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 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

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 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

More Favourite Animal Tales

More Favourite Animal Tales

Author: Jill Tomlinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/08/2013

Three heart-warming classic stories full of animal antics by Jill Tomlinson. Growing up can be lots of fun . . . Swing from the treetops with Pongo the mischievous gorilla. Play in the snow with Otto the furry penguin chick. Meet Pim the aardvark who's a very curious little thing. Filled with gentle humour and comfort, Jill Tomlinson's animal stories have been enjoyed by children who want to snuggle down with a good read for decades. This edition containing The Gorilla Who Wanted To Grow Up, The Aardvark Who Wasn't Sure and The Penguin Who Wanted To Find Out is stunningly illustrated by Paul Howard - making it a terrific collection of stories for young readers.

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 Otter Who Wanted to Know

The Otter Who Wanted to Know

Author: Jill Tomlinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/02/2005

A charming story about an adorable sea otter from the author of The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark. Pat is an adorable little sea otter. She likes turning up her toes and floating in the sea, chasing fish and asking a hundred and one questions. One day Pat's quiet life is turned upside down when she gets caught up in a pretty scary adventure. Suddenly she doesn't have time to ask any questions, and even if she did, no one would know the answers. This time Pat just has to find things out for herself! Filled with gentle humour and comfort, Jill Tomlinson's animal stories have been enjoyed by children who want to snuggle down with a good read for decades. Perfect for kids aged 5+ who love Julia Donaldson, and Dick King Smith's The Sheep Pig. This edition is beautifully illustrated by Paul Howard. Have you enjoyed all of Jill's animal stories? The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark The Cat Who Wanted to Go Home The Gorilla Who Wanted to Grow Up The Hen Who Wouldn't Give Up The Otter Who Wanted to Know The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out 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! Jill Tomlinson's animal stories are much-loved and have been best-selling children's books for nearly four decades.

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

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