It’s always great to welcome a new children’s bookshop, especially in these challenging economic times and even more so on your very doorstep. So Justin was absolutely thrilled to join the celebrations for the opening of Pickled Pepper Books in Crouch End, North London. The store opened to the public on July 7th and looks set to be a truly vibrant addition to the area. At the launch party on Wednesday evening, Justin caught up with fellow local authors Karen McCombie (who will be signing her latest book at the shop on Saturday @ 11:00 am), Fiona Dunbar, Joe “Jimmy Coates” Craig, Kate Umansky and illustrator Steven Lenton. If you’re based in North London, or thereabouts, do check out the new shop and spread the word. You never know – you might even bump into Justin himself, browsing the shelves! And if you would like a signed copy of one of his books, you’ll only have to ask them and he can sign it for you when he next passes by!