Abigail by Catherine Rayner


Written by Catherine Rayner

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Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 Kate Greenaway winner Catherine Rayner’s gorgeous bold animals fill the pages perfectly in this entertaining counting book. Abigail the giraffe wants to count everything and anything she can. But counting is hard when the cheetah goes by so fast that she can’t see all his spots in time and the zebra moves around while she is trying to count the stripes. Luckily, the stars come out…A glorious night time sky shows million of stars – and Abigail happily counting them.


Abigail by Catherine Rayner

Abigail loves to count. It is her very favourite thing. But when she tries counting Zebra's stripes and Cheetah's spots, they just won't sit still. It's hopeless! What will Abigail do?

A beautiful book by award-winning author-illustrator Catherine Rayner, full of gorgeous illustrations of Abigail the giraffe and her friends Cheetah and Zebra. Abigail is a perfect bedtime read with a stunning fold-out night sky ending.

Catherine Rayner is the winner of the 2009 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for Harris Finds His Feet and illustrator and author of Solomon Crocodile and Augustus and his Smile.


Rayner is a past winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and this book is a perfect example of her quite stunning artwork and the inventive ways in which she plays with size, shape, perspective and even page design. Full of expression and detail, this is a beautiful, gentle book, perfect for bedtime reading. Daily Mail Abigail is a gentle tale about counting, friendship and teamwork with a gorgeous backdrop and yet another sublime offering from Catherine Rayner. Library Mice This is a beautiful, heart-warming book, full of inventive illustrations and with a stunning fold-out page in which the enchanting Abigail reaches for the sky. Abigail's colourful counting game is ideal as a first numbers lesson for toddlers, and the perfect wind-down bedtime story book. The Chorley Guardian This book is a true work of art, with some of the loveliest animal illustrations you'll see in children's books. Read it Daddy Beautiful imagery aside, there's plenty of counting here to stimulate young minds, and a surprising pull-out page at the end will delight your child's sense of adventure. Junior Book Club The maths of this book work out very well: Seemingly effortlessly beautiful, fluid illustrations (full of splotches and savannah like colours) + A tale of friendship woven lightly together with a string of numbers + The fun of a fold-out flap + A lavishly produced physical with its stunning dark blue and gold cover = A dreamy 5* picture Playing By the Book This is a gorgeous bedtime book that will calm even the most chaotic of toddlers. Made For Mums Abigail is a perfect bedtime read with a stunning fold-out night sky ending. Scottish Book Trust Gentle water colours are charming and make one want to read the pictures as well as the words, it is tempting to reach into the pages and stroke Abigail, she is so approachable and this is the key to the story. Armadillo Magazine Stunning imagery of the African plains and its inhabitants pack the book, with a lovely gentle story suitable for all ages but especially for 3-5 year olds because of the focus on learning to count. A flip-up page adds to the interest, and ending with night-time makes this the perfect bedtime read. Child-Led Chaos With sumptuous full-page illustrations and the treat of a fold-out page this is a warm and gentle story of friendship and shared delight at the natural world. A memorable feast for the eyes. Carousel [Abigail] encourages counting in a playful way... Super for reinforcement and consolidation of reading and recognising numbers, or simply to encourage more of an interest in numbers and counting. Early Years Educator This is a well-structured 1-10 counting book with numbers set out in simple patterns. Good Books Guide

About the Author

Catherine Rayner

Catherine Rayner was born in Harrogate and now lives in Edinburgh. She has a BA Hons in Visual Communication and Illustration from Leeds College of Art and Edinburgh College of Art. Much of her inspiration – and occasionally modelling! – for her illustration comes from her pets: her horse Shannon, guinea pig Marvin, dog Ellie, cat Emma and two goldfish, Bruce and Sheila. Catherine was shortlisted for the Booktrust Early Years Award Best New Illustrator in 2006, and she won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 2009.

Julia Eccleshare, the editorial expert on Lovereading4kids says, Prize winning illustrator Catherine Rayner has created stunning picture books introducing delightful characters including Harris, a hare with exceptionally large feet and Ernest, a moose who is determined to get himself into a book – no mean feat when you are too big to fit in the pages. Gorgeous, warmly coloured large scale pictures lie at the heart of Catherine’s work.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 4


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Little Tiger Press an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group

Publication date

5th August 2013




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