I Love You, Blue Kangaroo! by Emma Chichester Clark

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. ‘Blue Kangaroo belonged to Lily. He was her very own kangaroo. Every night, Lily said, “I love you Blue Kangaroo!” And Blue Kangaroo fell asleep in Lily’s arms.’ But when lots of other toys arrive in Lily’s life Blue Kangaroo is worried he’s no longer special. First published in 1998, this original Blue Kangaroo story is still a winner! (Ages 3-6)
~ Fiona Lafferty


I Love You, Blue Kangaroo! by Emma Chichester Clark

Every night Blue Kangaroo falls fast asleep, cuddled in Lily's arms. But as new toy animals start arriving, Blue Kangaroo worries that there just isn't enough room for him anymore. When he goes missing, Lily looks everywhere for him and it turns out none of the other toys mean as much to her as her first and favourite Blue Kangaroo.


This original Blue Kangaroo story is still a winner! The Good Book Guide A tender and touching story The Sunday Telegraph Blue Kangaroo is a winner. T.E.S. I Love You, Blue Kangaroo is just sublime. School Librarian A profoundly satisfying and rewarding book. Carousel

About the Author

Emma Chichester Clark

Emma Chichester Clark studied at the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art, where she was taught by Quentin Blake. She has worked as a freelance illustrator for various magazines including New Scientist, Cosmopolitan and The Sunday Times, for publishers and advertising agencies as well as teaching art for several years, and has also illustrated numerous book jackets.

In 1988 she won the Mother Goose Award for her first book, Listen to This!, an anthology compiled by Laura Cecil. She also won the Kate Greenaway medal in 1988. Since then, she has become internationally known, illustrating writers such as Roald Dahl, Peter Dickinson, Anne Fine and Margaret Mahy. Emma was the first winner of the newly created Grinzane Junior Award for I Love you, Blue Kangaroo.

Emma was born in London but raised in Ireland. She started drawing "just about as soon as I could hold a pencil. But I could never find enough paper and my mother wouldn't let me use her Basildon Bond. So secretly I used to tear the blank pages out of her grown-up books and draw on them and make my own little books."

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32 pages
Interest Age: To 5


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Publication date

2nd April 2015



Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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