Jane Clarke - Author Picture

Jane Clarke - Author

Jane Clarke is the talented author of over 80 books for young children, including the award-wining picture books Gilbert the Great, Knight Time and Stuck in the Mud.

Jane Clarke on Jane Clarke:

I live in Kent with my two Labradors, Bramble and Amber. The dogs love to swim in the sea, so I burn a lot of perfumed candles to stop our house from smelling of damp dog.

Thanks to my Mum and Dad, I had a very happy childhood in the English Midlands. Dad attached a trapeze to the branch of a tree in our garden, and my friends and I spent a lot of time hanging upside down pretending to be acrobats. There were always pets – mice, hamster, and guinea pigs, cats and dogs. For a long time, I thought my dog was my brother. My bedroom was stuffed full of fossils and shells.

My ideas come from my family and pets, my friends and their families, and from school. I often lose all track of time when I’m writing. Amber and Bramble have learned to bring me their leads, to remind me to take them out for a walk.

Most of my stories and poems are funny, because I love to laugh, but sometimes I write about sad things. The saddest thing in my life is my husband’s death. Martin was a lovely man, a great husband and Dad. Andy and Rob are now at university and Martin lives on in them, in our hearts, and in our happy memories.

If you like Jane Clarke you might also like to read books by Carol Jones, Lulu Taylor and Ben M. Baglio.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Jane Clarke

Sky Private Eye and the Case of the Missing Grandma
Jane Clarke - illustrated by Loretta Schauer
Baking, detection and fairy tales are all whisked together in this busy story to make a tasty picture book. When Sky Private Eye gets an emergency call on her cupcake communicator (she combines careers in cake making and crime solving)...
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Format: Paperback | Released 28/03/2017
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Sky Private Eye and the Case of the Runaway Biscuit
Jane Clarke - illustrated by Loretta Schauer
Baking, detection and fairy tales are all whisked together in this appealing story to make a tasty picture book. When Sky Private Eye gets an emergency call from the Little Old Man on her cupcake communicator (she combines careers in...
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Format: Paperback | Released 28/03/2017
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I Saw Anaconda
Jane Clarke - illustrated by Emma Dodd
Jane Clarke and Emma Dodd have enormous fun reinventing the story of the old woman who swallowed a flea, transposing the setting to the Amazon jungle and replacing the old woman with an anaconda! The list of creatures swallowed is...
Lovereading Price: £7.99 - Saving £2.00 (20%) Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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Gilbert the Great (Board Book)
Jane Clarke - illustrated by Charles Fuge
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. Award-winning illustrator Charles Fuge's Gilbert is a charming picture book character – despite being a great white shark! The story of his touching friendship with Raymond the Remora is delightfully...
Lovereading Price: £4.79 - Saving £1.20 (20%) Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board book | Released 09/06/2011
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Gilbert the Hero
Jane Clarke - illustrated by Charles Fuge
Can Gilbert the Great White Shark save his little brother from the deadly jaws of the enormous predator? How an older brother takes charge of a younger in the dangerous location of the sea bed makes a delightful variation on...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/08/2010
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Gilbert in Deep (book & CD - read by Dervla Kirwan)
Jane Clarke
Witty writing with lots of shark-infested humour. Gilbert is a shark with a softer side. He has had Raymond, his pet friend Remora, since he was just a tiny pup. They have swum through the seaweed together and played finball,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2009
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Gilbert The Great
Jane Clarke
Gilbert is a shark with a softer side. He has had Raymond, his pet remora, since he was just a tiny pup. They have swum through the seaweed together and played finball, tide and seek and Sardines with their fishy...
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Format: Mixed Media Product | Released 02/06/2008
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Runny Honey
Jane Clarke - illustrated by Tomislav Zlatic
Brightly illustrated first reading books with large text format by top authors and illustrators.
Lovereading Price: £3.19 - Saving £0.80 (20%) Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/11/2007
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Gilbert In Deep
Jane Clarke
So many Lovereading members remarked on the delights of Gilbert the Great, that we felt we must tell you about the authors' delightful follow-up called Gilbert in Deep. Wonderfully vibrant illustrations coupled with a text that will hook you...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2007
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G.E.M.
Jane Clarke
The best book about jealousy I’ve come across. Somewhere in a space world, children are much the same as down here on earth. Royd is jealous of his friend Gark who has everything from his very own space pod to...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2006
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Gilbert the Great
Jane Clarke
Gilbert is a shark with a softer side. He has had Raymond, his pet remora, since he was just a tiny pup. They have swum through the seaweed together and played finball, tide and seek and Sardines with their fishy...
Lovereading Price: £5.59 - Saving £1.40 (20%) Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/03/2006
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www.jane-clarke.co.uk/

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