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Ursula Moray Williams - Author

About the Author

Ursula Moray Williams wrote and illustrated over 70 children's books in her lifetime. Born in 1911, she was one of identical twins, both of whom started to write and illustrate their own books at a young age. After spending time in France, Ursula's first book Jean Pierre was published when she was just twenty. Set in the Haute-Savoie region which she knew so well, it followed the adventures of a small boy and his pet goat. Moray Williams wrote her most famous story, The Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse, in 1938, in which a little toy horse is separated from his toymaker ‘uncle' and must endure many dangerous adventures before finally finding a happy ending. A few years later in, 1942, she went on to write Gobbolino, the Witch's Cat, which soon became a firm favourite with children. Her books have been illustrated by Edward Ardizzone and Shirley Hughes, among others.

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Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse

Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse

Author: Ursula Moray Williams Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/01/2018

Gobbolino the Witch's Cat

Gobbolino the Witch's Cat

Author: Ursula Moray Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/09/2017

No one could mistake Gobbolino for a simple kitchen cat, with his sparky whiskers and magic tricks, but that's just what the witch's kitten wants to be. Instead of learning how to turn mice into toads for the witch's brew, Gobbolino sets out on an adventure to find a family and a home of his own. Reissued for its seventy-fifth anniversary with illustrations by the award-winning Catherine Rayner, this classic tale has been loved by generations of children.

The Further Adventures of Gobbolino and the Little Wooden Horse

The Further Adventures of Gobbolino and the Little Wooden Horse

Author: Ursula Moray Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/09/2017

When Gobbolino receives his sister Sootica's call for help he leaves his comfortable new life as a kitchen cat and sets off for the Hurricane Mountains, home of the old witch with whom his sister lives. On the way he meets the Little Wooden Horse, who offers to accompany him on his journey. It's just the beginning of many exciting, magical and sometimes dangerous adventures for these two brave and kind-hearted friends. With gorgeous illustrations inside, you can't help but fall in love all over again with these classic childhood characters from Ursula Moray Williams. Publishing in time for the seventy-fifth anniversary of Gobbolino the Witch's Cat, don't miss this magical adventure from our favourite kitten and his friend, the Little Wooden Horse.

Gobbolino the Witch's Cat

Gobbolino the Witch's Cat

Author: Ursula Moray Williams Format: Audio disc Release Date: 01/03/2016

Gobbolino the Witch's Cat

Gobbolino the Witch's Cat

Author: Ursula Moray Williams Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/03/2016

Bogwoppit

Bogwoppit

Author: Ursula Moray Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2015

THE BOGWOPPIT is a light-hearted, lively story, brilliantly told by Ursula Moray Williams, author of GOBBOLINO (also available in A Puffin Book series). When Aunt Lily marries the lodger and goes to America, orphaned Samantha is packed off to her Aunt Daisy, who lives in a grand house at the Park. Snooty Lady Daisy Clandorris has no time for children. Lucky for Samantha, then, to discover the small, furry creature living in the cellar; a bogwoppit - believed extinct - up till now...

Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse Macmillan Classics Edition

Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse Macmillan Classics Edition

Author: Ursula Moray Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/10/2014

When Uncle Peder the toymaker falls on hard times, his little wooden horse must go out into the world to seek his fortune. But whether he's working in a coal mine, sailing the seven seas with a band of pirates, or walking the tightrope in a circus, the loyal little horse only has one wish: to return to his beloved master. Gloriously illustrated with the original line drawings by Joyce Lankester Brisley, a ribbon marker and a foreword by Vivian French, this beautiful hardback edition of Ursula Moray Williams's Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse is a truly special gift to treasure.

Gobbolino the Witch's Cat

Gobbolino the Witch's Cat

Author: Ursula Moray Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2014

A Puffin Book - stories that last a lifetime. Puffin Modern Classics are relaunched under a new logo: A Puffin Book. There are 20 titles to collect in the series, listed below, all with exciting new covers and fun-filled endnotes. Gobbolino by Ursula Moray Williams is the charming tale of a witch's cat who would rather be a kitchen cat. Gobbolino has one white paw and blue eyes and isn't wicked at all, so his mother doesn't like him. He escapes to look for a kitchen home but is distrusted everywhere he goes and blamed for mysterious happenings, such as the farmer's milk turning sour and the orphanage children's gruel turning into chocolate. A perfect story for A Puffin Book with charming black and white illustrations by the author, Ursula Moray Williams. Ursula Moray Williams was born on 19 April 1911 at Petersfield, Hampshire, ten minutes after her twin sister, Barbara. She wrote and illustrated over sixty books for children with the most notable being Gobbolino the Witch's Cat and The Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse. Ursula Moray Williams died in October 2006. Also available in A Puffin Book: GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM and BACK HOME by Michelle Magorian CHARLOTTE'S WEB, STUART LITTLE and THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN by E. B. White THE BORROWERS by Mary Norton STIG OF THE DUMP by Clive King ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY by Mildred D. Taylor A DOG SO SMALL by Philippa Pearce GOBBOLINO by Ursula Moray Williams CARRIE'S WAR by Nina Bawden MRS FRISBY AND THE RATS OF NIMH by Richard C O'Brien A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L'Engle THE CAY by Theodore Taylor TARKA THE OTTER by Henry Williamson WATERSHIP DOWN by Richard Adams SMITH by Leon Garfield THE NEVERENDING STORY by Michael Ende ANNIE by Thomas Meehan THE FAMILY FROM ONE END STREET by Eve Garnett

Spid

Spid

Author: Ursula Moray Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2012

One day Spid comes up the plughole in Henry's bathroom. Within minutes, Henry and this very large black spider are best of friends. Spid only wants to be loved. Unfortunately, Henry's family don't like Spiders, so Spid sets out to win them over - with some extraordinary results!

Gobbolino the Witch's Cat

Gobbolino the Witch's Cat

Author: Ursula Moray Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2008

The charming tale of a witch's cat who would rather be a kitchen cat. Gobbolino has one white paw and blue eyes and isn't wicked at all, so his mother doesn't like him. He escapes to look for a kitchen home but is distrusted everywhere he goes and blamed for mysterious happenings, such as the farmer's milk turning sour and the orphanage children's gruel turning into chocolate.

Gobbolino the Witch's Cat

Gobbolino the Witch's Cat

Author: Ursula Moray Williams, Joan Aiken Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/07/2005

Why was I ever born a witch's kitten? Why - oh, why? With his bright blue eyes and sparky magic whiskers, no one could mistake Gobbolino for a kitchen cat, but that's just what he longs to be. So, while his sister Sootica learns how to ride a broomstick and turn mice into toads, Gobbolino sets off to find a nice warm fire and a family to care for him. He has many adventures along the way and makes many friends, until he finally finds the home he dreams of. First published in 1942, Gobbolino the Witch's Cat continues to delight children - a true modern classic.

Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse

Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse

Author: Ursula Moray Williams, Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/07/2005

Proud and brave, Uncle Peder had never made so fine a horse before. The little wooden horse loves Uncle Peder like a father and hopes never to leave him. When the toymaker falls on hard times, the little wooden horse must go out into the world to seek his fortune. But whether he's working in a coal mine, walking the tightrope in a circus, or gathering pirate treasure, the loyal little horse has only one desire: to return to his beloved master's side. First published in 1938, Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse is well-loved modern children's classic.

Gobbolino the Witch's Cat

Gobbolino the Witch's Cat

Author: Ursula Moray Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/1973

First published in the 1940s, the story of Gobbolino the witch's cat with one white paw and bright blue eyes, has been delighting generations of young readers. It's the charming tale of a cat born a witch's cat but who would much rather be a kitchen cat. While his sister Sootica learns how to ride a broomstick and turn mice into toads, Gobbolino sets out to find a family to care for him and a home of his own. But, Gobbolino is mistrusted wherever he goes, and blamed for mysterious happenings such as the farmer's milk turning sour, and the orphanage children's gruel turning into chocolate! After many such adventures, Gobbolino finally finds the home of his dreams.

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