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About Mick Inkpen

Mick Inkpen is one of the top-selling picture book artists and writers in the world. The Kipper and Wibbly Pig stories have millions of readers worldwide. He has won the British Book Award twice for Lullabyhullaballoo and Penguin Small and the Children's Book Award for Threadbear. He has also been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Smarties Award three times, winning Bronze for Wibbly Pig's Silly Big Bear. In addition to this, Kipper won a BAFTA for best animated children's film in 1998.
my entire career has been a balance between the excitement of the completely blank page, which is what I enjoy most, and producing books around a character that I can build up over a number of years. And Kipper was the response to that

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Interviewed by Graham Marks

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Kipper Page

Kipper is loved by millions of children the world over. Optimistic and curious, mischievous and funny -- Kipper captivates children with his unforgettable charm. This BAFTA award-winning name is a firm favourite with parents too. Find his books and some Kipper-themed activities here.
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Wibbly Pig Page

The instantly recognisable Wibbly Pig is a star -- not only is he beloved by children and adults alike, now he is starring in his very own animation on CBeebies! Find his books along with some fantastic Wibbly activities here!
September 2012

An interview with Mick Inkpen

Mick Inkpen, the award-winning author/illustrator - known to his millions of readers world-wide as the creator of Kipper, Lullabyhullaballoo, The Blue Balloon, Penguin Small and of course Wibbly Pig – has two brand new Wibbly Pig books publishing in September: Wibbly Pig has 10 Balloons and Oh no Wibbly Pig, not a rabbit!. Here he talks to Graham Marks about this, that and quite a lot more...
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Baggy Brown

By Mick Inkpen

From the creator of Wibbly Pig and Kipper, this classic story celebrates friendship and teddy bears.

Baggy Brown was born at Better Bears Limited. Only he wasn't born as Baggy Brown, but Number One. And as a special limited edition bear, he was due to be presented to the Royal Baby, daughter of King and Queen of Thingland. But this isn't quite what happened. This is the story of how Alfie found and named Baggy Brown and the beginnings of a very special friendship.

'Echoing the theme of the children's classic The Velveteen Rabbit, Baggy Brown reminds children that the best-loved toys are usually the oldest and shabbiest, and that being scruffy and worn is a sign of having been loved.' The Observer

Warmth and wit in huge dollopsLoveable modern fairy tale with soft , endearing illustrationsAn endearing tale with the usual Mick Inkpen appeal.A warm-hearted fairy taleEchoing the theme of the children's classic The Velveteen Rabbit, Baggy Brown reminds children that the best-loved toys are usually the oldest and shabbiest, and that being scruffy and worn is a sign of having been loved. It's a simple, heartwarming story about an old bear and a little princess who becomes friends with the son of a factory worker and my son has asked for it every night since I brought it home (and twice fallen asleep clutching it).Utterly charming! As is Mick Inkpens BAGGY BROWN (Hodder, 10.99), the story of a teddy that goes astray and is found by a boy with a destiny!charming new picture bookA warm-hearted fairy tale with, of course, a happy-ever-after ending.Well illustrated with touching plot....still retains that Inkpen magic, especially the front cover, which makes you want to hold onto and hug the book forever.Loveable modern fairy tale with soft, endearing illustrationsThere is warmth and wit in huge dollops in this story to enhance and feed the imaginations of many an Inkpen /Kipper fan.affectionate storySmiles all round at the end and indeed well before in this consistently good-humoured tale, colourfully illustrated by a master of his craft.It has the charm of entertaining language and the richness of Mick Inkpen's crisp cartoons... and will stand repetition and the test of time, outliving any headlines that might seem to be pertinent.A wonderful tale, beautifully told.This classic story celebrates friendship and teddy bears.The perfect picture book to celebrate the birth of the royal baby.Mick Inkpen is an award-winning, best-selling author.Mick Inkpen is the creator of the enduring characters Kipper and Wibbly Pig.Original, innovative and accessible. Perfect storytelling.Mick Inkpen has the ability to see the world through the eyes of a very young child, where small things are given the importance they deserve, without self consciousness.Mick Inkpen has sold millions of books around the world.
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Beachmoles and Bellvine

By Mick Inkpen
Ploo decides to plant some bellvine outside his house and Dig goes to search for beachmoles on Blue Nose Beach. But nothing is as simple as it seems on the magical island where they all have blue noses!...charmingly offbeat....'Fantastic drawings from the superlative Inkpen.

KIPPER'S BALLOON:
This is both dreamlike and sweetly funny (as always)

...delightful for a summery read...The combination of the friendly little characters and the bellvine leaves make for attractive illustrations and the whole thing is delightful for a summery read to a four/five year old.On one of those days when the sky is half full of big fluffy clouds, look to the left of the sun and there, if you are lucky, you will see a place called Blue Nose Island - where all the creatures have blue noses.Mick Inkpen is a multi-million selling author whose name is known around the worldAn outstanding new title from one of the world's most popular authors - destined to become an all-time bestselling classic
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Bear

By Mick Inkpen

Have you ever had a bear fall out of the sky and into your world? Find out what chaos and happiness just such an event can bring to a family in this fun and frolicsome story.

A classic picture book from the creator of Kipper and Wibbly Pig.

A cleverly told story which gives the reader the right to decide what happens at the endSurely Bear will become a modern classic. It is a delightThe dramatic arrival of a bear into the life of a little boy forces him to keep it secret until the bear starts to cause trouble!Previous UK edition of Bear has sold around 135,000 copies. An absolute classic and a must on every child's bookshelf!Reissued here with fantastic new jacket straight into paperback.Mick Inpen is one of the greatest children's storytellers. He is a household name.Mick Inkpen's Kipper is known by children the world over and has won a BAFTA award.

The dramatic arrival of a bear into the life of a little boy forces him to keep it secret until the bear starts to cause trouble!
Have you ever had a bear fall out of the sky and into your world? Find out what chaos and happiness just such an event can bring to a family in this fun and frolicsome story from master-storyteller Mick Inkpen.

Bear is a classic picture book, one which has been read and loved by children and adults the world over.
Mick Inkpen is now one of the top-selling picture book artists and writers in the world. The Kipper and Wibbly Pig stories have sold millions worldwide. He is the winner of the British Book Award for the best illustrated book, for Lullabyhullabaloo, and the Children`s Book Award for Threadbear. Kipper won a BAFTA for best animated children`s film in 1998.

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Billy's Beetle

By Mick Inkpen
Billy has lost his little beetle and enlists a whole motley crew of people and animals to help him find it. The fun is made even greater by pull out pages and children will enjoy spotting the wayward beetle on every page.This wonderful tale of lost and found exudes a slapstick sense of comedy and is perfectly pitched for a toddler's emerging sense of funA classic picture book from master storyteller Mick InkpenThis is a tremendous book for encouraging children to join in and get involvedTruly childlike and unusually entertaining.Evocative language will have readers eager to help the story with their own sounds.In this buoyant tale of a hunt for a lost beetle, Inkpen once again displays his abundant creativity.The cumulative nature of this text, with its natural repetition, makes this an ideal book for apprentice readers, as well as for sharing.... lively pictures with a funny, repetitive text to create a wonderfully wacky story.This is a tremendous book for encouraging children to join in and get involved, as they all want to call out to show you where the beetle is.this wonderful tale of lost and found exudes a slapstick sense of commedy and is perfectly pitched for a toddler's emerging sense of fun.The loss of Billy's beetle leads a mixed bunch of people and animals to search for this tiny creature. A classic picture book from master storyteller Mick Inkpen, creator of Kipper and Wibbly Pig.Billy's Beetle has sold an amazing 160,000 copies since its publication in the UK alone and this stunning new edition reflects its status as a classic of children's literature.Mick Inkpen's books have sold millions worldwide and he is a household name.Reissued here with fantastic new jacket straight into paperback.Mick Inkpen has won the Smarties Bronze Award for Wibbly Pig's Silly Big Bear, the Children's Book Award for Threadbear, the British Book Award for Best Illustrated Book for 'Lullabyhullaballoo!' and 'Nothing' was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.Mick Inkpen's Kipper is known by children the world over and has won a BAFTA award.
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The Blue Balloon

By Mick Inkpen

A celebrated classic which continues to delight millions of children.

Kipper has found a soggy blue balloon in the garden. At first, it seems like an ordinary balloon, but it's not. It's full of fun and magic. This is a book to be treasured, loved, read time and time again, with fantastic fold out pages.

This Inkpen classic features some of the best examples of fold-outs ever... although thanks to some very enthusiastic young hands our copy's mostly held together with sticky-tape now.A delightful story with a surprise on every pageThe story is charming and the illustrations uncluttered ... an ideal book to base work around, to explore dreams and magic, and the notion that something so ordinary can become something so excitingBeautifully illustrated and full of the kinds of visual surprises kids love.The easy-to-read text with its wealth of sparkling vocabulary makes this a classic story to be treasured and read time and time againInkpen's pale watercolours against a white background give a cool, calm feel, while the use of pull-out pages and sequences of pictures give an animated feel. Beginner readers will be able to tackle the simple text, but it's a great story to share with all ages.The Blue Balloon is the bestselling picture book which first introduced Kipper, created by the master storyteller, Mick Inkpen.The Blue Balloon has previous sold over 1/4 million copies in the UK alone. Reissued here with a fantastic new jacket, straight into paperback.Mick Inkpen is a master storyteller and this book is an absolute picture book classic. A must for every child's bookshelf.With gatefolds and flaps, this picture book is an extra-special gift.The Blue Balloon is the first story in which Kipper, the BAFTA award-winning character, appears.

The Blue Balloon is the bestselling picture book which first introduced Kipper, created by the master storyteller, Mick Inkpen.
Ten years after it was first published, THE BLUE BALLOON is now a celebrated classic which continues to delight millions of children, taking pride of place on their bookshelves. It is a book to be treasured, loved, read time and time again - and passed on to a whole new generation of children.
This is a beautiful new paperback edition.
Mick Inkpen is now one of the top-selling picture book artists and writers in the world. The Kipper and Wibbly Pig stories have sold millions worldwide. He is the winner of the British Book Award for the best illustrated book, for Lullabyhullabaloo, and the Children`s Book Award for Threadbear. Kipper won a BAFTA for best animated children`s film in 1998.

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Blue Balloon Activity Sheet

Mick Inkpen, the bestselling creator of Kipper and Wibbly Pig, brings us another delightful story with the classic The Blue Balloon. Download an activity sheet here.
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Great Pet Sale

By Mick Inkpen
Everything in the pet shop must go, even the rat with half his whiskers missing! 'I'm only 1p. Choose me, ' he calls. But first, the little boy must look through all the other animal bargains...A humorous and wonderful counting bookA classic picture book by the indomitable Mick Inkpen, creator of Kipper and Wibbly Pig. In The Great Pet Sale, everything is a bargain... even a little rat with half his whiskers missing.Mick Inkpen is one of the greatest children's authors, whose books sell millions the world over.A great introduction to animals, exotic and otherwise!A good introduction to basic maths and the concept of addition, at Key Stage One.The Great Pet Sale has sold over 100, 000 copies in the UK since it was first published.
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Lullabyhullaballoo

By Mick Inkpen
The sun is down, the moon is up, and it's past bedtime. But outside the castle there's an awful lot of noise! Will the princess ever get to sleep? With a fold out page on every spread!A classic bedtime story ... winner of the British Book Award in 1993Beautiful animated illustrations.adorable and humorous... a great text for kidsWinner of the British Book Award when it was first published in 1993, this is classic Inkpen storytelling from the creator of Kipper and Wibbly Pig!Mick Inkpen is an award-winning and best-selling children's author / illustrator.A fabulous story with fantastic fold out pages - and refrains for children to join in with.A perfect fairy tale setting and a twist at the end which will delight all readers.Lullabyhullaballoo won the Best Illustrated Children's Book Award and sales of this classic title have now reached 150,000 in the UK alone. A must have title for ever child's bookshelf.Reissued here with fantastic new jacket straight into paperback.Mick Inkpen has won the Bronze Smarties award with Wibbly Pig's Silly Big Bear, the Children's Book Award for Threadbear and 'Nothing' has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.Mick Inkpen's Kipper is known by children the world over and has won a BAFTA award.
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Nothing

By Mick Inkpen
A little creature lies in the attic, alone and forgotten. It cannot even remember his own name. One day, the attic door is flung open and so begins Nothing's search to discover who he really is. With a beautiful fold out page at the end.Mick Inkpen produces a winner every timeAppealing and touchingMick Inkpen has done it again ... absolutely wonderfulA classic picture book from the best-selling author Mick Inkpen, about a little creature who has forgotten who he is and begins a search for his name and a place to belong.Mick Inkpen is a multimillion selling author.This fabulous picture book is reissued with a new jacket for a whole new generation of children.A perfect picture book about belonging and the search for a true identity.Nothing has sold over 170,000 copies in the UK alone since it was first published.
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Wibbly Pig

Wibbly Pig is the title character of a series of picture books for babies and very young children, written and illustrated by English author and illustrator Mick Inkpen. The series includes titles such as Wibbly Pig Likes Bananas (ISBN 0-340-75740-X) and Is It Bedtime Wibbly Pig?. Like Inkpen's Kipper the Dog for slightly older readers, Wibbly Pig has been published internationally and has sold millions of copies worldwide. The series are generally published as "board books", books with thick cardboard pages which are easier for very young children to turn and also more durable and easier to clean than normal books. Some of the Wibbly Pig books also have activity features such as flaps which can be lifted to reveal additional art. Wibbly Pig is a favourite of pre-school children and an ideal introduction to simple ideas though intelligent yet basic text and questions. Wibbly Pig is often accompanied by his favourite toys Pigley, Flop and Dimple.[citation needed] Besides the books, Wibbly Pig has been made into other merchandise as well, such as stuffed toys. A boxed-set version of Is It Bedtime Wibbly Pig? (ISBN 0-340-89306-0) exists which includes a small beanie-style Wibbly. Wibbly Pig is very similar to Arnold, the young pig friend of Inkpen's Kipper the Dog. It is possible that they represent the same character. Like Kipper, Wibbly Pig also exists in the form of a life-sized costumed character who can greet and interact with children at special events such as library story hours.
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One Bear At Bedtime

By Mick Inkpen

One little boy thinks he just needs his teddy for bedtime but he is very wrong. A humorous counting book featuring kangaroos bouncing on the bed, giraffes in the bath and a monster with ten heads who takes forever to say goodnight.

Truly original and highly entertainingWonderfully funny ... young children will love itOne bear at bedtime is all this little boy needs... but what about the whole host of other animals who decide to join him! A perfect counting book.This stunning new edition reflects its status as a true classic in children's literatureOne Bear at Bedtime has sold nearly 80,000 copies since its publicationHeartwarming, vintage Inkpen illustrations
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Rollo and Ruff and the Little Fluffy Bird

By Mick Inkpen

There are footprints all over the Cornershop yard. And something has been nibbling Rollo's little red ball. Could the stinky little creature fast asleep in the Little Fluffy Bird's nest have something to do with it?

Sweeties from the Cornershop seal the friendship of three new characters from the creator of Kipper and Wibbly Pig.

A beautiful book in every sense ... wonderful to read aloud ... As always, it is worth spending time looking closely at Inkpen's illustrations, enjoying the humour and the visual details. But possibly the book's most 'beautiful' aspect ... is the underlying themes of empathy, charity and tolerance. Rollo and LFB are examples to us all.Full of warmth and charm ... there is plenty of humour to keep adults turning the pages tooThe charmingly comical Inkpen, as always, hits the spot....ideal bedtime entertainment...Plenty of humour.A lovely way to show small children the joy you can find in words and the sounds they make.Rollo and Ruff is a beautiful book in every sense... These characters deserve to become favourites.A new friendship is soon forged in this charming book.Full of warmth and charm.A classic story full of charm and humour from the creator of Wibbly Pig and Kipper.Mick Inkpen is an award-winning, best-selling author.Mick Inkpen is the creator of the enduring characters Kipper and Wibbly Pig.Original, innovative and accessible. Perfect storytelling.Mick Inkpen has the ability to see the world through the eyes of a very young child, where small things are given the importance they deserve, without self consciousness.Mick Inkpen has sold millions of books around the world.

A new title with new characters full of charm and humour from the creator of Wibbly Pig and Kipper.
There are footprints all over the Cornershop yard. And something has been nibbling Rollo`s little red ball. Could the stinky little creature fast asleep in the Little Fluffy Bird`s nest have something to do with it?

A story of friendship between very different animals, made even stronger with a trail of sweeties from the Cornershop...


Mick Inkpen is one of the top-selling picture book artists and writers in the world. The Kipper and Wibbly Pig stories have millions of readers worldwide. He has won the British Book Award twice for Lullabyhullaballoo and Penguin Small and the Children`s Book Award for Threadbear. He has also been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Smarties Award three times, winning Bronze for Wibbly Pig`s Silly Big Bear. In addition to this, Kipper won a BAFTA for best animated children`s film in 1998. For more information see www.hodderchildrens.co.uk/kipper

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Threadbear

By Mick Inkpen

There is one thing that has always been wrong with Threadbear. In his tummy is a squeaker that has never squeaked . . . Can Father Christmas make his wish come true and give him a squeaky tummy or will it be something much more simple that grants him his wish? With fantastic fold-out pages.

Mick Inkpen has won the British Book Award, the Children's Book Award and been shortlisted for both the Kate Greenway Medal and the Nestle Prize. He is consistently in the Top Ten most borrowed children's authors from public libraries.

Wonderfully charming

A tale of a penguin who escapes the wrath of angry polar bears with the help of snowman who never melts and a wise and wondrous creature called a Neverwasanocerous.

In Five of the best animal books, selected by Cressida Cowell

This classic story, accompanied by Inkpen's familiar illustrations, is full of gentle humour and sensitivity. As we follow the little bear's adventure to magical places we are disarmed by his loving and bold character and determination. Full of Christmas cutenessA classic picture book from master-storyteller Mick Inkpen, the creator of Kipper and Wibbly Pig.A classic Inkpen story - winner of the Children's Book Award.Giant fold-out pages, full of surprises!Mick Inkpen has won the British Book Award, the Children's Book Award and been shortlisted for both the Kate Greenway Medal and the Nestle Prize. He is consistently in the Top Ten most borrowed children's authors from public libraries.
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We are wearing out the naughty step

By Mick Inkpen

The naughty step is being used a lot this week. First, I lost the school hamster, then Josh fed the elephant the wrong way and we then made the dog into a panda... Mummy is not happy. But the day she makes Kevin a chocolate birthday cake is the day that ALL of us, including Mummy, end up on the Naughty Step!

An hilarious story that reflects family life at its most chaotic - and realistic! It will strike a chord with any parent.

Mick Inkpen is the libraries' ninth most borrowed author and is the creator of the much-loved Kipper and Wibbly Pig.

'The charmingly comical Inkpen, as always, hits the spot.' Guardian

A warmly told story of family life that will strike a chord with manyA real hit ... a resounding 10 out of 10Funny, tender and beautifully illustratedAs witty, funny and child-orientated as the title implies, Mick Inkpen relishes taking childhood commonplace matters to lovely extremesA funny and true-to-life storyFunny, tender and beautifully illustrated story.... harrassed adults and children alike will enjoy sharing this warm family story.A warmly told story of family like that will strike a chord with many....delightfully canny and entertaining...This book was a real hit in my house and got a resounding 10 out of 10...essential reading for adults who view the naughty step as anything other than a complete waste of time!Warm, reassuring family drama from the creator of Kipper.As witty, funny and child orientated as the title implies.A very funny picture book on a familiar parenting theme from the master storyteller, Mick Inkpen, creator of Kipper and Wibbly Pig.Now in paperback: a brand-new picture book from the creator of best-selling characters Kipper and Wibbly Pig. 'We are wearing out the naughty' step is funny, moving and relevant to a contemporary audience.Mick Inkpen is a critically acclaimed and bestselling author, whose name is known around the world. Turn a page in any of his books to see a genius at work!Mick Inkpen is winner of the British Book Award for Best Illustrated Book for 'Lullabyhullaballoo!' and the Children's Book Award for 'Threadbear'. 'Nothing' was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Wibbly Pig's Silly Big Bear won the Bronze Smarties Award 2006.
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Just Like Jasper

By Mick Inkpen, Nick Butterworth
A bright, colourful picture book for very young children in which the reader helps Jasper choose how to spend his birthday money. Jasper plays with just about everything in the toyshop. But what will he eventually buy? Simple text with appealing illustrations.Wondefully simple . . . delightfully drawn.One of the most effective plot-lines of the year.On Jasper's Beanstalk: Stunningly simple... this book will encourage first steps in reading alone.Another best-selling title from the award-winning creators of Percy the Park Keeper and Kipper.Written and illustrated by the award-winning creators of Percy the Park Keeper and Kipper, two of the best-loved pre-school characters around.Simple text explores the concept of choicesUseful in attaining Key Stage One literacy goalsReissued here in larger picture book format, this classic title has sold over 72k in the UK alone
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School Trip

By Nick Butterworth, Mick Inkpen

A much-loved classic from the creators of Kipper and Percy the Park Keeper.

Are you ready for the school trip? There'll be dinosaur bones and giant blue whales, buttons to press, lunches to swap and money to spend. The coach is waiting to go. But where is Matthew Tibbs?

'The charmingly comical Inkpen, as always, hits the spot.' Guardian

'Nick Butterworth is one of the best picture book writers alive.' Independent

A hilarious true-to-life account of a typical school tripFrom the bestselling creators of Kipper and Percy the Park Keeper.Written and illustrated by the award-winning creators of Percy the Park Keeper and Kipper, two of the best-loved and enduring pre-school characters.Mick Inkpen has won the British Book Award, the Children's Book Award and been shortlisted for both the Kate Greenway Medal and the Nestle Prize. He is consistently in the Top Ten most borrowed children's authors from public libraries.A perfect story for children just starting school and experiencing their first school trip.
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The Nativity Play

By Mick Inkpen, Nick Butterworth

A modern classic by the best-selling creators of Percy the Park Keeper and Kipper celebrating that great tradition: The Nativity Play.

This book is a warm-hearted celebration of a childhood classic - The Nativity Play. A hilarious tribute to all those who perform miracles with wire coathangers and stripy towels!

This reissue with a wonderfully festive cover will delight a new generation of children.

Humorously captures the creativity that is the essence of every performance of the nativity.Great funRealistic, funny and warm-hearted ... a real treat of a bookA modern classic by the best-selling creators of Percy the Park Keeper and Kipper celebrating that great tradition: The Nativity Play.Classic picture book whose sales have exceeded 40,000 in home market alone.Reissued with stunning new jacket with an extra Christmassy feel.Best-selling author/illustrator team, known respectively for Percy the Park Keeper and Kipper and Wibbly Pig.Mick Inkpen is consistently in the top ten most borrowed authors in UK libraries and has won the British Book Award twiceNick Butterworth's books have sold over 12 million copies around the world in more than 25 languagesBoth Kipper and Percy the Park Keeper have been turned into popular animations