A Home for Mr Tipps by Tom Percival

A Home for Mr Tipps

Written by Tom Percival

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A touching story about a special friendship between a boy and the cat he finds. Mr Tipps is a frightened stray cat. He is timid and lonely until, one day he finds a lovely bowl of milk put out for him. Who has done it? Returning day after day, Mr Timms makes friends with a lonely boy. Together they see off all kinds of fears, happy in each other’s company. But, one day, there is no bowl of milk. Mr Tipps becomes fearful again and the boy is lonely. Luckily, the two are reunited and all ends happily.

A beautifully atmospheric story celebrating the power of friendship, from the creator of Tobias and the Super Spooky Ghost Book.


A Home for Mr Tipps by Tom Percival

It's a hard life for Mr Tipps, a frightened stray cat who lives under an old dustbin - until he meets a lonely boy and a wonderful friendship is formed. Before meeting young Ethan, Mr Tipps is scared of literally EVERYTHING: he’s worried about the wind that wailed and would never climb a tree. But the friendship with the boy helps him gain confidence, and the boy and the cat live some fabulous adventures together. Until one day, the boy doesn't come to play and Mr Tipps finds himself lost and in danger. Will the two friends ever see each other again?


Praise for Tobias and the Super Scary Ghost Book:

'A gloriously fun book' - Derek Landy, author of Skulduggery Pleasant

'A Halloween romp for younger boys and girls'. - The Daily Mail

'Percival is the illustrator of the Skulduggery Pleasant novels and this, his first picture book, has some lovely delicate touches behind the cartoon faces of the children -- notice how Tobias fades gently as the years have passed outside' - The Daily Mail

'A heart-warming yet frightfully ghoulish story; Percival's unique use of colour coupled with his multi-media approach to illustration make this debut picture book a welcomed breath of fresh air.' - Primary Times

'Just the right amount of fun and fear.' - Mums Know Best

About the Author

Tom Percival

Tom Percival studied Graphic Design in South Wales. His illustration career has seen him design Halloween merchandise for a major supermarket, create the character 'Hector' for an Aardman-animated road safety campaign and his book illustration work includes the artwork for the phenomenally successful Skulduggery Pleasant series. As well as illustrating fiction covers, Tom has also written and illustrated three picture books: Tobias and the Super Spooky Ghost Book, A Home for Mr Tipps and Jack’s Amazing Shadow. Herman’s Letter is Tom’s first picture book for Bloomsbury..

He lives in Stroud with his partner and their two sons.


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It was never really the ‘stories’ as such that engrossed me so much in her books as the portraits of her characters that were all so vivid and alive I would often think about something that one of them had done and think that it was someone I actually KNEW who had done it.

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

Jon Klassen. I have a huge amount of time for Jon Klassen’s hyper-minimal style, it’s SO stark and yet so full of character and humour. Very impressive.

Dave McKean

Who is your favourite hero in a book? This might get a few eye rolls, because it’s from a series that I illustrate, but as far as Children’s book hero’s go, you can’t get much better than Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. He’s just everything that you would want a hero to be, immensely powerful, over confident, full of humour, and immaculately dressed.

If you could recommend just one book for everyone to read what would it be? Bad Blood by Lorna Sage. It’s an incredibly vivid account of her past, and a great reminder that life doesn’t follow any set patterns - you just NEVER know where it’s going to go. I also love the way that the author deals with any negative or bleak aspects of her past with such humour and grace. A valuable lesson for anyone to learn.

Who or what was your biggest influence in deciding to become a writer? I just love making up stories and drawing pictures – it was inevitable. Not that I’d get published of course, but even if I hadn’t got published I’d still sit there coming up with ideas and writing them down. It’s just what I do.

What's the best thing you've ever written? A poem I wrote about a badger when I was six. It included the phrase, ‘He dragged his lumbering frame across the leaves’ which I MUST have stolen from a book I’d read that day. Sadly it was never photocopied and is now lost FOREVER. I even drew a scratchy pen and ink picture of the said Badger – we learnt to write with italic metal nibbed pens at my frankly archaic primary school.

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

Normally it involves a long train journey, because that’s the only time that I’m not having to do some of my other work, or look after the kids, or do the washing up, or tidying up the house, or chopping logs for the fire, or putting out the rubbish or any one of the myriad things I have to do in my actual house on a day-to-day basis

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3 To 6


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HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

4th August 2011




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