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Petr Horacek - Author

Petr Horacek trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague before becoming a graphic designer, illustrator and painter. He won the Books for Children Newcomer Award with Strawberries Are Red and What Is Black and White? He is also the creator of the loveable Suzy Goose character who has featured in Silly Suzy Goose, Look Out, Suzy Goose and Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star. Born in Czechoslovakia, Petr now lives in Worcestershire with his wife and two daughters. Click here to read an interview with Petr.

As a child

"I grew up in Prague in the Czech Republic. Just outside our flat there was a wood where I spent lots of time playing with friends. We would climb on piles of soil or build bunkers from forgotten builder’s materials. I always wanted to be an illustrator, but I preferred to look at the pictures inside the books rather than to read them. I would listen to the story or watch a film and then fill up my sketchbook with pictures and images from the story. I started to read books quite late, but I haven’t stopped since."

As an adult

"I studied at the Academy of Fine Art in Prague where I painted and drew for six years. Some of my pictures were as big as a double bed! Every autumn the teachers drove us to the countryside where they left us for a few weeks (once even a few months!) to paint and draw the landscape. Since then I have adored the autumn. One day an English girl called Claire came into my studio and before I knew it, I was living in England. We are married now and I love England, but it took me some time to learn English – in fact, I’m still learning."

As an artist

"My two daughters Tereza and Cecilia are the biggest inspiration for my work. I started to work on children’s books when Tereza was born. For my first books, Strawberries are Red and What is Black and White?, I received the Books for Children Newcomer Award 2001. It was presented to me in a restaurant and we had a nice lunch. I still remember the lunch and I still have the trophy. I like doing novelty books best. I think it’s very exciting looking through the holes in the pages and seeing what will happen if I turn one more page!

Things you didn't know about Petr Horacek

I love children's drawings.
I love looking at the sky.
I love walking in woods and picking mushrooms.
I love snow and I know how to ski.
I love cakes (any cakes!) and vanilla ice cream (or any other ice cream!).
I love playing tennis and I play as much as I can.
I love watching people walking their dogs.
I love music – from the very old to the very loud and rattley.
I love listening to the radio. I record programmes I can't listen to, then pile the recorded tapes on top of my hi-fi.
I can't spell. (It's rather embarrassing.)

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Blue Penguin
Petr Horacek
November 2016 Book of the Month There are some breathtakingly beautiful illustrations in Petr Horacek's new picture book, and a story to bring a lump to the throat. Blue Penguin does the same things that the other penguins do but,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/11/2016
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The Greedy Goat
Petr Horacek
Bright and beautiful to look at, Petr Horacek's latest picture book is a visual feast, and seems to be a farmyard reworking of Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Goat is bored with grass and decides to try something different. She...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Mouse Who Reached the Sky
Petr Horacek
May 2016 Book of the Month Little Mouse has spotted something red and shiny hanging from a branch, and decides it's a marble. She can't reach it by herself so fetches first Mole – who thinks it's a balloon –...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Blue Penguin
Petr Horacek
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - November 2015 Book of the Month There are some breathtakingly beautiful illustrations in Petr Horacek's new picture book, and a story to bring a lump to the throat. Blue Penguin does...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/11/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Mouse Who Reached the Sky
Petr Horacek
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - August 2015 Book of the Month Little Mouse has spotted something red and shiny hanging from a branch, and decides it's a marble. She can't reach it by herself so fetches...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/08/2015
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The Mouse Who Ate the Moon
Petr Horacek
A stunning and thought-provoking picture book with some clever use of cut outs and a flap. Little Mouse looks at the lovely round yellow moon and thinks how much she would love a slice of it for herself. Stepping out...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Silly Suzy Goose
Petr Horacek
How nice it would be to be different! Silly Suzy Goose thinks of all the things other animals do and she things how much she would love to stretch like a giraffe, to splash like an elephant, to jump like...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2014
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A Surprise for Tiny Mouse
Petr Horacek
Tiny Mouse loves all kinds of weather. But not rain! Help Tiny Mouse explore all the weather in this sturdy board book. And, like Tiny Mouse, enjoy the final surprise at the end!
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Format: Board book | Released 01/08/2014
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Where Do You Live Snail?
Petr Horacek
Animal homes of all kinds are introduced in the boldly coloured illustrations to this chunky board book. The little mouse lives in a hole, the fluffy bird lives in a nest in a tree. The snail carries its house around...
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Format: Board book | Released 01/08/2014
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The Mouse Who Ate the Moon
Petr Horacek
One of our Books of the Year 2014 A stunning and thought-provoking picture book with some clever use of cut outs and a flap. Little Mouse looks at the lovely round yellow moon and thinks how much she would love...
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Format: Hardback | Released 05/06/2014
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Animal Opposites
Petr Horacek
A beautiful book of pop-up animals which demonstrate through opening flaps simple opposites including smooth frog and prickly porcupine, slow snail and fast cheetah, heavy hippo and light butterfly. The pictures are bold and colourful and make their points clearly....
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Format: Hardback | Released 05/09/2013
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Time for Bed
Petr Horacek
Bedtime is made fun in this chunky board book. Lift the flaps to uncover all the different things that have to be done before bedtime! There's tidying up the toys, eating supper, having a bath and more – all...
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Format: Board book | Released 06/06/2013
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Honk, Honk! Baa, Baa!
Petr Horacek
A bold illustration of an animal makes every spread attractive in this flip-flap board book. ‘BAA BAA goes the sheep, OINK OINK goes the pig” - sounding out the noise each animal makes is a great activity for every time...
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Format: Board book | Released 06/06/2013
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Animal Counting
Petr Horacek
From one spotty giraffe to ten swimming fish the animals in this book are beautifully illustrated while the number pops up making it easy to see. The seven screeching toucans and eight furry pandas are particularly delightful.
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2012
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Butterfly, Butterfly
Petr Horacek
Finding a beautiful butterfly in her garden leads Lucy onto a thrilling exploration of all the wonderful creatures in her garden and the many colours they come in. There's a pink worm, a busy brown spider, a snail with an...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2012
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Puffin Peter
Petr Horacek
Shortlisted for the 2012 Kate Greenaway Medal. The Judges said: A dramatically beautiful picture book full of movement. Layers of colour and texture capture the movement of water, and of light, and of Peter and Paul themselves. A thrilling visual...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2012
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Puffin Peter
Petr Horacek
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. Simplicity is the key to this delightful picture book capturing the sense of loss when two playful puffins get separated by a stormy sea. Peter and Paul are the best...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/07/2011
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The Fly
Petr Horacek
The dramatic and entertaining story of the humble house fly! No one much likes the house fly being in a house. But, as he shows here, he isn't really doing any harm! Everywhere he goes he is in danger of...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2011
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Strawberries are Red
Petr Horacek
Attractively shaped pages in this easy-to-hold board book introduce the colours of all kinds of fruits including the red strawberries of the title, yellow bananas, green apples and purple grapes. A cut out at the end makes a lovely surprise...
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Format: Board book | Released 07/12/2009
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A New House for Mouse
Petr Horacek
When little Mouse sees a great big red apple outside his front door he is determined to bring it in and eat it all up. But the apple is far too big to fit into Mouse's tiny home! Mouse sets...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/04/2006
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www.petrhoracek.co.uk/

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www.petrhoracek.co.uk/blog/

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