Last summer Puffin published The Puffin Book of Big Dreams, an anthology of short stories by children's writers. My story in the book is Pancakes and Cha-Cha Meet the Bin Genie, about two dogs who annoy a magical spirit. It was illustrated by Nicola Slater, who also did Jonathan the Magic Pony with me. The dogs are based on my children.
Just before last year's lockdown, during a trip to Aldi, I caught my then two-year-old son licking our trolley handle and giggling, and I ha