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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

3+ readers

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 Greedy Goat

The Greedy Goat

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/11/2019

A funny, read-aloud farmyard tale that teaches colours and days of the week from award-winning illustrator Petr Horacek. A funny, read-aloud farmyard tale that teaches colours and days of the week from award-winning illustrator Petr Horacek. Goat has had enough of eating grass. She wants to try something different - the dog's food, the pig's potatoes and even the farmer's pants. But things go wrong in this hilarious, but cautionary, farmyard tale from the Kate Greenaway-Medal shortlisted illustrator described by the Washington Post as the thinking tot's Eric Carle .

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.

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 .

Animal Counting

Animal Counting

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/01/2017

Simple lift-the-flap counting, from one spotty giraffe to ten swimming fish. Turn the pages, lift the flaps and see animals of all shapes and sizes bring the numbers one to ten to life. This bright, simple first numbers book is perfect for helping to develop early numeracy with its interactive pages and fun illustrations by award-winning artist Petr Horacek.

Blue Penguin

Blue Penguin

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2016

A heart-warming fable about a friendship and belonging from the award-winning illustrator Petr Horacek. A heart-warming fable about a friendship and belonging from the award-winning illustrator Petr Horacek. I feel just like a penguin, says Blue Penguin. But you're not like us, said the other penguins and they left him all alone. Poor Blue Penguin. Will he be able to convince the other penguins he is one of them after all? A moving and beautifully illustrated story from Petr Horacek, an illustrator 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.

The Greedy Goat

The Greedy Goat

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2016

A funny, read-aloud farmyard tale about a very greedy goat from award-winning illustrator Petr Horacek. A funny, read-aloud farmyard tale about a very greedy goat from award-winning illustrator Petr Horacek. Goat has had enough of eating grass. She wants to try something different - the dog's food, the pig's potatoes and even the farmer's pants. But things go wrong in this hilarious, but cautionary, farmyard tale from the Kate Greenaway-Medal shortlisted illustrator described by the Washington Post as the thinking tot's Eric Carle .

The Mouse Who Reached the Sky

The Mouse Who Reached the Sky

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2016

Little Mouse has a big plan in this charming lift-the-flap story book by the award-winning Petr Horacek. A beautifully illustrated and charming story about Little Mouse and her friends from the much loved and award-winning Petr Horacek, an illustrator described by the Washington Post as the thinking tot's Eric Carle . What is that beautiful red, shiny thing hanging from the tree? Little Mouse thinks it's a marble, but Mole is sure it's a balloon and Rabbit says it's a ball. None of them can reach it by themselves, so how will they discover what it really is? Enjoy lifting the flap to reveal the tasty surprise at the end.

Blue Penguin

Blue Penguin

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2015

A heat-warming fable about a friendship and belonging from the award-winning illustrator Petr Horacek. A heat-warming fable about a friendship and belonging from the award-winning illustrator Petr Horacek. I feel just like a penguin, says Blue Penguin. But you're not like us, said the other penguins and they left him all alone. Poor Blue Penguin. Will he be able to convince the other penguins he is one of them after all? A moving and beautifully illustrated story from Petr Horacek, an illustrator described by the Washington Post as the thinking tot's Eric Carle .

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.

The Mouse Who Reached the Sky

The Mouse Who Reached the Sky

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2015

Little Mouse has a big plan in this charming lift-the-flap story book by the award-winning Petr Horacek. A beautifully illustrated and charming story about Little Mouse and her friends from the much loved and award-winning Petr Horacek, an illustrator described by the Washington Post as the thinking tot's Eric Carle . What is that beautiful red, shiny thing hanging from the tree? Little Mouse thinks it's a marble, but Mole is sure it's a balloon and Rabbit says it's a ball. None of them can reach it by themselves, so how will they discover what it really is? Enjoy lifting the flap to reveal the tasty surprise at the end.

The Mouse Who Ate the Moon

The Mouse Who Ate the Moon

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2015

A beautiful peep-through story book about a mouse, a tasty piece of the moon and the importance of friendship. From the award-winning picture book maker of Suzy Goose and A New House for Mouse, comes a beautiful peep-through story book about a mouse, the moon and the importance of friendship. When Little Mouse wakes one morning, she finds her dream has come true. Outside her burrow, a piece of the moon has fallen from the sky and it smells delicious. But what happens once Little Mouse has had a little nibble? Cut-out holes and shaped pages make this beautiful and heart-warming interactive book one to be shared time and time again.

Silly Suzy Goose

Silly Suzy Goose

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2014

A celebrated picture book is brought to life as a Mini Pop-Up Classic. Ever wanted to be different? Suzy Goose has - she squawks like a toucan, swims like a seal and jumps like a kangaroo. But when she tries to Rroarrr like a lion, she gets more than she bargained for! This timeless and well-loved classic is brought to life in a special Mini Pop-Up Classics edition, making it the perfect gift and a book to treasure time and time again.

A Surprise for Tiny Mouse

A Surprise for Tiny Mouse

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Board book Release Date: 22/07/2014

A turn-the-wheel concept book from the award-winning Petr Horacek. Tiny Mouse loves nibbling corn in the sunshine. She loves the crackle of the leaves in the wind. She even loves the snowflakes when they tickle her nose. But when the rain starts to fall, Tiny Mouse runs for her hole. What will make her come out? Little fingers will love to turn the wheel and reveal a beautiful rainbow at the end of the book. An evocative board book about different kinds of weather by the award-winning illustrator, Petr Horacek.

The Mouse Who Ate the Moon

The Mouse Who Ate the Moon

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/05/2014

A beautiful peep-through story book about a mouse, a tasty piece of the moon and the importance of friendship. When Little Mouse wakes one morning, she finds her dream has come true. Outside her burrow, a piece of the moon has fallen from the sky and it smells delicious. But what happens once Little Mouse has had a little nibble? Peep through the cut-out holes in this beautiful and heart-warming tale from the award-winning and much-loved Petr Horacek.

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

Honk, Honk! Baa, Baa!

Honk, Honk! Baa, Baa!

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Board book Release Date: 01/06/2013

A colourful baby board book from a beloved author/illustrator with charming animals and a novelty surprise. Heehaw, says the donkey. Miaow, says the cat. Turn the pages and learn all the animal sounds in this fun and lively board book from multi-award-winning author/illustrator Petr Horacek. Part of the Baby Walker series of books for babies, the shaped pages build to a special animal ending. You're in safe hands with Baby Walker.

Time for Bed

Time for Bed

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Board book Release Date: 29/05/2013

A colourful baby board book from a beloved author/illustrator with a charming bedtime story and a novelty surprise. Snuggle in, turn the pages and follow the timeless rituals of getting ready for bed in this adorable board book from multi-award-winning author/illustrator Petr Horacek. Part of the Baby Walker series of books for babies, the shaped pages build to a special bedtime ending. You're in safe hands with Baby Walker.

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.

Butterfly, Butterfly

Butterfly, Butterfly

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2012

Peep through holes with Lucy to discover all the coloured insects in the garden in this radiant picture book with a pop-up surprise! In this inventive peep-through-the-holes picture book from an award-winning children's book creator, Lucy searches for a butterfly in her garden. Follow her as she meets a pink earthworm, a brown spider, a red ladybird and many more creatures, and get ready for a delightful surprise - a stunning 3-D butterfly!

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

Puffin Peter

Puffin Peter

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2012

Delightful and witty, this is a simple story of mistaken identity! Peter and Paul are the best of friends, but when Peter gets lost in a terrible storm he can't find Paul anywhere. With the help of a big blue whale Puffin Peter sets off to find him. They find all kinds of birds that match Peter's description but none of them is quite like Paul.

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.

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!

Strawberries Are Red

Strawberries Are Red

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, this book reveals that strawberries are red, oranges are orange, bananas are yellow and so on. Each page has more cut off it than the one before, so that the layered images finally form a delicious-looking fruit salad surprise!

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!

Beep Beep

Beep Beep

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Board book Release Date: 04/12/2009

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: 07/11/2009

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.

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!

A New House for Mouse

A New House for Mouse

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2006

An ingenious, colourful novelty book with peep-through holes. Mouse is little and so is her house - but her apple is huge. She needs to find a home that is big enough for the both of them. But as she visits all sorts of other creatures to see if she can share their homes, her apple shrinks and shrinks - she's been nibbling it away! Peep through the holes and join Mouse in her search for a new home.

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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