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Giles Andreae speaks to Graham Marks

Author Spotlight

Giles Andreae is not only the bestselling author of such award-winning picture books as Giraffes Can’t Dance, Rumble in the Jungle and The Lion Who Wanted to Love, he’s also the man behind the entertaining world of Purple Ronnie, as well as The Interesting Thoughts of Edward Monkton. Here he talks to Graham Marks about all the many and varied bits of his very creative life, including toilet brush poetry.

Hodder Children's Books

Fussy Freda

Julia Jarman, Fred Blunt
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Fred Blunt

A Hilaire Belloc-esque cautionary tale for fussy eaters - you'd better eat up!Dinnertime isn't easy in Freda's house.Mum cooks beans. YUK!Grandma cooks fish and chips. YUK!Dad cooks crispy duck. YUK! YUK! YUK!There just isn't any pleasing Fussy Freda. But her cat is not so fussy - and this causes a culinary catastrophe!This deliciously funny story will have toddlers calling out for more, and more, and MORE!Read more about award-winning Julia at http://www.juliajarman.com/Find out more about Fred Blunt at http://fredbluntillustration.com/

Hodder Children's Books

Class One Farmyard Fun

Julia Jarman, Lynne Chapman
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Lynne Chapman

This hilarious picture book about Class One on a visit to a farm follows the Stockport Schools Book Award winner Class Two at the Zoo - watch out for the bull this time!Join Class One as they visit a farm. They see all sorts of animal antics, but they don't notice the bull, knocking the gate down and charging after them. But don't worry, Class One have a plan to contain him, armed only with a large pair of red knickers...Class Two at the Zoo was voted Best Book of 2008 by thousands of children, and it won the Stockport Schools Book Award. Praise for Class Two at the Zoo: 'Just the ticket for reading prior to a class trip.' - Kirkus ReviewsRead about award winning author Julia Jarman at www.juliajarman.comFind out more about bestselling illustrator Lynne Chapman at www.lynnechapman.co.uk

Hodder Children's Books

Kangaroo's Cancan Cafe

Julia Jarman, Lynne Chapman
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Lynne Chapman
Franklin Watts

The Magic Scooter

Julia Jarman, Sam Hearn
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Sam Hearn

Caspar can't take his eyes off his new birthday present - a new scooter! He soon finds out it's not just any scooter but one with magical, time-travelling powers...Race Further with Reading is the perfect tool to build reading confidence with illustrated stories in manageable bite-size chapters, following on a level from the Race Ahead with Reading series with stories of 2,000 words.

Orchard Books

Big Bouncy Bed

Julia Jarman, Adrian Reynolds
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Adrian Reynolds

Ben and Bella on the big bouncy bed,Boing! Boing! Boing! Boing!Mind your head!Ben and Bella are back, and this time they're off on a brilliant bouncy adventure with all their animal friends. Join Ben and Bella as they bounce all the way to outer space and back again - just in time for bed. This exuberant, lively rhyming story from the creators of the bestselling Big Red Bath is perfect for reading aloud.

Hodder Children's Books

The Best Kiss

Julia Jarman, Erica-Jane Waters
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Erica-Jane Waters
Hodder Children's Books

Class Three All At Sea

Julia Jarman, Lynne Chapman
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Lynne Chapman
Franklin Watts

King Midas

Julia Jarman, Claudia Venturini
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Claudia Venturini

King Midas is rich but very greedy. He wishes for everything he touches to turn to gold! But when his wish is granted, perhaps this gift is not as wonderful as it first appears...A beautifully illustrated retelling of this favourite Greek myth. Must Know Stories includes favourite tales, celebrating the diversity of our literary heritage. Level 2 stories are told in short chapters, with under 1000 words.

Orchard Books

Big Blue Train

Julia Jarman, Adrian Reynolds
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Adrian Reynolds

Toot toot! Hold tight! Ben and Bella are off on an adventure with the Big Blue Train! They set off for the seaside, with various animal friends jumping, leaping and squashing aboard along the way. But will everyone manage to squeeze on? And just why is everyone heading for the seaside?

Orchard Books

When Baby Lost Bunny

Julia Jarman, Adrian Reynolds
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Adrian Reynolds

This book is perfect for sharing with a baby and older brother or sister - helping to reinforce the bond between siblings.

Franklin Watts

Little Bad Riding Hood

Julia Jarman, Jane Cope
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Jane Cope
Orchard Books

Ants in Your Pants!

Julia Jarman, Guy Parker-Rees
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Guy Parker-Rees

A brilliantly funny story about not leaving friends out, from the illustrator of much-loved picture book classic, Giraffes Can't Dance.Leopard is having a party, but he hasn't invited Aardvark. When naughty ants start biting bottoms at the birthday bash, it isn't long before all the guests are throwing their pants in the air to get rid of them! Only Aardvark can eat the ants and save the day, but will he make it to the party?

Franklin Watts

Leapfrog World Tales: Little Tiger and the Fire

Julia Jarman, Roberta Angaramo
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Roberta Angaramo

A tale from West Africa. Anansi the trickster is hungry. All the animals are cooking but none of the food is ready, so Anansi comes up with a cunning plan, but will he be ready when the food is cooked?Exciting stories from around the world told in fewer than 180 words, suitable for children who are starting to read independently. The series introduces readers to stories from other cultures and encourages them to find where the story comes from on a map.

Hodder Children's Books

Class Two at the Zoo

Julia Jarman, Lynne Chapman
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Lynne Chapman
Franklin Watts

Grandma's Seaside Bloomers

Julia Jarman, Roger Fereday
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Roger Fereday

It's the first summer bank holiday and the family are off to the seaside. The children can't wait to go bathing, but Grandma is not so keen ...Hopscotch Histories are brand new stories in historical settings, told in under 400 words, perfect for children who are building up their reading confidence.

Orchard Books

Big Red Bath

Julia Jarman, Adrian Reynolds
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Adrian Reynolds

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

Clare Hibbert

Clare specializes in non-fiction books for children of pre- and primary school age. Her favourite subjects are animals, history, art and culture. She has been shortlisted for the prestigious Aventis Junior Science Prize, and won a dozen Practical Pre-School Gold Awards. When she's not writing, Clare likes spending time with her family, taking long walks, going to the theatre and watching contemporary dance - her favourite dancer is Akram Khan.

Clive Gifford

Clive Gifford is the author of more than 150 children's books including Eye Benders, winner of the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize, Royal Society-nominated Out of This World and Cool Technology which won the School Library Association Information Book Award. He has travelled through 70 countries, run a computer games company and taken part in all manner of sports from parachuting and gliding to Ultimate Frisbee. Clive's official website can be found at www.clivegifford.co.uk

Daisy Meadows

The Rainbow Magic and Magic Animal Friends books are written by a small collective of authors under the name Daisy Meadows. Rainbow Magic is the no.1 bestselling series for girls aged 5 and up with over 30 million copies sold worldwide!Learn more about the books at www.rainbowmagicbooks.co.uk (where you can download the Rainbow Magic Reading Challenge poster) and www.magicanimalfriends.com (where you'll find fun animal activity sheets)