Upside Down Babies by Jeanne Willis

Upside Down Babies

Written by Jeanne Willis
Illustrated by Adrian Reynolds

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A delicious joke which sees all kinds of babies ending up with all kinds of parents who are not their own! When the world tips…the grass-chewing cow gets a meat-eating lion cub, the super-fast cheetah gets a sloth for a babe while the owl who only closes her eyes at dawn gets a noisy rooster chick with quite a different view of the world. Luckily there is a happy ending – mostly!


Upside Down Babies by Jeanne Willis

Once when the world tipped upside down, The earth went blue and the sky went brown. All the baby animals tumbled out of bed And ended up with very funny mums instead...


A joy to read aloud time and again. Delightful. Books for Keeps

What a hoot! The funny illustrations and humorous rhyming couplet text will have everyone laughing from start to finish in this inspired book. EYE

Brilliantly funny ... There's not a thing I'd change about it, and it's sure to be a hit at home and in the classroom The Bookbag

Fun... Adrian Reynolds, as ever, creates wonderfully expressive animals The School Librarian

Very sweet Bookwitch

About the Author

Jeanne Willis

Jeanne Willis was born in St Albans and trained as an advertising copywriter at Watford College. She worked for various agencies creating press adverts and TV, cinema and radio commercials. She is now a full-time writer. Jeanne Willis is one of the most successful children’s picture book authors in the UK. Jeanne Willis wrote her first book aged five and has now written over eighty titles. She has won numerous awards, including the Children's Book Award, the Silver Smarties Prize and has been shortlisted for the Whitbread Award. She has written Who’s in the Loo? which won the Red House Children’s Book Award. Her hobbies include gardening, reading (nonfiction), natural history and collecting caterpillars. Jeanne has also worked on scripts for TV, including Polly Pocket and The Slow Norris, and a pilot TV series for Dr Xargle. She lives in North London with her husband and two children.

Photo credit: Justine Stoddart

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32 pages
Interest Age: To 5


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

3rd July 2014




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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