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John Yeoman - Author

About the Author

John Yeoman is an English writer. Quentin Blake's friend and colleague, he has written many amusing stories for him to illustrate.

Featured books by John Yeoman

Up with Birds!

Up with Birds!

3+ readers 5+ readers

Author: John Yeoman Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/06/2013

Former Children’s Laureate Quentin Blake has teamed up with story teller John Yeoman to create a wonderfully inventive story about how birds came to fly. Before birds could fly, they just hurried into people’s houses for shelter. When the Fflyte family become sick of having birds under their feet all the time, Mr Fflyte invents a flying bicycle and encourages the birds to fly too by equipping them with a balloon each. Soon the air is full of feathers, the house is empty and everyone is happy...  

Other books by John Yeoman

The Boy Who Sprouted Antlers

The Boy Who Sprouted Antlers

Author: John Yeoman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2018

It is nearly the summer holidays and Billy Dexter and his classmates are trying to finish their wicker baskets. Their craft teacher, Miss Beddows, is so appalled by Billy's efforts that she keeps him in after class for a pep talk. `As long as you set your mind on something and try hard enough, there's nothing you can't do.' Billy loves the idea that he can do anything, but his friends, Melanie and Paul, don't agree. `What about growing horns?' suggests Melanie. It is a challenge Billy has to accept. Brimming with humour and written in John Yeoman's matter-of-fact style, this story from 1961 is vividly illustrated with Quentin Blake's inimitable drawings. It was the second in a long line of collaborations between John Yeoman and Quentin Blake, following soon after their first, A Drink of Water.

All the Year Round

All the Year Round

Author: John Yeoman Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Discover the most entertaining way to spend the year: with a spot of spring cleaning (that ends in a mess), a summer picnic (invaded by ants), Halloween dress-up (or not, if you're already scary) and the only thing to be done in December...

A Drink of Water and other stories

A Drink of Water and other stories

Author: John Yeoman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2017

Who would believe it could be so hard to get a drink of water? And to find it at last, cool and fresh but out of reach - that was a problem indeed for a young monkey. But luckily for him, he had an observant and logical mind. This was more than could be said for the dog that made friends with the bear, or the vain jackdaw; and as for the silly ewe and the nanny goat - well, one might call it guile or one might call it simplicity that kept the wolves at bay. First published in 1960, this charming book of animal fables was the first children's book either Quentin Blake or John Yeoman ever published. It exudes all the warmth and wit we have come to expect of their collaborations.

The World's Laziest Duck and other Amazing Records

The World's Laziest Duck and other Amazing Records

Author: John Yeoman, Quentin Blake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/08/2017

Which fish holds the world record for most escape attempts? Which human cannonball travelled the furthest? What is the world's soppiest fairy tale? Find out these amazing record breakers and lots, lots more in this hilarious alternative to the Guinness Book of World Records.

The Young Performing Horse

The Young Performing Horse

Author: John Yeoman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2016

Twins Vicky and Bertie buy a horse at an auction, but this is no ordinary horse, this is a Young Performing Horse. He learns his sums at school with them and even performs alongside them in London when they set off to make their fortune on the stage. Is there no end to the Young Performing Horse's talents?

Mr. Nodd's Ark

Mr. Nodd's Ark

Author: John Yeoman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2016

Mr Nodd is a keen carpenter - he's made a wooden umbrella for his wife, wooden bicycles for his sons Ham and Shem, and a wooden romper-suit for baby Japhet. But when he builds a huge boat in his garden, Mr Nodd has finally gone too far. What use is a giant boat, marrooned in the garden? Then the weather forecast gives him his answer: serious floods are coming. Come with the whole Nodd family on an adventure to discover the perfect use for Mr Nodd's Ark.

The Fabulous Foskett Family Circus

The Fabulous Foskett Family Circus

Author: John Yeoman, Quentin Blake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Roll up, roll up for the Fabulous Foskett Family Circus! There's Milly and Willy who perform with young Fred, who does a back flip and lands on his head. Uncle Phoenix Foskett who blows smoke rings, Jess and Bess with their conjuring tricks, not to mention singing dogs and birds and performing parrots. Quentin Blake originally created the eccentric and multi-talented Foskett family to decorate a hospital ward. Combined here with a specially commissioned text by John Yeoman they now star in their own glorious book, which will be enjoyed and treasured by readers of all ages.

Quentin Blake's Amazing Animal Stories

Quentin Blake's Amazing Animal Stories

Author: John Yeoman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/05/2014

Meet fearsome alligators, clever coyotes, a jittery leopard, a shell-less tortoise and all sorts of amazing animals in these wonderful stories from John Yeoman and Quentin Blake. A beautiful collection of 14 wonderfully told animal folk tales Illustrated by one of the greatest children's artists working today Stories that will entertain and get children thinking Written by expert storyteller, John Yeoman Perfect for children aged 8-12 Other titles in the series: Quentin Blake's Magical Tales

The Fabulous Foskett Family Circus

The Fabulous Foskett Family Circus

Author: John Yeoman, Quentin Blake Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/06/2013

Roll up, roll up for the Fabulous Foskett Family Circus! There are Milly and Willy who perform with young Fred, who does a back flip and lands on his head. Uncle Phoenix Foskett who blows smoke rings, Jess and Bess with their conjuring tricks, not to mention singing dogs and birds and performing parrots. Quentin Blake originally created the images of the eccentric and multi-talented Foskett family to decorate a hospital ward. They are combined here with a specially commissioned text by John Yeoman to create a glorious book, which will be enjoyed and treasured by book lovers of all ages.

The Fabulous Foskett Family Circus

The Fabulous Foskett Family Circus

Author: John Yeoman, Quentin Blake Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/06/2013

Roll up, roll up for the Fabulous Foskett Family Circus! There are Milly and Willy who perform with young Fred, who does a back flip and lands on his head. Uncle Phoenix Foskett who blows smoke rings, Jess and Bess with their conjuring tricks, not to mention singing dogs and birds and performing parrots. Quentin Blake originally created the images of the eccentric and multi-talented Foskett family to decorate a hospital ward. They are combined here with a specially commissioned text by John Yeoman to create a glorious book, which will be enjoyed and treasured by book lovers of all ages. 'Engagingly eccentric . . . deliciously dynamic' Amanda Craig, The Times 'Wonderful . . . absolute treat of a read' Sun

Up with Birds!

Up with Birds!

Author: John Yeoman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2013

The Fflyte family find birds a nuisance as does everyone else, for there is simply not enough room for them on the ground. It is only when Mr Fflyte invents a flying machine that the birds finally learn to fly.

Rumbelow's Dance

Rumbelow's Dance

Author: John Yeoman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2012

Rumbelow is off to visit his grandparents. As he sets off he feels so happy he starts to dance. And soon all the many different characters that he meets join in with his infectious dancing to his grandparents.

Quentin Blake's Amazing Animal Stories

Quentin Blake's Amazing Animal Stories

Author: John Yeoman Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2011

Meet fearsome alligators, clever coyotes, a jittery leopard, a shell-less tortoise and all sorts of amazing animals in these wonderful stories from John Yeoman and Quentin Blake. A beautiful collection of 14 wonderfully told animal folk tales Illustrated by one of the greatest children's artists working today Stories that will entertain and get children thinking Written by expert storyteller, John Yeoman Perfect for children aged 8-12 Other titles in the series: Quentin Blake's Magical Tales

Sixes and Sevens

Sixes and Sevens

Author: John Yeoman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2011

When Barnaby sets off on his raft, his mother tells him to stop at each village on the way to Limber Lea. Along the way he ends up collecting a wild and surprising bunch of passengers. Will he be able to transport them all to Limber Lea without any mishaps?

Beatrice and Vanessa

Beatrice and Vanessa

Author: John Yeoman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2011

Beatrice, the ewe, and Vanessa, the nanny-goat, have spent their whole lives chomping and nattering in the same field. One dull day they decide to go on holiday, only taking with them some balloons and something more surprising, both of which turn out to be very handy . . .

The Heron and the Crane

The Heron and the Crane

Author: John Yeoman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2011

Crane lives at one end of a swamp and Heron at the other end. One day, Crane realizes he is lonely and thinks it's time he asks Heron to marry him. But life is never simple and proposing turns out to be more difficult than Crane could ever imagine . . .

Quentin Blake's Magical Tales

Quentin Blake's Magical Tales

Author: John Yeoman Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/10/2010

A brand new collection of tales from Quentin Blake and John Yeoman Wonderfully retold magical folk tales from around the world. Packed full of adventure, exotic locations and mystery Illustrated by the world's favouite children's artist Quentin Blake's Magical Tales is a wonderful collection of more than a dozen tales of magical fun from all over the globe. Retold in wonderful detail by long-time Quentin Blake collaborator John Yeoman, these stories sparkle with enchantment, adventure and beautifully imagined far away places.

Mouse Trouble

Mouse Trouble

Author: John Yeoman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2010

The grumpy miller is having mouse trouble, so he buys himself a large tabby cat. Fortunately for the mice, the cat is too unfit to catch even a single mouse. But when the miller loses his temper and threatens to drown the poor tabby, the mice decide they must intervene, as they have grown surprisingly fond of him . . .

The Bear's Water Picnic

The Bear's Water Picnic

Author: John Yeoman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2010

The bear has organized a picnic on the river for his friends. It's the perfect day and everything is going swimmingly until they are disturbed by a loud croaking noise from among the lily pads. It's the frogs! They want to join in, but the friends don't fancy putting up with the noise, so they move on to a quieter part of the lake. Unfortunately they soon find themselves stuck on a sandbank, and only the frogs can help them!

The Bear's Winter House

The Bear's Winter House

Author: John Yeoman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2009

The bear is behaving very strangely indeed: collecting moss, logs and branches to build a winter house. The other animals think this is silly, and laugh at him, but when winter comes, bear is cosy in his winter house while the other animals suffer in the cold. Being a very kind bear, he invites the others in. Unfortunately for the bear, they are too excited to sleep, and it seems he will get no rest at all this winter! But when spring arrives, he finds a solution...

Quentin Blake's The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor

Quentin Blake's The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor

Author: John Yeoman, John Yeoman Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/07/2009

The first adventure story, wonderfully illustrated by Quentin Blake. Seven wonderful tales to enthrall readers (and the read-to!). A beautifully produced gift book. A follow-up to 2008's A Christmas Carol. Seven wonderful voyages of adventure, shipwreck and heroism, danger and disaster, fabulous treasures and terrifying monsters. Originally part of the Arabian Nights stories, the adventures of Sinbad are among the first adventure stores created to thrill audiences. 'The son of a rich merchant, Sinbad spends his time squandering his wealth until he realises that he must make better use of his fortune. So with a ship full of valuable goods to trade, he sets sail from Baghdad on a series of voyages full of peril, monsters and fortune. THE ILLUSTRATOR Quentin Blake is simply today's most popular and best-loved children's illustrator. His books are loved by children all over the world. His titles include Mr Magnolia, Mrs Armitage and, of course, the many stories of Roald Dahl.

The Wild Washerwomen

The Wild Washerwomen

Author: John Yeoman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2009

'Look out, the wild washerwomen are coming!' Once upon a time there were seven unhappy washerwomen. They had far too much washing to do and the owner of the laundry, Mr Balthazar Tight, was simply dreadful! So they decide to go on strike. They are so happy with their newfound freedom that it seems nobody can control them. Until along come seven woodcutters, eager to teach them a lesson. But perhaps the washerwomen will teach the woodcutters a thing or two instead, and everyone might just live happily ever after...

The Boy Who Sprouted Antlers

The Boy Who Sprouted Antlers

Author: John Yeoman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2002

What about growing horns then? challenged Melanie. I will then! shouted Billy. Immediately he has taken up the challenge to grow horns Billy Dexter passionately wished that he hadn't, after all he could only fail. However, the next morning Billy's head feels itchy and then no doubt about it, there are bumps on the head. Within a week the boy has the most splendid head of antlers ever. Everyone gets used to them - Billy and his friends, his parents and even his teacher and the head - but will the antlers stay for ever, or will Billy find a way to get rid of them? A charming and humorous story about the power of the mind and daring to be different.

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