Isle Of Wight Author Wins Blue Peter Book Prize For Podkin One-Ear

Author Kieran Larwood

An Isle of Wight primary school teacher has scooped the award for the BBC’s Blue Peter Best Story of 2017, topping off World Book Day in style.

Kieran Larwood (right) and the prize winners of Best Book With Facts.
Kieran Larwood (right) and the prize winners of Best Book With Facts, The Survivors.
Kieran Larwood's Podkin One Ear
Kieran Larwood’s Podkin One Ear

Author Kieran Larwood is the creative genius behind Podkin One-Ear. The book is illustrated by David Wyatt and published by Faber and Faber.

Keiran appeared live on the show today (Thursday) and heard he would be awarded the trophy through a specially written rap.

Podkin One-Ear is a story about a rabbit with…well…one ear. But Podkin is not an ordinary rabbit and he is called on to protect his family.

It is the first in an adventure series about Podkin, who flees his warren with his siblings after the brutal murder of their father, the warrior chieftain. Running for their lives, the three rabbits embark on a terrifying journey to escape the Gorm and save their mother.

More than 400 children from 12 schools were among the judges.

Kieran tweeted following the show that he also managed to win a Blue Peter badge for his efforts.

Kieran's tweet
Kieran’s tweet

He said:

“I am hugely excited to have won the Blue Peter Book Award.  It is such an honour, especially as I grew up watching Blue Peter, and the fact that it was voted for by children makes it all the more amazing.”