Big, Bad Owl by Steve Smallman

Big, Bad Owl

Written by Steve Smallman
Illustrated by Richard Watson

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Big, Bad Owl is a fabulously funny, tongue-in-cheek picture book from bestselling author and master of comedy, Steve Smallman. Children will love the quirky illustrations of the various animals and birds who try to get owl out of a grump and it's coupled with a great storyline about learning to deal with moods and emotions. I wonder if his friends get him out of a grump? You'll have to read it to find out.


Big, Bad Owl by Steve Smallman

Feeling cranky? Out of sorts? Perhaps a teeny bit tetchy? Then flap off over to Scowl's grumpy branch for a good old grouch and grumble...Everybody wants to cheer Scowl up, but there's one thing that makes him the happiest owl in the world - and that's being in a good old grump!


A hilarious story from a masterful writer of comic picture books... Children will love the lively and quirky illustrations in this story about learning to cope with moods and emotions. And adults will appreciate the humour too, making it fun to read aloud. Parents in Touch A very amusing story with characterful illustrations and an unusual but satisfying ending. A good buy. -- Books of the Week Peters Books With beautiful illustrations and easy to follow wording, this picture book is perfect for toddlers learning about emotions. Bleach House Library

About the Author

Steve Smallman

Steve Smallman lives in Staffordshire with his wife, two dogs and two cats. He has four children and a grandchild. Steve has been illustrating children’s books for almost 30 years and writing his own stories for slightly less. He also teaches illustration workshops in schools, including mural-painting. Steve is the author of Smelly Peter the Great Pea Eater (Winner of the Sheffield Children's Book Award 2009) and The Lamb Who Came for Dinner (Shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Award and read by Meatloaf on CITV's Bookaboo). When he’s not working, Steve enjoys films, television, gardening and walking in the countryside.

Steve Smallman on Steve Smallman:

I started working as an illustrator when I was in my final year at Art College and now, over 28 years later I still haven't got a proper job! I've illustrated literally hundreds of books, predominantly in educational publishing. A few years ago I was main illustrator for Longman's 'Story Street' reading scheme, illustrating 79 titles and writing 5.

I've worked in children's television, specifically in character development and most notably in the 'Raggy Doll' series in the mid to late 1980's. I have also done a certain amount of licensed work, illustrating characters such as Postman Pat, Bill and Ben and Sesame Street.

I've been described as an 'Animal Artist', not I hasten to add because I'm wild and hairy but because I love to draw animals and especially like to give them human characteristics.

I've been writing children's books for about 6 years and have already had several picture books published with more in development.

I've got 4 great children and although they're all adults now, my memories of them growing up inspire and inform my writing.

Click here to read a Little Tiger interview with Steve Smallman.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


Steve Smallman
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Little Tiger Press an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group

Publication date

7th April 2014




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