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Author Spotlight with Graham Marks

Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell’s Hiccup books, which she also illustrates, are now published in over 30 countries around the world and the first book in the series, How to Train Your Dragon, has been made into an animated movie by DreamWorks; Cressida also writes and illustrates picture books. The eleventh title in the Hiccup Saga, How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel, is published in September, and here she talks to Graham Marks about pretty much everything to do with writing a hit series…

Hodder Children's Books

Sleepy Cheetah

Mwenye Hadithi, Adrienne Kennaway
Contributors:
Mwenye Hadithi, Adrienne Kennaway

An African tale with a traditional feel, celebrating the speed and grace of the Cheetah - a brand-new title in this successful series of African folktales.Long ago, Cheetah was sandy-coloured and lay snoozing all day on the Great African Plain. There was no need to run to hunt because animals tripped over her. But one day there is a fire, and all the other animals are fleeing. This is the story of how Cheetah got her markings, and discovered that she can run as fast as the wind. The first book in the series - Greedy Zebra - was published in 1984 and the series has stayed in print ever since.Praise for the series: 'Their books are beautiful to look at and to feel, and perect for reading aloud.' School Librarian'A delightful book.' Books For Keeps

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Running Rhino

Mwenye Hadithi, Adrienne Kennaway
Contributors:
Mwenye Hadithi, Adrienne Kennaway

Rhino runs everywhere. And as he runs, he leaves a wake of devastation in his path. The other animals are fed up of this rampant running and so Lion confronts him, telling him he must stop. Rhino refuses and challenges anyone to try and stop him. Out of all the animals it is little Tickbird who takes up his challenge, with interesting results!

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Cross Crocodile

Mwenye Hadithi, Adrienne Kennaway
Contributors:
Mwenye Hadithi, Adrienne Kennaway
Hodder Children's Books

Handsome Hog

Mwenye Hadithi, Adrienne Kennaway
Contributors:
Mwenye Hadithi, Adrienne Kennaway
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Enormous Elephant

Mwenye Hadithi, Adrienne Kennaway
Contributors:
Mwenye Hadithi, Adrienne Kennaway
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Laughing Giraffe

Mwenye Hadithi, Adrienne Kennaway
Contributors:
Mwenye Hadithi, Adrienne Kennaway

In the days long ago, Giraffe was the noisiest animal on the Great African Plain. He shouted a lot and he laughed all the time. This is the story of how the littlest Egret proved to Laughing Giraffe that you don't need to be loud to be heard.

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Baby Baboon

Mwenye Hadithi, Adrienne Kennaway
Contributors:
Mwenye Hadithi, Adrienne Kennaway
Hodder Children's Books

Crafty Chameleon

Mwenye Hadithi, Adrienne Kennaway
Contributors:
Mwenye Hadithi, Adrienne Kennaway

Tormented every morning by leopard and bullied by crocodile, the clever little chameleon decides to play a trick on them. He manages to get the better of his two oppressors without them even knowing how he did it! This is the story of why Crafty Chameleon changes colour and hides when he hears you coming.

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Greedy Zebra

Mwenye Hadithi, Adrienne Kennaway
Contributors:
Mwenye Hadithi, Adrienne Kennaway

When the animals discovere a cave full of furs and skins, they discarde their drab skins for glossy new ones. Greedy zebra, arrives late, after a delicious snack, only to find a few stripes of black cloth. He squeezes into them but Greedy Zebra iis too big for them and his new coat bursts open!The story of how all the animals chose their clothing, except for Greedy Zebra, who had to take the left-over pieces . . .

Hodder Children's Books

Hungry Hyena

Mwenye Hadithi, Adrienne Kennaway
Contributors:
Mwenye Hadithi, Adrienne Kennaway

Hungry Hyena steals Fish Eagle's dinner and sets off a chain of events which leads to the hyenas reaching for the moon ... with disastrous results.This is the story of how Hungry Hyena came to slink about on the great African plain and how Fish Eagle soars in the clouds.

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Lazy Lion

Mwenye Hadithi, Adrienne Kennaway
Contributors:
Mwenye Hadithi, Adrienne Kennaway

Lazy Lion orders the animals to build him a house on the African plain. The Weaver Birds build him a house of nest grasses and palm leaves, but Lazy Lion is too heavy to reach the door. The Ant Bears build him a house with many rooms and caverns, but it is so dark Lion can't see anything.The animals do their best to please Lion, but he is very difficult to please. Will he ever find a home?This is the story of how Lazy Lion found his home on the great African plain.

Hodder Children's Books

Tricky Tortoise

Mwenye Hadithi, Adrienne Kennaway
Contributors:
Mwenye Hadithi, Adrienne Kennaway
Hodder Children's Books

Hot Hippo

Mwenye Hadithi, Adrienne Kennaway
Contributors:
Mwenye Hadithi, Adrienne Kennaway

Hippo was hot and thought how wonderful it would be to live in the water. Hippo pleaded with the god of Everything and Everywhere to let him live in the rivers and streams. Ngai agreed Hippo could live in the water but only if he promised not to eat the little fishes and to come out of the water at night and eat grass.The story of how Hippo came to live in the river instead of on dry land.

Brian Moses

Brian Moses lives in the village of Etchingham with his wife Anne, a loopy labrador called Honey and a collection of bad-tempered chickens.He first worked as a teacher but has now been a professional children's poet since 1988. To date he has over 200 books published including volumes of his own poetry such as Holding the Hands of Angels (Salt) and Behind the Staffroom Door (Macmillan), anthologies such as The Secret Lives of Teachers and Aliens Stole My Underpants (both Macmillan), picture books such as Beetle in the Bathroom and Trouble at the Dinosaur Cafe (both Puffin) and non-fiction titles such as Titanic: Lost & Saved (Wayland). Over 1 million copies of Brian's poetry books have now been sold by Macmillan and in 2005 he was nominated for both the CLPE Award and the Spoken Word Award. Brian also visits schools to run writing workshops and perform his own poetry and percussion shows. To date he has visited well over 2500 schools and libraries throughout the UK. He has made several appearances at the Edinburgh Festival, been writer in residence at Castle Cornet on Guernsey, on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Light Railway and at RAF schools in Cyprus. Recently he has visited several International schools in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Spain, France and Ireland.He has performed his poetry at Borders on Second Avenue, New York and in September 2006 he was invited to Iceland to take part in 'Kids in the Marsh' - a festival of children's poetry and song. At the request of Prince Charles he spoke at the Prince's Summer School for Teachers in 2007 at Cambridge University. He is one of ten children's poets invited by then Poet Laureate Andrew Motion to feature on the National Poetry Archive.Favourite book: 'Turtle Diary' by Russell Hoban.Favourite Movie: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Favourite Music: Bob Dylan

Corrinne Averiss

Corrinne Averiss is children's author and BAFTA-winning producer of Share a Story (CiTV). She has written, directed and produced for children's television for 17 years, working for CBeebies, CiTV and Ragdoll. Corrinne's picture books include the critically acclaimed, CILIP Greenaway-nominated A Dot in the Snow and Sorrel and the Sleepover, illustrated by Susan Varley. She was born in Worcestershire, raised in Warwickshire and now lives in Marple, on the edge of the beautiful Peak District with her husband, daughter and cat.

Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton's books have sold over 500 million copies and have been translated into other languages more often than any other children's author.She wrote over 600 books and hundreds of short stories, including favourites such as The Famous Five,The Secret Seven, The Magic Faraway Tree, Malory Towers and Noddy. Born in London in 1897, Enid lived much of her life in Buckinghamshire and adored dogs, gardening and the countryside. She died in 1968 but remains one of the world's best-loved storytellers.

Garry Parsons

Garry studied Fine Art at Canterbury and the Illustration Sequential Design MA at Brighton. He has illustrated many books and has won various awards, including the Red House Children's Book Award, the Stockport Schools Book Award, the Nottingham Children's Book Award and an AOI Images award.

Jackie Walter

Jackie Walter has written and edited many books for children. She never gets tired of listening to and telling a good story. Jackie lives in Cornwall with her husband and young daughters.

Magda Brol

Magda was born in Wroclaw, Poland, where she graduated with a degree in Business and Environmental Sciences. After a few years working in the City of London, she turned her passion for drawing into a dream job, illustrating children's picture books. Magda lives in London with her husband and two young children.

Mike Brownlow

Mike Brownlow is the creator of many books for children. He wrote and illustrated the picture book Little Robots, which was turned into a major animated TV show for CBeebies and aired in over 70 countries worldwide. His other books include Mickey Moonbeam, Dog Did It! and The Big White Book. Mike lives in Somerset and has three grown-up daughters.