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Antony Wootten was a primary school teacher for 19 years. He was born in Berkshire in 1971 and taught in a number of different schools, including several in London and one in Canada. For around 12 years he lived in various parts of London where he eventually met his fiancée, Louise. They now live in a very old cottage overlooking a quiet valley near Whitby in Yorkshire.
As well as writing children's books, he now also visits schools promoting educational computer software. Antony has illustrated a number of books, and also paints the beautiful scenery around where he lives.
A fast-paced and ultimately heart-warming tale that will appeal to 8+ year olds, particularly boys and a lovely read for fathers and sons to share. It's the extraordinary story of a boy growing up and coming to terms with the sometimes harsh realities of life. He's bullied at school, his home life is tough so each day he can't wait to go through the school gates to his other world; a world where his best friend is a creature in a cave. From here the boy and the dragon go on wonderful adventures that make his other world seem a world away.
Age 7+. This is a little pot of gold with lots of clever rhymes guaranteed to make you laugh. Limericks have been endearingly popular for longer than most can remember and Antony Wootten’s There was an old fellow from Skye has now added to the collection. The limericks are funny, romantic or gory or even a mixture of all three. They rhyme and they’re jolly and fun for all the family, so dip in and find out about the spy from Skye, the inventor called Max, a surgeon named Wheeze, the old lady called Myrtle and the fellow from Gwent to name just a few, or even the flying nun: A nun known as Sister McBickers Startled the Priest and the vicars By learning to fly Like an angel on high, Having fitted a jet in her knickers.
April 2012 Debut of the Month. A Tiger Too Many is enchanting from the word go and very readable. The sentences are short and concise with no waffle and therefore the story goes forward quite briskly and the reader’s attention is held. Although a work of fiction it is so interwoven in historical fact that you feel the senses of sight, sound, hearing, smell and touch within the narrative giving the story a three dimensional feel to it and it’s brought to life in a very realistic way. The story is set during the first year of the Second World War and the author’s research included close consultation with a zoological historian who also lived through the War, to ensure its authenticity. Jill is the main protagonist and her story is an inspiring one for when war breaks out her courage, determination and inability to accept what might appear inevitable comes to the fore. Even when she’s evacuated to the country, leaving her mother and a tiger she has befriended at London Zoo behind, and treated cruelly by the family who takes her in, she doesn’t give up. Eventually she runs away back to London. With no sign of her mother and scenes of devastation in and around the zoo she decides to find and rescue Ronny the tiger. There’s a tear-jerking happy ending to leave readers on a high note. A Tiger Too Many is a dramatic and powerful page-turner and perfect to read aloud to a child or for a child aged 9+ to enjoy alone.
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