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    • ISBN:9781408313060
    • Publication date:06 Mar 2014

The House that Zac Built

By Alison Murray

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A traditional rhyme - featuring favourite farmyard animals for little ones! - retold with humour and style.

Zac is so busy playing with his toy building blocks that he doesn't notice a cute little kitten is causing chaos around the farm . . . Who would think that such a tiny cat could help to cause such a mess! It's up to Zac to put things right again.

This adorable reworking of a much loved traditional rhyme, in a farmyard setting with lambs, chickens, cows and a faithful pet dog, is perfect for preschoolers. The story is made all the more loveable with Alison Murray's warm, witty and stylish illustrations.

Biographical Notes

Alison Murray grew up in Lanarkshire near Glasgow and studied Textile Design at Glasgow School of Art. After graduating she moved to London and worked in a variety of jobs including bookseller and rug designer before completing a MA in Design for Interactive Media at Middlesex University. She then co-founded, created and built a successful Interactive Media company and then sold it and moved back to Scotland. Alison has now found a new niche, writing and illustrating children's picture books. Her titles for Orchard include Apple Pie ABC, One, Two That's My Shoe, Little Mouse, Hickory Dickory Dog and The House That Zac Built. Alison lives in Glasgow with her husband, her daughter and her dog.

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  • ISBN: 9781408313077
  • Publication date: 02 Apr 2015
  • Page count: 32
  • Imprint: Orchard Books
Retro illustrations... wit and panache... this lovely book is perfect for early years story sessions. — Red Reading Hub
A fresh and engaging take on a classic — The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
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