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Tim Hopgood - Author

About the Author

Tim Hopgood lives with his wife, children and cats in North Yorkshire. He is a graduate of Kingston University and worked for twenty years in graphic design and freelance illustration. Tim’s first book, Our Big Blue Sofa, was published by Macmillan in 2006 and he has gone on to publish a number of successful picture books including Tip Tap went the Crab and WOW said the Owl.

 

Julia Eccleshare, the editorial expert on Lovereading4kids says, Bubbling with energy, prize winning Tim Hopgood’s illustrations are also full of warmth. The enchanting owl, waking up as night falls, gives a beautiful introduction to colours in Wow! Said the Owl while a chirpy crab with very big eyes tip taps as it counts its way around the seashore in Tip Tap went the Crab. A Dog Called Rod  is a wonderful fantasy about owning a dog even though dad says dogs are noisy, messy and expensive! Full of life as the pages shimmer, Here Comes Frankie is also full of noise as Frankie’s life is transformed when he starts to play the trumpet. There’s lots of noise and energy too as the gloriously strokable sofa takes off on an unusual adventure in Our Big Blue Sofa.

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Other books by Tim Hopgood

Playing Band 01b/Pink B

Playing Band 01b/Pink B

Author: Tim Hopgood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2019

It's fun to play outside, and these three children enjoy it in all seasons, summer, autumn, winter and spring - whatever the weather! Each season is evocatively illustrated by Tim Hopgood - 2008 winner of Booktrust's Best Emerging Illustrator Award, developing the text and encouraging discussion. * Pink B level/Band 1B books offer simple, predictable text with familiar objects and actions * Text type: A story with predictable structure and patterned language. * Illustrations of each of the four main seasons on pages 14-15 show the weather you can expect during each one and what sort of games you can play in it. * Curriculum links: Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Moon River

Moon River

Author: Tim Hopgood Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 15/08/2019

Follow a little girl on a magical journey along the Moon River. It flows from her bedroom and out into the big wide world just waiting to be discovered. She's soon to be joined by other children who are all excited to be exploring the beautiful world together. There is such a lot of world to see! Moon River is a song composed by Henry Mancini with Lyrics by Johnny Mercer. It recieved an Academy Award for Best Original Song for its performance by Audrey Hepburn in the iconic movie Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Matisse's Magical Trail

Matisse's Magical Trail

Author: Tim Hopgood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/04/2019

A beautiful, colourful and bold picture book that encourages children to notice the small things, think big, and express themselves! Matisse is a young snail who loves to create beautiful drawings with his trail. The trouble is most of the time people are far too busy to even notice them. It's only when a child notices Matisse's beautiful trails that his art is finally celebrated - and they inspire a whole class of children to get creative too!

Cyril the Lonely Cloud

Cyril the Lonely Cloud

Author: Tim Hopgood Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/03/2019

It is sad but true that no one is ever pleased to see Cyril the cloud. He's always being blamed for ruining everyone's fun: casting shadows over everywhere he goes, and making things look dull and miserable. So, one day, Cyril drifts far, far away in search of a friendly face: over farmland, towns, and an ocean . . . Eventually he arrives in a new land whose ground is baking hot. Here everyone welcomes the shade Cyril gives. This makes Cyril so happy that he cries big glorious tears of joy. And his tears soak the land and everything seems to smile. And that is all Cyril ever wanted - to look down on the world and see a happy smile. A beautiful story that taps right into what Tim Hopgood's books are all about: celebrating the natural world and promoting a positive outlook on life.

Moon River

Moon River

Author: Tim Hopgood Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 20/09/2018

Follow a little girl on a magical journey along the Moon River. It flows from her bedroom and out into the big wide world just waiting to be discovered. She's soon to be joined by other children who are all excited to be exploring the beautiful world together. There is such a lot of world to see! Moon River is a song composed by Henry Mancini with Lyrics by Johnny Mercer. It recieved an Academy Award for Best Original Song for its performance by Audrey Hepburn in the iconic movie Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Singing in the Rain

Singing in the Rain

Author: Tim Hopgood Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 20/09/2018

'I'm singing in the rain, Just singing in the rain. What a glorious feeling. I'm happy again!' Based on the classic song, this beautifully illustrated picture book celebrates rain and all its fun. Jump in puddles, raise umbrellas, and dance with joy through the pages of this gorgeous story. Sweet and positive in its message, with bright, eye-catching art, this book is an uplifting celebration of rain! 'Singing in the Rain' is one of the world's best-loved songs and the centrepiece of one of my favourite films. I love the song's positive message, and the iconic sequence of Gene Kelly dancing in the rain always raises a smile. As adults we tend to think of rain as an inconvenience rather than the joyous thing that it is. Next time it rains, step outside, feel the rain on your face, and give the clouds up above your biggest smile!'

WOW! It's Night-time

WOW! It's Night-time

Author: Tim Hopgood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

Step into a night-time world with Tim Hopgood, creator of the bestselling WOW! Said the Owl in WOW It's Night-time! The curious little owl is back, and this time she's ready to discover the wonders of night-time, from the big, bright moon to the bats in the sky and the foxes deep in the forest. But where are all the other owls? When the wind blows the leaves from her tree, you'll soon see . . . A perfect preschool introduction to the nocturnal world with something to count on every page - all the way from one to ten! A timeless book told with warmth and simplicity, perfect for sharing at bedtime. Discover more from Tim Hopgood: WOW! Said the Owl, TIP TAP Went the Crab, Hooray for Hoppy and Walter's Wonderful Web

WOW! It's Night-time

WOW! It's Night-time

Author: Tim Hopgood Format: Board book Release Date: 05/10/2017

Step into a night-time world with Tim Hopgood, creator of the bestselling WOW! Said the Owl. The curious little owl is back, and this time she's ready to discover the wonders of night-time, from the big, bright moon to the bats in the sky and the foxes deep in the forest. But where are all the other owls? When the wind blows the leaves from her tree, you'll soon see... A perfect preschool introduction to the nocturnal world with something to count on every page - all the way from one to ten! A timeless book told with warmth and simplicity, perfect for sharing at bedtime. Also available from Tim Hopgood: WOW! Said the Owl TIP TAP Went the Crab Hooray for Hoppy Walter's Wonderful Web

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Author: Tim Hopgood, Richard Smith, Felix Bernard Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 05/10/2017

'Sleigh bells ring! Are you Listening?' Based on the classic song Winter Wonderland, this gorgeous picture book takes you on an enchanting journey through a glistening winter landscape. With beautiful wildlife to spot on every page, it is the perfect gift for the most wonderful time of the year. The book comes with an accompanying CD which includes the much-loved recording of the song by Peggy Lee that's just perfect for singing along to. 'Winter Wonderland is one of my favourite songs and one thats played over and over again in our house throughout the winter months. Hearing it conjures up happy memories of winter walks in the woods with my family and friends. No matter how old you are, I think the wonder and excitement of waking up to a world under a blanket of snow still remains. TIM HOPGOOD

Walter's Wonderful Web

Walter's Wonderful Web

Author: Tim Hopgood Format: Board book Release Date: 26/09/2017

Why make an ordinary web when you can make one that's extraordinary? Meet a determined little spider who can't seem to spin a perfect web. Whoosh goes the wind as it blows each web away! But one thing Walter can spin is spectacular shapes and one day he spins the most spectacular shape of all! It's better than perfect - it's a truly wonderful web. Walter's Wonderful Web is another brilliantly conceived, beautifully written and wonderfully illustrated concept board book from the award-winning Tim Hopgood. A perfect introduction to shapes for all babies and toddlers, with bold and stylish illustrations that will appeal to all!

Singing in the Rain

Singing in the Rain

Author: Tim Hopgood, Arthur Freed, Nacio Herb Brown Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 21/09/2017

'I'm singing in the rain, Just singing in the rain. What a glorious feeling. I'm happy again!' Based on the classic song, this beautifully illustrated picture book celebrates rain and all its fun. Jump in puddles, raise umbrellas, and dance with joy through the pages of this gorgeous story. Sweet and positive in its message, with bright, eye-catching art, this book is an uplifting celebration of rain! ''Singing in the Rain' is one of the world's best-loved songs and the centrepiece of one of my favourite films. I love the song's positive message, and the iconic sequence of Gene Kelly dancing in the rain always raises a smile. As adults we tend to think of rain as an inconvenience rather than the joyous thing that it is. Next time it rains, step outside, feel the rain on your face, and give the clouds up above your biggest smile!'

Doodle Dogs Best in Show

Doodle Dogs Best in Show

Author: Tim Hopgood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2017

'A line is a dot that went for a walk'- Paul Klee Join award-winning Tim Hopgood and his new creation, Doodle Dog, at the most artistic dog show in town. In this book, inspired by the work of many well-known artists, you'll learn how to create your very own doodle dog using scribbles, shading, texture, pattern, paint, collage and plenty of colour. Then it's up to you to decide who wins the prize for Best in Show! Discover the joy of making marks and creating characters with this vibrant, stylish and utterly unique book. Filled with drawing techniques and playful ideas, this is a fun way for children to explore their artistic side and build creative confidence. A brilliant creative resource and a perfect introduction to the work of many famous artists and their techniques, including Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock and Wassily Kandinsky. A rich and varied beginners guide to the wonderful word of Art! Great for all children, parents and teachers - and budding artists everywhere.

Hooray for Hoppy

Hooray for Hoppy

Author: Tim Hopgood Format: Board book Release Date: 10/01/2017

When Hoppy the rabbit wakes up on the first day of spring, he discovers a world full of wonderful things! But after he's sniffed the fresh air, listened to the singing birds and tasted the fresh green grass, he starts to feel a little lonely. And so he finds a way to wake up his friends so they can enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of spring all together. Hooray for Hoppy by Tim Hopgood is a bold and beautiful introduction to the senses and includes an activity spread to help children learn all about the way they can use their senses to interact with the world around them. The stunning artwork has a retro charm that will appeal to all ages. Discover more from Tim Hopgood, the Booktrust award-winning illustrator of WOW! Said The Owl, a first book of colours, and TIP TAP Went The Crab, a first book of counting.

Walter's Wonderful Web

Walter's Wonderful Web

Author: Tim Hopgood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2017

Why make an ordinary web when you can make one that's extraordinary? Meet a determined little spider who can't seem to spin a perfect web. Whoosh goes the wind as it blows each web away! But Walter does have a gift for spinning spectacular shapes, and one day he spins the most remarkable shape of all! It's better than perfect - it's a truly wonderful web. Walter's Wonderful Web is another brilliantly conceived, beautifully written and illustrated concept book from the Booktrust award-winner Tim Hopgood. A perfect introduction to shapes for babies and toddlers, with bold and stylish illustrations that will appeal to all!

UnpOppable

UnpOppable

Author: Tim Hopgood Format: Board book Release Date: 22/09/2016

It's unpOppable! said the boy, as he stood on his big yellow balloon. UnpOppable, by the award-winning Tim Hopgood, is the magical story of an unpOppable, unstOppable yellow balloon and an extraordinary journey beyond the stars. But what goes up must come down - and with a big bang!

Hooray for Hoppy

Hooray for Hoppy

Author: Tim Hopgood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2016

When Hoppy the rabbit wakes up on the first day of spring, he discovers a world full of wonderful things! But after he's sniffed the fresh air, listened to the singing birds and tasted the fresh green grass, he starts to feel a little lonely. And so he finds a way to wake up his friends so they can enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of spring all together. Hooray for Hoppy by Tim Hopgood is a bold and beautiful introduction to the senses and includes an activity spread to help children learn all about the way they can use their senses to interact with the world around them. The stunning artwork has a retro charm that will appeal to all ages. Discover more from Tim Hopgood, the Booktrust award-winning illustrator of WOW! Said The Owl, a first book of colours, and TIP TAP Went The Crab, a first book of counting.

A Dog Called Rod

A Dog Called Rod

Author: Tim Hopgood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2015

Elsa wants a dog. Dad says that dogs are noisy, messy and expensive, and that you can't have a dog if you live in a big block of flats. But then Dad hasn't met Rod! Rod may be a dog, but he's very tidy. He likes modern art, bicycle rides and broccoli - and he even remembers to flush the toilet. Perhaps Rod is just too good to be true . . . A warm and original story about family life and imaginary friends, featuring stunning artwork with a retro charm and added sparkle that will appeal to all ages. A Dog Called Rod is a fresh and funny book from Tim Hogood, the award-winning author-illustrator, of WOW! Said the Owl. The perfect book for any child who has ever wanted a pet - and for any parent who has had to say no.

Here Comes Frankie!

Here Comes Frankie!

Author: Tim Hopgood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2015

Frankie and his parents live a quiet life. Frankie's dad reads for hours in silence. His mum sits upstairs with the crossword. But when Frankie decides to learn the trumpet, everything begins to change. Not only can Frankie hear the sounds he makes - he can see and smell them too! And the more he plays, the more infectious his music becomes . . . A warm and uplifting story about family, noise and colour, featuring stunning artwork that will appeal to all ages. Here Comes Frankie! was the winner of the Booktrust Early Years Award for Best Emerging Illustrator and was shortlisted for the Hampshire Picture Book Award. This cheerful, funny book from Tim Hopgood, the award-winning author-illustrator of WOW! Said the Owl, is as fresh and original as when it was first published. The perfect book for any child who is learning a musical instrument or who loves to sing and dance.

Our Big Blue Sofa

Our Big Blue Sofa

Author: Tim Hopgood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2015

Is it a hot air balloon? Is it a taxi? No! It's . . . a sofa! Jessy and Tom love their big blue sofa. They love pretending it's a submarine. They love riding it like an elephant. And most of all, they love bouncing on it. Until one day . . . THUD! A joyful adventure story about family life and imaginative play, featuring bright, colourful artwork that will appeal to all ages. Our Big Blue Sofa by Tim Hopgood was the winner of the Cambridgeshire 'Read It Again!' Award and was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal. This warm and funny book from the award-winning author-illustrator of WOW! Said the Owl is as fresh and original as when it was first published. The perfect book for any child who has ever bounced on the sofa - and every adult who has ever told them not to!

Lost Sock Level 11

Lost Sock Level 11

Author: Tim Hopgood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2015

Collins Arabic Big Cat is a guided reading series for ages 3 to 11. The series is structured with reference to the learning progression of Arabic at nursery and primary schools researched especially for Collins. This carefully graded approach allows children to build up their reading knowledge of Arabic step by step. Level 11 books provide more literary language, more complex sentence structures and less support from illustrations. Characters are more varied, with action sustained over several pages. Non-fiction titles include glossaries where necessary. Sentences are still short for better understanding. However, grammatical vowel endings are more evident to encourage fluent reading and to provide familiarity with some higher-level features of written Arabic. What happens when a happy pair of socks goes missing? Where do all the lost socks go? Discover the mystical world of sock land for yourself.

Ia-Hw! Meddai Gwdihw

Ia-Hw! Meddai Gwdihw

Author: Tim Hopgood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/12/2014

Big!

Big!

Author: Tim Hopgood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2013

A refreshingly simple book that celebrates growing up Up UP! Tim Hopgood's stylish illustrations bring this endearing little boy to life as he contrasts himself with an ant, a bear and an elephant... The boy grows throughout the story, and by the end he's bigger than his best friend. This book confronts a preoccupation of every child, and every child will recognise and empathise with this little boy's wish to be BIG! SHORTLISTED FOR THE INSPIRATION BOOK AWARD 2014 (0-4YRS CATEGORY)

Cric Crac CrA'bag

Cric Crac CrA'bag

Author: Tim Hopgood Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/02/2013

It Was a Cold Dark Night Band 03/Yellow

It Was a Cold Dark Night Band 03/Yellow

Author: Tim Hopgood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2010

Ned the hedgehog is looking for a home in the cold, dark forest. He needs somewhere warm and cosy to sleep, but all he keeps finding are other creatures' homes: rabbits', foxes', owls', bats'. Will he ever find a snug safe bed of his own? This beautiful book is written and illustrated by award-winning author and illustrator Tim Hopgood. * Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language * Text type: A story with predictable structure and patterned language. * A map of the forest on pages 14-15 shows Ned's journey and all the animals he encounters along the way. * Curriculum links: Knowledge and understanding of the World * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Here Comes Frankie!

Here Comes Frankie!

Author: Tim Hopgood Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/06/2008

Frankie is a quiet boy. He lives on a quiet street, with his quiet parents and his quiet dog and cat. But when Frankie decides to learn the trumpet, the most incredible things happen! Colours, shapes and smells appear and everything begins to change. It looks as though life for quiet Frankie will never be quite the same...

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