Hector and the Big Bad Knight by Alex T. Smith

Hector and the Big Bad Knight

Written by Alex T. Smith
Illustrated by Alex T. Smith

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March 2014 Debut of the Month A fun-filled new picture book about the power of good with quirky illustrations from award-winning Alex T. Smith. Boys in particular will love the story of Hector, a tiny little boy with a big, brave heart who goes on an adventure to rescue his granny's wand from a big bad knight.


Hector and the Big Bad Knight by Alex T. Smith

When Hector's granny has her magic wand stolen by The Big Bad Knight, Hector, the tiniest boy in the village, decides to go after him. And when The Big Bad Knight sends a dragon after Hector, our hero knows just what to do - with a little help from a bag of crisps!

Brave Hector manages to return the magic wand back to Granny, and then it's time for The Big Bad Knight to learn a little lesson about knightly manners.

About the Author

Alex T. Smith

When Alex T. Smith was a little boy, he wanted to be a chef, a rabbit or a children’s book illustrator. Now, at the young age of 23, he has won awards for his art and has illustrated his first picture book, the acclaimed Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero and his second book, Home, is published in January 2009. Home is the first book that Alex has written and illustrated.

Whilst studying illustration at Coventry University, Alex won second prize in the Macmillan Prize for Children’s Picture Book Illustration in 2006 and was highly commended for the same award in 2005. Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero was shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Book Award and Alex was longlisted for the Greenaway Medal 2009, an amazing accolade for such a new and young writer!

Alex lives in York with his wife and four very naughty, tiny dogs.

Here are some things that Alex likes to do in his spare time:

Watching films, especially French cinema and animated films.

Cooking. (He likes to read cook books like they are novels - straight through from cover to cover!)

Making small, hand sewn toys.

Looking after his pets and planning what other pets he will have when he has a bigger house!

He’s re-learning French (having only remembered random phrases and a collection of useless words from school!)

He loves looking in antique shops, vintage clothes shops and flea markets for treasures!

Keeping travel sketchbooks.

Walking in the woods.


Drinking Red Bush Tea

He also likes people watching, eavesdropping, looking out of the window, doodling whilst on the phone, talking and taking his dogs for a walk in the park and having a go on the swings if no one is looking.

Photo credit: Dominic Turner

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32 pages


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Publication date

6th March 2014




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