What's this all about?
It's all about Tommy. Tommy Donbavand is a children's author, playwright, actor and an all-round amazing human being. I haven't actually has the pleasure of meeting him but I feel like I know him through his honest and heartfelt blogs about his battle with cancer – that is how I know about his amazingness.
Tommy was diagnosed with throat cancer in March this year and, due to the loss of his voice and time needed for treatment, has had to cancel or postpone many school visits. These school visits are where a large proportion of Tommy’s income comes from so this blog tour aims to raise funds to help ease his financial worries while he focuses on his treatment. Throughout the month of June, an army of bloggers and authors has been reading and reviewing Tommy’s books as part of a MEGA blog tour.
Today is my stop on the tour and I'm thrilled to be here!
rEVIEW OF WOLF
On the back cover
Adam didn't have much planned for this afternoon - head home from school, grab a snack, maybe play a video game before tea. No way did he plan to grow some claws. Or fur. Or a tail.
At this rate, Adam will be having his mum and dad for tea. And they don't seem exactly surprised...
I was drawn to Wolf by the stunning and very creepy cover – those eyes! And the story is just as compelling. It's a short book but packs a real punch. I raced through it in one sitting because I was desperate to find out what would happen to poor Adam. Oh my, that ending!
Wolf, published by Barrington Stoke, has a dyslexia friendly sticker on the cover and there are fantastic illustrations in every chapter that add to the mood – it's perfect for reluctant readers. The language is straightforward but that doesn't take away from the story. I was gripped from the first page. The suspense builds with every sentence as you get drawn into Adam's frightening world – I could actually feel his pain as he progressed through the transformation. Ouch. The book is gory in all the right places but there are also some wonderful and humorous moments between Adam and his parents. Tommy Donbavand weaves the uncanny into everyday life in a way that makes you believe things you never thought possible. In fact, since reading, I've been checking my fingers for emerging claws... and I've had some very strange dreams.
I'd recommend this to anyone who loves a bit of horror. If you scare easily, I suggest sleeping with the light on. A delightful, thrilling read. I can't wait to pick up more of his books.
Tommy is the author of the popular 13-book Scream Street series for 7 to 10 year olds, published by Walker Books in the UK and Candlewick Press in the US. His other books include Zombie!, Wolf and Uniform (winner of the Hackney Short Novel Award) for Barrington Stoke, Boredom Busters and Quick Fixes For Kids’ Parties (How To Books), and Making A Drama Out Of A Crisis (Network Continuum).
In theatre, Tommy’s plays have been performed to thousands of children on national tours to venues such as The Hackney Empire, Leeds City Varieties, and Nottingham Playhouse. These productions include Hey Diddle Diddle, Rumplestiltskin, Jack & Jill In The Forgotten Nursery, and Humpty Dumpty And The Incredibly Daring Rescue Of The Alien Princess From Deep Space. He is also responsible for five episodes of the CBBC TV series, Planet Cook (Platinum Films).
As an actor, Tommy played the Clearlake MC in the West End musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story for over eight years, in addition to roles in the movies Zombie Love Stories (where he battled hordes of Scottish undead) and Going Off Big Time (where he was beaten up on a bouncy castle). A veteran of pantomime, he has portrayed just about every comic character from Abanazer to an Ugly Sister.
Tommy lives in Lancashire with his wife and two sons. He is a HUGE fan of all things Doctor Who, plays blues harmonica, and makes a mean balloon poodle. He sees sleep as a waste of good writing time.
How you can help
There are lots of ways to support Tommy. You can buy his books. You can donate. There’s also an opportunity to become a patron – by pledging just £1 a month you can receive exclusive content from Tommy, including short stories and articles, and there's a special pack for schools. Check out the links below for more information.
You can follow Tommy’s blog here. He talks about his treatment and how it’s affecting his life. I highly recommend you take a look and send some love and support Tommy's way.
And finally, please do spread the word! #TommyVCancer