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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…

Franklin Watts

Coyote the Fire Thief

Mick Gowar, James Rey Sanchez
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, James Rey Sanchez

In this retelling of a native American myth, Coyote feels sorry for the helpless humans and steals fire to bring them warmth and comfort. But the humans are not grateful for her gift and use the fire against Coyote and the natural world.This first colour chapter book is a perfectly levelled, accessible text for Key stage 2 readers aged 9-10. Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills.Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and activities to provoke deeper response and encourage writing. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.

Franklin Watts

How Bear Lost His Tail

Mick Gowar, Andy Catling
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, Andy Catling

A fun retelling of this Native American legend. Bear is tricked by Otter into fishing with his beautiful, long tail - and it ends up getting frozen and snapping off!Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills.Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.

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Romulus and Remus

Mick Gowar, Andrew Breakspeare
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, Andrew Breakspeare
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Leapfrog World Tales: Issun Boshi

Mick Gowar, Cosei Kawa
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, Cosei Kawa
Wayland

Stan's Song

Mick Gowar, Francois Hall
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, Francois Hall

It's the Cactus Thorn town picnic and Sheriff Stan is going to sing for the crowd.

Wayland

Rodeo Rider

Mick Gowar, Francois Hall
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, Francois Hall
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Rock-a-bye Baby / Rock-a-bye Puppy

Mick Gowar, Christina Bretschneider
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, Christina Bretschneider

Each book features the original rhyme, accompanied by fun illustrations, with the whole rhyme repeated to allow children to spot the rhyming words. Then follows a fun, alternative nursery rhyme, again with full colour illustrations and the repeat of the wholealternative rhyme. These books not only offer a highly supportive first reading experience, starting from the familiar nursery rhyme and extending with the alternative rhyme, but also encouragechildren to play with language, stimulating their own writing. The series is compiled in consultation with Dr Hilary Minns, former Lecturer in English in Education at the University of Warwick.

Franklin Watts

Tadpoles Nursery Rhymes: Little Miss Muffet / Little Miss Mumpet

Mick Gowar, Jan Smith
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, Jan Smith

Each book features the original rhyme, accompanied by fun illustrations, with the whole rhyme repeated to allow children to spot the rhyming words. Then follows a fun, alternative nursery rhyme, again with full colour illustrations and the repeat of the wholealternative rhyme. These books not only offer a highly supportive first reading experience, starting from the familiar nursery rhyme and extending with the alternative rhyme, but also encouragechildren to play with language, stimulating their own writing. The series is compiled in consultation with Dr Hilary Minns, former Lecturer in English in Education at the University of Warwick.

Franklin Watts

Tadpoles Nursery Rhymes: Baa, Baa Black Sheep / Baa, Baa Pink Sheep

Mick Gowar, A O'kif
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, A O'kif

Each book features the original rhyme, accompanied by fun illustrations, with the whole rhyme repeated to allow children to spot the rhyming words. Then follows a fun, alternative nursery rhyme, again with full colour illustrations and the repeat of the wholealternative rhyme. These books not only offer a highly supportive first reading experience, starting from the familiar nursery rhyme and extending with the alternative rhyme, but also encouragechildren to play with language, stimulating their own writing. The series is compiled in consultation with Dr Hilary Minns, former Lecturer in English in Education at the University of Warwick.

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Hopscotch Myths: Romulus and Remus

Mick Gowar, Andrew Breakspeare
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, Andrew Breakspeare
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Tadpoles Nursery Rhymes: Old Mother Hubbard / Old Father Hubbard

Mick Gowar, Kate Edmunds
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, Kate Edmunds
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Leapfrog: Handyman Doug

Mick Gowar, Peter Cottrill
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, Peter Cottrill

When Doug crashes into Mr Brown's car, he does his best to sort things out. But he just keeps getting it wrong!

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The Rowdy Romans:The Guard Dog Geese

Mick Gowar, Martin Remphry
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, Martin Remphry

Bright, page turning stories that bring history to life, with historially accurate information and fact sections to reinforce learning.

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The Rowdy Romans:A Runaway Donkey

Mick Gowar, Martin Remphry
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, Martin Remphry

Bright, page turning stories that bring history to life, with historially accurate information and fact sections to reinforce learning.

Franklin Watts

The Rowdy Romans:The Great Necklace Hunt

Mick Gowar, Martin Remphry
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, Martin Remphry
Franklin Watts

Remember the 5th November

Mick Gowar, Mike Phillips
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, Mike Phillips

It's nearly the 5th of November and Guy Fawkes is stocking on barrels of gunpowder - what is he up to, and can anyone stop him?Hopscotch Histories are brand new stories in historical settings, told in under 400 words, perfect for children who are building up their reading confidence.

Adam Blade

Adam Blade is the name for a small collective of authors who have been writing the bestselling series Beast Quest and Sea Quest for ten years! Beast Quest has now sold over 10 million copies. The newest series from the Adam Blade team is called Team Hero. You can find out more about all these amazing adventures at the series websites: beastquest.co.uk and teamherobooks.co.uk

Adrienne Kennaway

Adrienne Kennaway spent most of her formative life in Kenya, East Africa, where she developed her interest in wildlife. Interest soon turned to art and even as a child Adrienne painted animals. A spell at Ealing Tech in London and L'Academie Bella Arte in Rome polished Adrienne's skills. Adrienne has illustrated over 30 children's books and her illustrations for Crafty Chameleon won the Kate Greenaway Prize. A world-wide traveller, Adrienne now enjoys spending time in the countryside, capturing the local wildlife on canvas. She lives in the Republic of Ireland.

Aleksei Bitskoff

Born in Estonia, Aleksei loved to draw as a child and doodled all over his school books. Although he originally intended to become a teacher, his extensive travels brought him back to art. Aleksei studied illustration in London at LCC and Camberwell, where he received his masters degree. Influences on his quirky, humorous illustrations include Tove Jansson and Russian animators. He lives in London with his wife and son.

Alex Paterson

Alex was a soldier and a jungle leader before concentrating on his illustration career: following in the footsteps of his sister and cousin who are also both children's illustrators. He has had eleven books published so far. Alex lives in a little village in Warwickshire with his wife Sarah.