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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.

Hodder Children's Books

Knock Knock Alien

Caryl Hart, Nick East
Contributors:
Caryl Hart, Nick East

Aliens at the door can only mean trouble in this hilarious rhyming counting book that is out of this world! A little girl is in for an interstellar adventure when the noisy space invaders hijack her house to get home. Can she get back down to Earth - without waking Gran?!The follow-up to the hilarious Knock Knock Dinosaur and Knock Knock Pirate - from award-winning author Caryl Hart, creator of Supermarket Zoo, and bestselling illustrator Nick East.

Orchard Books

Prince George Goes to School

Caryl Hart, Laura Ellen Anderson
Contributors:
Caryl Hart, Laura Ellen Anderson
Hodder Children's Books

Say Sorry Sidney

Caryl Hart, Sarah Horne
Contributors:
Caryl Hart, Sarah Horne
Hodder Children's Books

Knock Knock Dinosaur

Caryl Hart, Nick East
Contributors:
Caryl Hart, Nick East

A rhyming dinosaur counting book with a difference from award-winning author Caryl Hart, creator of Supermarket Zoo, and bestselling illustrator Nick East.Knock, knock! Who's at the door?One real live dinosaur!A visit from a dinosaur might sound like fun . . . but when T. Rex's friends turn up too - munching and crunching, skating down the hall and drawing on the walls - it's time for this little boy to panic. What is Mum going to say when she gets home?!Caryl Hart has won the Stockport Children's Book Award, the Oldham Brilliant Books Award, the Rotherham Children's Book Award, and has been shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Award.Follow Caryl at carylhart.com and @ carylhart1 Find Nick at nickeastillustration.com

Orchard Books

The Wolf who wouldn't go to bed

Caryl Hart, Leonie Lord
Contributors:
Caryl Hart, Leonie Lord
Orchard Books

Prince George and the Royal Potty

Caryl Hart, Laura Ellen Anderson
Contributors:
Caryl Hart, Laura Ellen Anderson

From the bestselling, award-winning author of The Princess and the Peas comes the perfect potty training book for little princes and princesses everywhere.Prince George wants to go on adventures, but his nappy keeps getting in the way! It must be time for the prince to use the Royal Potty. But will George ever get the hang of it?This royally funny rhyming adventure will help little ones discover that life without nappies is fun!

Orchard Books

The Wolf who wouldn't go to school

Caryl Hart, Leonie Lord
Contributors:
Caryl Hart, Leonie Lord

A perfect picture book to banish the first-day-at-school jitters, starring the most adorable wolf cub character.Whiffy Wilson doesn't know how to hold a pen and has never looked in a book, but fortunately his friend Dotty is on hand to show him that school is fun. Soon, Whiffy is in his element, and when he gets a gold star for all his work he realises that school is the BEST THING EVER!Multi-award-winning author Caryl Hart, and artist Leonie Lord reunite in this fantastic companion title to Whiffy Wilson the Wolf Who Wouldn't Wash.With Caryl Hart's funny story and Leonie Lord's fabulous art, schooldays have never been such fun!

Hodder Children's Books

The Great Jail Break

Caryl Hart, Alex T. Smith
Contributors:
Caryl Hart, Alex T. Smith

Foxy DuBois and Alphonso the Alligator find themselves in a very tight place. Can they escape? Or will it be a life behind bars for these two hapless rogues?This is the third title in an hilarious series for young readers from an award-winning author-illustrator team. Alex's first fiction series - Claude - was selected for the Richard and Judy Children's Book Club and the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize and has been optioned for TV by Sixteen South. Alex is the World Book Day Illustrator 2014. Follow him at http://alextsmith.blogspot.co.uk and http://twitter.com/Alex_T_SmithCaryl has been shortlisted for the Red House Award and won many awards including the Stockport Award. Follow her at www.carylhart.com and http:/twitter.com/carylhart1'Wildly illustrated on every page by Alex T. Smith. Early reading made highly enjoyable.' Independent on Sunday

Hodder Children's Books

The Road to Fame and Fortune

Caryl Hart, Alex T. Smith
Contributors:
Caryl Hart, Alex T. Smith

Foxy DuBois is on a mission to get rich quick. Only one thing stands in her way - Alphonso the Alligator! Can Foxy's hair-brained schemes make enough money to keep Alphonso fed? Or will Foxy DuBois find herself on the menu?This is the second title in an hilarious new series for young readers from an award-winning author-illustrator team. Alex's first fiction series - Claude - was selected for the Richard and Judy Children's Book Club and the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize and has been optioned for TV by Sixteen South. He is the World Book Day illustrator 2014. Caryl has been shortlisted for the Red House Award and won many awards including the Stockport Award. Alex is the World Book Day Illustrator 2014. Follow him at http://alextsmith.blogspot.co.uk and http://twitter.com/Alex_T_SmithThese crazy characters also star in their very own picture books - Foxy Vs Egg and Catch us if you Can-Can.Alex's first fiction series, the bestselling Claude was selected for the Richard and Judy Children's Book Club and Waterstone's Children's Book Prize.

Hodder Children's Books

The Cunning Plan

Caryl Hart, Alex T. Smith
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Caryl Hart, Alex T. Smith
Orchard Books

Whiffy Wilson

Caryl Hart, Leonie Lord
Contributors:
Caryl Hart, Leonie Lord

There was a wolf called WilsonWho never brushed his hair.He never washed his paws or face Or changed his underwear.Will anyone be able to persuade Whiffy Wilson to change his grotty ways for something far less stinky? Peew! Let's hope so.A fantastically funny verse from the brilliant Caryl Hart, with grubby-but-great illustrations from the hugely talented illustrator of The Dirty Great Dinosaur.

Orchard Books

Don't Put Your Pants on Your Head, Fred!

Caryl Hart, Leigh Hodgkinson
Contributors:
Caryl Hart, Leigh Hodgkinson

If your pants drive you potty and getting dressed is a disaster, then this is the book for you!Learning how to get dressed has never been so fun - with wonderfully wacky illustrations and a hilarious, rhyming text from award-winning author Caryl Hart.From the creative team that brought you Don't Dip Your Chips In Your Drink, Kate! winner of the Sheffield Community Libraries Prize and highly commended for the Sheffield Children's Book Award."One of my read-aloud highlights of the season . . . A fabulous rhyming text."- Bookseller

Orchard Books

Don't Dip Your Chips in Your Drink, Kate

Caryl Hart, Leigh Hodgkinson
Contributors:
Caryl Hart, Leigh Hodgkinson

When Kate P Green goes for tea with the Queen, she gets more than she bargained for in this hilariously anarchic look at the tricky subject of table manners. Although this book won't teach your child perfect etiquette... This wonderfully wacky, rhyming story will provide you with the perfect starting point to discuss manners and mealtimes - all delivered with a healthy dose of humour and fun.

Abie Longstaff

Abie Longstaff is the eldest of six children and grew up in Australia, Hong Kong and France. She knows all about squabbling and bossing younger sisters around so she began her career as a barrister. She started writing when her children were born. Her books include The Fairytale Hairdresser series and The Magic Potions Shop books. She has a life-long love of fairy tales and mythology and her work is greatly influenced by these themes. Abie got the idea for the Trapdoor Mysteries from her parents' house in France. The house is big and old, with lots of rooms and outbuildings. In one of the bedrooms, there is a secret entrance hidden in a fireplace. It leads to a room that was used by the French Resistance during the war. It was the perfect idea for a book! Abie lives with her family by the seaside in Hove.

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.

Caryl Hart

Caryl Hart is the author of many bestselling books for children, including the hugely successful How to Grow A Dinosaur and The Princess and the Peas. She is the winner of the Stockport Children's Book Award, the Sheffield Children's Book Award and the Lancashire Share a Story Award. Caryl lives on the top of a windy hill in the Peak District with her guitar-playing husband, two cheeky daughters, one extremely fluffy black cat, a goldfish, four hens and an invisible dog called Paddy.Follow Caryl at carylhart.com and @carylhart1

Claire Powell

Claire is an illustrator, writer and designer who lives and works in London. She has spent several years as a design director in the world of channel rebranding working for clients such as Nickelodeon, BBC Three, CBBC and BBC One. Claire has a tendency towards humour and bright, bold use of colour and she loves creating strong typographical layouts to help tell a story.

Clement C. Moore

Clement C. Moore, an American writer and poet, is best known for this poem, which he wrote for his children and published anonymously in New York's 'Sentinel' on December 23rd 1823

Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell is the author and the illustrator of the bestselling How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once book series, and the author of the Emily Brown picture books, illustrated by Neal Layton. How to Train Your Dragon has sold over 8 million books worldwide in 38 languages. It is also an award-winning DreamWorks film series, and a TV series shown on Netflix and CBBC. The first book in Cressida's new series, The Wizards of Once (also signed by DreamWorks), is a number one bestseller. Cressida is an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust and the Reading Agency, a Trustee of World Book Day and a founder patron of the Children's Media Foundation. She has won numerous prizes, including the Gold Award in the Nestle Children's Book Prize,the 2017 Ruth Rendell Award for Championing Literacy, the Hay Festival Medal for Fiction, and Philosophy Now magazine's 2015 Award for Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity. She grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland and she now lives in Hammersmith with her husband, three children and a dog called Pigeon.

David Almond

David Almond is the author of Skellig, My Name is Mina, Counting Stars, The Savage, Island, A Song for Ella Grey, The Colour of the Sun and many other novels, stories, picture books, opera librettos, songs and plays. His work is translated into 40 languages, and is widely adapted for stage and screen. His major awards include the Carnegie Medal, two Whitbread Awards, the Eleanor Farjeon Award, the Michael L Printz Award (USA), Le Prix Sorcières (France) and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. In 2010 he won the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the world's most prestigious prize for children's authors. David speaks at festivals and conferences around the world. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. He is widely regarded as one of the most exciting, inspirational and innovative children's authors writing today. He has one amazing daughter. He lives in Bath and in Newcastle, the city in which he was born.www.davidalmond.com