Daddy Lion's Tea Party by Mark Sperring

Daddy Lion's Tea Party

Written by Mark Sperring
Illustrated by Sarah Warburton

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June 2015 Book of the Month Daddy Lion has decided it’s the perfect day for a tea party – a quiet little tea party, just him and his cubs. The cubs want to invite the other animals but Daddy Lion says no: the chimps are always monkeying about; the pot-bellied pigs hog the cream buns; the rhinos never stop charging about. But word gets out about the party, and all the animals turn up anyway. They try to behave, and it’s all very civilised, at least until an audience arrives, and the animals start to express themselves naturally. It’s lovely to see a daddy so dainty with a teapot while the illustrations are full of witty details! ~ Andrea Reece


Daddy Lion's Tea Party by Mark Sperring

Feeding time at the zoo has never been so much fun! A hilarious new picture book from the creators of 'Mabel and Me' and 'Max and the Won't Go to Bed Show'.

Daddy Lion is having a polite and genteel tea party for his cubs. They want to invite all their friends but Daddy says no; he doesn't want the pot-bellied pigs hogging the cream buns or Skunk pooh, pong, stinking the place out! But things do not go quite as planned...

A laugh-out-loud story full of noise and chaos!


Praise for Mabel and Me:

'Mabel and the gloriously engaging Me explore the meaning of friendship in a modern-day comedy of errors. Funny and original with gorgeous illustrations.' BOOKSELLER'S CHOICE, THE BOOKSELLER

Praise for The Sunflower Sword by Mark Sperring:

'Captivating and memorable - my favourite picture book of the season.' BOOKSELLER'S CHOICE, THE BOOKSELLER

About the Author

Mark Sperring

MARK SPERRING studied at Bath Academy of Art and Camberwell College of Art before working as a printer and a bookseller, and later becoming a children's book author. Mark is the author of The Shape of My Heart, Snappy Birthday, Dino Mummy, Dino Baby, Dino Daddy and My Little Star. He lives in Bristol.

An Interview with Mark Sperring

What are your 5 favourite books, and why?

Moominland Midwinter by Tove Jansson for combining two of my favourite things Moomins AND snow!

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak for its perfection.

The Little Prince for the fox who wanted to be tamed.

To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee for much too many reasons to list.

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates for inducing a tear.

Who are your 5 favourite authors/illustrators, and why?

Maurice Sendak for writing and illustrating the ultimate picture book

Tove Jansson not only for her amazing black and white line drawing but for her strange and beautiful stories.

Toon Telegen for creating a world populated by letter writing creatures.

Paul Auster for his ability to turn a story on its head in one breath taking sentence.

Richard Yates for creating characters that still linger in my mind.

What was your favourite book when you were a child?

Gobbilino the Witches Cat by Ursula Moray Williams.

Who is your favourite hero in a book?

Little My from the Moomins.

Who is your favourite villain in a book?

Little My from the Moomins!

If you could be a character from a book who would you be?

Mr Nilsson so I could hang out with Pipi Longstocking.

If you could recommend just one book for everyone to read what would it be?

To Kill a Mocking Bird.

What book do you wish you had written?

The Dictionary, if only to be better at spelling and a world champion scrabble player.

Who or what was your biggest influence in deciding to become a writer?

Words and how they fit together.

What inspired you to write your latest book?

The Shape of My Heart was inspired whilst drawing around my hand!

What's the best thing you've ever written?

I don't know about best, but the one I have a special connection to is a story about a girl and a mouse, there's a lot of 'Me' in it.

When did you start writing?

In earnest about 20 years ago.

If someone wanted to be a writer what would be your number one tip for them?

Don't give up!

Is there any particular routine involved in your writing process (favourite pen, lucky charm, special jumper)?

I'm an early bird writer-mornings are best!

Do you have any abandoned stories in your ‘bottom drawer’ that you would like to revisit?

None of them are abandoned, they're just biding their time and only appear to be collecting dust...

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Book Info


32 pages
Interest Age: From 3 To 5


Mark Sperring
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HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

4th June 2015




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