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Marta Altés loves to tell stories and her love of illustration saw her study for a degree in Graphic Design in Barcelona. Marta moved to the UK to study for an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art (the best decision she ever made!) and graduated in 2011. Her debut book for Macmillan, My Grandpa, was published in July 2012 and the author was shortlisted for the Waterstone’s 2012 Children’s Book Prize.
Marta lives in London.
This is the perfect book for anyone who shares their house with a cat (or indeed a new sibling). In lively, varied double page spreads Cat describes his life as undisputed king of the house until – terrible day – there’s a new arrival, one who doesn’t understand the rules of the house and, though perfectly friendly and even affectionate, upsets the natural order. It is a dog, in Cat’s opinion strange and disgusting. Except, when Dog goes out for a walk, King Cat realises things aren’t the same without his new house mate. Warm, funny and full of unexpected life lessons, King Cat rules OK! ~ Andrea Reece
Shortlisted for The People's Book Prize 2012 - a national competition aimed at discovering new and unknown works: a truly democratic book prize decided exclusively by the public. To find out how to vote, click here. A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. Written and illustrated by a fresh new talent, this is the story of a likeable, well-meaning and irrepressible dog who thinks his name is NO. Simple, short and punchy, this is a picture book children (and adults) will want to read again and again.
Meet a big, friendly dog looking for a home in this warm and reassuring story by award-winning Marta Altes. This dog may be alone and without a home, but he's excited and ready to embrace a new life in a new town - and EVERYONE in it! This town is a busy, vibrant place but sometimes it's hard being new and feeling different. Who will embrace him back? A big-hearted celebration of kindness and human connection, from the award-winning creator of Little Monkey. Rich in detail and meaning, with beautiful artwork, this uplifting story is ideal for any child facing a new or daunting situation.
Moving to a new home can sometimes feel scary and a little bit lonely, but this little raccoon soon discovers that wherever you go adventures soon follow. This warm, thoughtful and reassuring story is perfect for children about to move house or start new school, but has a universal message for any child about the importance of kindness and acceptance when meeting someone new. My New Home by bestselling author-illustrator, two times CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal nominee and BookTrust Time to Read favourite, Marta Altes, is a beautiful and uplifting story about moving house, making friends and finding a new home.
'A witty, big-hearted book' - Guardian The perfect book for Father's Day from the uniquely talented, award-winning picture book creator, Marta Altes, author of Little Monkey. A brilliantly funny, sweet story about time, how we spend it, how it passes and how we can share it together. Perfect for busy children and tired dads everywhere! Time is a funny thing. Dad talks about it a lot, but I think I know more about time than he does. A little fox gives his time-starved dad some sage advice about what 'time' really means, and how to make the most of it, from bath time to baking time to 'dad' time. Wise, witty and full of honest vignettes of family life, Five More Minutes is a from bestselling author-illustrator, two times CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal nominee and BookTrust Time to Read favourite, Marta Altes. 'Utterly relatable for anyone with a young family' - BookTrust 'A wise, witty story, full of acutely observed vignettes of family life' - Just Imagine
Meet the boy who can't stop creating art! He loves colours, shapes, textures and EVERYTHING inspires him: his socks, the contents of the fridge, even his cat gets a new coat (of paint!). But there's just one problem: his mum isn't quite so enthusiastic. In fact, she seems a little cross! But this boy has a plan to make his mum smile. He's about to create his finest piece yet and on a very grand scale . . . Funny, irreverent and perfect for creative children and adults, I Am An Artist by Marta Altes is a sharp, silly, fabulous book which shows that art is EVERYWHERE!
It's hard being a little monkey in a big troop, in an even bigger jungle - and this little monkey has had enough of always missing out! She's off to climb to the top of the tallest tree in the jungle and she's going to do it all on her own. Except that there's someone following close behind. Someone with claws and stripes and rather sharp teeth . . . Little Monkey is a beautiful, funny and empowering picture book from bestselling author-illustrator, two times CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal nominee and BookTrust Time to Read favourite, Marta Altes, which shows us that the world is a big, wild and wonderful place where anything is possible.
My Grandpa is the stunning picture book debut from Marta Altes, author of I Am An Artist. A moving and memorable book about the very special relationship between an elderly grandfather and his adoring grandson, this unique look at old age through the eyes of a young bear is big-hearted, poignant and beautifully observed. 'The expressive drawings are winning. . . A lovely tale.' - Guardian
Meet a cat who is the king of his house, until something terrible happens! Someone else arrives and they are dribbly and disgusting. Will King Cat ever get used to having a dog around? The King Cat is a brilliantly observed, fantastically funny story about friendship, compromise and adjusting to change, from the award-winning author-illustrator Marta Altes. Perfect for families about to welcome a new baby - and cat and dog lovers alike.
'A witty, big-hearted book' - Guardian From the uniquely talented, award-winning picture book creator, Marta Altes, author of Little Monkey, comes the perfect book for Father's Day. A beautifully observed, brilliantly funny story all about time and how children and adults see it VERY differently. Perfect for busy children and tired dads everywhere! Time is a funny thing. Dad talks about it a lot, but I think I know more about time than he does. A child gives his time-starved dad some sage advice about what 'time' really means, and how to make the most of it. Wise, witty and full of acutely observed vignettes of family life, Five More Minutes is a from bestselling author-illustrator, two times CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal nominee and BookTrust Time to Read favourite, Marta Altes. Utterly relatable for anyone with a young family - BookTrust A wise, witty story, full of acutely observed vignettes of family life - Just Imagine
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