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Petr Horacek - Author

About the Author

Petr Horacek’s bold and imaginative illustrations continue to captivate children and critics. His stories, often about loyalty and belonging, are told with an instinctive warmth and humour and are beautifully brought to life through his evocative use of colour and texture. He has won many awards around the world for classics such as Suzy Goose and A New House for Mouse and was shortlisted for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 2012. He lives in Worcester. 

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Featured books by Petr Horacek

The Fly

The Fly

Baby and Toddler

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/2011

The dramatic and entertaining story of the humble house fly! No one much likes the house fly being in a house. But, as he shows here, he isn’t really doing any harm! Everywhere he goes he is in danger of getting smashed by the fly swot but all he wants is to eat a little and drink a little and, when he’s outside, visit the cows. Is there anything very much wrong with that? An amusing story which introduces the nice side of a house fly! ~ Julia Eccleshare

Other books by Petr Horacek

The Last Tiger

The Last Tiger

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/09/2019

Strong and proud, the tiger is lord of the jungle, but all his strength and boldness cannot keep him safe from the human hunters. In captivity, the tiger realises that what really matters is not strength or power, but freedom. Moving, thought-provoking and superbly illustrated by an award-winning picture book creator - this is an important fable for our time.

Beep Beep

Beep Beep

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Board book Release Date: 08/07/2019

Lots of fun with cars in this board book that's perfect for little hands to explore. Vroom, vroom. Turn the shaped pages and join in with all the noises the car makes as it travels through town, along the busy road, over the zebra crossing, and down the hill to Granny's house!

Choo Choo

Choo Choo

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Board book Release Date: 08/07/2019

Lots of fun with trains in this board book that's perfect for little hands to explore! Choo-choo! The train is ready to leave. Turn the shaped pages and join in with all the noises the train makes as it travels through the woods, over the bridge, into the tunnel ... and all the way to the seaside.

The Mouse Who Wasn't Scared

The Mouse Who Wasn't Scared

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2019

A charming story about bravery, perfect for fans of Eric Carle. Little Mouse wants to play in the woods. They are dark and full of big scary animals. But Little Mouse isn't afraid of anything - or is she? A charming story about bravery - with a hilarious surprise - from a Kate Greenaway Medal-shortlisted illustrator, who has been described by The Washington Post as the thinking tot's Eric Carle .

When the Moon Smiled A First Counting Book

When the Moon Smiled A First Counting Book

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Board book Release Date: 01/07/2018

A charming farmyard counting book from the award-winning illustrator Petr Horacek, perfect for reading bedtime. It's night on the farm, but the animals are topsy-turvy. The moon will only smile when things are put right. He must now light the stars, one by one. Can you count them all?

Who Is Sleeping?

Who Is Sleeping?

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Board book Release Date: 01/04/2018

A colourful lift-the-flap guessing game perfect for sharing at bedtime. Who is sleeping in the river, under the leaf and in the tree? Lift the flaps to find out and discover a sleepy surprise at the end, in this colourful bedtime board book from acclaimed author/illustrator Petr Horacek.

Who Is the Biggest?

Who Is the Biggest?

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Board book Release Date: 01/04/2018

A colourful lift-the-flap book of opposites to share with your baby. Who is the biggest, who is the tallest and who is the noisiest? Lift the flaps and find out in this colourful board book from acclaimed author/illustrator Petr Horacek.

The Mouse Who Wasn't Scared

The Mouse Who Wasn't Scared

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/01/2018

A charming lift the flap story about bravery, perfect for fans of Eric Carle. Little Mouse wants to play in the woods. They are dark and full of big scary animals. But Little Mouse isn't afraid of anything - or is she? Lift the flap to find out. A charming story about bravery - with a hilarious lift the flap surprise - from a Kate Greenaway Medal-shortlisted illustrator, who has been described by The Washington Post as the thinking tot's Eric Carle .

Fly, Murjan! Level 3 (Kg)

Fly, Murjan! Level 3 (Kg)

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2016

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 3 books introduce the concept of the `story', and include simple phonic sounds and very high-frequency words with simple spellings. Follow baby bird as it learns how to fly for the first time. This beautifully-illustrated fiction story is written by leading children's book author-illustrator Petr Horacek. The flow chart on pages 14 and 15 allows children to discuss and recap baby bird's progress as he learns how to fly.

I Have Nothing to Do Level 7

I Have Nothing to Do Level 7

Author: Petr Horacek 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 7 books include story lines with more episodes in time sequence, and may include imaginary happenings in the context of familiar experiences. There is still repetition but more variation in pattern and more new words are introduced than in lower levels. Non-fiction titles bring in simple non-fiction tools, such as diagrams, labels and captions. Additional vowel marks that encourage the flow of pronunciation are introduced at this level. Verbal sentences of up to 8-10 words with repeating and accessible actions appear at this level. Double spacing is used between words to ensure children see where each new word in a sentence begins and ends. The frog is sitting at the bottom of the pond, doing nothing. But other animals keep coming after her and she has to hop away! Follow the frog as she hops around the pond in her search for a bit of peace in this wonderfully illustrated book by Petr Horacek. Children can recap the frog's journey from the bottom of the pond and back again on pages 14-15.

Jump and Fly Band 01a/Pink a

Jump and Fly Band 01a/Pink a

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

Follow baby bird as it learns how to fly for the first time. This beautifully-illustrated fiction story was written by leading children's book author-illustrator Petr Horacek. * Follow baby bird as it learns how to fly for the first time. This beautifully-illustrated fiction story is written by leading children's book author-illustrator Petr Horacek. * Pink A/Band 1A books offer emergent readers very simple text supported by illustrations. * The flow chart on pages 14 and 15 allows children to discuss and recap baby bird's progress as he learns how to fly. * Text type: A simple fiction book * Curriculum links: Understanding of the world

A DAY OUT Band 04/Blue

A DAY OUT Band 04/Blue

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

The little bird is safe in its cage, but will it survive the outside world when it escapes? This sweet, decodable story is written and superbly illustrated by Petr Horacek. * Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Text type: A story with a familiar setting. * Pages 14-15 provide an opportunity for children to recap the story. * Curriculum links: geography, science, PSHE. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Lonely Penguin Blue/ Band 4

The Lonely Penguin Blue/ Band 4

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2012

Penguin is lonely - he can't find his friends. Follow him on his journey across Antarctica as he searches for them in this lovely story, written and illustrated by award-winning illustrated Petr Horacek. * Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Children can re-cap the stages of Penguin's journey on pages 14-15. * Text type: A story with a predictable structure and patterned language * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Taking part

Doing Nothing Yellow/ Band 3

Doing Nothing Yellow/ Band 3

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2012

The frog is sitting at the bottom of the pond, doing nothing. But other animals keep coming after him and he has to hop away! Follow the frog as he hops around the pond in his search for a bit of peace in this wonderfully illustrated book by Petr Horacek. * Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language * Children can recap the frog's journey from the bottom of the pond and back again on pages 14-15. * Text type: A story with a familiar setting * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Animals and us

Jonathan and Martha

Jonathan and Martha

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2012

Classic tale of friendship and love starring two lonely worms

Doing Nothing Band 03/Yellow

Doing Nothing Band 03/Yellow

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

The frog is sitting at the bottom of the pond, doing nothing. But other animals keep coming after him and he has to hop away! Follow the frog as he hops around the pond in his search for a bit of peace in this wonderfully illustrated book by Petr Horacek. * Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language * Children can recap the frog's journey from the bottom of the pond and back again on pages 14-15. * Text type: A story with a familiar setting * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Animals and us. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Lonely Penguin Band 04/Blue

The Lonely Penguin Band 04/Blue

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Penguin is lonely - he can't find his friends. Follow him on his journey across Antarctica as he searches for them in this lovely story, written and illustrated by award-winning illustrated Petr Horacek. * Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Children can re-cap the stages of Penguin's journey on pages 14-15. * Text type: A story with a predictable structure and patterned language * Curriculum links: Citizenship: Taking part * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Fly

The Fly

Baby and Toddler

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/2011

The dramatic and entertaining story of the humble house fly! No one much likes the house fly being in a house. But, as he shows here, he isn’t really doing any harm! Everywhere he goes he is in danger of getting smashed by the fly swot but all he wants is to eat a little and drink a little and, when he’s outside, visit the cows. Is there anything very much wrong with that? An amusing story which introduces the nice side of a house fly! ~ Julia Eccleshare

Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star

Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2010

Suzy, the silly goose with a mind of her own, returns in a brand new read-aloud Christmas picture book. When Suzy Goose decides that the Christmas tree is missing a star, she sets off on a journey to fetch the shiny star in the sky. No matter how far she travels, she never reaches it. But when she finds herself back at the tree, everyone has a beautiful Christmas surprise!

Elephant

Elephant

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2010

Imaginative young minds will love this bold, contemporary picture book about a boy and his rather unusual best friend. A young boy spends his day playing games with his imaginary friend, Elephant. Real or not, when Grandma and Grandpa are busy, Elephant proves to be the perfect playmate! Illustrated with Petr Horacek's distinctive and beautiful collage style.

Run, Mouse, Run!

Run, Mouse, Run!

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Board book Release Date: 07/12/2009

A sturdy new edition of a classic novelty board book for babies and toddlers. Watch mouse run about the house! Over the chair, across the table, through the shoe... Why is he in such a rush? Turn the cut-away pages and follow mouse all the way to his hole - just in time before the cat arrives!

Hello, Little Bird

Hello, Little Bird

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Board book Release Date: 07/12/2009

A sturdy new edition of a classic novelty board book for babies and toddlers. Pecking, tugging and flying quick quick quick - where could this little bird be off to in such a hurry? To feed her chicks of course! Cleverly placed cut-outs on each page provide a fun element in this innovative new novelty treat.

Flutter By, Butterfly

Flutter By, Butterfly

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Board book Release Date: 07/12/2009

A sturdy new edition of a classic novelty board book for babies and toddlers. Who is the greediest in the garden? Could it be the pretty butterfly? The noisy bumble-bee? The ladybird or the snail? Turn the colourful cut-away pages to reveal who's been eating all the leaves - it's caterpillar!

What Is Black and White?

What Is Black and White?

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Board book Release Date: 07/12/2009

A sturdy new edition of a classic novelty board book for babies and toddlers. Combining graphic pictures with ingeniously simple novelty devices, What Is Black and White? reveals, page by page, that the night is black, the snow is white, the cat is black, the milk is white, and as the final pages are turned there's a big surprise: a zebra!

Silly Suzy Goose

Silly Suzy Goose

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Board book Release Date: 01/02/2009

A fun-packed, read-aloud picture book about Suzy - a goose who just has to be different - from an award-winning children's book creator. Suzy Goose is fed up with being just like the rest of the flock. She wants to be different: to flap like a bat, squawk like a toucan and slide like a penguin. But when she tries to roar like a lion she gets more than she bargained for!

Silly Suzy Goose

Silly Suzy Goose

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2007

A fun-packed, read-aloud picture book about Suzy - a goose who just has to be different - from an award-winning children's book creator. Suzy Goose is fed up with being just like the rest of the flock. She wants to be different: to flap like a bat, squawk like a toucan and slide like a penguin. But when she tries to roar like a lion she gets more than she bargained for!

Silly Suzy Goose

Silly Suzy Goose

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2006

A fun-packed picture book from an award-winning children's book creator. Suzy Goose is fed up with being just like the rest of the flock. She wants to be different; to flap like a bat, squawk like a toucan, slide like a penguin, jump like a kangaroo, and swim like a seal. But when she tries to roar like a lion, she gets more than she bargained for! This is from the Books for Children Newcomer Award-winning author of Strawberries Are Red and What Is Black and White? . Children will love joining in with all the animal actions and noises in this bold and bright picture book.

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