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Sam Hay - Author

About the Author

Sam hay grew up in Scotland. A former journalist, she has written several children's books including Billy Angel and Bumble the Brave Kitten. She lives with her husband, two children and several pets in a small house with a big garden. Simon Cooper has illustrated many children's books, including the award-winning Ghost of Uncle Arvie. As well as drawing, he enjoys loud music and zombie films.

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A Cat's Christmas Carol

A Cat's Christmas Carol

Author: Sam Hay, Helen Shoesmith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2019

It's Christmas Eve and all the staff in the department store are on their way home for Christmas. All except one . . . Clawdia, the department store's security cat! She doesn't see the point in silly festive celebrations and would much rather prowl the corridors making sure everything is in order. But when three cold and lonely visitors turn up at the store, they teach Clawdia a few key lessons about the true meaning of Christmas. A heartfelt holiday story-a great gift for festive fans everywhere!

Hugs and Kisses

Hugs and Kisses

Author: Sam Hay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2019

There are two sides to every story . . . Flip the book to read each side of the story in this enchanting tale of a whale and an octopus on their search for love, ending with a huge pop-up surprise. Big Blue Whale is feeling small. Everyone has someone to hug except from him! On his journey to find the perfect hug he meets lots of sea creatures who want to hug him including a kind clown fish and a sea horse with a very swirly, whirly tail. But he's just too big for them to hug! On the other side of the ocean, Octopus is playing bubble ball with her friends. But when she bangs her head (ouch!) she really needs a kiss better. She meets lots of friendly creatures who offer to give her a kiss, but her tentacles are just too tangly and she begins to think she will never get a kiss better . . . Join the two creatures as they journey across the ocean to find their perfect match. Finding Nemo meets Guess How Much I Love You in this under the sea story of love, determination and friendship. Perfect for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day or any other occasion, this is a wonderful gift for sharing with those you love. The huge pop up in the middle of the story, paired with Sam Hay's gentle, funny story and Emma Dodd's adorable illustrations is ideal for children aged 3 years and up and perfect for sharing together. Sam Hay grew up in Scotland in a family of bookworms. She always wanted to be a writer. She trained as a journalist in Edinburgh and worked in newspapers and for BBC Television, before moving to Wales where she wrote her first children's book. Since then she's had more than 30 children's books published, including Do Not Wash this Bear and Star in the Jar. Her new picture book version of Wizard of Oz publishes with Egmont in September 2018, along with a new chapter book series - Spy Penguins for Macmillan (US). Emma Dodd is a bestselling author-illustrator who was brought up in a family of artists in Surrey. She studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Central Saint Martin's School of Art and has worked in advertising, editorial and illustration. She has worked with several publishers including Orchard, Templar, Penguin, Macmillan (US), S&S, Harpercollins (US) and Nosy Crow. Her illustrated picture book, I Love My Mummy, written by Giles Andrea, won the Booktrust Best Book For Babies award in 2010 and was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Award. Among Emma's favourite things in life are surfing with her kids, punctuality and Scrabble.

A Very Corgi Christmas

A Very Corgi Christmas

Author: Sam Hay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2018

Wrap up warm and join little corgis Belle and Pip on a Christmas adventure in London! Belle LOVES the bustle of Christmas preparations at Buckingham Palace, but her family say she's in the way, and that Christmas is NOT for corgis! So Belle decides to slip out and explore London, where she's sure there will be Christmas sprit in abundance! But on the busy streets, Belle finds everything a bit too bright, a bit too noisy and FAR TOO LOUD! Luckily, a streetwise puppy called Pip turns up and whisks Belle off on a wonderfully romantic whirl around the sights of London. All too soon it's time to head home, but when the couple finally work out how to get back into the palace . . . Pip disappears. Will Belle ever see him again? Perhaps . . . with the help of a special royal couple, who might just bring Belle a wonderful Christmas surprise. For dog-lovers everywhere, this Lady and the Tramp-esque romp around London at Christmas is full of heart . . . and waggy tails!

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

Author: Sam Hay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

This is THE WIZARD OF OZ - but not as you know it. Follow Little Dot down the yellow brick road to the wonderful world of Oz in this new picture book adaptation of L.Frank Baum's much-loved story. When Little Dot's home is swept up by a tornado, she finds herself in the strange land of Oz. Dot and her little dog Toto bravely embark on a journey to the Emerald City, together with Tin Can, Scarecrow and Lion. Can Little Dot find her way safely home and help her new friends on the way? This modern reimagining of a classic tale is a wonderful celebration of friendship, bravery and the importance of home. Young, preschool Dot opens this classic story up to a whole new generation and Meg McLaren's friendly, colourful artwork reimagines the Oz characters perfectly for toddlers. With a mesmerising front cover with sparkly holographic foil and an eye-popping emerald font, this is the perfect gift for young readers and Oz fans of all ages.

Star in the Jar

Star in the Jar

Author: Sam Hay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/01/2018

An enchanting bedtime story for toddlers, perfect for fans of Oliver Jeffers' How To Catch a Star. Up high, in the dark, dark sky . . . a message: LOST, ONE SMALL STAR. When a little boy stumbles across a special star, he puts it in a jar and takes it on adventures. Together with his big sister, he takes his special treasure with him everywhere - to the cinema, to the swimming pool and even to the toilet! But the poor star is sad and misses its home . . . Can the little boy and his big sister find a way to send the star safely back? Sarah Massini's artwork glows with warmth and humour and perfectly captures the friendship between the two siblings in this warm-hearted bedtime book. Told from the perspective of the big sister, this is the perfect picture book for siblings to share and read together. The short text and warm tone is ideal for toddlers aged 2 years and up. 'A cheery, warm-hearted tale, beautifully told' - The Guardian 'Hay carefully keeps an even tone, never letting the whimsy descend into treacle and always maintaining a sense of wonder. Massini's lively and imaginative illustrations beautifully complement and enhance the text, providing additional insights into the children's activities and emotions' - Kirkus Reviews 'Perfect for sharing just before sleep but too enjoyable to be restricted to bedtime reading only' - Red Reading Hub Sam Hay grew up in Scotland in a family of bookworms. She always wanted to be a writer and filled endless notebooks with stories and poems. She trained as a journalist in Edinburgh and went on to work in newspapers for the BBC, before deciding to move to Wales and write her first children's book. Since then she's had more than 30 children's books published including Do Not Wash this Bear, Princess Ice Palace and Dinosaurs United and the Cowardly Custard Pirates for Egmont UK. Drawing has been a life-long habit for Sarah Massini which has seen her through careers in corporate design, children's book design and now as an illustrator. She has illustrated several picture books including Books Always Everywhere, Zac and Zeb and the Make Believe Birthday Party and, most recently, a stunning edition of The Velveteen Rabbit. Sarah lives in Sussex with her husband, young son and her utterly mad terrier Tess, who keeps guard as she draws.

Princess Ice Palace

Princess Ice Palace

Author: Sam Hay Format: Novelty book Release Date: 30/11/2017

Get ready to build a frozen palace, fit for any little princess! This beautifully illustrated princess fairy story comes with a stunning ice palace to press out and build - no messy glue or cutting required! It's Princess Lara's birthday and her friends Erica and Freya are throwing her a big surprise party! They decorate the palace with icicle streamers and bake a huge, frosted cake, but suddenly they realise that the beautiful snow cape they have made for Lara has disappeared. Will the princess friends find it before all the guests arrive for the party? Create a wintry wonderland ice palace to go alongside the beautiful picture book - perfect as a gorgeous doll's house for a child's bedroom. An excellent gift choice for anyone who loves Sticker Dolly Dressing, Doll's House Sticker Book or the hit-film Frozen. Perfect for children 4 years of age and up. Sam Hay grew up in Scotland in a family of bookworms. She always wanted to be a writer and filled endless notebooks with stories and poems. She trained as a journalist in Edinburgh and went on to work in newspapers for the BBC, before packing it in to move to Wales, have a baby and write her first children's book. Since then she's had more than twenty books published. Lucy Fleming has been an avid doodler and bookworm since early childhood. She studied Art and practiced drawing every day, and in no time, went on to graduate from the University of Lincoln with a First Class Degree in Illustration. She has worked on projects for clients such as Frilly Fish Books, Bloomsbury, Little Tiger Press, ABDO Publishing, Igloo Books, Simon & Schuster and more.

Jam Jar Genie

Jam Jar Genie

Author: Sam Hay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

Ethan learns that you have to be careful what you wish for in this very funny, colour-illustrated reader by Sam Hay. Perfect for children learning to read. Saturday morning shopping with Mum is SO BORING. That is, until Ethan finds a genie living in a jar of raspberry jam! Ethan can't believe it - he could have anything he wants! But his wishes don't quite turn out how he planned ... The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features well-loved authors, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every book they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 2 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for early readers who are growing in confidence and are beginning to enjoy longer stories. Clear type Up to 8 lines per page Bright, appealing pictures for added interest A variety of sentence structures A wider range of vocabulary Strong themes and characters to discuss Ideal for beginner readers aged 5-6 All Reading Ladder titles are developed with leading literacy consultant Nikki Gamble, making them perfect early years reading books for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading throughout Key Stage 1. Book band: Purple For more information about the series and advice on supporting children's reading, see our reading ladder page www.egmont.co.uk/reading-ladder

Dinosaurs United and The Cowardly Custard Pirate Crew

Dinosaurs United and The Cowardly Custard Pirate Crew

Author: Sam Hay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/07/2017

A highly collectable new series about an all-star dinosaur football team and their hilarious escapades. This fast-paced, fun-packed story comes with an amazing 3D dinosaur mask for children to dress-up with and create their very own dinosaur football team! Meet Dinosaurs United - Lightning, Ziggy, Coco, Dippy and Spike. They're an awesome five-a-side footy team who play in the Fantasy Football League. They're fast and fun and always on the ball, which is just as well because their opponents will use every sneaky trick in the book to win the cup! In their first adventure, the amazing Dinosaurs United go head-to-head against the Cowardly Custard Pirate Crew! But oh no - they've lost their kit, and they have to use their wits and football skills to find it! Can the dino team club together to defeat the dastardly pirates and win the match? This exciting new series taps into favourite themes for children (football, dinosaurs AND pirates all in one book!) and celebrates both the value of individual talents and working together in a team. Perfect for fans of Dinosaurs love Underpants, The Dinosaur that Pooped series and Julia Donaldson's Spinderella.

Hopscotch Twisty Tales: Too Many Nightingales!

Hopscotch Twisty Tales: Too Many Nightingales!

Author: Sam Hay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2016

When the King and Queen discover a beautiful nightingale singing in their garden, they immediately adore it. But whatever the King and Queen like, the people love! Suddenly everything in the kingdom has a nightingale image on it, the kingdom has gone nightingale crazy! There is only one thing to do - the nightingales must go! Hopscotch Twisty Tales combine carefully controlled text levels and word counts with highly entertaining and original stories, perfect for children starting to read independently.

Tiddlers: Tom's Tooth

Tiddlers: Tom's Tooth

Author: Sam Hay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2016

Tom's Tooth is a fun story for all children expecting a visit from the tooth fairy and who are beginning to read on their own. Perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band 2 red. Tom wiggles and jiggles his wobbly tooth until it's out. He's so happy but, at bedtime, he cannot find it. Can his brother and sister help? The Tiddlers series features fun stories with a word count of fewer than 50 words for children who are just starting to read. A word list at the beginning of the story allows for a quick check of the reader's ability to read and understand words before reading, and a spot the picture puzzle at the end of the story encourages rereading for pleasure. Compiled in consultation with Catherine Glavina, PGCE Primary and Early Years Course Leader, The Centre for Professional Education, University of Warwick.

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Author: Sam Hay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2016

A beautiful Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, exciting activities and colouring pages and a gorgeous eight-card 3D colouring scene to decorate, assemble and display - all in one book! Join Beauty on her thrilling adventure - can she win the heart of the fearsome Beast? With activities on every page, this charming series brings new life to the beloved classic story with an exquisite 3D tableau scene that little girls will love to colour and make. Decorate cupcakes, finish off butterflies and find the magic crystal ball to help Beauty win over the Beast and save her father. This delicate and lovely colouring and activity book will enchant and delight again and again - The Nutcracker is also available in this 3D Colouring & Activity series. Perfect for fans of Sticker Dolly Dressing and Usborne's Doll's House Sticker Book.

Hopscotch Twisty Tales: Too Many Nightingales!

Hopscotch Twisty Tales: Too Many Nightingales!

Author: Sam Hay Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/04/2016

Follow this fabulous twist on the Hans Christian Andersen classic ' The Nightingale'. Maybe you can have too much of a good thing ... when the King and Queen discover a beautiful nightingale singing in their garden, they adore it. But whatever the King and Queen like, the people love! Suddenly the kingdom has gone nightingale crazy! There is only one thing to do - the nightingales must go! Hopscotch Twisty Tales combine carefully controlled text levels and a word count of under 500 words with highly entertaining and original stories. They are perfect for children starting to read independently aged 5 or who read book bands 7-8. Each book also contains fun puzzles at the back to reinforce story sequencing and character and dialogue work.

Race Ahead With Reading: Cactus Joe's Cowboy Caper

Race Ahead With Reading: Cactus Joe's Cowboy Caper

Author: Sam Hay Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/11/2015

When giant tumbleweeds blow into town, Cactus Joe and his friend Little Bo have lots of fun playing dodgeball. But then Little Bo gets trapped in a tumbleweed and it takes off! Cactus Joe knows he needs help to rescue Little Bo - so he asks his Uncle for some magic cactus juice - the problem is you never know quite what it's going to do! Race Ahead with Reading is the perfect introduction to reading chapters with brand new page turning reads in five short bite size chapters, to encourage children to take the driving seat with their reading.

Hour of the Doomed Dog

Hour of the Doomed Dog

Author: Sam Hay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2014

Joe is just an ordinary boy until he makes a wish on a spooky Egyptian amulet... Now he's the Protector of Undead Pets! This is the eighth book in the spooky but sweet series, and it tells the story of Frankfurter, a sausage dog who needs Joe's help before he can pass over. Moments before his encounter with a revolving door, Frankie overheard two men plotting to burgle the hotel that is run by his owner. Frankie needs Joe's help to stop the robbery and bring the criminals to justice. The books in the Undead Pets series are full of animal zombies and pets with one last thing to do before they pass to the other side!

Gasp of the Ghoulish Guinea Pig

Gasp of the Ghoulish Guinea Pig

Author: Sam Hay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2014

Joe is just an ordinary boy until he makes a wish on a spooky Egyptian amulet... Now he's the Protector of Undead pets! This is the seventh book in the spooky but sweet series, telling the story of Flash, a guinea pig who needs Joe's help to save his litter mates from an escaped snake. The books in the Undead Pets series are full of animal zombies and pets with one last thing to do before they pass to the other side!

Flight of the Battered Budgie

Flight of the Battered Budgie

Author: Sam Hay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2013

Joe is just an ordinary boy until he makes a wish on a spooky Egyptian amulet... Now he's the Protector of Undead pets! Joe's latest undead visitor is a budgie who had a run-in with a window - splat! Now Buddy the budgie is dead and he needs Joe's help. Can Joe prevent his owner falling victim to a devious scheme? Only if Joe succeeds will Buddy fly on to his final destination... Undead Pets is full of animal zombies and pets with one last thing to do before they pass to the other side! Funny and full of adventure, this series is ideal for boys and girls seeking a fast-paced and amusing chapter book.

Goldfish from Beyond the Grave

Goldfish from Beyond the Grave

Author: Sam Hay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2013

Joe is just an ordinary boy until he makes a wish on a spooky Egyptian amulet... Now he's the Protector of Undead pets! Just when Joe thought things couldn't get any stranger, he is visited by Fizz, a zombie goldfish. Fizz was flushed down the toilet by his owner Danny's little sister, who doesn't realize that she's sent the fish to a watery grave. Fizz needs to ensure the truth is revealed before his fellow fish meet a similar fate. But how do you get a goldfish to rest in peace? Undead Pets is full of animal zombies and pets with one last thing to do before they pass to the other side! Funny, dark and full of comic adventure this series is ideal for boys seeking a fast-paced and amusing chapter book.

Attack of the Ballistic Blanket

Attack of the Ballistic Blanket

Author: Sam Hay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2013

The Day the Donkey Dropped Dead

The Day the Donkey Dropped Dead

Author: Sam Hay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2013

Night of the Howling Hound

Night of the Howling Hound

Author: Sam Hay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2013

Joe is just an ordinary boy until he makes a wish on a spooky Egyptian amulet... Now he's the Protector of Undead pets! Joe is off on a school trip to an adventure camp, and he can't wait to put Uncle Charlie's survival tips into practice! But it's not long before he's visited by Dexter, a scruffy-looking dog, with a howling tale of woe. Dexter doesn't want his owner feeling guilty for his death, but it'll be hard for Joe to intervene this time - it turns out that the owner is Joe's headmaster, the dreaded Mr Hill! Undead Pets is full of animal zombies and pets with one last thing to do before they pass to the other side! Funny, dark and full of adventure this series is ideal for boys seeking a fast-paced and amusing chapter book.

Return of the Hungry Hamster

Return of the Hungry Hamster

Author: Sam Hay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2012

When Joe Edmunds makes a wish on an Egyptian amulet, little does he know that he has volunteered to guide and defend the undead pet inhabitants of his town! Dumpling the hamster came to a dusty end inside a vacuum cleaner ... but he suspects that his owner Oliver's parents never admitted to their son that they were to blame for Dumpling's demise. Now the hamster needs Joe's help to reveal the truth - but there's a furry surprise awaiting them at Oliver's house...

Revenge of the Phantom Furball

Revenge of the Phantom Furball

Author: Sam Hay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2012

When Joe Edmunds makes a wish on an Egyptian amulet, little does he know that he has volunteered to guide and defend the undead pet inhabitants of his town! Disaster strikes when Bonsai the pug chases Pickle the cat into the street, where she is flattened by a car. But the fact that Pickle has (almost) shuffled off her mortal coil isn't her biggest concern; she is worried that Bonsai will pursue her sister Pebble into an early grave too, unless she and Joe teach the dog a lesson...

Rise of the Zombie Rabbit

Rise of the Zombie Rabbit

Author: Sam Hay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2012

Joe is just an ordinary boy until he makes a wish on a spooky Egyptian amulet... Now he's the Protector of Undead pets! Fluffy's owner, Olivia, lost a necklace in her back garden and she's going to get in big trouble if it isn't found. Fluffy can't bear to see her owner in distress and she demands that Joe finds the necklace - now! Can Joe do what Fluffy wants or will the undead pet be hopping around forever?Undead Pets is full of animal zombies and pets with one last thing to do before they pass to the other side! Funny, dark and full of adventure this series is ideal for young readers seeking a fast-paced and amusing chapter book.

The Spoon of Doom

The Spoon of Doom

Author: Sam Hay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2010

'It was never meant to feed the needy; but to serve up grief to the mean and greedy' The unfortunately named Albert Grub (A. Grub) has parents who are obsessed by mini-beasts; there are insects in the fridge, woodlice living in the hall and spiders dwelling in the cupboard under the stairs. But everything changes one day when Albert discovers that his dad is heir to the factory of the legendary Piddler's Porridge. Why is the town's noodle King, and owner of the adjacent factory so keen to get his hands on the Piddler's place? Is he after the legendary Spoon of Doom, believed to be hidden somewhere in the factory? And what can our reluctant hero do to stop him? A mix of quirky characters and outlandish goings on topped with lashings of bugs and porridge, this is a laugh-out-loud comic adventure that will appeal especially to boys.

Billy Angel

Billy Angel

Author: Sam Hay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2008

Plumbing. This is what the future has in store for Billy Box - to follow in the footsteps of generations of Boxes and spend his life with his arm down people's toilets. Or so he thinks...For when an angel appears on his 11th birthday, Billy's life suddenly takes an unexpected turn. His destiny is now to be a Guardian Angel and his first task is to protect Thelma Potts, the toughest girl in school. Billy soon finds himself caught up in a world of competitive pie eating, skeletons and magic, not to mention smelly drains!

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