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Helen Oxenbury - Author

About the Author

Helen Oxenbury is among the most popular and critically-acclaimed illustrators of all time. Her many award-winning books for children include We’re Going On a Bear Hunt, written by Michael Rosen, Farmer Duck, written by Martin Waddell and There’s Going to Be a Baby, written by John Burningham; as well as her classic board books for babies. Helen has won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal twice – in 1969, for The Quangle Wangle’s Hat and The Dragon of an Ordinary Family and in 1999, for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. She lives in London.

Read Helen Oxenbury on winning the Kate Greenaway medal twice here.


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Eating Out

Eating Out

Author: Helen Oxenbury Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2013

The reissue of a classic first storybook to celebrate Helen Oxenbury's work. Mum is too tired to cook so Dad offers to take the family out for supper. But the youngest person present can't sit still and has to go to the toilet at the wrong time. Then someone falls over him when he decides to hide under the table. A warm and funny depiction of a child's first trip to a restaurant - which quickly turns into a disaster. Helen Oxenbury's First Storybooks perfectly describe the small but memorable events of childhood. The words are a delight and are perfect for reading aloud, and the pictures warm, affectionate visions of a child's world, which parents and children will instantly recognize and love.

It's My Birthday

It's My Birthday

Author: Helen Oxenbury Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2010

A simple, scrumptious birthday story from beloved author-illustrator, Helen Oxenbury. It's my birthday and I'm going to make a cake, a little boy tells his friends. Will they all help? Yes. The chicken gets some eggs; the bear gets some flour; the cat gets butter and milk; the pig gets a pinch of salt.... And they'll all help to eat the cake too!

It's My Birthday

It's My Birthday

Author: Helen Oxenbury Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/1996

A picture book for young children by a three-times Smarties Book Prize Winner. The toddler in this story is celebrating his birthday and wants to make a cake. So he asks his animal friends for help in getting the ingredients. The chicken gets some eggs, the bear gets flour, the cat gets butter and milk, the pig gets a pinch of salt, the dog gets sugar and the monkey gets some cherries. Then all of them help to make the cake - and eat it, of course! Helen Oxenbury won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1979, and her other books include the First Picture Books Tom and Pippo and three Smarties Book Prize-winning picture books, So Much (also Winner of the 1994 Kurt Maschler Award), Farmer Duck and We're Going On A Bear Hunt (both of which were also Highly Commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal), Animal Allsorts and Puzzle People .

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