Policeman Pete and The Monster in the Cellar A Barbara Ann book (Book #9) @PolicemanPete @AuthorightUKPR

Firstly I just want to say thank you to Rachel Gilbey of Authoright,  for inviting me to be part of this lovely blog tour for The Policeman Pete Books, in the Barbara Ann Book series. This is my second book review in the series but I keep up with the books on the tour every day. You will find my reviews every Wednesday and Sunday, while the tour runs. Enjoy!

A delightful set of children’s stories following the fictional character Policeman Pete in his daily activities. All the books within the series are based on true occurrences that have taken place in Saddleworth, a civil parish made up of 7 villages nestled within the foothills of the Pennines in North West England


Paperback: 38 pages
Publisher: Creative Locations Ltd; First edition (20 Sept. 2014)
ISBN-10: 1910351105
ISBN-13: 978-1910351109
Product Dimensions: 18 x 0.5 x 17 cm

The inspiration for this book came one cool evening in September. I had asked my son Adam to go down to the wood pile and bring a couple of logs to put on the wood burner. Many minutes later, Adam came back huffing and puffing saying that he had just been really spooked by a small hedgehog that had made its way under the logs!! As Adam began to fill the wood basket, the logs in the wood pile began to move on their own accord. I have to add, Adam was a 19 year-old then!

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Policeman-Pete-Monster-Cellar-Books/dp/1910351105/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1496267287&sr=8-15&keywords=policeman+pete



My oh my what an exciting adventure everyone has in this book.  The church roof needs repairing so all the village people help by donating Jumble to be resold but it all needs to be sorted out. Policeman Pete, Reverend Tims and farmer Bill’s children Sarah and Adam are there along with Mr. & Mrs. Pollitt and twins Harry and Emily to help get it ready for the big day.

When the adults are having a tea break the children very excitedly race off down the cellar to start on sorting the toys but there is a noise which frightens them. Time for the adults to investigate.

This book I decided I would read to my 3 year old grandson in day time as I didn’t want to frighten him with ideas of monsters at bedtime. Of course I had already checked it out myself and knew he would love the book and by the time bedtime came around it had already been read at least 6 times!

This is a fabulous series which gave Riley and I plenty to talk about. It reinforced to him that asking for help is always the best way, especially if something has frightened him. Living in a small town surrounded by lots of small villages he already has some idea of some of the traditions that have died off in other areas. We talked about what a jumble sale is and how everyone would help the church by giving things they no longer wanted or by supporting and buying things. We even played out the story ourselves.

The simple yet beautiful pictures which are on every other page helped him to retell the story brilliantly with characters that are now very recognisable to him by name. The perfect series for all round interaction for adult and child.

Do check out the safety tips below too and see you all Wednesday.


Policeman Pete Road Safety Tips.

7   Policeman Pete says if you are a passenger in a car you should always wear your seat belt and never put your arms out of the window.

For Policeman Pete’s Road Safety tip from yesterday please visit Ali – The Dragon Slayer – http://cancersuckscouk.ipage.com/.

Tomorrow please return to Ali – The Dragon Slayer for the first of Policeman Pete’s top tips on Keeping Safe around animals.




Brought up and schooled in Oldham, Greater Manchester, at the age of 17, Barbara decided on a nursing career. Later, she set up her own day nursery which she ran for a few years before supporting her husband in his busy profession. Fast forward to 2013, Barbara started writing and illustrating the Policeman Pete series. She currently lives at Brimmycroft Farm, in the small Saddleworth village of Denshaw, Oldham with her husband, horses, geese, ducks and cats. She is an active participant in charities involving law enforcement including the Blue Lamp Foundation. She has previously appeared on BBC Radio Manchester and been featured in the Oldham Advertiser and the Manchester Evening News.
Twitter – https://twitter.com/policemanpete
Website – http://policemanpetebooks.co.uk/



The Policeman Pete books are ideal for children aged between 3 – 6 and are perfect gifts when bought as a set.


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