Hare and Tortoise by Alison Murray

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Shortlisted for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize 2016

The best-loved of all Aesop's Fables has been made all the more enchanting with Alison Murray's sense of fun, mischief and stylish charm. A witty, beautifully illustrated take on The Hare and the Tortoise - this book is bound to become a treasured classic.

Commenting on her nomination for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize Alison said: “It’s such an honour to be shortlisted for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize, especially alongside the brilliant Ross Collins and Nick Sharratt. Win or lose, it’s a wonderful scheme because it gives every child in Scotland a bundle of beautiful books. And it’s great for me too, because it opens up so many opportunities to engage with people who love picture books - the children and adults who read them.”


Hare and Tortoise by Alison Murray

Hare is the fastest on the farm. Tortoise is as slow as they go. So when they decide to have a race, Hare is certain to win ...isn't he?


Another charming, classic picture book from Alison Murray...beautiful elegant illustrations Askew & Holts Library Services

It's hard to tell a well-known tale in a fresh, new way, but Alison Murray accomplishes that in her version of these famous competitors ... A friendly ending wraps up this excellent piece of bookmaking and reminds us there is more to life than winning-maybe a shared lettuce patch? Book List

An absolutely successful retelling of the classic tale; great for storytimes and recommended for any fable collection School Library Journal

About the Author

Alison Murray grew up in Lanarkshire near Glasgow and studied Textile Design at Glasgow School of Art. After graduating she moved to London and worked in a variety of jobs including bookseller and rug designer before completing a MA in Design for Interactive Media at Middlesex University. She then co-founded, created and built a successful Interactive Media company and then sold it and moved back to Scotland. Alison has now found a new niche, writing and illustrating children's picture books. Her titles for Orchard include Apple Pie ABC, One, Two That's My Shoe, Little Mouse, Hickory Dickory Dog and The House That Zac Built. Alison lives in Glasgow with her husband, her daughter and her dog.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


Alison Murray
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Orchard Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

11th February 2016




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