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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.

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Raven Hearts

Fiona Dunbar
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Fiona Dunbar
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Venus Rocks

Fiona Dunbar
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Fiona Dunbar

Hey, Kitty Slade here. Just hanging out, doing ordinary things. You know, like seeing ghosts. It's been happening for a while now, but this time - this time is different...When Kitty sees a ghost ship, she knows her spooky powers are growing stronger. Plunged into a dark mystery from long a go, she soon encounters Beth, a lost soul who drowned on board. Kitty must uncover the secrets buried at the bottom of the sea - before it's too late...The thrilling sequel to Divine Freaks and Fire and Roses.

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Fire and Roses

Fiona Dunbar
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Fiona Dunbar

'Hey, I'm Kitty Slade. My life used to be pretty, well, normal. But it turns out seeing dead people is a big deal. I had no idea what I was in for...'When Kitty goes to stay at a friend's house, it's not long before she discovers a ghostly ancient curse is at work. Things are about to get a whole lot more spooky for Kitty Slade...

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Divine Freaks

Fiona Dunbar
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Fiona Dunbar

"Hey, I'm Kitty Slade. Just your average, normal girl, doing, you know, normal stuff. Got a brother (annoying), a sister (quite annoying) and a grandma (she's awesome). Oh yeah, and one more thing. I can see dead people."When a ghost turns up in her biology classroom, only one thing's for sure - Kitty Slade's life is about to get freaky...

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Cupid Cakes

Fiona Dunbar
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Fiona Dunbar
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Chocolate Wishes

Fiona Dunbar
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Fiona Dunbar

As Lulu scales new heights with her enchanted recipe book, she discovers that the evil Varaminta is looming again - and this time she has joined forces with an international arch villain! Lulu faces her greatest challenge yet...

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Blue Gene Baby

Fiona Dunbar
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Fiona Dunbar
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Tiger-lily Gold

Fiona Dunbar
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Fiona Dunbar
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Toonhead

Fiona Dunbar
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Fiona Dunbar

When Pablo discovers he can predict the future through the cartoons he draws, he can hardly believe his luck. But what seems to be a brilliant discovery soon turns into a terrible burden, as Pablo's secret is uncovered by the wrong kind of people. Kidnapped and in a foreign country, with only a cartoon character for company - will Pablo be able to use his gift to escape?

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The Truth Cookie

Fiona Dunbar
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Fiona Dunbar
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The Truth Cookie

Fiona Dunbar
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Fiona Dunbar

Lulu Baker's dad has a new love, Varaminta le Bone. She's a sizzling sensation...and pure poison. How can Lulu make her dad see Varaminta for who she really is? A mysterious recipe book and some very unusual ingredients might just do the trick...

Albert Uderzo

Albert Uderzo was born in 1927 in a small village in Marne, France. He met Rene Goscinny in 1951 and on 29 October 1959 their most famous creation, Asterix, made his first appearance on page 20 of Pilote. Asterix the Gaul, their first album, was published in 1961 and there have now been 34 Asterix albums.

Alison Murray

Alison Murray grew up in Lanarkshire near Glasgow and studied Textile Design at Glasgow School of Art. After graduating she moved to London and did a variety of jobs, including working as a bookseller and rug designer, before completing a MA in Design for Interactive Media at Middlesex University. Having co-founded a successful interactive media company, Alison moved back to Scotland where she now works as a full-time illustrator. She has a string of successful picture books to her name, including Hare and Tortoise and Apple Pie ABC, both shortlisted for the Scottish Children's Book Awards, and Dino Duckling. Alison lives in Glasgow with her husband and their dog.

Bernard Ashley

Bernard John Ashley is a British author of books for children and young adults. He has won 'The Other' award and has been a commended runner up for the Carnegie medal three times.

Christoph Marzi

Christoph Marzi is the successful author of many books for teens in Germany, including the prize-winning Ancient City series. He works as a teacher and lives in Saarbrucken with his wife and three daughters.

Derek Jacobi

Sir Derek Jacobi is one of the UK's most distinguished contemporary actors. He made his name with commanding performances on stage and screen, most memorably in the BBC TV series I, Claudius. He was nominated for a 'Best Actor' Tony Award for his portrayal of Alan Turing in the play Breaking the Code, and then for a BAFTA when that was adapted for television. Other notable TV work includes the series Cadfael. His film work ranges from The Day of the Jackal to Gladiator and Gosford Park. He has read numerous audiobooks including, for Orion, The Book of Dead Days by Marcus Sedgwick. He was knighted in 1994.

Dominic Barker

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.

Fiona Dunbar

Fiona Dunbar was born in Hertfordshire. She grew up trailing around jazz clubs with her jazz musician stepfather and left school when she was sixteen to go to Art College. Fiona was a regular at the Camden Palace, her and a friend would spend all Thursday night making their clothes for the Friday night's clubbing. When Fiona realised she wouldn't be a famous artist, she began a commercial art career in TV and advertising. After a stint doing illustration for Punch, which she really enjoyed, Fiona began illustrating for picture books by other authors. It was at this time that she met her lovely American lawyer husband Pano. After living in New York for a number of years, where her two children were born, Fiona settled back in North London and began to write for children instead of drawing for them!Fiona now lives in North London and is an active fundraiser for her children's primary school. She loves helping out with the Christmas pantomime and puts her eighties dressmaking skills to good use by making costumes! When she's not writing, painting or gardening, Fiona loves nothing better than to cook. Her creations might not be as magical as Lulu's but they bring just as much pleasure in the end!

Gary Crew

Gary Crew has an outstanding reputation as a writer of Young Adult fiction and innovative picture books. His numerous prizes and awards include CBC Book of the Year, CBC Honour Book, and CBC Picture Book of the Year. As well as writing fiction, Gary is a Associate Professor in Creative Writing.

Hannah Shaw

Hannah Shaw is a hugely talented illustrator of the award-winning The Great Hamster Massacre. She has also written and illustrated several successful picture books, including Evil Weasel and Errol. She was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize in 2009 with Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All.Max and Molly's Guide to Trouble: How To Catch A Criminal has also been selected for the Read by Yourself category of Richard and Judy's Children's Book Club 2011.