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Yasmeen Ismail - Author

About the Author

Yasmeen Ismail is an award-winning author, illustrator and animator. After graduating from art school she ran a successful animation company before moving on to write and illustrate picture books. Her internationally-bestselling books, including Time for Bed Fred! and I’m a Girl! have become children’s classics. Yasmeen is originally from Ireland, but now lives in London.

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Would You Like a Banana?

Would You Like a Banana?

Author: Yasmeen Ismail Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/01/2020

Award-winning illustrator Yasmeen Ismail's delightfully funny picture book featuring a very stubborn gorilla will have the whole family laughing! Gorilla is hungry but there is absolutely no way he's going to eat a banana. Not even a teeny taste. Not with some bread or standing on his head. Even if you eat one too, which is something you might do. This brilliant and hilarious picture book from award-winning illustrator Yasmeen Ismail will have everyone laughing at this all-too familiar family situation!

Joy

Joy

Author: Yasmeen Ismail Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2019

A delightfully upbeat read-aloud picture book, perfect to share with very young children. Bounce bounce, ding-a-ling, ring ring, let's sing! I feel joy! From an award-winning author and illustrator pairing comes an irresistibly energetic read-aloud picture book. Join the bouncy little kitten as she plays with her favourite toy and - uh oh - falls down with a trip-trip-slip. But with a little hug, a kiss and a squeeze, she's going to be just fine. A truly joyful celebration of the love between parent and child.

Kiki and Bobo's Birthday Surprise

Kiki and Bobo's Birthday Surprise

Author: Yasmeen Ismail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2018

A hilarious lift-the-flap story book for very young children starring the delightful Kiki and Bobo. Meet Kiki and Bobo, the lively stars of this hilarious lift-the-flap story, perfect for very young children, about a very special day. Bobo knows today is special. So does Kiki. Both are planning a secret surprise party. But who for? The delightful duo are the creation of award-winning illustrator and animator Yasmeen Ismail, who has won The New York Times' Best Illustrated Book Award and the V&A Best Illustrated Book Award.

Kiki and Bobo's Sunny Day

Kiki and Bobo's Sunny Day

Author: Yasmeen Ismail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2018

A charming lift-the-flap story book for very young children starring the delightful Kiki and Bobo. Join bouncy Kiki and shy Bobo for a day at the seaside in this charming lift-the-flap story, perfect for very young children. Kiki can't wait to get to the beach and swim in the sea. But why isn't Bobo as excited for their sunny day out? The delightful duo are the creation of award-winning illustrator and animator Yasmeen Ismail, who has won The New York Times' Best Illustrated Book Award and the V&A Best Illustrated Book Award.

Kiki and Bobo's Super Surprise

Kiki and Bobo's Super Surprise

Author: Yasmeen Ismail Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2017

A hilarious lift-the-flap story book for very young children starring the delightful Kiki and Bobo. Meet Kiki and Bobo, the lively stars of this hilarious lift-the-flap story, perfect for very young children, about a very special day. Bobo knows today is special. So does Kiki. Both are planning a secret surprise party. But who for? The delightful duo are the creation of award-winning illustrator and animator Yasmeen Ismail, who has won The New York Times' Best Illustrated Book Award and the V&A Best Illustrated Book Award.

Happy, Sad, Feeling Glad Draw & Discover

Happy, Sad, Feeling Glad Draw & Discover

Author: Yasmeen Ismail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2017

An endearing and engaging look at emotions and how different situations cause different feelings. What has made Dog happy? Do you know what Cat is scared of? And why is Donkey so excited? A range of fun art activities encourages young readers to explore their feelings and express themselves with drawings, doodles and decorations.

Push, Pull, Empty, Full Yasmeen Ismail's Draw & Discover

Push, Pull, Empty, Full Yasmeen Ismail's Draw & Discover

Author: Yasmeen Ismail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2017

Bear, Duck and Rabbit take little artists on big adventures - outside and inside, up and down, left to right and back again! Yasmeen Ismail's simple, amusing line art helps children identify word meanings, look at things from a variety of perspectives and get creative on every page.

Nothing!

Nothing!

Author: Yasmeen Ismail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2016

Mummy and Lila are going to visit Grandpa, but Lila is busy in her own imaginative world. Whenever Mummy asks her what she is doing, she always says, Nothing! Only the reader is allowed in to her colourful, crazy, creative world where she is wrestling an octopus, or racing along in a winged chariot, or flying with birds over a noisy jungle. But Grandpa has a plan to join Lila in her secret world. After all, playing is even more fun when you play together! Bursting with energy and colour, this is a joyous celebration of the imagination and creativity that will speak to child and adult alike. Yasmeen Ismail won the V&A Illustration Award 2014 and has been shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize. I'm a Girl! has been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Award.

Christmas for Greta and Gracie

Christmas for Greta and Gracie

Author: Yasmeen Ismail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2015

Greta and Gracie are sisters - Greta is chatty while Gracie is quiet and it's all fine until, one day, everything changes. It's nearly Christmas and together the sisters decorate the tree, shop for presents and even try a spot of ice-skating! But Greta, of course, always knows best - poor Gracie can't get a word in edgeways. Then on Christmas Eve, while Greta is quietly sleeping, Gracie hears a funny noise . . . whatever could it be? She creeps downstairs to investigate, and the next morning her very special revelation leaves chitty chatty Greta lost for words!

Christmas for Greta and Gracie

Christmas for Greta and Gracie

Author: Yasmeen Ismail Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/09/2015

Greta and Gracie are sisters - Greta is chatty while Gracie is quiet and it's all fine until, one day, everything changes. It's nearly Christmas and together the sisters decorate the tree, shop for presents and even try a spot of ice-skating! But Greta, of course, always knows best - poor Gracie can't get a word in edgeways. Then on Christmas Eve, while Greta is quietly sleeping, Gracie hears a funny noise . . . whatever could it be? She creeps downstairs to investigate, and the next morning her very special revelation leaves chitty chatty Greta lost for words!

I'm a Girl!

I'm a Girl!

Author: Yasmeen Ismail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2015

I'm supposed to be made of sugar and spice and all things nice. But I'm sweet and sour and not a little flower. I am a girl! I am a girl! I am a girl! The girl in this book likes to win, she likes to be spontaneous, fast and strong, and because she also likes to dress in t-shirt and shorts, she is forever getting mistaken for a boy. And when she meets a boy who likes wearing princess dresses and playing dolls, they both quickly discover that they share interests that are wide and varied. I am a Girl! is a wonderful celebration of being who we are and not being pigeon-holed or restricted by gender stereotypes. Most of all it is full of energy and laugh-out-loud funny. Who says that pink is for girls and blue is for boys?

Time for Bed, Fred! Big Book

Time for Bed, Fred! Big Book

Author: Yasmeen Ismail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/02/2015

Now in fantastic new big book size - perfect for shared reading lessons. It's time for bed. But will Fred go to bed? You bet he won't! From hiding up trees, and splashing in muddy puddles, to hiding in the kitchen sink and disappearing behind bookshelves, Fred will do ANYTHING to avoid bedtime. He would even prefer to have a bath. But what's this? All that running around couldn't possibly have made Fred sleepy . . . could it? A delightful bedtime book, destined to become a classic.

Specs for Rex

Specs for Rex

Author: Yasmeen Ismail Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/08/2014

Rex has new glasses and he HATES them! He does NOT want to wear them to school, and he tries to hide them - in the strangest places! But it's pretty tricky hiding specs that are so big, and round and RED . . . It's funny how things turn out, though, because Rex's specs end up winning him a gold star, and a new friend. Even better, he can SEE properly. A beautifully illustrated and charming story about the positive effects of being, well, maybe just a little different.

Specs for Rex

Specs for Rex

Author: Yasmeen Ismail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/08/2014

Rex has new glasses and he HATES them! He does NOT want to wear them to school, and he tries to hide them - in the strangest places! But it's pretty tricky hiding specs that are so big, and round and RED . . . It's funny how things turn out, though, because Rex's specs end up winning him a gold star, and a new friend. Even better, he can SEE properly. A beautifully illustrated and charming story about the positive effects of being, well, maybe just a little different.

Inside, Outside, Upside Down

Inside, Outside, Upside Down

Author: Yasmeen Ismail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/11/2013

Time for Bed, Fred!

Time for Bed, Fred!

Author: Yasmeen Ismail Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2013

It's time for bed. But will Fred go to bed? You bet he won't! From hiding up trees, and splashing in muddy puddles, to hiding in the kitchen sink and disappearing behind bookshelves, Fred will do ANYTHING to avoid bedtime. He would even prefer to have a bath. But what's this? All that running around couldn't possibly have made Fred sleepy . . . could it? A delightful bedtime book, destined to become a classic.

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