Claire Barker’s third and final Knitbone Pepper book to publish next month

16 August 2016

Horse called moon

“More giggles and woofs in the third highly appealing ghost dog adventure,” says The Bookseller of the third and final book in Claire Barker’s fabulous Knitbone Pepper children’s fiction series – Knitbone Pepper and a Horse Called Moon – which publishes at the start of next month. This completes the trilogy, which will be available in hardback from Usborne, and is publishing in seven other territories worldwide.

Author Claire is appearing at the Edinburgh Book Festival this week talking about Spooky Species and what inspired her and Knitbone Pepper illustrator Ross Collins’ ghostly array of characters in this third book.


Praise for Knitbone Pepper: Ghost Dog (book 1):

“Funny and tender” Metro

“Quirky, charming and beautifully illustrated.” Best

“An endearing … charming and sensitive story for animal lovers and any child” South Wales Evening Post

“Filled with humour and warmth, a wonderful novel for young readers.” Inis magazine

“…this is a lovely book! … a charming, amusing story – with moving moments – that has been well written … Can’t wait for the next one!” North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award

“What an endearingly mad romp, elegantly and hilariously illustrated by the talented Mr Collins and oh so beautifully produced by the good people at Usborne. A triumph!” Debi Gliori, award-winning children’s author and illustrator.

“Packed with mayhem, chuckles and woofs.” The Bookseller

“With its sweet ghost animals and ginger-nut-fuelled adventure, this charming story ticks all the right boxes for young readers. Ross Collins illustrations are spookily fun but capture the affection between Knitbone and Winnie perfectly too.” LoveReading4kids

“This is such a great story and is truly irresistible. You can’t help but get caught up in the world of the Pepper family.” Booklover Jo

“A gentle, eccentric tale of the supernatural, full of hilarity, warmth and undefeated love…” Middle Grade Strikes Back

“With the skill, charm and animal instinct to rival Dick King-Smith, Claire Barker brings us this deliciously warm and humorous debut for children aged 7 and up.” Sunshine Books


Praise for Knitbone Ghost Dog and the Last Circus Tiger (book 2):

“If you like mysteries and adventures, this book is definitely for you.” Guardian online

“Funny, wonderfully imaginative and beautifully illustrated, the Knitbone Pepper books are highly recommended.” The Daily Express

“[a] very special, heaven in a book for young animal fans.” LoveReading4Kids

“This superbly entertaining story left me feeling all warm and happy inside… This story is filled with humour, craziness but mostly heart.” Booklover Jo

“Claire Barker’s characters are warm and full of life… Ross Collins’ beautifully drawn little vignettes add humour and even more personality to the characters.” Reading Zone


You can pre-order a copy of the third book here.