Emily Brown and the Elephant Emergency by Cressida Cowell


Emily Brown and the Elephant Emergency by Cressida Cowell

Emily Brown, Stanley the bunny and Matilda the elephant are busy going on adventures, but every time they get to a particularly exciting part ...Ring! Ring! goes the Emergency Telephone and it's Matilda's mummy on the end worrying that Matilda isn't wearing her wellies, or eating properly or almost anything. How can Emily Brown persuade her that sometimes adventures are good? This brilliant title from this award-winning team is a witty and poignant book about the importance of spending quality time with your children and allowing them to explore the world around them. 'A sensitive and witty handling of fears that has a valuable lesson for adults too. Great fun.' - Daily Mail Written by Cressida Cowell, the bestselling author of the How to Train Your Dragon series. http://www.cressidacowell.co.uk/ Illustrated by award winning Neal Layton, creator of Stanley's Stick. http://www.neallayton.co.uk/


An absolute cracker of a picture bokk to stretch your imagination Newbury Weekly News No.8 in The Hit List - Over protective parenting causes problems in the latest in the delightful Emily Brown series The Independent on Sunday [A] delicious fantastical adventure The Guardian This zany story is full of fun as well as being an imaginative exploration of insecure emotional attachment...Quite superb Books For Keeps Aimed squarely at mums and dads who will be sharing this, the message is delivered in a light-hearted, wryly knowing way, with plenty of colourful, visual adventures for the young reader to enjoy Carousel This zany story is full of fun as well as being an imaginative exploration of insecure emotional attachment. Layton's illustrations are perfect foils for the story. Quite superb. ***** Books For Keeps A sensitive and witty handling of fears that has a valuable lesson for adults too. Great fun Daily Mail Neal Layton's artwork is an absolute joy. INIS Already firm favourites. each story has been brilliant. School Librarian The latest in the delightful Emily Brown series. Independent on Sunday Great fun. Daily Mail Superb. ***** Books For Keeps Plenty of colourful visual adventures for the younger reader to enjoy. Carousel

About the Author

Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland. The name of the island is a secret, but it was such a small island it wasn’t really big enough to have a name at all. There were no roads or shops or electricity on the island, just one house and a storm-blown wilderness of sea-birds and heather.

Every year, Cressida’s family spent four weeks of the summer, and two weeks of the spring, on the island. The family had to catch their own fish to eat. The house was lit by candle-light, and there was no telephone or television, so Cressida spent her time drawing and writing stories.

In the evening, Cressida’s father read the children tales of the Vikings, who had invaded this island Archipelago over half a millennium before, of the quarrelsome Tribes who fought and tricked each other, and of legendary dragons who were supposed to live in the caves in the cliffs. This was how Cressida herself first began to write stories about Vikings and dragons, back when she was eight or nine years old. Many years later, she turned her original childhood ideas into the book How to Train Your Dragon, featuring Hiccup the reluctant Viking, and his equally reluctant dragon, Toothless.

When Cressida wasn’t on the island, she was going to school at Marlborough College in Wiltshire where she met and became close friends with Lauren Child, a fellow author/illustrator and the creator of TV’s Charlie and Lola. Cressida and Lauren remain close friends. Indeed Lauren is godmother to Cressida’s daughter Clemmie.

After school, Cressida obtained a BA in English Literature from Oxford University, a BA in Graphic Design from St Martin’s and an MA in Narrative Illustration from Brighton.
Cressida wrote and illustrated her first picture book, Little Bo Peep’s Library Book, for Hodder Children’s Books in 1998. Her first novel for eight to twelve year olds, How to Train Your Dragon, was published to popular and critical acclaim in 2003: ‘The next big thing in children’s literature,’ wrote The Independent on Sunday. ‘Irresistibly funny, exciting and endearing,’ said The Times.

How to Train Your Dragon has now been published in over thirty languages. Film rights were sold to DreamWorks Animation in 2003 for a substantial sum and the filmed version was released into cinemas in March 2010. The 3D animated film from the studio that created Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda, was directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois (the directors of Lilo and Stich) and produced by Bonnie Arnold (who produced Toy Story).

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32 pages
Interest Age: To 5


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Publication date

4th June 2015



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