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Emily Brown and the Thing

By Cressida Cowell
Illustrated by Neal Layton

  • Paperback
  • £6.99

A stunning reissue of this classic picture book. By the bestselling author of the How to Train Your Dragon series comes a reissue of the classic tale of Emily Brown and her old grey rabbit called Stanley.

A stunning reissue of this classic picture book. In this warm-hearted and witty take on a classic theme - being scared of the dark - Emily and Stanley find a 'Thing' crying outside their window. They embark on a series of adventures to find everything he needs for a good night's sleep . . . but nothing seems to work. What is troubling the Thing, and why can't he get to sleep? Parents and children the world over will recognise all the bizarre excuses a child can make to keep the light on and a parent in the room at bedtime, and this story shows how important it is to talk to children, and find out what is really going on in the complex depths of a child's imagination.

'Rascally bedtime fare.' - Booklist

Written by Cressida Cowell, the bestselling author of the How to Train Your Dragon series. http://www.cressidacowell.co.uk/

Illustrated by award winning Neal Layton, creator of Stanley's Stick.
http://www.neallayton.co.uk/

Biographical Notes

Cressida Cowell (Author)
Cressida Cowell is the author and the illustrator of the bestselling How to Train Your Dragon book series, and the author of the Emily Brown picture books, illustrated by Neal Layton.

How to Train Your Dragon has sold over 8 million books worldwide in 38 languages. It is also an award-winning DreamWorks film series, and a TV series shown on Netflix and CBBC. The first book in Cressida's new series, The Wizards of Once (also signed by DreamWorks), is a number one bestseller.

Cressida is an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust and the Reading Agency and a founder patron of the Children's Media Foundation. She has won numerous prizes for her books, including the Gold Award in the Nestle Children's Book Prize , the Hay Festival Medal for Fiction, and Philosophy Now'magazine's 2015 Award for Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity.

She grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland and she now lives in Hammersmith with her husband, three children and a dog called Pigeon.

Neal Layton (Illustrator)
Many of Neal's ideas come from his childhood, and now he's grown up, from being a parent. He has illustrated more than 60 books to date, working with authors such as Michael Rosen and Cressida Cowell, and won several prizes including a Gold Award for 'That Rabbit belongs to Emily Brown'. He also writes his own books including the pop-up book'The Story of Everything' and the best selling 'Mammoth Academy Series'. His books are currently in print in more that 16 languages worldwide. He now lives in Southsea, Portsmouth with his wife and two daughters. He likes living by the seaside.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781444923407
  • Publication date: 05 Mar 2015
  • Page count: 32
  • Imprint: Hodder Children's Books
A fantastic tale. — North West Evening Mail
Imaginative, funky — Daily Mail
Rascally bedtime fare — Booklist Online
The illustrations are often dark and complex but they are entirely appropriate to the story — School Librarian
Cowell's narrative is both deeply rooted in the conventions of folk tale...and yet refreshingly contemporary and colloquial in tone. Such layers of richness are confidently matched by Layton's brilliantly anarchic illustrations...Emily Brown and Stanley are most appealing characters and, like Sendak's Max, more than a match for wild Things — Books for Keeps
A warm-hearted and witty take on the classic theme of being scared of the dark — Family Interest Magazine
A simple story, imaginatively reflected in wildly wonderful artwork, that will delight both old and young readers — Carousel
This is a wonderful story about a small girl dealing with a very high maintenance monster called the Thing. It's funny, it's got twists and turns and shows us, among other things, that we can spend far too much time nurturing our fears rather than trying to conquer them — The Guardian
A warm-hearted and witty take on being scared of the dark — Guernsey Press & Star
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