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Babette Cole is the award-winning author/illustrator behind such children’s classics as Princess Smartypants and Doctor Dog. Her zany, lively artwork is instantly recognisable and she is a household name in the world of picture books.
"Hello, My name is Babette Cole and I write and illustrate children's picture books.
I was born on a little island called Jersey in 1950. I went to school in a convent where I spent most of my time drawing pictures and writing stories.
I got fed up with school so I left and went to Art School at Canterbury in England. I left there in 1973 with a first class honours degree.
I made friends with Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate who were making Children’s TV programmes for the BBC. They gave me my first proper job drawing for Jackanory and TV comics.
Then, since I had some work published by the BBC. I could go to other publishers with my own books and finally got one published in 1976.
It did very well so it wasn't difficult to get books published after that because publishers knew I could make money for them. Since then I have written over 70 books! The most famous one is called "Mummy Laid An Egg". It sold a million copies!
I have lived in different parts of the world like Africa and the West Indies. At present I live in Dorset in England..
I have a stud farm in England and I breed Show Hunters which I ride myself. I have been riding show ponies and horses since I was seven years old. I do a lot of side saddle riding - My little horse, Hot Tip, (Scrappit) and I have been the National Champions for the past three years."
Shortlisted for the Pre-School Award, Early Year Awards 2009 This book is completely wacky but kids, both girls and boys, and parents too, will delight in Babette Cole’s humorous illustrations and Richard Hamilton’s lively text. Daisy and her father swap their lives and Dad, dressed in a tutu, is taken off to the park and to the zoo among other places by Daisy. Wow, what a story! Would you dare do that to your dad?
Princess Smartpant's long lost Fairy God Mother Doris needs her help... In Fairy tale land, Fairy God Mothers are being made redundant, and replaced by Fairy Geek Mothers. All traditional Fairy God Mothers grant everyone three nice wishes. But the Fairy Geek Mothers have their own website where people can buy wishes online... what could possibly go wrong? Well, in Fairy Tale Land, it's the fairy tales which are suffering. For example, Princess Beatrice has bought a wish: to magic an ugly wart on her sister's nose, and her sister is annoyed, to say the least. Meanwhile, Goldilocks has a sore tummy because certain bears have wished for her porridge to go bad. If the fairy tales don't get fixed, children will never know the real ones! Can Princess Smartpants help Doris find a way to make fairy tales good again?
When the Queen packs off Princess Smartypants to finishing school, it seems that our favourite royal might become a perfect princess after all . . . huh, no chance! Instead, Princess Smartypants makes her own school rules and teaches those other do-goody princesses just exactly how to have fun.
When the Queen packs off Princess Smartypants to finishing school, it seems that our favourite royal might become a perfect princess after all . . . Huh, no chance! Instead, PS makes her own school rules and teaches those other do-goody princesses just exactly how to have fun.
Doctor Dog, the Gumboyle family's favourite pet and their very own trusty physician, is having a well-deserved rest on a tropical island. Until, that is, the Gumboyles turn up and need rescuing from a variety of nasty holiday ailments! With the help of the longlost herbal scientist Proffessor Dash-Hund, Dr Dog uses herbal remedies to soothe mosquito bites and sunburn, settle a nasty case of motion sickness and draw out a big juicy boil. But the Gumboyles have one problem that even Dr Dog can't solve. A hungry and highly dangerous plant is lurking in the campsite and it could strike at any moment ...
A modern fairy tale for the twenty-first century and a second adventure for the irrepressible and highly popular Princess Smartypants. Princess Smartypants has decided she'd like to have a baby but doesn't want the husband to go with it. The King and Queen will not hear of such a plan and attempt to take her mind off it by keeping her busy. However, a crackly telephone line and a mixed-up grocery list result in Smartypants getting the baby she wants - until she discovers he has super-human strength and begins to wreak havoc around the Royal palace. Perhaps looking after a baby on her own isn't going to be as easy as she thinks! However, the baby is seen by Princess Smartypants's enemy, Prince Rottenghut, as a pawn in a plot to get his revenge and is duly kidnapped. Princess Smartypants launches a counter-attack to rescue her baby - will she see her baby again?
Babette Cole introduces young readers to a weird and wonderful family member - all of whom are not quite what they seem. For every one of them has a talent that catapults the rest of the family into unforeseen but hilarious predicaments.
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