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Laurence Anholt - Author

About the Author

Laurence Anholt has written over seventy books, many in collaboration with his wife Catherine. They are both highly regarded in the UK and abroad as a successful author/illustrator team, and have had their books translated into many different languages. They met as undergraduates at Falmouth School of Art, and went on to achieve Master’s Degrees from the Royal Academy of Art and the Royal College respectively. The books which they have collaborated on are based firmly within their own family’s experiences, and many of Catherine’s illustrations depict scenes which families will recognise. It is this element which has helped to make their books so successful. Laurence also writes and illustrates his own books, and has written books with other illustrators, notably the Seriously Silly Stories, a topsy turvy series based on traditional tales but with a wonderful new twist. These were hilariously illustrated by Arthur Robins. In this series, Snow White and the Seven Aliens was awarded The Smarties Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the Federation of Children’s Book Groups Children’s Book Award and the Experian Big Three Book Prize. Daft Jack and the Beanstack was on the Sheffield Book Award shortlist and Ghostyshocks and the Three Scares was Pick of the Year for the Children’s Book Award. Laurence writes for a wide range of ages and is one of the most popular authors of today. Catherine and Laurence Anholt live in Lyme Regis with their three children.

Featured books by Laurence Anholt

The Hypnotist

The Hypnotist

13+ readers YA readers

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/10/2016

Jack has left his native Ireland and is making a new life as Professor of Neurology at a university in the American South. He has certain skills, honed over his lifetime, that he mostly keeps hidden. Skills in hypnotism and mind control . . . Thirteen-year-old Pip is plucked out of an orphanage by a farmer, hired as a farm-hand, and as carer for the farmer's wife. But Pip is black. The farmer and his wife are white. And this is 1960s America, where race defines you and overshadows everything. As racial tensions reach boiling point with a danger closer to home and more terrifying than either thought possible, Jack and Pip's lives become inextricably linked. And Jack's hypnotic skills are called on as never before . . .

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Other books by Laurence Anholt

Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail

Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2019

Sylvette was a shy girl with many secrets. She dreamed of being an artist, but no one knew of her plans. One summer, the famous Picasso came to Sylvette's town, Vallauris. Amazingly, out of all the people in the town, Picasso chose her as his model. Gradually, Sylvette came to view the famous artist as a father and told him of her secret ambitions. This is the true story of Sylvette David, who modelled for Picasso in 1954. She now lives in the West of England, where she works as a painter and sculptor.

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/01/2017

The next title in the best-selling Anholt's Artists series. When Mariana goes to Frida Kahlo's house to be painted by the famous Mexican artist, she is scared. She's a bit afraid of the beautiful woman with her exotic pets and her 'frog-toad' - and she's heard that Frida keeps a skeleton in her bedroom. But as Frida paints Mariana, their friendship blossoms. Frida tells Mariana about her life and the terrible accident that almost killed her, while Mariana discovers how love, creativity, determination and, above all, courage, can give you wings to fly.

The Hypnotist

The Hypnotist

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2016

WINNER OF THE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION'S YOUNG QUILLS AWARD 2017 Jack has left his native Ireland and is making a new life as Professor of Neurology at a university in the American South. He has certain skills, honed over his lifetime, that he mostly keeps hidden. Skills in hypnotism and mind control . . . Thirteen-year-old Pip is plucked out of an orphanage by a farmer, hired as a farm-hand, and as carer for the farmer's wife. But Pip is black. The farmer and his wife are white. And this is 1960s America, where race defines you and overshadows everything. As racial tensions reach boiling point with a danger closer to home and more terrifying than either thought possible, Jack and Pip's lives become inextricably linked. And Jack's hypnotic skills are called on as never before . . .

Degas and the Little Dancer

Degas and the Little Dancer

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2016

Marie dreams of becoming the most famous ballerina in the world. When she joins the ballet school in Paris, she notices a fierce man sitting at the side, sketching the dancers. The man is the painter, Edgar Degas, and his clay model of Marie does indeed make her the most famous dancer of all.

The Magical Garden of Claude Monet

The Magical Garden of Claude Monet

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2016

Part of the highly-successful Anholt's Artists series about great painters, which tells the stories of real meetings between world-famous artists and the children who knew them. When Julie's dog disappears into a mysterious garden, Julie follows him - and finds herself in a beautiful garden-within-a-garden where the roses grow like splashes of paint and a Japanese bridge bows over a silent pool. There she finds not only her dog, but also Claude Monet. The famous artist introduces her to his work and his garden, giving her encouragement that the young would-be artist will never forget. Set against the romantic, world-famous backdrop of Monet's garden at Giverny, the story is accompanied by reproductions of the artist's most celebrated paintings and a biographical note on Monet.

Tell Us a Story, Papa Chagall

Tell Us a Story, Papa Chagall

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2015

The twins Meret and Bella love their grandfather, Papa Chagall, and he loves telling them stories. One day, when they visit him in his studio, he tells them about his life - through four different stories, all told during a day they spend together. The first story is about Chagall' s childhood, and how his paintings of purple cows and flying people made his mother smile. She took him to see the teacher at the Art College, who was so amazed by the boy' s work he offered him a free place at the college. The second story tells how Chagall met the twins' grandmother, Bella, how they fell in love and went to live in Paris, and had a baby - the twins' mother, Ida. Then comes the sad story of how the Nazis hated the Jews and mocked the paintings of Jewish artists. But Ida persuaded her father and mother to emigrate to America, taking Chagall' s paintings with them. The family were not happy in America, but in the fourth and last story Chagall tells the twins that at last people started to appreciate his art and he became a famous artist - and was able to paint happy paintings again.

My Freaky Family: Brave Bruno Book 7

My Freaky Family: Brave Bruno Book 7

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2015

Meet Bruno - the bravest of all Ruby's relations! Join Ruby and Bruno as they continue the hilarious tour of their crazy family in this delightful new spin on Laurence Anholt's much-loved series. With the original fabulous illustrations by Tony Ross, these popular books have been refreshed for a vibrant and contemporary feel.

My Freaky Family: Poetic Polly Book 3

My Freaky Family: Poetic Polly Book 3

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2015

Meet Polly - the most poetic of all Ruby's relations! Join Ruby and Polly as they continue the hilarious tour of their crazy family in this delightful new spin on Laurence Anholt's much-loved series. With the original fabulous illustrations by Tony Ross, these popular books have been refreshed for a vibrant and contemporary feel.

Seriously Silly: Scary Fairy Tales: Cinderella at the Vampire Ball

Seriously Silly: Scary Fairy Tales: Cinderella at the Vampire Ball

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/05/2015

Cinderella's not scared of ANYTHING - not even the ghastliest, ghostliest, creepiest, spookiest party of all time...

Seriously Silly: Scary Fairy Tales: Snow Fright and the Seven Skeletons

Seriously Silly: Scary Fairy Tales: Snow Fright and the Seven Skeletons

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/05/2015

Snow Fright loves being scared... and she's in for the fright of her life when she gets locked in the terrifying ROLLER GHOSTER!

Seriously Silly: Scary Fairy Tales: Ghostyshocks and the Three Mummies

Seriously Silly: Scary Fairy Tales: Ghostyshocks and the Three Mummies

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/05/2015

When Ghostyshocks messes with some mad, mangy and murderous mummies, she's BOUND to get TANGLED up in all sorts of trouble!

Aren't You Lucky! A New Baby Story

Aren't You Lucky! A New Baby Story

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2015

When a little brother or sister comes along, everyone is excited...everyone except one little person who can't quite understand why everything has changed. Follow the tale of one older sibling who learns that having a baby brother or sister can be truly magical - aren't they lucky!

Anholt Family Favourites: Going to Nursery

Anholt Family Favourites: Going to Nursery

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2015

A reassuring picture book about starting nursery. Anna is a bit worried about starting nursery. She doesn't want to leave her mummy and she won't know anyone there ... But soon Anna is having lots of fun, painting, dressing up and playing with new friends! Starting nursery is an exciting but anxious time for every family, and sharing this book together is the perfect way to prepare for the big day. The simple, reassuring story covers meeting the teacher, snack-time, going to the loo, making friends and doing all sorts of fun activities. So your little one will know just what to expect on their first day.

Toot Goes to Dinosaurland

Toot Goes to Dinosaurland

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2015

Toot's little car has a most unusual feature - it has a magical sat nav system! So, when Toot presses the special button, off he zooms on an adventure with his trusty toy puppy for company. But where will he go first? To Dinosaurland, of course! He meets dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes but, watch out Toot, there are some VERY big dinosaurs about!

Seriously Silly: Scary Fairy Tales: Cinderella at the Vampire Ball

Seriously Silly: Scary Fairy Tales: Cinderella at the Vampire Ball

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/10/2014

Cinderella's not scared of ANYTHING - not even the ghastliest, ghostliest, creepiest, spookiest party of all time...

Seriously Silly: Scary Fairy Tales: Jack and the Giant Spiderweb

Seriously Silly: Scary Fairy Tales: Jack and the Giant Spiderweb

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/10/2014

Jack trades his favourite creepy-crawly for a magic spider's egg - and goes on a wriggly, wormy, gigantic insect adventure!

Toot Goes to Dinosaurland

Toot Goes to Dinosaurland

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2014

Toot's little car has a most unusual feature - it has a magical sat nav system! So, when Toot presses the special button, off he zooms on an adventure with his trusty toy puppy for company. But where will he go first? To Dinosaurland, of course! He meets dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes but, watch out Toot, there are some VERY big dinosaurs about!

Two Nests

Two Nests

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2013

This is a gentle story about family separation with a happy ending. Betty and Paul are two little birds who build a nest together in a cherry tree. Betty lays an egg and out pops Baby Bird. Everyone is happy and all the other animals come to see the baby. But the nest is small, Betty and Paul squabble, and they decide that Paul should live in a different nest across the other side of the tree... Now there are two nests in the cherry tree. But Betty and Paul both love Baby Bird, and soon he is able to fly over the cherry tree, visiting his Two Nests. You had a home, Now you have two, Four little words, dear, We BOTH love you.

More Seriously Silly Stories!

More Seriously Silly Stories!

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2012

Once upon a time there was a silly-billy who carried a cow, a Bad Hair Witch and three pesky pigs - but did they all live happily ever after? Open up to find out what happens next in these brain-ticklingly brilliant Seriously Silly Stories! They're scarily silly! Includes Daft Jack and the Bean Stack (shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Award), Shampoozel (Children's Book Award Pick of the Year) and Eco-Wolf and the Three Pigs (shortlisted for Blue Peter Book Awards).

Matisse, King of Colour

Matisse, King of Colour

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/02/2010

This is the sixth title in the highly-successful Anholt's Artists series about great painters. Each book tells the story of real meetings between a world-famous artist and a child who inspired him in his work, with reproductions of some of the artist's most famous works. This book describes the close relationship between Matisse and Monique, a young girl who wants to become a nun. Matisse develops a sketch drawn by Monique into a set of stained-glass windows and starts raising money to build a chapel for the nuns at Vence, in south-west France. Finally one morning when the chapel is finished, Monique sees the special magic of Matisse's design: when the sun's rays creep into the chapel, transforming its black and white interior into a fantastic sea of blue and green light!

Seriously Silly Colour: Bleeping Beauty

Seriously Silly Colour: Bleeping Beauty

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2009

There was once ...a beautiful baby princess. The good fairies all made good wishes for her - but there was one bad fairy who made a very bad wish!

Happy Birthday Chimp and Zee

Happy Birthday Chimp and Zee

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/01/2009

Chimp and Zee are monkeying about once more, and this time it is the twins' birthday party, but will they get there in time? Presents, games, fun and frolics are guaranteed in this wonderfully-written addition to the Chimp and Zee series.

Stone Girl Bone Girl The Story of Mary Anning of Lyme Regis

Stone Girl Bone Girl The Story of Mary Anning of Lyme Regis

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2006

This is the fascinating story of Mary Anning, probably the world's best known fossil-hunter. As a baby, Mary was struck by lightening, then as a little girl she found a fossilised sea monster, the most important prehistoric discovery of its time. The spectacular tale of a little girl who dared to be different and who followed her dreams will inspire young children - especially those who love dinosaurs!

Seven for a Secret

Seven for a Secret

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2006

Ruby lives in the city and Grandpa lives in the country. They write to each other and share the events in their lives. Ruby tells about the flights of stairs in their apartment block and the sights of the city. Grampa tells Ruby about the naughty magpies that live in his old oak tree. Through the Magpie Song, the events of the story unravel - three magpies for Ruby the magpie girl, one for a heart-breaking goodbye and six for a wonderful surprise that will change Ruby's life forever.

Camille and the Sunflowers

Camille and the Sunflowers

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2003

Where Camille lives, the sunflowers grow so high they look like real suns. One day a strange man arrives in Camille's town. He has a straw hat and a yellow beard and his name is Vincent van Gogh. Featuring stunning reproductions of the great artist's work and based on a true-life incident as seen through the eyes of a small boy, this is the perfect introduction to Vincent van Gogh for children.

Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail

Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2003

Sylvette was a shy girl with many secrets. She dreamed of being an artist, but no one knew of her plans. One summer, the famous Picasso came to Sylvette's town, Vallauris. Amazingly, out of all the people in the town, Picasso chose her as his model. Gradually, Sylvette came to view the famous artist as a father and told him of her secret ambitions. This is the true story of Sylvette David, who modelled for Picasso in 1954. She now lives in the West of England, where she works as a painter and sculptor.

Degas and the Little Dancer

Degas and the Little Dancer

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2003

Marie dreams of becoming the most famous ballerina in the world. When she joins the ballet school in Paris, she notices a fierce man sitting at the side, sketching the dancers. The man is the painter, Edgar Degas, and his clay model of Marie does indeed make her the most famous dancer of all.

Jack and the Dreamsack

Jack and the Dreamsack

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/05/2003

Every night when Jack goes to sleep he has wonderful dreams. The only problem is he can't really remember them the next day. So one night he determines to go to the land of dreams and put them in a sack and save them for the next day. But dreams are elusive things and not as easy to capture as you would think. Or are they? A truly original and fresh picture book that reminds us to believe in our dreams - those we have asleep or awake.

Seriously Silly Rhymes: Little Bo Peep Has Knickers That Bleep

Seriously Silly Rhymes: Little Bo Peep Has Knickers That Bleep

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2003

A mega-mix of mad rhymes and lip-smacking limericks. You'll be cackling till the cows come home!

Seriously Silly Rhymes: Ding, Dong Bell What's That Funny Smell?

Seriously Silly Rhymes: Ding, Dong Bell What's That Funny Smell?

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2003

A nutty selection of barmy rhymes and loony limericks. Warning: It'll tickle your funny bone!

Seriously Silly Rhymes: Old King Cole Played In Goal

Seriously Silly Rhymes: Old King Cole Played In Goal

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/02/2003

A bonkers book of rib-tickling rhymes and loopy limericks. Warning: You'll laugh your socks off!

Seriously Silly Stories: Snow White and The Seven Aliens

Seriously Silly Stories: Snow White and The Seven Aliens

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2002

The ugly old Mean Queen is jealous of Snow White, because she has a pretty little nose and wants to be a pop star. The Mean Queen tries to stop Snow White's dream coming true, but will she be a match for seven singing aliens?

Seriously Silly Stories: Ecowolf and The Three Pigs

Seriously Silly Stories: Ecowolf and The Three Pigs

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2002

Eco-Wolf knows it's important to give Mother Nature RESPECT. Unlike the three big bad pigs, and their pesky polluting plans...

Seriously Silly Supercrunchies: Shampoozel

Seriously Silly Supercrunchies: Shampoozel

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2002

Shampoozel's brush with the Bad Hair Witch grows into a hair-raising adventure. Will it all come out in the wash?

Seriously Silly Stories: Ghostyshocks and the Three Scares

Seriously Silly Stories: Ghostyshocks and the Three Scares

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2002

Ghostyshocks is as jittery as a jellyfish when she gets lost in the forest - and has to go to the hairy, scary bears' house for help.

Seriously Silly Supercrunchies: Daft Jack and The Bean Stack

Seriously Silly Supercrunchies: Daft Jack and The Bean Stack

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/08/2002

Daft Jack is such a silly-billy. Who else would swap a cow for some baked beans - and think it's his lucky day?

Seriously Silly Supercrunchies: Cinderboy

Seriously Silly Supercrunchies: Cinderboy

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/08/2002

Cinderboy needs some magical help from the TV Godmother. How else will he get to the big Cup Final?

Seriously Silly Stories: The Rather Small Turnip

Seriously Silly Stories: The Rather Small Turnip

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/08/2002

One teeny-tiny turnip makes a rather measly meal for the greedy farmer. He wants to munch on a much bigger lunch...

Seriously Silly Stories: The Emperor's Underwear

Seriously Silly Stories: The Emperor's Underwear

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/08/2002

The Emperor gets everyone's knickers in a twist when he decides to wear his marvellous new magic pants in public...

The Magical Garden of Claude Monet

The Magical Garden of Claude Monet

Author: Laurence Anholt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/1997

Part of the highly-successful Anholt's Artists series about great painters, which tells the stories of real meetings between world-famous artists and the children who knew them. When Julie's dog disappears into a mysterious garden, Julie follows him - and finds herself in a beautiful garden-within-a-garden where the roses grow like splashes of paint and a Japanese bridge bows over a silent pool. There she finds not only her dog, but also Claude Monet. The famous artist introduces her to his work and his garden, giving her encouragement that the young would-be artist will never forget. Set against the romantic, world-famous backdrop of Monet's garden at Giverny, the story is accompanied by reproductions of the artist's most celebrated paintings and a biographical note on Monet.

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