Brooke Hill is the author of the sure-to-be-treasured 'You Two, You Two'. There are few relationships as important as those of siblings. ‘You Two, You Two’ celebrates all the moments between young siblings – the sweet, the silly, the crazy and the cuddly.
You Two, You Two’ is a sweet celebration of little people growing up together. The story - while aimed at siblings – is universal enough to be enjoyed by any two little ones who enjoy a special bond.
Told through the eyes of a parent, Brooke Hill has crafted a story to appeal to parents and children alike. With a gentle rhyme, delightfully short and a simple message of love and fun, it’s a bedtime story that will be enjoyed time and time again.
How did the idea come to mind for your book ‘You Two, You Two’ ?
When our son Patrick was born – our second – I really wanted to find a book that was a beautiful, positive wish to the universe about all the fun and adventure that our two kids could have together. I wanted something super simple, with a lovely gentle rhyme, that I could read to my kids every night before bed.
I searched and I searched but I couldn’t find what I was looking for. Then, one night, during a 4am feed, the words came to me. I started writing it down mid-feed, and it flowed from there.
How did you get into writing children’s books?
I’ve always dreamed of being a children’s book author. When I was a little kid, I would sit at a typewriter all day and write, write, write.
Then I hit my teens and I started to wobble. I lost confidence. And I stopped writing.
It took many years before I built up the confidence again to write. There was something about having kids of my own that I just knew I had to do it – it was now or never. My purpose has always been about nourishing imaginations – and I knew I had to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. So I did it, and I’m so proud of how it’s all come together.
What was your favourite children's book growing up?
By far and away (pardon the pun) it was The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton. I loved escaping into the magical world to find out what magical land the children, Moonface and Silky would visit next!
Is there a character in a book that you wanted to be or liked dressing up as, when you were growing up ?
I wanted to be Matilda! Who wouldn’t want to move things with their eyes? Who wouldn’t want to end up living with Ms Honey forever?
What’s a fun fact about you ?
I cry every time Elsa sings ‘Show Yourself’ (which is a lot, because my daughter watches it a lot). Every. Single. Time. A young woman steps into her power, guided by her mother’s love… oh, I get teary just thinking about it!
Should we be on the lookout for a new book coming out soon ?
I’ve just written another children’s picture book. So watch this space!
Which would you choose if you were stuck on an island: coffee, chocolate or wine ?
Wine, wine and wine.