Green by Mark Sperring
  

Green

Written by Mark Sperring
Illustrated by Leo Timmers

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This is a brilliantly witty, familiar and well-observed depiction of sibling relationships. Clive is a boy who absolutely loves green. In fact, so much so that he wears no other colour but his sister is always laughing and teasing him that he’s all sorts of green things – like a toad, a pea and even a beastly bug, but of course Clive knows differently but one day he pretends to be a crocodile and eats her sister up! The big, bold illustrations really pack a punch in this cautionary tale about getting your just desserts for teasing.

Synopsis

Green by Mark Sperring

Clive likes green. Green is what Clive likes. “Clive, you’re a cabbage,” his sister laughs. “You’re a sprout, you’re a bean, you’re a little green pea.”
But Clive of course was none of these. A brilliantly witty, familiar and well-observed
depiction of sibling relationships.

About the Author

Mark Sperring

Mark Sperring studied at Bath Academy of Art and later Camberwell College of Art, before working creating picture books and music in London for many years, before returning to the Jurassic Coast, where he grew up. He lives with his partner and their son, Oliver. They are almost entirely self-sufficient growing their own food and running their car on recycled chip oil. Green came to Mark after reading an inspiring article about Maurice Sendak.

An Interview with Mark Sperring

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

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

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates for inducing a tear .

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

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

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.



Gobbilino the Witches Cat by Ursula Moray Williams.



Little My from the Moomins.



Little My from the Moomins!



Mr Nilsson so I could hang out with Pipi Longstocking.



To Kill a Mocking Bird.



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



Words and how they fit together.



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



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.



Don't give up!



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



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

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
24 pages

Author

Mark Sperring
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Publisher

Meadowside Children's Books

Publication date

1st March 2010

ISBN

9781845394530

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