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Jill Tomlinson - Author

About the Author

Jill Tomlinson never intended to be a writer.  She trained as an opera singer, and then decided to have a family whilst her voice matured.  But illness intervened, and she had to find another outlet for her energies.  She started on a journalism course, and by the third lesson decided she wanted to write for children.  So she did!

It did not come easily.  Her first story, The Bus who went to Church, was rejected by sixteen publishers before it was accepted for a picture book.  Several other picture books followed until she felt a need to stretch herself further.  She wrote five short stories about a hen wanting to visit an aunt and her chicks, and Methuen thought that if she wrote another five stories on the same theme the book would fit well into their new ‘Read Aloud’ series.

Featured books by Jill Tomlinson

The Penguin Who Wanted to Find out

The Penguin Who Wanted to Find out

5+ readers 7+ readers

Author: Jill Tomlinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2014

An absolute must for all those who love animals.  Otto is the first penguin chick to be born that year and he has to teach all the other chicks to swim, to dive and so on, but of course he must learn how to do it first and all by himself because the adult penguins seem preoccupied with other things! Tomlinson’s simple, lighthearted and often humorous writing style are great for those who read a little as they’ll be encouraged to read all the more and become hooked on the reading bug.

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

5+ readers 7+ readers

Author: Jill Tomlinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2014

Plop is a baby owl. Perfect in every way - except for one. He's afraid of the dark! But he soon discovers, through a variety of new friends, that dark can be fun and exciting and magical! This is a story for very young readers.

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The Cat Who Wanted to Go Home

The Cat Who Wanted to Go Home

5+ readers 7+ readers

Author: Jill Tomlinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2014

Suzy the little striped cat is always curious; so curious that she often gets into all kinds of trouble. And that is exactly what happens when she climbs into a hot air balloon and finds herself swept up in the air and across the sea. Will Suzy ever get back to her own home? An exciting story for beginner readers. ~ Julia Eccleshare

The Gorilla Who Wanted to Grow Up

The Gorilla Who Wanted to Grow Up

5+ readers 7+ readers

Author: Jill Tomlinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2014

A young gorilla wants to be as strong and brave as his father but everyone thinks he is young and rash. How can Pongo show how grown up he can be? Luckily, Pongo realises that being grown up isn’t just about being strong and brave! When his baby sister is born he learns how to be a grown up in other ways. ~ Julia Eccleshare

The Hen Who Wouldn't Give Up

The Hen Who Wouldn't Give Up

5+ readers 7+ readers

Author: Jill Tomlinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2014

Hilda the hen wants to visit her new baby relatives but how will she get there? Hilda needs to find a way of making the journey to her aunt’s farm safely and reliably. Luckily, Hilda is a very resourceful hen! Hilda’s feisty character make her an engaging character in this entertaining story. ~ Julia Eccleshare

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

5+ readers 7+ readers

Author: Jill Tomlinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2014

How can Plop, the baby owl who is afraid of the dark, overcome his problems? Luckily, everyone has a story to tell him about the very special things that happen after dark and soon Plop is as happy in the dark as any other baby owl. This classic picture book in a new edition will reassure and delight a new generation of readers. ~ Julia Eccleshare

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The Penguin Who Wanted to Find out

The Penguin Who Wanted to Find out

5+ readers 7+ readers

Author: Jill Tomlinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2014

The many dangers that beset a baby penguin are well-captured in this touching story about Otto, the penguin chick. Otto needs to take care to survive the risk of predators and the dangers from the terrible weather that he is born into. Luckily, there are many other penguins around who can help him both to learn and to survive in this touching story about being young and curious. ~ Julia Eccleshare

Three Favourite Animal Stories

Three Favourite Animal Stories

5+ readers 7+ readers

Author: Jill Tomlinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2014

A bumper volume of The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark, The Hen who Wouldn’t Give Up and The Cat Who Wanted to Go Home in one volume.

Other books by Jill Tomlinson

The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out

The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out

Author: Jill Tomlinson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/06/2019

The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out

The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out

Author: Jill Tomlinson Format: Audio disc Release Date: 28/06/2019

The Otter Who Wanted to Know

The Otter Who Wanted to Know

Author: Jill Tomlinson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/03/2019

The Otter Who Wanted to Know

The Otter Who Wanted to Know

Author: Jill Tomlinson Format: Audio disc Release Date: 28/03/2019

The Aardvark Who Wasn't Sure

The Aardvark Who Wasn't Sure

Author: Jill Tomlinson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/01/2019

The Aardvark Who Wasn't Sure

The Aardvark Who Wasn't Sure

Author: Jill Tomlinson Format: Audio disc Release Date: 28/01/2019

The Cat Who Wanted to Go Home

The Cat Who Wanted to Go Home

Author: Jill Tomlinson Format: Audio disc Release Date: 28/10/2018

The Cat Who Wanted to Go Home

The Cat Who Wanted to Go Home

Author: Jill Tomlinson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/10/2018

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