Mammoth Pie by Jeanne Willis

Mammoth Pie

Written by Jeanne Willis
Illustrated by Tony Ross

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Can a scrawny caveman turn a giant woolly mammoth into delicious pie? Both sides gather their friends as they square up for a major confrontation. Who do you think will win? Jeanne Willis’s rhyming text charts the plotting and planning before the battle while Tony Ross’s illustrations brilliantly capture the greedy cave men and their formidable foes.


Mammoth Pie by Jeanne Willis

On top of a mountain there lived a fat mammoth. Down in the valley there lived a thin caveman. The caveman was hungry. He saw the mammoth and licked his lips. But a mouthwatering Mammoth Pie turns out to be more difficult to come by than the caveman could ever imagine.


A dream team of writer and illustrator! The Times Another dollop of chaotic fun from the pens of Willis and Ross ... Jeanne Willis again demonstrates her wonderful facility with words Armadillo Simple and expressive illustrations add to the tale told in simple words with a pleasing rhythm. There is plenty of repetition and rhyme which makes this ideal for young children just beginning to read. Carousel A delightful romp, beautifully complemented by Ross's expressive illustrations Daily Telegraph The lively rhyming text is perfect for joining in with, and Ross's comical illustrations are full of humour and personality ... Ideal for reading out loud. Booktrust

About the Author

Jeanne Willis

Jeanne Willis was born in St Albans and trained as an advertising copywriter at Watford College. She worked for various agencies creating press adverts and TV, cinema and radio commercials. She is now a full-time writer. Jeanne Willis is one of the most successful children’s picture book authors in the UK. Jeanne Willis wrote her first book aged five and has now written over eighty titles. She has won numerous awards, including the Children's Book Award, the Silver Smarties Prize and has been shortlisted for the Whitbread Award. She has written Who’s in the Loo? which won the Red House Children’s Book Award. Her hobbies include gardening, reading (nonfiction), natural history and collecting caterpillars. Jeanne has also worked on scripts for TV, including Polly Pocket and The Slow Norris, and a pilot TV series for Dr Xargle. She lives in North London with her husband and two children.

Photo credit: Justine Stoddart

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32 pages
Interest Age: To 5


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

2nd August 2012




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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