Related to: 'The Emperor's New Clothes'

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.

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At Night

Barrie Wade
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Barrie Wade
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We Like to Play

Barrie Wade, Melanie Sharp
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Barrie Wade, Melanie Sharp

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.Independent Reading Pink 1B stories are perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band 1B (Pink) in classroom reading lessons.In this story, everyone likes to play - even Teddy!

Franklin Watts

Play With Me

Barrie Wade, Hannah Wood
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Barrie Wade, Hannah Wood
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Feet!

Barrie Wade, Rocket Cartoons
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Barrie Wade, Rocket Cartoons
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Double Decker Donald

Barrie Wade, Mike Byrne
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Barrie Wade, Mike Byrne
Franklin Watts

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Barrie Wade, Kristina Stephenson
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Barrie Wade, Kristina Stephenson
Franklin Watts

Rumpelstiltskin

Barrie Wade, Neil Chapman
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Barrie Wade, Neil Chapman

When the miller's daughter makes a promise to a funny little man, she never dreams that she will have to keep it. Now she is Queen and the little man is back to claim his prize - her first child!Must Know Stories includes favourite tales, celebrating the diversity of our literary heritage. Level 1 stories are told in under 500 words, for children to read independently.

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The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Barrie Wade, Nicola Evans
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Barrie Wade, Nicola Evans

"Who's that trip-trapping over MY bridge?" roared the troll.A beautifully illustrated retelling of this favourite traditional story. Join the three billy goats as they try to outwit the troll and reach the meadow on the other side of his bridge.Must Know Stories includes favourite tales, celebrating the diversity of our literary heritage. Level 1 stories are told in under 500 words, for children to read independently.

Franklin Watts

Blackbeard's End

Barrie Wade, Graham Philpot
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Barrie Wade, Graham Philpot

Blackbeard and his crew have been terrifying all the sailors in Virginia. So when Blackbeard holds a huge party, the Governor decides that this is the best chance to finish him off, once and for all. But will Blackbeard trick his way out yet again?The Hopscotch Adventures series contains exciting, page-turning adventure stories of no more than 400 words for children developing their reading confidence.

Franklin Watts

Icarus, the Boy Who Flew

Barrie Wade, David Lopez
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Barrie Wade, David Lopez
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My Birthday Party

Barrie Wade
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Barrie Wade

A non-fiction recount with original photography. It's Maddie's birthday and she's having a party!

Franklin Watts

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Barrie Wade, Nicola Evans
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Barrie Wade, Nicola Evans

Georgia Amson-Bradshaw

Georgia Amson-Bradshaw is a children's writer and editor who lives in Brighton, East Sussex. She has worked on a number of high-profile and award-winning science books for kids, including the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize winner Eye Benders, and the London Science Museum activity book This Book Thinks You're a Scientist. She remembers the eye-opening and inspiring effect her favourite books had on her as a child, and so takes her responsibility to pass that interest and excitement on very seriously!

Gillian Clements

Gillian Clements is a highly experienced author-illustrator, with an excellent reputation for children's non-fiction.

Graham Marks

Graham has spent his whole career in children's publishing, firstly as a designer and Creative Director and latterly as a journalist and author. His first published work was a book of poetry, Seeing is Touching (Taurus Press), which came out while he was studying Information Graphics at Harrow School of Art. For some reason, he didn't see this as a sign of things to come and didn't write anything else for years. Graham has worked for Marvel Comics writing scripts (which was his storytelling apprenticeship), done an eight year stint as a copywriter in an advertising agency (where they pay you more for writing less) and was the Children's Editor for Publishing News until it's closure in 2008. He has also written a number of TV and film-related books, including SpiderMan, Wallace and Gromit, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Judge Dredd.Bloomsbury have published his critically acclaimed YA fiction, including Radio Radio, How It Works - South Lanarkshire Book Award winner, 2005 ¬- Zoo, Tokyo - Catalan Young Adult Fiction Award , 2009 - and Omega Place.Usborne publish his thrillers for the 8-12 age range, including Snatched!, Kaï-ro, I Spy: The Constantinople Caper and its sequel Mean Streets: The Chicago Caper. Meanwhile Catnip have republished new and revised editions of the books he wrote in the mid-90s: Strange Hiding Place, Faultline, Takedown (previously titled Skitzo) and Playing with Phyre (previously titled Haden's Quest). He has also written for Barrington Stoke (Bad Day) and has a new Franklin Watts 'Edge' title - Payback - coming in September.A regular on the festival circuit, both as a performer and Chair, Graham also takes his workshops and talks to schools all over the country and is a member of the Author Profile training team. He contributes author interviews to Writeaway and Books for Keeps.

Izzi Howell

Izzi Howell is the author and editor of over fifty children's books. She lives in East Sussex and enjoys learning languages, cooking and travelling around Europe.

James Bishop

James was born in Oxfordshire - he is proud that after 32 years, he has moved one town over from where he was raised (although he does still feel homesick).Previous work includes writing credits on Diddy TV and Gigglebiz, as well as "successfully" convincing 90's pop act Hanson to play at his wedding. Well, they didn't actually play, but they sent him on a honeymoon to Jamaica which James thinks is even better.James spends his spare time thinking of inventive ways to engineer more spare time for himself ... so far unsuccessfully.

Jenny Alexander

Jenny Alexander is the author of many fiction and non fiction reading books for educational publishers, including Mouse and the Bullies (Longman), which has been approved by ChildLine. She is also the author of Your Child: Bullying (Element), which appears on the DfEE Bullying Pack recommended reading list and has been endorsed by Susan Jeffers (author of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway). Her interest in this subject began when her son was bullied at school.

Jim Field

Jim Field is a lead-driven, pencil-pushing, 25-frames-per-second Led Zeppelin fan. He is also a hugely talented illustrator and animation director. His first picture book Cats Ahoy! won the Booktrust Roald Dahl Funny Prize and was nominated for the Kate Greenaway award. He has since illustrated a string of bestselling, multi-award-winning children's books, including Oi Frog! and The Lion Inside, as well as young fiction series Rabbit and Bear.

Jinny Johnson

Jinny Johnson is an established and successful writer of information books for children.