early 2022.

Harry is a child who never sleeps. It’s not that he’s just having a spell of difficulty sleeping; he’s never, ever done it. He’s never dozed, dreamed or even nodded off. His exhausted parents have tried everything: lullabies, warm drinks, bedtime stories. They’ve tried so many bedtime stories that all the bookshops and libraries have completely run out – what a nightmare!

Just when they’re about to give up, eccentric Uncle Pete shows up. He’s an explorer who has discovered a place where it’s always nighttime. He thinks he can help. Cue a brilliant adventure involving a brave mouse, a rickety, old biplane that runs on stardust fuel and a cat called Inky who makes a blanket of dreams on a spinning wheel.

Young readers are sure to be carried away on this wonderful, farfetched adventure full of quirky, loveable characters. Creativity, collaboration and determination are the name of the game in a place where anything can happen!


David C. Flanagan is an award-winning writer and journalist based in Orkney. Uncle Pete and the Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep is David’s debut children’s book, reflecting on his passion for adventure stories, his love of animals, and his slightly wacky sense of humour.

Will Hughes is a young illustrator and cartoonist who graduated from Edinburgh College of Art. His ‘Quentin-Blake-esque’ line drawings and illustrations were first seen in his debut picture book What to Give an Ogre for His Birthday published by Little Door Book in 2019. Two years on, Little Door Books are thrilled to have Will on board as the illustrator for their first early-reader chapter book.

Join David C. Flanagan & Will Hughes for a special event on Friday 14th May. Click here to save your place.

Preorder your copy from Bookshop here.

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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