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Laurence Anholt



Laurence and Catherine Anholt live and work in a house and studios on top of a hill above the sea in Devon. They started making picture books in 1984 when their first daughter was born. Since then they have made more than 200 classic picture books, which are published all over the world in more than 30 languages.

Their titles range from their Orchard picture book series which include Babies Love Books and Billy and the Big New School; to Laurence's self-illustrated Anholt's Artists series, an introduction to great artists for young children, which include Camille and the Sunflowers. Laurence also collaborates with his friend, the illustrator, Arthur Robins on the bestselling Seriously Silly Stories, which include the Nestlé Smarties Gold Award winner Snow White and the Seven Aliens.

The Anholts' books have won many awards and are frequently featured on television and radio. Babies, Babies, Babies is listed in The Sunday Times 100 Modern Classics. Laurence was included in the Independent on Sunday's Top 10 Children's Authors in the UK and was described as 'one of the most versatile authors writing for children today'.

Laurence was brought up mainly in Holland where he developed a lasting passion for art. He then went on to study Fine Art for eight years, finishing with a Master's Degree from the Royal Academy of Art in London.

The Anholts have been closely involved with a number of literacy schemes such as the UK Government funded Bookstart scheme, which encourages parents to share books with babies from the earliest possible age. Their work has taken them inside Buckingham Palace and Downing Street on many occasions. Recent projects include a full-scale stage musical in Korea.

Laurence and Catherine have three grown up children: Claire works for the UN in New York, Tom Anholt is a painter living in Berlin and Maddy is an actor based in London.

Laurence's favourite things include, 'my lovely family, travelling to wild places and anything to do with art'. The best way to relax? 'A long soak in a warm book.'

Orchard Books

Hairy Harold

Laurence Anholt
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Rude Ruby

Laurence Anholt
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Even Sillier Seriously Silly Stories!

Laurence Anholt, Arthur Robins
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Laurence Anholt, Arthur Robins

Once upon a time there was a football-crazy boy, a fun-free town and a girl who got lost in the forest - but did they all live happily ever after? Open up to find out what happens next in these brain-ticklingly brilliant Seriously Silly Stories! They're scarily silly!Includes Cinderboy, The Fried Piper of Hamstring (Shortlisted for the Notts Children's Book Award), Ghostyshocks and the Three Scares (Children's Book Award Pick of the Year).

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More Seriously Silly Stories!

Laurence Anholt, Arthur Robins
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Laurence Anholt, Arthur Robins

Once upon a time there was a silly-billy who carried a cow, a Bad Hair Witch and three pesky pigs - but did they all live happily ever after? Open up to find out what happens next in these brain-ticklingly brilliant Seriously Silly Stories! They're scarily silly!Includes Daft Jack and the Bean Stack (shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Award), Shampoozel (Children's Book Award Pick of the Year) and Eco-Wolf and the Three Pigs (shortlisted for Blue Peter Book Awards).

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Seriously Silly Stories: The Collection

Laurence Anholt, Arthur Robins
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Laurence Anholt, Arthur Robins

Once upon a time there were seven aliens, some giant knickers and a beastly bride - but did they all live happily ever after? Open up to find out what happens next in these brain-ticklingly brilliant Seriously Silly Stories! They're scarily silly!Includes the Smarties Award-winning Snow White and the Seven Aliens, The Emperor's Underwear and Billy Beast.

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The New Puppy

Laurence Anholt, Catherine Anholt
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Laurence Anholt, Catherine Anholt

Anna loves dogs. She had china dogs and clockwork dogs, fluffy dogs and bedtime dogs. She has every kind you could think of except . . . a real dog! Young children and adults alike will enjoy sharing and talking about this much-loved classic picture book, with its brilliant evocation of the ups and downs of looking after a new pet.

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Sophie and the New Baby

Laurence Anholt, Catherine Anholt
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Laurence Anholt, Catherine Anholt

One day, Sophie's mum tells her some big, important news: there's going to be a new baby in the family! Sophie is very excited but then, one winter's night, the baby is born and everything changes...Young children and adults alike will enjoy sharing and talking about this much-loved classic picture book, with its perceptive, heart-warming and witty observations on the arrival of a new baby.From the husband and wife team behind Babies, Babies, Babies, featured in the Sunday Times as one of their top 100 Chidren's Modern Classics.

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Good Days Bad Days

Laurence Anholt, Catherine Anholt
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Laurence Anholt, Catherine Anholt
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The Little Marzipan Man

Laurence Anholt, Arthur Robins
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Laurence Anholt, Arthur Robins
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Handsome and Gruesome

Laurence Anholt, Arthur Robins
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Laurence Anholt, Arthur Robins
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Harry's Home

Laurence Anholt, Catherine Anholt
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Laurence Anholt, Catherine Anholt

When Harry goes away from home for the very first time to stay with his grandad on his farm, he feels a bit funny. The countryside is very quiet, so different from Harry's home in the city. But then Grandad has a clever idea . . . Young children and adults alike will enjoy sharing and talking about this much-loved classic picture book all about the importance of home - wherever that is.

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The Elves and The Storymaker

Laurence Anholt, Arthur Robins
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Laurence Anholt, Arthur Robins

There was once . . . a very silly story writer who ran out of ideas. Who would write his silly stories now? Elves? Gorillas? Aliens?

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Little Bo Peep Has Knickers That Bleep

Laurence Anholt, Arthur Robins
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Laurence Anholt, Arthur Robins

A mega-mix of mad rhymes and lip-smacking limericks. You'll be cackling till the cows come home!

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Old King Cole Played In Goal

Laurence Anholt, Arthur Robins
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Laurence Anholt, Arthur Robins
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Seriously Silly Stories: Snow White and The Seven Aliens

Laurence Anholt, Arthur Robins
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Laurence Anholt, Arthur Robins

The ugly old Mean Queen is jealous of Snow White, because she has a pretty little nose and wants to be a pop star. The Mean Queen tries to stop Snow White's dream coming true, but will she be a match for seven singing aliens?

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Seriously Silly Stories: Little Red Riding Wolf

Laurence Anholt, Michael Rosen, Arthur Robins
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Laurence Anholt, Michael Rosen, Arthur Robins

The Big Bad Girl is always teasing Little Wolfie. She thinks her naughty tricks are funny - but who's going to get the last laugh?

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Rumply Crumply Stinky Pin

Laurence Anholt, Arthur Robins
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Laurence Anholt, Arthur Robins

Once upon a time in a country where everyone had silly names (and the King had the silliest of all) there lived a miller by the name of Eyebrow Snailsocks.Eyebrow has a problem - he can't stop boasting about his daughter and soon the King decides to find out the truth. So one night, the miller's daughter finds herself locked in a room full of spaghetti which she must knit into vests by sunrise or else...!

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Daft Jack and The Bean Stack

Laurence Anholt, Arthur Robins
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Laurence Anholt, Arthur Robins

Daft Jack is such a silly-billy. Who else would swap a cow for some baked beans - and think it's his lucky day?

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The Emperor's Underwear

Laurence Anholt, Arthur Robins
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Laurence Anholt, Arthur Robins

The Emperor gets everyone's knickers in a twist when he decides to wear his marvellous new magic pants in public...

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Cinderboy

Laurence Anholt, Arthur Robins
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