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Jill Tomlinson - Author

Jill Tomlinson never intended to be a writer. She trained as an opera singer, and then decided to have a family whilst her voice matured. But illness intervened, and she had to find another outlet for her energies. She started on a journalism course, and by the third lesson decided she wanted to write for children. So she did!

It did not come easily. Her first story, The Bus who went to Church, was rejected by sixteen publishers before it was accepted for a picture book. Several other picture books followed until she felt a need to stretch herself further. She wrote five short stories about a hen wanting to visit an aunt and her chicks, and Methuen thought that if she wrote another five stories on the same theme the book would fit well into their new ‘Read Aloud’ series.

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The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark
Jill Tomlinson - illustrated by Paul Howard
This is one of the all time classics of young children's fiction and this beautiful gift box set includes the picture book and an adorable true-to-character plush toy of Plop. A lovely, calming bedtime read with a wonderful uplifting finish. Perfect...
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Format: Novelty book | Released 09/10/2014
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The Cat Who Wanted to Go Home
Jill Tomlinson - illustrated by Paul Howard
Suzy the little striped cat is always curious; so curious that she often gets into all kinds of trouble. And that is exactly what happens when she climbs into a hot air balloon and finds herself swept up in the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2014
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The Gorilla Who Wanted to Grow Up
Jill Tomlinson - illustrated by Paul Howard
A young gorilla wants to be as strong and brave as his father but everyone thinks he is young and rash. How can Pongo show how grown up he can be? Luckily, Pongo realises that being grown up isn't just...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2014
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The Hen Who Wouldn't Give Up
Jill Tomlinson - illustrated by Paul Howard
Hilda the hen wants to visit her new baby relatives but how will she get there? Hilda needs to find a way of making the journey to her aunt's farm safely and reliably. Luckily, Hilda is a very resourceful hen!...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2014
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The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark
Jill Tomlinson - illustrated by Paul Howard
How can Plop, the baby owl who is afraid of the dark, overcome his problems? Luckily, everyone has a story to tell him about the very special things that happen after dark and soon Plop is as happy in the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2014
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The Penguin Who Wanted to Find out
Jill Tomlinson - illustrated by Paul Howard
The many dangers that beset a baby penguin are well-captured in this touching story about Otto, the penguin chick. Otto needs to take care to survive the risk of predators and the dangers from the terrible weather that he is...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2014
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Three Favourite Animal Stories
Jill Tomlinson - illustrated by Paul Howard
A bumper volume of The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark, The Hen who Wouldn't Give Up and The Cat Who Wanted to Go Home in one volume.
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/1970
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The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out
Jill Tomlinson
This is a perfect story for animal lovers young and old, filled with tenderness and love combined with a subtle humour. Soft focus illustrations take readers right into the cold world of the penguins living in Antarctica. The beautiful pictures...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/09/2009
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Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark - Book & CD
Jill Tomlinson
Plop is a baby owl. Perfect in every way - except for one. He's afraid of the dark! But he soon discovers, through a variety of new friends, that dark can be fun and exciting and magical! This is a...
Lovereading Price: £6.39 - Saving £1.60 (20%) Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Mixed Media Product | Released 07/07/2008
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The Cat who wanted to go Home
Jill Tomlinson
An enchanting story that will bring just a touch of sadness but also a huge amount of joy. This story touches upon so brilliantly the feeling of being lost and of finding home again.
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/07/2006
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The Penguin Who Wanted to Learn
Jill Tomlinson
An absolute must for all those who love animals. Otto is the first penguin chick to be born that year and he has to teach all the other chicks to swim, to dive and so on, but of course he...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/12/2004
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The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark
Jill Tomlinson
Plop is a baby owl. Perfect in every way - except for one. He's afraid of the dark! But he soon discovers, through a variety of new friends, that dark can be fun and exciting and magical! This is a...
Lovereading Price: £4.79 - Saving £1.20 (20%) Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/03/2004
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The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark Picture Book
Jill Tomlinson
Plop is a baby owl. Perfect in every way - except for one. He's afraid of the dark! But he soon discovers, through a variety of new friends, that dark can be fun and exciting and magical! This is a...
Lovereading Price: £5.59 - Saving £1.40 (20%) Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2002
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