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Joyce Dunbar - Author

About the Author

Joyce Dunbar was born and brought up in Lincolnshire. She taught English for 20 years before becoming a full-time writer. Her books for children include This is the Star, which became a world-wide best-seller, and Mundo and the Weatherchild, which was runner-up for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award. The popular Mouse and Mole series has been animated for television with the voices of Alan Bennett and Richard Briers. She lives in Norwich.

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Is it Really Nearly Christmas?

Is it Really Nearly Christmas?

Author: Joyce Dunbar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/10/2019

An enchanting Christmas picture book about the magic and anticipation of Christmas Eve. There's only one more sleep till Christmas, and Lucas and Willow, the moon and the stars are all waiting... Waiting for Christmas morning, and presents, and mince pies and fun. But, unbeknown to Lucas and Willow, the magic has already begun. As silently and secretly the toys come to life... Perfect for sharing on Christmas Eve, this atmospheric story will soon become a new festive tradition. Written by master storyteller Joyce Dunbar, with stunning, classic illustrations from award-winning artist Victoria Turnbull.

Grumpy Duck

Grumpy Duck

Author: Joyce Dunbar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2019

Can anyone cheer up Grumpy Duck? A funny farmyard tale illustrated by the award-winning Petr Horacek. Duck is grumpy. The pond is dry and, even worse, there's a grey cloud following her around. Can any of Duck's friends cheer her up? A funny farmyard tale about friendship from Joyce Dunbar, illustrated by award-winning artist Petr Horacek with his trademark colourful flair.

Mouse and Mole Have a Party

Mouse and Mole Have a Party

Author: Joyce Dunbar Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/05/2019

Mouse and Mole

Mouse and Mole

Author: Joyce Dunbar Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/05/2019

A Very Special Mouse and Mole

A Very Special Mouse and Mole

Author: Joyce Dunbar Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/05/2019

Happy Days for Mouse and Mole

Happy Days for Mouse and Mole

Author: Joyce Dunbar Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/05/2019

Is it Really Nearly Christmas?

Is it Really Nearly Christmas?

Author: Joyce Dunbar Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

An enchanting Christmas picture book about the magic and anticipation of Christmas Eve. There's only one more sleep till Christmas, and Lucas and Willow, the moon and the stars are all waiting... Waiting for Christmas morning, and presents, and mince pies and fun. But, unbeknown to Lucas and Willow, the magic has already begun. As silently and secretly the toys come to life... Perfect for sharing on Christmas Eve, this atmospheric story will soon become a new festive tradition. Written by master storyteller Joyce Dunbar, with stunning, classic illustrations from award-winning artist Victoria Turnbull.

Grumpy Duck

Grumpy Duck

Author: Joyce Dunbar Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2018

Can anyone cheer up Grumpy Duck? A funny farmyard tale illustrated by the award-winning Petr Horacek. Duck is grumpy. The pond is dry and, even worse, there's a grey cloud following her around. Can any of Duck's friends cheer her up? A funny farmyard tale about friendship from Joyce Dunbar, illustrated by award-winning artist Petr Horacek with his trademark colourful flair.

I Will Not Wear Pink

I Will Not Wear Pink

Author: Joyce Dunbar, Polly Dunbar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

Dear Plunkett Please come to my party Theme: Pink Yours oinky, Priscilla Nothing or no one will make me wear pink! declares Plunkett the pig. But could there be one shade of pink that is perfect - for a boy or girl pig? And will Plunkett find true love, whatever his color?

Tibs the Post Office Cat

Tibs the Post Office Cat

Author: Joyce Dunbar, Claire Fletcher Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/04/2017

Meet Tibs, son of Toodle, son of Tiddles, son of Toby. A trusted employee of the Post Office. Tibs is paid 2s 6d a week to catch mice but he prefers making friends with them! Join Tibs on a curious cat and mouse adventure where everything is not quite what it seems.... There was trouble at the Post Office: holes in the mails sacks! Letters torn to shreds! Stamps licked through to the glue! When the postmaster discovers that mice are to blame, he decides to employ a brave new cat to sort them out. Tibs comes from a long line of Post Office cats, so his new career should be a piece of cake, except that instead of catching the mice, Tibs would rather make friends with them! Can Tibs teach them how to tidy up, instead of nibbling the post, and will he be able to deliver the reward that he promised? Soon, these unlikely friends are on an adventure that takes them down to the underground Mail Rail where, together, Tibs and the mice find themselves catching more than they bargained for! This charming story based on the life of a real cat called Tibs who was employed by Post Office in the 1950s to catch mice, earning a tidy sum of 2s 6d a week for his dedicated service. With a career spanning 14 years, the real Tibs became a Post Office celebrity. Featuring a cast of warm and loveable characters, this book will have children captivated by a nostalgic world of stamps, letters and underground mail trains.

Pat-a-Cake Baby

Pat-a-Cake Baby

Author: Joyce Dunbar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2016

From two illustrious picture book makers, and mother and daughter, comes a read-aloud perfect for story time, bedtime and, most of all, baking time! Winner of the Mal Peet Children's Award at the East Anglian Book Awards All glittery and fun and perfect for both storytime and bedtime Guardian From Joyce Dunbar and her daughter Polly, author-illustrator of Penguin and Hello Tilly, comes a delicious read-aloud celebration of baking! Are you ready? Grab a spoon! Because it's Pat-a-cake time! Come on Jelly Baby, Allsorts Baby and Candy Baby - Pat-a-cake Baby wants to make a very special cake and needs your help, what a job it is! Pitter-patter - get the butter! Glitzy-glossy - whisk in sugar! Jokey-yolky - add the eggs! A riot of rhyme and action, little children will feel stuffed to the brim full of magic and fun.

I Will Not Wear Pink

I Will Not Wear Pink

Author: Joyce Dunbar Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/05/2016

The Spring Rabbit

The Spring Rabbit

Author: Joyce Dunbar, Susan Varley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2014

Smudge is the only rabbit in the woods without a brother or sister. His mother tells him to wait for spring, but that is a long way off. In Autumn, Smudge builds a leaf-and-twig brother, but he blows away. He builds a snow sister in the winter, but she melts. Will Smudge's wish for a sibling ever come true?

Do Dare Duck

Do Dare Duck

Author: Joyce Dunbar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/02/2014

Does Duck dazzle as much as the peacock? Does he dawdle like the tortoise, or does he dash like the hare? No? Well, what does Duck do? Does Duck ...dare? A gorgeous new story from the author of Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go To Sleep and the illustrator of Daddy Is My Hero.

Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep

Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep

Author: Joyce Dunbar Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2006

Little bunny Willa is scared to go to sleep, just in case she has a bad dream. She asks her older brother Willoughby for help. Wise Willoughby knows that she just needs to think of all happy things that will be waiting for her in the morning ...This is a beautiful text by one of our best-loved authors, illustrated in an adorable style. This book has won widespread critical acclaim and children are clamouring to hear the story every bedtime!

Baby Bird

Baby Bird

Author: Joyce Dunbar, Russell Ayto Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2004

Baby Bird has only one thing on his mind: he wants to fly into the sky. And nothing is going to stop him.

Magic Lemonade Blue Banana

Magic Lemonade Blue Banana

Author: Joyce Dunbar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2001

A fun and engaging illustrated book about Zoe and her magic lemonade for Egmont's Blue Banana series, written by Joyce Dunbar and illustrated by Jan McCafferty who has illustrated many books by Enid Blyton. With her tablecloth gown and clothes-peg crown, Zoe looks like a Queen. But she needs magic lemonade to convince her friends. Blue bananas are illustrated books for NC Level 2 readers learning to tackle longer prose for the first time with the support of extensive illustrations and speech bubbles. They are carefully designed with education in mind, supporting children's understanding of vocabulary and punctuation. Blue Bananas explore the feelings and emotions of characters in a clear fashion.

Tutti Frutti

Tutti Frutti

Author: Joyce Dunbar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2000

Each of the books in this series tells of an episode in the lives of two friends, Panda and Gander. In Tutti Frutti, Panda and Gander have a big bowl of fruit to share.

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