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Publication date1st August 2012
Templar is one of the world’s most respected publishers of children’s fiction, novelty and picture books. Templar is based in Dorking in Surrey, and was founded in 1978 by Amanda Wood, the current Creative Director.
In 2008 Templar was named Independent Publisher’s Guild as UK Children’s Publisher of the Year and Independent Publisher of the Year. Later that same year Bonnier Publishing acquired Templar. Templar books are sold in over 25 languages in more than 50 countries and the company has a reputation for innovation and creativity.
The Templar Treasures - Templar creates books that will be treasured by children of all ages. Its picture book list is one of the most respected in the business, including best-sellers such as The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle and award-winners like Greenaway Medal-winner FArTHER by Grahame Baker-Smith. Puppet books such as Calm Down Boris! and Snuggle Bunny have sold hundreds of thousands of copies.
In February 2010 the list was expanded to include fiction, and Templar Fiction now publish a wide range of titles for young readers and teenagers. These include the critically acclaimed VIII by H.M. Castor and the hilarious illustrated adventures of Stinky in the My Hamster is a Genius series.
In 2013, Templar celebrates the tenth anniversary of its most famous brand: Ology World. Since the release of Dragonology in 2003, over 16 million Ology books have been sold and an extensive licensing programme including toys, board games, apps and a movie has developed.
Templar also has a number of imprints including:
Amazing Baby is the award-winning imprint creating books for parents and babies to share. The series is all about having fun as parent and child read, play, explore and learn together. The Amazing Baby brand encompasses board books, cloth books and flashcards that help baby learn; toys and merchandise inspired by the books; and even books that parents can customise themselves.
Brubaker, Ford & Friends - With a wide range of best-selling authors, illustrators and exciting new talent, Brubaker, Ford & Friends offers inspiring picture books to encourage happy lifelong readers. The list includes I Spy with My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs, the lovable Olive and the Big Secret by Tor Freeman and the latest title from Sam McBratney (author of Guess How Much I Love You).
Pippbrook Books - Launched in March 2013 in the UK. This imprint will introduce some of Templar's best-loved authors and illustrators to a new audience through a range of products tailor-made for the gift and commercial market. Offering value for money, these fresh and exciting gift, novelty and picture books are designed to encourage interactive play and learning in young children.
Big Picture Press is the newest Templar imprint and will launch in September 2013. It features highly illustrated, artist-led books with an international flavour – titles that celebrate the book as an object. The list features Nina’s Book of Little Things, an activity book by the iconic artist Keith Haring, and Walk This World by Finnish designer and illustrator Lotta Niemenen.
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My Hamster is a Genius
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Selected by Julia Eccleshare:
When Benjamin Jinks is given a hamster he isn't best pleased, until he realises his Stinky the hamster is a genius! A hilarious tale of one boy and his hamster and the mischief they create. New talent Dave Lowe's first adventure is brilliantly brought to life by illustrator Mark Chambers in this hilarious read.
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SynopsisMy Hamster is a Genius by Dave Lowe
'My mum had a long history of unusual punishments - And now, thanks to the sticky-taping incident - she announced that she was buying me a pet.' Meet nine year old Benjamin Jinks and his grumpy hamster, Jasper Stinkybottom. Benjamin is a very normal boy who hates maths. Stinky is a genius hamster, who likes carrots. Together they are an unstoppable team! But can they overcome the evil scheming of Ben's maths teacher, Beardy McCreedy?
About The Author
Born in Dudley in the West Midlands, Dave Lowe taught English for four years in a high school for disadvantaged kids in Istanbul, and has also worked in Malaysia and Australia. He is married with two daughters. When he was younger, Dave also had a pet hamster, but he didn't talk so much.
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