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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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Spy Penguins

Spy Penguins

Author: Sam Hay Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/2019

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 SamHay 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.

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

Princess Ice Palace

Princess Ice Palace

Author: Sam Hay Format: Novelty book Release Date: 06/04/2017

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.

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.

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