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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.

Orchard Books

Room for a Little One

Martin Waddell
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Martin Waddell
Hodder Children's Books

Bears, Bears, Bears

Martin Waddell, Lee Wildish
Contributors:
Martin Waddell, Lee Wildish

Ruby likes bears. So she puts up a sign inviting them to call. She isn't content with just one bear though - she wants more and more and more. But, as Ruby soon discovers, you can have too much of a good thing!Written by Martin Waddell, well known and respected the world over for his stunning storytelling. He wrote Farmer Duck and Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? both of which won the Smarties Prize, and the bestselling Owl Babies. Lee Wildish is the winner of the Red House Children's Book Award.Praise for Martin's previous work: '...the outstanding picture book of the year.' - The Sunday Times

Orchard Books

The Super Swooper Dinosaur

Martin Waddell, Leonie Lord
Contributors:
Martin Waddell, Leonie Lord
Franklin Watts

Sinbad and the Giant Spider

Martin Waddell, A O'kif
Contributors:
Martin Waddell, A O'kif

Sinbad and Ali are shipwrecked by the foot of some needle-sharp cliffs. It seems there's no way out, until they spy an underground cave... but something nasty lives in there!The Hopscotch Adventures series features exciting, page-turning adventures in under 400 words for children developing their reading confidence.

Franklin Watts

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Martin Waddell, Alan Marks
Contributors:
Martin Waddell, Alan Marks

The enchanting story of A Midsummer Night's Dream is brought to life beautifully in this simple retelling. Experience the magic of the woods, the confusion of the lovers and all the fun of the fairy folk.

Franklin Watts

Hamlet

Martin Waddell, Alan Marks
Contributors:
Martin Waddell, Alan Marks

The story of Hamlet, and his anguish following the murder of his father, is beautifully retold by Martin Waddell with stunning colour and black and white illustrations by Alan Marks.

Orchard Books

The Dirty Great Dinosaur

Martin Waddell, Leonie Lord
Contributors:
Martin Waddell, Leonie Lord

Grrrrrr! Look out! Here comes the Dirty Great Dinosaur! It's huge! It's hungry! It's the DIRTY GREAT DINOSAUR! He's going to eat anything in his way!Only Hal (and his little dog Billy) can stop the hungry beastie, because they know just how to calm that Dirty Great Dinosaur down . . .Let Hal and Billy show you how to calmly deal with temper tantrums of monstrous proportions!World renowned storyteller Martin Waddell has created a dynamic and action-packed text which perfectly matches this exciting picture book debut from fabulous new illustrator, Leonie Lord.

Franklin Watts

The Tempest

Martin Waddell, Alan Marks
Contributors:
Martin Waddell, Alan Marks

The story of the Tempest, the magical storm that brings a royal party to justice on a savage island, is beautifully retold by Martin Waddell with stunning colour and black and white illustrations by Alan Marks.

Franklin Watts

Richard III

Martin Waddell, Alan Marks
Contributors:
Martin Waddell, Alan Marks
Franklin Watts

Macbeth

Martin Waddell, Alan Marks
Contributors:
Martin Waddell, Alan Marks
Franklin Watts

Romeo and Juliet

Martin Waddell, Alan Marks
Contributors:
Martin Waddell, Alan Marks

The story of Romeo and Juliet, whose forbidden love brings a tragic end, is beautifully retold by Martin Waddell with stunning colour and black and white illustrations by Alan Marks.

Orchard Books

The Orchard Book of Goblins Ghouls and Ghosts and Other Magical Stories

Martin Waddell, Tony Ross
Contributors:
Martin Waddell, Tony Ross

Martin Waddell has brought together fourteen tales of goblins, ghouls, ghosts and other mysterious spirits, skilfully retelling them today's children. Tony Ross's lively, atmospheric illustrations perfectly capture the spirit of the stories, in this rich and varied collection that's guaranteed to make you shiver.

Franklin Watts

Sinbad and the Diamond Valley

Martin Waddell, A O'kif
Contributors:
Martin Waddell, A O'kif

Sinbad and Ali are shipwrecked on an island. They spy a sparkling valley below them and decide to investigate. But they are not alone...The Hopscotch Adventures series features exciting, page-turning adventures in under 400 words for children developing their reading confidence.

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.

Caroline Lawrence

Caroline Lawrence is American. She lives with her husband by the river in London and is active as a speaker in schools and at book festivals. She took part in the British Museum's POMPEII LIVE event, giving talks that were streamed to schools all over the UK, and she is the winner of the 2009 CLASSICS ASSOCIATION PRIZE for 'a significant contribution to the public understanding of Classics'. In addition to the 17 novels in the ROMAN MYSTERIES sequence, Caroline Lawrence has written five spin-off titles, all of which have contributed to total UK sales in excess of 1 million copies. Visit Caroline's website at www.carolinelawrence.com and follow her on Twitter @CarolineLawrenc.

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

Chris Mould

Chris Mould went to art school at the age of sixteen. During this time, he did various jobs, from delivering papers to washing-up. Chris loves his work and writes and draws the kind of books that he would have liked to have on his shelf as a boy. He has won the Nottingham Children's Book Award, has been shortlisted for the Greenaway Award and commended for the Sheffield Book Award. Chris has also worked for the RSC, the BBC, the FT and many other famous initials, as well as for Aardman Animations, where he did character and environment development work on the film Flushed Away. Chris is married with two children and lives in Yorkshire.

Claire Heuchan

Claire Heuchan is an award-winning black feminist writer who blogs under the name Sister Outrider. She writes on subjects including race, power, identity and sexual politics and her work has been featured in several publications including 404 Ink's Nasty Women.

Daisy Meadows

Daisy Meadows is the author of the bestselling series Rainbow Magic and Magic Animal Friends. Her books have sold over 30 million copies worldwide.You can find out all about her magical stories and much more at the series websites: www.rainbowmagicbooks.co.uk and www.magicanimalfriends.co.uk

Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton's books have sold over 500 million copies and have been translated into other languages more often than any other children's author.She wrote over 600 books and hundreds of short stories, including favourites such as The Famous Five,The Secret Seven, The Magic Faraway Tree, Malory Towers and Noddy. Born in London in 1897, Enid lived much of her life in Buckinghamshire and adored dogs, gardening and the countryside. She died in 1968 but remains one of the world's best-loved storytellers.