Tim's Friend Towser by Edward Ardizzone

Tim's Friend Towser

Written by Edward Ardizzone
Part of the Little Tim Series

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Tim and Ginger are cabin boys on the S.S. Royal Fusilier when they find a puppy hiding in one of the lifeboats. They decide to hide it away, because they know Captain Piper doesn’t like dogs. Somehow keeping secrets from their shipmates causes all sorts of problems, and in fact the ship nearly sinks, before Tim and Ginger come clean. All ends well: Towser, as the boys call their dog, and ship’s cat Tiger become friends, and that seems to set the tone right for everyone on board. Ardizzone writes in a clear, perfect prose and his illustrations, black-and-white and colour, dazzle. It’s lovely to see these handsome new editions of these classic stories for children. As an added extra, a free QR code allows you to listen to Stephen Fry reading the story. ~ Andrea Reece


Tim's Friend Towser by Edward Ardizzone

Tim and Ginger are working cabin boys on the S.S. Royal Fusilier when they find a puppy in one of the lifeboats. They decide to call him Towser and smuggle him on board, avoiding the watchful eyes of Captain Piper, who hates dogs. But as time goes on, Towser grows bigger and bigger... they have to work very hard at keeping him a secret. Captain Piper hates dogs!

Little Tim's adventures at sea have delighted generations of children ever since the first book was published in 1936. Edward Ardizzone, who illustrated over 170 books in his lifetime, received the prestigious Kate Greenaway medal for Tim All Alone in 1956.

Scan the QR code at the back of the book for the audio edition, read by Stephen Fry.


'The combination of exciting action, vivid characters and fabulously detailed illustrations still make the Little Tim series enthralling.' The Ultimate First Book Guide

'Some of the saltiest and most satisfying picture books created during the last generation' Maurice Sendak

About the Author

Edward Ardizzone

Edward Ardizzone was born in 1900. His family moved to Ipswich in 1905 and lived there until Ardizzone was fourteen. It was in Ipswich, as he later wrote, that he "...learnt to know and love the little coastal steamers that I have drawn so often in the Tim books."

Ardizzone illustrated more than 170 books and his outstanding work in the field of children's book illustration was recognised when he won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1956. The adventures of Tim are firm favourites with readers, young and old, throughout the world.

He lived in Maida Vale in London for most of his life, but was away for the whole war, working as an official War Artist.

Edward Ardizzone was a member of the Royal Academy of Arts and was appointed CBE in 1971.

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56 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

5th March 2015




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