The Tinfish Series Virtual Book Tour November 2010

The Tinfish Series

Join Chris Wardle, author of the children’s series, The Tinfish Series (Lulu), as he virtually tours the blogosphere in November ‘10 on his second virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!

About Chris Wardle

chris profile picture Chris Wardle holds a bachelor’s degree in physical geography as well as a Master’s degree for water supply in developing countries.

Over the last ten years Chris has travelled extensively in developing countries working on charity projects in poor communities. He has been able to draw on his numerous experiences to inspire his creative works, particularly living for long periods in communities with different cultures in Africa and Asia.

An orphaned kitten in Northern Uganda was the inspiration for Mr. Choli’s character in the Tinfish series. He now lives in the UK with Chris’s family (via a few months with a foster family in France to organise his European passport).

You can find out more at his website and on Facebook.

About The Tinfish Series

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‘The ‘Tinfish’ series of children’s books follows the humorous adventures of Mr. Tinfish the penguin and his friends as they try to cope with the impact of climatic change in their community. A sudden rise in the sea level, desertification, and warming ocean currents are amongst the many problems that the ever-changing climate will bring. Luckily for Mr. Tinfish, the other animals and birds all try to support each other, and Mr. Vinegar the walrus organizes numerous expeditions led by Mr. Choli the cat to help the colony adapt to the changing conditions.

Book One: The lighthouse of Mr. Tinfish
Book Two: Mr. Choli’s River Trip
Book Three: Mr. Vinegar and the Frozen Sea
Book Four: Mrs. Cat-biscuit’s search for the downward land
Book Five: Mr. Ginger and the disappearing fish

Read an Excerpt

From Mr. Ginger and the disappearing fish

Mr. Choli reached up with his paws and adjusted his ear-muffs. He squashed them tightly over his head in an attempt to keep out the noise of the seagulls as they squawked and ‘caawed’ repeatedly in the nearby trees. Mr. Ginger had already taken a similar action, and had his ear-muff adorned head jammed between the side of the seat and the door of the old car in which they lived. Scrunching his ears under the ear-muffs had made little difference. Mr. Choli sat up, with a disgruntled look, and threw them behind him on to the back seat. They were not comfortable in the slightest, and were certainly not helping to reduce the din of hungry seabirds.

“Something has to be done about all these seagulls!” declared Mr. Choli to Mr. Ginger, not for the first time. Mr. Ginger slowly un-wedged his head from between the door and the side of the passenger seat. He was of a very similar opinion himself, and had a cricked neck into the bargain.

“Why do they have to make all that noise?” moaned Mr. Choli, “And so early in the morning as well,” he added, glancing at the clock in the car’s dashboard. “It’s not even ten o’clock yet! And besides, the ‘morning chorus’ seems to go on for most of the day.”

Mr. Ginger removed his own ear muffs and politely listened to Mr. Choli’s daily rant about the inconvenience of neighbouring seabirds.

“You would think, that as they are guests in this wood,” continued Mr. Choli pompously, forgetting that he was once a guest in the wood himself, “that they would respect the established catnapping schedules, and make that awful racket somewhere else.”

Mr. Ginger nodded in agreement at his friend’s observation. However, he wasn’t so sure that catnapping had an actual ‘schedule’, so much as being the thing that took up most of their non-eating time.

Despite sharing Mr. Choli’s annoyance, the noise wasn’t Mr. Ginger’s main concern. Of course, it was bad enough that they had resorted to wearing large fluffy ear-muffs during their catnaps, which were both hot and uncomfortable. However, since the seagulls and other marine birds had descended on Daphne Wood in large numbers, the newcomers had fished the river to such an extent that there was almost no fish left floating around in there at all. For a cat, whose rumbling tummy was one of the few things in Daphne Wood that did keep to a very regular schedule, this was a considerably big concern indeed.

“Well something is going to have to be done!” stated Mr. Choli grandly. “Mr. Vinegar is going to have to call a meeting and sort this out, so that there can be a proper schedule drawn up to show who can make a noise, what noise they are allowed to make, and at what time they are allowed to do it!”

With that Mr. Choli pushed open the driver’s door of the car and hopped onto the ground. He looked despairingly towards the top of the roof of Mr. Vinegar’s cottage and observed that there seemed to be even more seagulls packed on there than normal. Carrying his pipe and magnifying glass so that he would appear more important, Mr. Choli marched off determinedly towards the front door of the cottage. Mr. Ginger, having abandoned all hope of getting in a good nap, un-cricked his neck and followed behind him….

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…”What are we going to do about it?” declared an exasperated Mr. Choli as he swung open the door to the miner’s cottage and addressed Mr. Vinegar the walrus.

Mr. Vinegar was sitting in the corner, deep in conversation with Mr. Denzel the mole, and Mr. Tinfish. He looked up from his cup of tea and examined the expression on Mr. Choli’s face.

“It is a concern,” replied Mr. Vinegar slowly. “We were just talking about it. With all the weight up there, I’m surprised half the roof tiles haven’t come off by now. If that happens then the next time one of these new storms comes through there will be a right mess in here.”

Mr. Choli’s expression turned from one of exasperation to one of confusion.

“I don’t see what the roof tiles have to do with it,” he replied, holding his magnifying glass up and examining the ceiling, “unless the tiles are making the noise in here more echoey.”

It was now Mr. Vinegar’s turn to look confused.

“I thought we were discussing the problem of warm ocean currents keeping the fish away,” added Mr. Tinfish who was also a little surprised by Mr. Choli’s interruption to their conversation.

“The real problem is that there are no large fish left in the river!” piped up Mr. Ginger who had just arrived behind Mr. Choli, and had missed all the stuff at the beginning about roof tiles and storms. “There are not many small ones either!” he added. “It’s becoming almost impossible to create a reasonable mackerel and peach cobbler.”

“If I may suggest something,” offered Mr. Denzel. “I think that all of you are complaining about different pieces of the same problem.”

Mr. Denzel stepped forward and motioned to the two cats to take a seat and join them in their discussion.
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“The changing currents, as Mr. Tinfish points out, are the cause of the overall problem, but I’m sure that there is nothing we can do to change them back,” continued Mr. Denzel.

“The new ocean current has meant that the fish have moved elsewhere, and the warmer water is fuelling some of the storms that we have experienced. The result has been a large migration of hungry birds to Daphne Wood in search of food. This has led to over-crowding in Daphne Wood, and over-fishing of the river. However, these birds need to find a way to live their lives and feed themselves, the same as we all do.”

The others nodded in agreement.

“The problem that we face as a consequence of all this, is that we have too many mouths to feed in Daphne Wood, and not enough food,” explained Mr. Denzel. “If we can solve the problem of ‘insufficient resources’ then the other problems will be solved as well. The seabirds will no longer need to gather near to the river in Daphne Wood, and the fish numbers in the river can start to increase again.”

“Well, the problem is clear enough,” agreed Mr. Vinegar as he stroked his chin with a flipper in a knowing manner. Mr. Denzel usually found a way to look at things in a clear way. “It all comes down to not having enough resources – in this case, not having enough fish. The solution, on the other hand, is far from obvious. I think we will need to call on everyone in the colony, and hold a meeting!”

“I couldn’t agree more,” added Mr. Choli. The issue of noise coming from over-excited seagulls during periods scheduled for catnapping had been completely over-looked by Mr. Denzel. The meeting would be the perfect opportunity to bring it up again and get it sorted out properly.

What Reviewers Are Saying

The residents of Daphne Wood return in the second book of Chris Wardle’s Tinfish series, Mr. Choli’s River Trip.
Now settled into their new location, the members of the colony living in Daphne Wood are happy with their new place. In their previous adventures, they discovered a tunnel that leads to a town long ago deserted by the people whose wars and diseases caused their demise. Traveling through the tunnel from time to time has allowed Mr. Choli and Mr. Ginger, the cats, to stock up on their supply of canned fish that they keep in an abandoned car they now call home. The detective shingle proudly in place, Mr. Choli has certainly gained a lofty reputation for his investigative work.

When Mrs. Cat-biscuit, the goat, shares her concern that the vegetation in Daphne Wood is struggling to survive in the heat and wind, Mr. Choli and Mr. Ginger lead another expedition to find new plants that are better able to handle the increasingly hot conditions. While back at Daphne Wood, Mr. Denzel, the mole, and the remaining members of the gardening team start a new project that just might protect the existing plants in the colony from the harsh conditions.

I enjoyed Mr. Choli’s River Trip even better than the first book in the series. New adventures, new characters, and the developing friendships among the residents of Daphne Wood, add to this already engaging and thought provoking series. Again, the reader gets the opportunity to witness how the climate changes have impacted the colony and the ingenuity of the residents working together to solve the problem. The cooperation amongst the characters is truly one of the best parts of these books; teaching readers that working together, they can make a difference. In addition, the prose flowed even more smoothly in this book than in the first, making Mr. Choli’s River Trip an even more exciting adventure in reading.

The cover art on both of these books is downright hilarious. I absolutely love the picture of Mr. Choli with his pipe and magnifying glass. All he needs is a Sherlock Holmes hat. The back cover of both books has color versions of some of the illustrations found inside.
I would definitely recommend Mr. Choli’s River Trip to any youngster interested in environmental issues, those who love animals and nature, and readers who like engaging stories filled with fun and quirky characters. I can’t wait to read the next two books in this series!

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

– Cheryl Malandrinos, The Children’s and Teen’s Book Connection

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About The Tinfish Series Tour Schedule

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Monday, November 1
Guest Post at Book Tours and More
Review at You Have How Many Kids???

Tuesday, November 2
Review at You Have How Many Kids???

Wednesday, November 3
Review at You Have How Many Kids???

Thursday, November 4
Review at You Have How Many Kids???

Friday, November 5
Review at You Have How Many Kids???

Monday, November 8
Guest Post at Rex Robot Reviews
Review at Ohio Girl Talks
Review at Carol’s Notebook
Review at You Have How Many Kids???

Tuesday, November 9
Review at Ohio Girl Talks
Review at Carol’s Notebook
Review at You Have How Many Kids???
Guest Post at Writing Daze

Wednesday, November 10
Review at Ohio Girl Talks
Review at Carol’s Notebook
Review at You Have How Many Kids???

Thursday, November 11
Review at Ohio Girl Talks
Review at Carol’s Notebook
Review at You Have How Many Kids???

Friday, November 12
Review at Ohio Girl Talks
Review at Carol’s Notebook
Review at You Have How Many Kids???

Monday, November 15
Review at Review From Here
Review at A Moment With Mystee
Spotlight at Promote Your Book

Tuesday, November 16
Review at Review From Here
Review at A Moment With Mystee

Wednesday, November 17
Review at Review From Here
Review at A Moment With Mystee

Thursday, November 18
Guest Post at The Book Boost
Review at Review From Here
Review at A Moment With Mystee

Friday, November 19
Review at Review From Here
Review at A Moment With Mystee

Monday, November 22
Guest Post at InkyBlots

Tuesday, November 23
Review at The Book Connection
Review at 4 the Love of Books

Wednesday, November 24
Review at The Book Connection
Review at 4 the Love of Books

Thursday, November 25
Closed for Thanksgiving

Friday, November 26
Review at The Book Connection
Review at 4 the Love of Books

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Chris Wardle’s THE TINFISH SERIES VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR ‘10 will officially begin on November 1 and end on November 26 ‘10. Please contact Jaime at jmfictionscribe@yahoo.com.au if you are interested in hosting and/or reviewing his books or click here to use the form. Thank you!

UPDATE: This tour is now full. Thank you for your support.