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Guy Parker-Rees

Guy Parker-Rees is the award-winning author of whole shelf of bestselling picture books, including the international hit Giraffes Can’t Dance. He writes his own stories, as well as working with other authors, such as Giles Andreae and Tony Mitton. Here he talks to Graham Marks about his world of colour, line and characters, and his latest Tom & Millie books.

Orchard Books

A Christmas Carol

Tony Mitton, Mike Redman
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Tony Mitton, Mike Redman
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Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus

Tony Mitton, Guy Parker-Rees
Contributors:
Tony Mitton, Guy Parker-Rees

Dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes gather in the latest edition of a much-loved energetic book. Jurassic-fans everywhere will enjoy this timeless and exciting prehistoric romp. Join in with Triceratops, Stegosaurus and their friends as the dinosaurs stir up a dinosaurumpus! But what's this? Terrifying Tyrannosaurus is about to gatecrash the party. Will he eat them all? With its read-aloud rhyming text and exuberant illustrations, this is a sure-fire winner from the popular duo, Tony Mitton and Guy Parker-Rees, illustrator of the bestselling Giraffes Can't Dance - for pure clap-along, dance-along fun. Come and join in the fun of reading with excellent rhyme and rhythm and bright bold illustrations! A book you will keep coming back to.

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All Afloat on Noah's Boat

Tony Mitton, Guy Parker-Rees
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Tony Mitton, Guy Parker-Rees

Animals of all shapes and sizes abound in this latest edition of much-loved, funny and very different take on the story of Noah's Ark. A brilliant book that children will soon know off by heart. Noah's amazing Rainbow Ark is busy and noisy, and it's not long before the animals begin to get cabin-fever. Clever old Noah hatches a plan for an incredible creature cabaret to get the Ark swinging again. But what amazing act will appear for the finale? A sure-fire winner from the popular duo, Tony Mitton and Guy Parker-Rees, illustrator of the bestselling Giraffes Can't Dance - for pure clap-along, dance-along fun. Come and join in the fun of reading with excellent rhyme and rhythm and bright bold illustrations! A book you will keep coming back to.

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Down By The Cool Of The Pool

Tony Mitton, Guy Parker-Rees
Contributors:
Tony Mitton, Guy Parker-Rees

From the creators of the hugely popular Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus comes some poolside fun that will keep your child's attention unitl it's time to say goodnight! Join sprightly Frog and his energetic farmyard friends frolicking down by the cool of the pool - flipping and flopping, splishing and splashing in the watery wonderland. In the latest edition of a much-loved book, animal-fans everywhere will enjoy this watery romp - with its read-aloud rhyming text and exuberant illustrations and lots of noises for joining in this is a sure-fire winner from the popular duo, Tony Mitton and Guy Parker-Rees, illustrator of the bestselling Giraffes Can't Dance - for pure clap-along, dance-along fun. Celebrating 15 years in print - come and copy the animals and join in the fun of reading with excellent rhyme and rhythm and bright bold illustrations! A book you will keep coming back to.

Orchard Books

Twist and Hop, Minibeast Bop!

Tony Mitton, Guy Parker-Rees
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Tony Mitton, Guy Parker-Rees
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The Jungle Run

Tony Mitton, Guy Parker-Rees
Contributors:
Tony Mitton, Guy Parker-Rees

Here come the animals, one by one.They're all getting ready for the Jungle Run.Cub turns up to take her place but the others say, 'You're to small to race . . . 'Cub may be little compared to the other animals, but she's quick and clever and she knows just how to show the rest of the jungle what a winner she is.

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The Night Before Christmas

Tony Mitton, Layn Marlow
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Tony Mitton, Layn Marlow

Young children will love to join in the excitement of waiting for Santa to visit on Christmas Eve, as seen through the eyes of two little mice. With lively rhyming text from an award-winning author, and heartwarming illustrations from a strong new talent, this wonderfully cosy and festive board book is destined to be a seasonal classic and would make the perfect stocking filler!

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Jolly Olly Octopus

Tony Mitton, Guy Parker-Rees
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Tony Mitton, Guy Parker-Rees
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A Very Curious Bear

Tony Mitton, Paul Howard
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Tony Mitton, Paul Howard
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Farmer Joe and the Music Show

Tony Mitton, Guy Parker-Rees
Contributors:
Tony Mitton, Guy Parker-Rees

Get ready for the catchiest, finger-tappiest, thigh-slappiest rhyme yet! Can Farmer Joe find a way to bring happiness and harmony back to his farm through the power of music? Of course he can! His guitar tune is so catchy that new friends can't help but join in with the irresistible beat. Soon, a whole band is creating a sound so incredible that ALL the animals join in with the joyful jig! An amazingly illustrated, fantastically written book from this talented twosome that is bound to bring a happy glow to your heart and a bounce to your step. Farmer Joe is a delight read aloud and is a book that cries out to be shared.

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Spookyrumpus

Tony Mitton, Guy Parker-Rees
Contributors:
Tony Mitton, Guy Parker-Rees

Bong! Goes the bell in the rickety tower, Twelve times...that means it's Spooky Hour. Listen! Hush! Oooh, what's that sound? The midnight spooks are coming round. The creepy countdown has begun, so get ready to giggle at funny, floaty ghosts, clickety-clackety skeletons and terrific tromping trolls! A real rollicking, romping, rhyming story with hilarious illustrations - perfect for every little monster!

Sam Lloyd

Sam Lloyd is the creator of the brilliantly funny Mr Pusskins - the loveably grumpy ginger cat. Mr Pusskins won the Booktrust Early Years Award, was a New York Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the V&A Illustration Award. And Mr Pusskins Best in Show is a Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner. Her other books include the Richard and Judy prize-winning Calm Down, Boris. Sam lives in Brighton with her son Ozzy and her very own ginormous ginger cat.

Sara Vogler

Jan and Sara were already friends when one day they decided they wanted to write children's stories and it would be more fun to write them together. That was 18 years ago. Since then they've written over 160 stories - including some about ghosts, football, ghosts playing football and naughty gargoylz. Jan lives in Essex with her family and Sara lives in London with hers. They both have black cats who completely rule their lives. For more information, please visit Jan and Sara's website www.burchettandvogler.co.uk and follow them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BurchettVogler. Keep up-to-date with the Sam Silver: Undercover Pirate blog at http://samsilverundercoverpirate.blogspot.co.uk.

Sarah Horne

Sarah grew up in Derbyshire, mainly under a snow drift. She spent much of her childhood scampering in the nearby fields with a few goats. Then she decided to be sensible and studied Illustration at Falmouth College of Arts, graduating in 2001. She has illustrated for many different projects including an ad campaign for Kew Gardens entitled 'Plantastic Play'. She has also undertaken commission from The Guardian and The Independent newspapers. Sarah now specialises in funny, inky illustration and words for children's fiction and picture books. Sarah likes to paint on very big canvas. She loves funny detail, colour, music, dreams and big open spaces. Sarah now works from a studio on a hill in Forest Hill, London.

Sarah Massini

Sarah Massini is the creator of Zac and Zeb and Books Always Everywhere. Drawing has been a life-long habit that has seen her through careers in corporate design, children's book design and now as an illustrator.

Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

Sarah Moore Fitzgerald was born in New York in 1965 but grew up in Co. Dublin. She's a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Limerick. She runs regular writers' retreats for academics and students in Ireland and internationally.Follow her on Twitter @SMooreFitz

Sarah Warburton

Sarah has many books, working for a large variety of publishers. With author Hiawyn Oram, she created the Orchard Books' character of Rumblewick - the witch's familiar - employed by a very unwilling witch. Both in picture book and fiction this character has sold worldwide and is under movie option with DreamWorks. Sarah also illustrated the 'Happy Ever After' series, written by Tony Bradman, as well as the picture book 'Sir Laughalot', written by Tony Mitton for Orchard. Sarah works using a wide combination of pencil sketches, digital colour and traditional pen and ink and watercolour. She lives in Bristol, with her husband and two children.

Saviour Pirotta

Saviour Pirotta has written over 100 children's books, ranging from picture books to novels. He has been fascinated by traditional tales since he was a child, and before becoming a full-time writer he worked as a storyteller for the Commonwealth Institute in London. His titles include The Orchard Book of First Greek Myths and The Orchard Book of Grimm's Fairy Tales. He lives in Saltaire, West Yorkshire.

Selina Young

Selina Young was brought up in Surrey and went to Epsom School of Art and Design. She won the Macmillan Prize whilst studying at Cambridge. Selina died in 2006.

Sharon Harmer

Sharon Harmer lives and works on the south coast of England. She has been a freelance illustrator for over 15 years, working mainly in children's publishing and art licensing.She has illustrated over 50 children's books from pre-school, board and novelty books, educational and picture books. Clients include: Little Tiger Press, Ladybird, Lerner, Miles Kelly, Marks & Spencer, OUP, Pearson, Pat-a-Cake, Parragon, and Simon & Schuster.