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Kes Gray

Kes is a bestselling, multi award-winning author of more than 70 books for children. He eats Ideaflakes for breakfast, spreads silliness on his toast and lives in a place called Different.

Oi Frog!, Oi Dog! and Oi Cat! are a top ten bestselling series. Oi Dog! was shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award and the British Book Awards in 2016, amongst others. It also won the Teach Primary New Children's Fiction Award, MadeForMums Award, Bishop's Stortford Picture Book Award and Portsmouth Picture Book Award. Oi Cat! was the Independent Booksellers Children's Book of the Season and Oi Goat! is a World Book Day book in 2018.

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How Many Legs?

By Kes Gray, Jim Field

From the award-winning Kes Gray and the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Jim Field, comes an hilarious counting picture book about our four-legged - and two-legged and eight-legged - friends!

How many legs would there be if a polar bear came for tea? How high would the leg count go if a squid rode in on a buffalo? As more and more animals join in the fun, count along if you can!

Praise for Oi, Frog! also by Kes Gray and Jim Field: 'An absolute treat.' - Daily Mail
Kes Gray is a bestselling, multi award-winning author of more than 70 books for children. He eats Ideaflakes for breakfast, spreads silliness on his toast and lives in a place called Different.

Jim Field is a lead-driven, pencil-pushing, 25-frames-per-second Led Zeppelin fan. He is also a hugely talented illustrator and animation director. His first picture book Cats Ahoy! won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.

Oi Frog!, Oi Dog! and Oi Cat! are a top ten bestselling series. Oi Dog! was shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award and the British Book Awards in 2016, amongst others. It also won the Teach Primary New Children's Fiction Award, MadeForMums Award, Bishop's Stortford Picture Book Award and Portsmouth Picture Book Award. Oi Cat! was the Independent Booksellers Children's Book of the Season and Oi Goat! is a World Book Day book in 2018.

A chaotically funny counting rhyme with a difference.You get so distracted by the laugh-out-loud and quirky illustrations that you forget about countingAnother hilarious picture book that has just about everything you could want: great rhymes, Field's uniquely playful illustrations and counting to boot. Charming and originalPicture book perfectionEach spread is a riot of colour and movement, with small details to be discovered on each re-reading. Children will revel in the anarchy created by the animal guests; this is a joyful story of fun and friendship, with an absorbing built-in mathematical challengeWith wonderfully wacky guests splendidly attired, and scenes full of delightfully exuberant eccentricities, this...is a crackerAnother hilarious page-turning book sure to have both adults and children in stitchesA zany rhyming counting story with laugh-out-loud illustrations from an award-winning team.

Kes Gray is a bestselling, multi award-winning author of more than 70 books for children. He eats Ideaflakes for breakfast, spreads silliness on his toast and lives in a place called Different.

Jim Field is a lead-driven, pencil-pushing, 25-frames-per-second Led Zeppelin fan. He is also a hugely talented illustrator and animation director. His first picture book Cats Ahoy! won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.

Oi Frog!, Oi Dog! and Oi Cat! are a top ten bestselling series. Oi Dog! was shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award and the British Book Awards in 2016, amongst others. It also won the Teach Primary New Children's Fiction Award, MadeForMums Award, Bishop's Stortford Picture Book Award and Portsmouth Picture Book Award. Oi Cat! was the Independent Booksellers Children's Book of the Season and Oi Goat! is a World Book Day book in 2018.

An exciting collaboration between the winner of the Red House Children's Book Award and the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize to follow Oi, Frog!Jim Field is a rising star in picture books and his vibrant, energetic illustrations are full of personality and detail.A witty and stylish rhyming story with a laugh-out-loud ending that both children and adults will love.A brilliant text to read out loud and one that teaches children all about rhyme, counting and animals.
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Oi Frog!

By Kes Gray, Jim Field

Jam-packed with the silliest of animals, this bestselling rhyming story will have the youngest of readers in fits of laughter.

Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools and gofers sit on sofas, but Frog does not want to sit on a log! Jam-packed with animals and silliness, this original rhyming story will have young children in fits of laughter.

Can't get enough? Look out for Oi Dog! and Oi Cat!, now available for purchase, and Oi Duck-billed Platypus!, coming out autumn 2018.

From the award-winning Kes Gray and the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Jim Field, comes an hilarious rhyming tale about a frog who discovers that all animals have their special places to sit!

'An absolute treat.' - Daily Mail
'Hilarious illustrations and rhymes which are easy to recite and join in. Everyone will love it.' - Guardian

Oi Frog!, Oi Dog! and Oi Cat! are a top ten bestselling series. Oi Dog! won the 2017 Laugh Out Loud Picture Book Award and was shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award and the British Book Awards in 2016, amongst others. It also won the Teach Primary New Children's Fiction Award, MadeForMums Award, Bishop's Stortford Picture Book Award and Portsmouth Picture Book Award. Oi Cat! was the Independent Booksellers Children's Book of the Season and Oi Goat! is a World Book Day book in 2018.

You'd be hard pressed to find a more entertaining book than this stunningly illustrated story... Field's illustrations are bursting with energy and silliness... an absolute treat.I adore this fantastic picture book... Jim Field's strong and amusing illustrations bring this hilarious rhyming story to life... no doubt going to be the favourite choice for bedtime... for both children and adults!Kes Gray and Jim Field make an excellent pairing in this picture book perfectly aimed at young children... a series of increasingly funny scenes, making this a picture book that is fun to share. * * * *Hilarious illustrations and rhymes... everyone will love it.I absolutely loved Kes Gray's hilarious rhyming tale... terrific.Delightfully wicked, will have the whole family laughing!Readers will enjoy the clever play on words as well as the bold and comical illustrations.gets our vote for funniest book of 2014. A brilliant, brightly coloured gift that is guaranteed to have you in stitches.Perfect for 3-5 year-olds... an hilarious re-readable future favourite.A very funny book with a lovely twist to the tale. Really entertaining... perfect for bedtime.Readers will enjoy the clever play on words as well as the bold and comical illustrationsStorytime will never be the same. Impossible to resistGreat funDelightfully mad[A] hugely enjoyable piece of rhyming fun..."This is simply an absolute delight to read aloud with your child and became a firm bedtime favourite with my 6 year old daughter Coco" commented radio 2's Jo WhileyA fun and welcome addition to the world of rhyming animal booksExpect lots of laughterChildren will adore joining in with the strong rhyming patterns as well as loving the ridiculous scenariosThis is a book that's been made to be read out loud....Taking the cat sat on a mat as a starting point, we find out what different animals sit on. But what does frog sit on? It's simply brilliant.It's simply brilliantIn this wonderfully silly sequel, Frog is changing the rules ... Guaranteed to become the bedtime read of choice for adult readers as well as the children listeningA bestselling rhyming story with laugh-out-loud illustrations from award-winning pairing Kes Gray and Jim Field.

Kes Gray is a bestselling, multi award-winning author of more than 70 books for children. He eats Ideaflakes for breakfast, spreads silliness on his toast and lives in a place called Different.

Jim Field is a lead-driven, pencil-pushing, 25-frames-per-second Led Zeppelin fan. He is also a hugely talented illustrator and animation director. His first picture book Cats Ahoy! won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.

Oi Frog!, Oi Dog! and Oi Cat! are a top ten bestselling series. Oi Dog! won the 2017 Laugh Out Loud Picture Book Award and was shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award and the British Book Awards in 2016, amongst others. It also won the Teach Primary New Children's Fiction Award, MadeForMums Award, Bishop's Stortford Picture Book Award and Portsmouth Picture Book Award. Oi Cat! was the Independent Booksellers Children's Book of the Season and Oi Goat! is a World Book Day book in 2018.

An exciting collaboration between the winner of the Red House Children's Book Award and the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.Oi Dog! won the 2017 Laugh Out Loud Picture Book AwardJim Field is establishing himself as a star in picture books and his vibrant, energetic illustrations are full of personality and detail.A witty and stylish rhyming story with a laugh-out-loud ending that both children and adults will love.Hilariously funny with over 30 animals!A brilliant text to read out loud and one that teaches children all about rhyme.
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Pedro Has a Bump!

By Kes Gray, Mary Mcquillan

It is a beautiful Polar morning. The sun is shining, the icebergs are glistening, and Pedro decides to start the day with an early morning swim! He gets ready to dive in, tucks in his tummy, point his beak to the sky, and dives high, high, high into the air. But oh dear. He forgot to break the ice before diving in! CRUNCH! But don't worry, with a little help from Nurse Nibbles and his Get Well Friends, he'll soon be feeling better.

Get Well Friends' toys and books have real play and care values. Each loveable character comes not only with a name, but an instant personality and a humorous story to tell. Each book contains over 50 stickers.

'A vibrant new set of animal characters. These are stories told with humour, but with a real sense of empathy and understanding.' - The Guardian Bookshop

To find out more about children's author Kes Gray, visit www.kesgray.com
For games to play, books to read, and toys to nurse, visit www.getwellfriends.com

...provides an instinct to love and care for others amongst children when they are at play.Warm, gentle and fun. A winning combination for young children.Nurse, love and care for them all! And they will get better in... the end!

Kes lives in Witham, Essex, with his wife, young family and assortment of animals. He is a born storyteller. Voted by the Independent as one of the TOP TEN children's authors only a year after publishing his first book, he is the author of the award-winning Eat Your Peas and winner of the Red House Children's Book Award for Younger Readers.

Mary McQuillan was shorlisted for the Sheffield Book Award for her first picture book Who's Poorly, Too written by FCBG winner Kes Gray. She is a highly successful illustrator with a knack for character and humour.

Get Well Friends are the creation of the bestselling and award-winning Kes Gray.Bold, bright artwork with plenty of humour and warmth by the fabulously talented Mary McQuillan.Look out for more Get Well Friends' picture books - nurse, love and collect them all.Amusing books that encourage imaginative play and feelings of compassion. Adorable plush toys are available to buy on www.getwellfriends.comGet Well Friends are characters that children will laugh about, talk about and care about.With over 50 stickers.

Nurse, love and care for them all! And they will get better in... The end!
Hodder Children`s Books welcomes a wonderful, vibrant new set of characters to our list - the Get Well Friends.

It was a beautiful Polar morning. The sun was shining, the icebergs were glistening, and Pedro had decided to start the day with an early morning swim! He gets ready to dive in, tucks in his tummy, point his beak to the sky, and dives high, high, high into the air. But oh dear. He forgot to break the ice before diving in! CRUNCH!

But don`t worry, with a little help from Nurse Nibbles and his Get Well Friends, he`ll soon be feeling better.



Get Well Friends are the creation of award-winning children`s author Kes Gray and are designed and illustrated by the fabulously talented illustrator Mary McQuillan.

Get Well Friends toys and books have real play and care values. Each loveable characters comes not only with a name, but an instant personality and a humorous story to tell.

Kes has been listed as one of the Top Ten children`s authors in the UK. In 2001 he beat JK Rowling to become the overall winner of the prestigious Red House Children`s Book Award. He has since become a three times category winner and is the only author in the history of the award to win prizes for both picture book and fiction story writing.

To find out more about children`s author Kes Gray, visit www.kesgray.com

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Mummy Goes to Work

By Kes Gray, David Milgrim

My mummy goes to work but I know she still loves me and cares about me. How do I know? Because my mummy comes home from work and tells me she loves me SO MUCH!

A delightful and contemporary book that will reassure parent and child alike that all is well when a parent goes to work.

'What a reassuring book for the small child whose mother goes out to work!' - Books for Keeps
'A picture book for those whose mums are out earning an honest crust' - a mum

What a reassuring book, for the small child child whose Mother goes out to work!A picture book for those whose mums are out earning an honest crust.This is one for the guilt-ridden mums who juggle work and parenthood.This would be a great book to buy for a Mum just about to return to work - and her little on too.A fabulous reissue of a picture book for working mums everywhere.

Kes lives in Essex with his wife, young family and assortment of animals. He is a born storyteller. Voted by the Independent as one of the TOP TEN children's authors only a year after publishing his first book.

David Milgrim lives in Rhode Island with his wife, Kyra, and four-year-old son, Wyatt. He has illustrated fifteen children's books.

A strong theme that will strike a chord with every parent who has to go to work.A must-have for every family home.This is a book for working mums everywhere.Kes Gray is an established and award-winning picture book author.David Milgrim's wonderfully quirky illustrations bring out all the humour in the story.
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Baby On Board

By Kes Gray, Sarah Nayler

A reissue of Kes Gray's first picture book for Hodder and Sarah Nayler's first ever picture book. It is a funny, colourful, and clever book that will provide perfect entertainment for young children.

The story traces the 9 months during which a family await the birth of a new baby. Written from the eyes of a small child, we are given hilariously funny descriptions of the development of the baby in Mum's tummy and accounts of family life as the baby's birth draws near. Each month, the pages in the book get bigger, reflecting increase of time and size, until at the end the pages are full size, as is the baby, ready to be born.

This book will appeal to all young children, and will assist their understanding and development.

'A clear, often witty, text combines perfectly with the pictures to make this a most original picture book.' - Books For Keeps

Another guide to your baby's development, presented with a wicked sense of humourUniquely freshA must for anyone expecting a second childHilariously funnyDown-to-earth but highly entertaining ... with something for readers of all agesAn amusing, contemporary baby development book through the eyes of a small child ... excellent and informativeA wonderful antidote to the saccharine-sweet approach of many "new baby" picture booksThe illustrations are bright and distinctive and the last double spread summarising the baby's development is most helpful and likely to encourage the young listeners to talk and questionAn excellent book with an interesting and effective design ... clear, often witty text combines perfectly with the pictures to make this a most original picture bookA clear, often witty, text combines perfectly with the pictures to make this a most original picture book.Contemporary wordplay for the text and a jaunty colour palette make this story about the development of a baby inside Rosy's mum appealing.An excellent book with an interesting and effective design.Uniquely freshA funny, colourful, and clever book that will provide perfect entertainment for young children.The funny descriptions of both the developing baby and accounts of family life make it an excellent and informative book.A must for anyone expecting a second child...light-hearted and amusing...Hilarious, contemporary baby development book told through the eyes of a small child.

Kes lives in Witham, Essex, with his wife, young family and assortment of animals. He is a born storyteller. Voted by the Independent as one of the TOP TEN children's authors only a year after publishing his first book, he is a major talent.

Sarah Naylor was a gifted and prolific illustrator whose work had a vitality and humour that encapsulated a sense of fun. She illustrated a huge variety of books, and this was her first picture book. She sadly died in 2008.

Accords with the dfee early learning goals in areas of personal, social and emotional development, and also with their aim to improve knowledge and understanding of the world.Kes Gray is an established and award-winning picture book author.Sarah Nayler's wonderfully quirky illustrations bring out all the humour in Kes' text.Follows the development of a baby told through the eyes of a child. It's a must-have for every family home.
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Worries Go Away!

By Kes Gray, Lee Wildish

From the bestselling team behind Mum and Dad Glue and Leave Me Alone comes a comforting and compelling story about worries and self-esteem.

When a little girl feels worried she goes into a world of her own. At first the world is full of cream cakes and cola but soon the worries begin to take hold... Only her family and friends can help.

The gentle rhymes and imaginative illustrations give a difficult subject a wonderfully light touch. A must-have for any child.

Illustrated by the winner of the Red House Children's Book Award 2013 and a New York Times bestselling artist.

Praise for Mum and Dad Glue: 'An incredibly powerful book about a boy coming to terms with his parents' divorce.' - Kate Skipper, Waterstone's Buyer

Emotionally charged illustrations match a text that conveys a serious message with humour and sensitivity.

Praise for Mum and Dad Glue:
"An incredibly powerful book about a boy coming to terms with his parents' divorce: a difficult subject treated with a wonderfully light touch. I'm a huge Lee Wildish fan and think he's definitely a name to watch for the future. I defy you to read this without a lump in your throat."

Lee Wildish's illustrations are lovely. The characters have a rough charm that really draws you in - there are hints of Quentin Blake's ink drawings, but Wildish's style is very much of its own.A touching tale that resonates with empathy and poignancy.A powerful and comforting book about caring for your friends and not tolerating bullying.An empowering story.The message is given with such a humorous lightness of touch that it comes over as an engaging story. The illustrations, full of funny but sensitive and understanding animals, are a super match for the text.Speaks loudly to readers about the need to share big problems to help overcome them. Expressive illustrations and clever use of shading help reinforce Kes Gray's simple, but emotionally engaging text. A valuable story.The simple words are accompanied by strikingly original pictures which convey images of feelings and invite interpretative chat, a very useful and terrific book.A powerful little book with a super strong positive message! Handles overcoming a bully wonderfully.For every child who has worries - whether they are big or small. Illustrated by the winner of the Red House Children's Book Award 2013.

Kes lives in Witham, Essex, with his wife, young family and assortment of animals. He is a born storyteller. Voted by the Independent as one of the TOP TEN children's authors only a year after publishing his first book.

Lee Wildish is a real talent heading for great success. He was picked out by Kate Skipper, the Waterstone's buyer, as someone to watch. Lee won the Red House Children's Book Award 2013, and is a New York Times bestselling artist.

Dramatic, imaginative illustrations on every page capture the spirit of a story that will have special meaning for every child.A springboard for talking over a child's hidden worries and self-esteem issues - a must-have for parents and teachers.A strong theme and a clear message - don't bottle up worries but talk about them to family and friends.Kes Gray is an established and award-winning picture book author and Lee Wildish is the winner of the Red House Children's Book Award and a New York Times bestselling artist.
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Leave Me Alone

By Kes Gray, Lee Wildish

From the bestselling team behind Mum and Dad Glue comes an important story to help raise awareness at home or at school about stopping bullying.

A little boy is feeling sad because every day he has to face a bully. But this story's little boy also has friends. A frog, a cat, a rabbit, a cow, and other animal friends insist on helping him, even after he tells them: "There's nothing you can do for me/ There's nothing you can say." Fortunately, he is mistaken, because the next time the bully approaches, they all join with him and shout, "LEAVE HIM ALONE!" And it works! The bully turns around and goes away.

The gently clever use of rhyming verse gives a difficult subject a wonderfully light touch. A must-have for any child who has to deal with bullies.

'An empowering story.' - Books for Keeps

Speaks loudly to the reader ... Lee Wildish's expressive illustrations and clever use of shading reinforces Kes Gray's ... emotionally engaging text ... a valuable story for creating the space with children to talk about what, if anything, is troubling themStrikingly original pictures which convey ... feelings and invite interpretive chat, a very useful and terrific bookA difficult subject told with a gentle touchThe message is given with such a humorous lightness of touch that it comes over as an engaging story. The illustrations ... are a super match for the textAn empowering storyA powerful and comforting bookEmotionally charged illustrations match a text that conveys a serious message with humour and sensitivity.

Praise for Mum and Dad Glue:
"An incredibly powerful book about a boy coming to terms with his parents' divorce: a difficult subject treated with a wonderfully light touch. I'm a huge Lee Wildish fan and think he's definitely a name to watch for the future. I defy you to read this without a lump in your throat."

Lee Wildish's illustrations are lovely. The characters have a rough charm that really draws you in - there are hints of Quentin Blake's ink drawings, but Wildish's style is very much of its own.A touching tale that resonates with empathy and poignancy.A powerful and comforting book about caring for your friends and not tolerating bullying.An empowering story.The message is given with such a humorous lightness of touch that it comes over as an engaging story. The illustrations, full of funny but sensitive and understanding animals, are a super match for the text.Speaks loudly to readers about the need to share big problems to help overcome them. Expressive illustrations and clever use of shading help reinforce Kes Gray's simple, but emotionally engaging text. A valuable story.The simple words are accompanied by strikingly original pictures which convey images of feelings and invite interpretative chat, a very useful and terrific book.A powerful little book with a super strong positive message! Handles overcoming a bully wonderfully.

The story of a troubled little boy who faces up to his bully - and wins.

Kes lives in Witham, Essex, with his wife, young family and assortment of animals. He is a born storyteller. Voted by the Independent as one of the TOP TEN children's authors only a year after publishing his first book.

Lee Wildish is a real talent heading for great success. He was picked out by Kate Skipper, the Waterstone's buyer, as someone to watch and he is one of our highlight illustrators.

A direct and compassionate picture book for young children who are experiencing bullying.Dramatic, colourful illustrations on every page capture the spirit of a story that will have special meaning for many little boys and girls.There are very few picture books that tackle this subject, even though many children are bullied at one stage in their lives.Kes Gray is an established and award-winning picture book author who is well-known for his series of Daisy books.Lee Wildish has won the Red House Children's Book Award - the only national book award voted for entirely by children.

From the best-selling team behind Mum and Dad Glue comes a tale of what happens when you face up to a bully - and win.
A young boy struggles to stand up to his bully until his friends show him that eight loud voices are stronger than one!

Brilliantly told by award-winning author Kes Gray, a difficult subject is treated with a wonderfully light touch.

Kes lives in Witham, Essex, with his wife, young family and assortment of animals. He is a born storyteller. Voted by the Independent as one of the TOP TEN children`s authors only a year after publishing his first book. He is most well-known for his Daisy books.

Lee Wildish is a real talent heading for great success. He was picked out by Kate Skipper, the Waterstones buyer, as someone to watch and he is one of our highlight illustrators of 2011.

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Mum and Dad Glue

By Kes Gray, Lee Wildish

A little boy tries to find a pot of parent glue to stick his mum and dad back together. His parents have come undone and he wants to mend their marriage, stick their smiles back on and make them better. This rhyming story is brilliantly told with a powerful message that even though his parents may be broken, their love for him is not.

'An incredibly powerful book about a boy coming to terms with his parents' divorce.' - Kate Skipper, Waterstone's Buyer

Kes was voted by the Independent as one of the TOP TEN children's authors and he is the author of the award-winning Eat Your Peas and winner of the Red House Children's Book Award. Find out more about Kes at http://www.kesgray.com/ and https://twitter.com/kesgray

Illustrated by the winner of the Red House Children's Book Award 2013. Follow Lee Wildish on https://twitter.com/leewildish

While the text carries the message, the pictures contribute significantly to this excellent story ... for the child facing parental breakdown, it could be a lifesaverIncredibly powerfulUnderstanding and honestIt has the usual message that Mum and Dad still love the little boy ... but its key meaning is something more than that. This book shows how the strength to come to terms with a divorce is within the child and not dependent on the love of the parents. This is an important message for a child to learn at any age and in any circumstanceAn excellent book aimed squarely at young childrenStunning ... resonates with empathy and poignancyInsightful and at times heartbreaking view of separation from a child's perspective that will offer reassurance to anyone going through this processThe integrated text and child-centred artwork make this a special productionThe artwork is engaging, the text has subtle rhythms and rhymesEssential reading for any family going through a separation"An incredibly powerful book about a boy coming to terms with his parents' divorce: a difficult subject treated with a wonderfully light touch. I'm a huge Lee Wildish fan and think he's definitely a name to watch for the future. I defy you to read this without a lump in your throat."Lee Wildish's illustrations are lovely. The characters have a rough charm that really draws you in - there are hints of Quentin Blake's ink drawings, but Wildish's style is very much of its own.An excellent book aimed squarely at young children.A touching tale that resonates with empathy and poignancy.A touching, tender book.While the text carries the message, the pictures contribute significantly to this excellent story."An incredibly powerful book about a boy coming to terms with his parents' divorce: a difficult subject treated with a wonderfully light touch. I'm a huge Lee Wildish fan and think he's definitely a name to watch for the future. I defy you to read this without a lump in your throat."Lee Wildish's illustrations are lovely. The characters have a rough charm that really draws you in - there are hints of Quentin Blake's ink drawings, but Wildish's style is very much of its own.An excellent book aimed squarely at young children.A touching tale that resonates with empathy and poignancy.A touching, tender book.While the text carries the message, the pictures contribute significantly to this excellent story.An incredibly powerful book about a boy coming to terms with his parents' divorce by Kes Gray and Lee Wildish.

Kes lives in Witham, Essex, with his wife, young family and assortment of animals. He is a born storyteller. Voted by the Independent as one of the TOP TEN children's authors only a year after publishing his first book, he is the author of the award-winning Eat Your Peas and winner of the Red House Children's Book Award for Younger Readers.

Lee Wildish is a real talent heading for great success. He was picked out by Kate Skipper, the Waterstone's buyer, as someone to watch. Lee won the Red House Children's Book Award 2013, and is a New York Times bestselling artist.

A direct and compassionate picture book for young children who are experiencing divorce or separation.There are very few picture books that tackle this subject, even though one in three children have divorced parents.The dramatic and colourful illustrations convey so much of the emotion, yet with a gentle humour and patience.Kes Gray is an established and award-winning picture book author and Lee Wildish is the winner of the Red House Children's Book Award and a New York Times bestselling artist.

An incredibly powerful book about a boy coming to terms with his parents divorce by Kes Gray and Lee Wildish.
A little boy tries to find a pot of parent glue to stick his mum and dad back together. His parents have come undone and he wants to mend their marriage, stick their smiles back on and make them better. This story is brilliantly told with a powerful message that even though his parents may be broken, their love for him is not.
Kes lives in Witham, Essex, with his wife, young family and assortment of animals. He is a born storyteller. Voted by the Independent as one of the TOP TEN children`s authors only a year after publishing his first book.

Lee Wildish has worked on many board and novelty books, but this is his first picture book. He is a real talent heading for great success.

Kes Gray

Nelly The Monster Sitter

View all of Kes Gray's hilarious series, Nelly The Monster Sitter here!
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Cluck O'Clock

By Kes Gray, Mary Mcquillan

A witty and warm tell-the-time book, created by Kes Gray, author of the bestselling Oi Frog, and Mary McQuillan.

Cluck O' Clock is a tell-the-time book with a difference. It recounts a day in the life of a group of chickens - each with individual and distinct personalities - as they fill their lives with food, exercise, visiting - and waiting for the fox.

Teaches children to tell the time in a fun, but informative way.

'... teachers and librarians will be happy to give this tale a few minutes in story hours about chickens or clocks'. - Kirkus Reviews

A sharp, witty and unusual tell-the-time bookA joy of a book which smalls and their parents will enjoyCharmingly eccentricGray's clever rhyming couplets bounce right along as they conjure breezy barnyard scenarios. In her cross-hatched, textured painting, McQuillan blends inviting views of sunny blue sky and verdant pasture.Kids will no doubt enjoy this lighthearted, behind the scenes peek at a traditional family-run farm.A witty and warm tell-the-time book, written by bestselling and award winning author/illustrator team Kes Gray and Mary McQuillan.

Kes lives in Witham, Essex, with his wife, young family and assortment of animals. He is a born storyteller. Voted by the Independent as one of the TOP TEN children's authors only a year after publishing his first book, he is the author of the award-winning Eat Your Peas and winner of the Red House Children's Book Award for Younger Readers.

Mary McQuillan was shorlisted for the Sheffield Book Award for her first picture book Who's Poorly, Too. She is a highly successful illustrator with a knack for character and humour.

Hilariously funny - these characters have instant appeal.Kes was voted by the Independent as one of the TOP TEN children's authors and he is the author of the award-winning Eat Your Peas and winner of the Red House Children's Book Award.Illustrated by Mary McQuillan, who was shortlisted with Kes for the Sheffield Children's Book Award for Who's Poorly Too.Helps develop understanding of time. Perfect support for Foundation / Key Stage One: 'use stories that introduce a sense of time.'Teaches children to tell the time in a fun, but informative way.Mary McQuillan's artwork is warm, friendly and fun, perfectly complementing Kes Gray's humorous text.

Sharp, witty and warm, this tell-the-time book features a whole host of lovable chickens and a sly fox called Olga.
`Cluck O` Clock` is a tell-the-time book with a difference. It recounts a day in the life of a group of chickens - each with individual and distinct personalities - as they full their lives with food, exercise, visiting - and waiting for the fox.
Kes lives in Witham , Essex, with his wife, young family and assortment of animals. He is a born storyteller. Voted by the Independent as one of the TOP TEN children`s authors only a year after publishing his first book, he is a major new talent heading for big success.

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Vesuvius Poovius

By Kes Gray, Chris Mould

Poo is a forbiddenus wordus. Vesuvius, the Roman inventor, has been trying to solve the pongy problem for many years - with no luck. But one night he is struck by inspiration...

The pongy classic, now with a new jacket.

A sure-fire winner ... feels deliciously wicked whatever age you are'...this is an effervescent tale that will offer plenty of titters...'Poo is a big problem in ancient Rome. And Vesuvius Poovius is trying desperately to solve it! A funny, anarchic tale by award-winning Kes Gray, with a pongy new jacket.Kes lives in Witham, Essex, with his wife, young family and assortment of animals. He is a born storyteller. Voted by the Independent as one of the TOP TEN children's authors only a year after publishing his first book, he is a major new talent heading for big success. CHRIS MOULD went to art school at the age of 16 straight from school. During this time, he did various jobs from delivering papers to washing up and cooking in a kitchen. He realised quite soon that he wanted to illustrate as a full time career and that proved a good choice! He has won the Nottingham Children's Book Award and been commended for the Sheffield. He loves his work and likes to write and draw the kind of books that he would have liked to have on his shelf as a boy. He is married with two children and lives in Yorkshire.Helps develop a knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past. Perfect for Key Stage One 'identify differences between ways of life at different times'.Vesuvius Poovius won the Nottingham Children's Book Award and received commended in the Sheffield Children's Book Award.Funny and original - another sure-fire winner from overall FCBG winner Kes Gray.Chris Mould's wickedly funny and detailed drawings perfectly complement Kes Gray's text.Perfect present for all boys and girls who are into toilet humour!
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Twoo Twit

By Kes Gray, Mary Mcquillan

Owls are supposed to be wise, but Twoo Twit is anything but! He loves playing on haybales and playing poohsticks, but he really doesn't like going to school. Until one day when he goes to play in the church tower and gets the fright of his life! Suddenly, he realises that learning to read might actually be a good thing!

A witty cautionary tale from award-winning children's author Kes Gray.

This book will encourage would-be readers because it is such good funThe illustrations are appealing with intriguing detailsAppealingMary McQuillan's enchanting illustrations are full of lovely details. The bold brush stokes and colour and the beautifully careful compositions are equally well suited to getting across the fluffy cuteness of the forest creatures and the harshness of Twoo Twit's uncomfortable night. The delightful pictures lift the story above its rather worthy message sufficiently to engage even more cynical young readers.Although a cautionary tale, Twoo twit is thoroughly enjoyableTwoo Twit is not a wise owl. And the reason why? He's a secret truant. It's not until his lack of education comes to light that he realizes there's a lot to be said for being a learned owl. An appealing tale of a cheeky errant owl who mends his ways.Twoo Twit has the eyes of an owl, the beak of an owl, the feathers on an owl... but he has the brains of a greenfly! Why? Because he never ever goes to school!

Kes lives in Witham , Essex, with his wife, young family and assortment of animals. He is a born storyteller. Voted by the Independent as one of the TOP TEN children's authors only a year after publishing his first book, he is a major talent.

Mary McQuillan was shorlisted for the Sheffield Book Award for her first picture book 'Who's Poorly, Too' Written by FCBG winner Kes Gray. She is a highly successful illustrator with a knack for character and humour.

Kes Gray and Mary McQuillan have both been shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Award.An amusing and lighthearted cautionary tale about the importance of going to school and learning to read.Kes Gray won the Federation of Children's Book Groups overall prize in 2001 and was the Best Picture Book winner again in 2004 and 2005.