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Nicola O'Byrne - Author

About the Author

When Nicola was 5 years old her parents banned Saturday morning television, and she has been drawing ever since. Nicola grew up in Singapore surrounded by the vibrant colours of the tropics and had not even heard of illustration as a career before she discovered the Illustration course at Edinburgh College of Art. Having graduated from ECA, Nicola has now completed a Masters in Printmaking from Camberwell College of Art, as well as pursuing a career in children's book illustration. She gets most of her ideas for children's books when she should be working on something else, and bases all of her characters on people she knows.

Featured books by Nicola O'Byrne

The Last Book Before Bedtime

The Last Book Before Bedtime

3+ readers

Author: Nicola O'Byrne Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/01/2016

A familiar fairy tale is turned topsy-turvy when Cinderella hijacks the story of The Three Little Pigs, then Little Red Riding Hood jumps in, adamant that her story is better because it's full of danger. And then the Big Bad Wolf turns up too! But disaster strikes! Uh-oh! What will they do? The reader is still awake and needs a story! The characters make up their own story, of course, and one with enough funniness, romance, danger AND cake (obviously) to keep everyone happy.

Other books by Nicola O'Byrne

Bad Cat!

Bad Cat!

Author: Nicola O'Byrne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2020

It's not easy saying sorry, and this hilarious picture book about manners proves just how hard it can be. Fluffykins is a lovely cat, isn't he? Just look at him. He wouldn't do anything naughty . . . would he? But what's this? He's knocked over the flowers, tangled up all the knitting, bent the blinds, trodden on the laptop AND scratched the sofa . . . and he WON'T say sorry. What a bad cat! Whatever will Fluffykins do next? Let's just hope he's not after the goldfish . . . This witty bedtime story is a perfect gift for pet owners and cat lovers everywhere! From the bestselling illustrator of Open Very Carefully, winner of the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2014. Can't get enough? Discover more hilarious stories from Nicola O'Byrne: The Rabbit, the Dark and the Biscuit Tin, Open Very Carefully, What's Next Door?, The Last Book Before Bedtime, Use Your Imagination. Every Nosy Crow paperback picture book comes with a free 'Stories Aloud' audio recording - just scan the QR code and listen along!

Bad Cat!

Bad Cat!

Author: Nicola O'Byrne Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/04/2020

It's not easy saying sorry, and this hilarious picture book about manners proves just how hard it can be. Fluffykins is a lovely cat, isn't he? Just look at him. He wouldn't do anything naughty . . . would he? But what's this? He's knocked over the flowers, tangled up all the knitting, bent the blinds, trodden on the laptop AND scratched the sofa . . . and he WON'T say sorry. What a bad cat! Whatever will Fluffykins do next? Let's just hope he's not after the goldfish . . . This witty bedtime story is a perfect gift for pet owners and cat lovers everywhere! From the bestselling illustrator of Open Very Carefully, winner of the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2014. Can't get enough? Discover more hilarious stories from Nicola O'Byrne: The Rabbit, the Dark and the Biscuit Tin, Open Very Carefully, What's Next Door?, The Last Book Before Bedtime, Use Your Imagination. Every Nosy Crow paperback picture book comes with a free 'Stories Aloud' audio recording - just scan the QR code and listen along!

The Rabbit, the Dark and the Biscuit Tin

The Rabbit, the Dark and the Biscuit Tin

Author: Nicola O'Byrne Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2018

If bedtime is a battle, then this hilarious, inventive picture book from international bestseller, Nicola O'Byrne, is exactly what you need. Rabbit has had a very good idea. He does NOT want to go to bed and so he puts The Dark in the biscuit tin so that he won't have to. Now he can stay up all night long! But The Dark gently reminds Rabbit of all the reasons why the dark and night are needed. What about all the nocturnal animals? And surely you can't have a yummy breakfast of toast and honey and fresh orange juice unless you've been to bed? But the very BEST thing about nighttime has to be a bedtime story, doesn't it? Rabbit is finally persuaded and lets The Dark out of the biscuit tin . . . the moment the story starts, Rabbit falls fast asleep. Goodnight, Rabbit! A funny and original bedtime story with fabulous surprise fold-out pages! From the bestselling author of Open Very Carefully, winner of the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2014. Can't get enough? Discover more hilarious stories from Nicola; Bad Cat, Open Very Carefully, What's Next Door?, The Last Book Before Bedtime, Use Your Imagination.

What's Next Door?

What's Next Door?

Author: Nicola O'Byrne Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/09/2017

Bursting with imagination, this sequel to the award-winning Open Very Carefully, is full of interactive fun. Carter, our cross crocodile hero is back, and he's NOT happy. He's stuck in another book and all he wants to do is find his way home, but he can't get there by himself. He needs YOUR help! In this unique, interactive picture book, with cut-out holes throughout, children are encouraged to take part in the story, to create a door in the page and use their imagination to guide Carter into new worlds, from stormy seas to hot deserts and icy lands. But will that cranky croc and the little friends he's made along the way ever find their way home? A hilarious story with cut-out holes throughout that's great fun for the reader, but bad news for a cross crocodile! From the winner of the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2014. Can't get enough? Discover more inventive and interactive stories from bestselling picture book creator, Nicola O'Byrne. Why not try Bad Cat, Open Very Carefully, The Rabbit, the Dark and the Biscuit Tin, The Last Book Before Bedtime and Use Your Imagination.

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