Abigail by Catherine Rayner


Written by Catherine Rayner

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Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 Kate Greenaway winner Catherine Rayner’s gorgeous bold animals fill the pages perfectly in this entertaining counting book. Abigail the giraffe wants to count everything and anything she can. But counting is hard when the cheetah goes by so fast that she can’t see all his spots in time and the zebra moves around while she is trying to count the stripes. Luckily, the stars come out…A glorious night time sky shows million of stars – and Abigail happily counting them.


Abigail by Catherine Rayner

Abigail loves to count. It is her very favourite thing. But when she tries counting Zebra's stripes and Cheetah's spots, they just won't sit still. It's hopeless! What will Abigail do?

A beautiful book by award-winning author-illustrator Catherine Rayner, full of gorgeous illustrations of Abigail the giraffe and her friends Cheetah and Zebra. Abigail is a perfect bedtime read with a stunning fold-out night sky ending.

Catherine Rayner is the winner of the 2009 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for Harris Finds His Feet and illustrator and author of Solomon Crocodile and Augustus and his Smile.

About the Author

Catherine Rayner

Catherine Rayner was born in Harrogate and now lives in Edinburgh. She has a BA Hons in Visual Communication and Illustration from Leeds College of Art and Edinburgh College of Art. Much of her inspiration – and occasionally modelling! – for her illustration comes from her pets: her horse Shannon, guinea pig Marvin, dog Ellie, cat Emma and two goldfish, Bruce and Sheila. Catherine was shortlisted for the Booktrust Early Years Award Best New Illustrator in 2006, and she won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 2009.

Julia Eccleshare, the editorial expert on Lovereading4kids says, Prize winning illustrator Catherine Rayner has created stunning picture books introducing delightful characters including Harris, a hare with exceptionally large feet and Ernest, a moose who is determined to get himself into a book – no mean feat when you are too big to fit in the pages. Gorgeous, warmly coloured large scale pictures lie at the heart of Catherine’s work.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Little Tiger Press an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group

Publication date

7th July 2014




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