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Adam Guillain, Charlotte Guillain - Author

About the Author

Adam and Charlotte Guillain.

Adam is a performance storyteller and was the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre Writer in Residence. He is published by OUP, Pearson and Scholastic.

Charlotte taught English to air traffic controllers and nurses before deciding a career in publishing would endanger fewer lives. Following a decade working as a commissioning editor, Charlotte is now a prolific author of children's fiction, non-fiction and picture books. 

Q&A: Adam and Charlotte

1. How did you get the idea for this book/artwork?

Like many parents with babies, Charlotte and I would make up silly rhymes and songs for all usual baby stuff: changing nappies, going to sleep, eating food etc. One of the first solids our own George loved was spaghetti. One day we were doing the usual nonsense stuff when the words 'spaghetti with the yeti' came out. We were on to it like a shot! When Egmont said they loved it and wanted Lee Wildish to create the illustrations we were so happy we danced a jig!

2. How would you describe the book?

It's very silly, funny and warm.

3. Which is your favourite character/theme in the book?

We love the character, George, partly because he's based on our own red-headed son, but because he so refreshingly innocent and optimistic. He has an idea and in good faith he just goes for it!

4. How long did it take you to write/illustrate this book?

The first draft was written in about fifteen minutes but we've been writing, rewriting and crafting this story for seven years.

5. How did you do the research for it? Where did you look/go?

Other than researching if anyone else had thought of this idea before, we did absolutely no research at all - which was great!

6. What other books have you written/illustrated?

It's a long list. Better check out our website www.tinnedspaghetti.co.uk

Featured books by Adam Guillain, Charlotte Guillain

Other books by Adam Guillain, Charlotte Guillain

I'm Thinking of a Jungle Animal

I'm Thinking of a Jungle Animal

Author: Adam Guillain, Charlotte Guillain Illustrator: Lucia Gaggiotti Format: Board book Release Date: 03/06/2021

Guess the jungle animal from the clues, then pull a slider to reveal the answer! A brilliant non-fiction board book series perfect for little animal lovers. With vibrant energetic artwork and a friendly rhyming text, these interactive books are great for reading aloud. Each child is thinking of jungle animal . . . What do they look like? What do they eat? And what noise do they make? Follow the simple clues, make a guess, then spot the animal hiding in the beautifully illustrated scene and pull the slider to reveal the answer! With four favourite jungle animals to find - and animal noises too! Other titles in the series include: I'm Thinking of a Pet I'm Thinking of a Sea Creature I'n Thinking of a Farm Animal

One Potato, Two Potatoes

One Potato, Two Potatoes

Author: Adam Guillain, Charlotte Guillain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2021

A laugh-out-loud, sing-along counting romp, based on the traditional rhyme, perfect for fans of Supertato! One potato, two potatoes, three potatoes, four... playing hide and seek - hang on! Who's inside the drawer?! Four more energetic, excitable potatoes, that's who! And the potato pals are about to receive an exciting invitation: to take part in the fruit and veg talent show! But potatoes are too small to dance. They're useless at acrobatics, and can't play musical instruments or ride bikes. So what CAN they do?! From the bestselling authors of George's Amazing Adventures and the award-winning creator of Mr Pusskins! Look out for One Banana, Two Bananas - on sale now!

I'm Thinking of a Farm Animal

I'm Thinking of a Farm Animal

Author: Adam Guillain, Charlotte Guillain Illustrator: Lucia Gaggiotti Format: Board book Release Date: 04/02/2021

Guess the animal from the clues, then pull a slider to reveal the answer! A brilliant non-fiction board book series perfect for little animal lovers. With vibrant energetic artwork and a friendly rhyming text, these interactive books are great for reading aloud. Each child is thinking of farm animal . . . What do they look like? What do they eat? And what noise do they make? Follow the simple clues, make a guess, then spot the animal hiding in the beautifully illustrated scene and pull the slider to reveal the answer! With four favourite farm animals to find - and animal noises too! Other titles in the series include: I'm Thinking of a Pet I'm Thinking of a Jungle Animal I'm Thinking of a Sea Creature

One Banana, Two Bananas

One Banana, Two Bananas

Author: Adam Guillain, Charlotte Guillain Illustrator: Sam Lloyd Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

Learn to count to ten in this hilarious new rhyming picture book series from the bestselling authors of George's Amazing Adventures and the illustrator of the award-winning Mr Pusskins! ONE banana, TWO bananas, THREE bananas, FOUR . . . Join in the simple, catchy rhyme in this madcap counting adventure. Featuring bananas in pyjamas, a llama panorama, an inflatable banana boat and lots of other nonsense that children will love. With a catchy counting rhythm, this is a great way to help children learn to count in a fun, accessible way.

Countdown to Christmas

Countdown to Christmas

Author: Adam Guillain, Charlotte Guillain Illustrator: Pippa Curnick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

Comes with a festive advent calendar gift so you can count down to Christmas along with the characters! Christmas is coming and the countdown has begun! Bear has made a Christmas game for his friends, with a present to find each day. There's a toy cow on wheels for Hedgehog and a candy cane for Raccoon but some of the other presents seem a bit strange. Beaver gets some straw and Toad gets some donkey ears! And what is Badger supposed to do with a tea towel? Why is Bear giving them all these presents? What is his big surprise? Join in the festive fun as the characters open their presents one by one to reveal a fun festive finale!

Party for Dads

Party for Dads

Author: Adam Guillain, Charlotte Guillain Illustrator: Ada Grey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

Get ready to do your best dad dancing and celebrate Father's Day with this joyful rhyming picture book. Children and adults swap places in this hilarious follow up to School for Dads. Full of fun and silliness, this is the perfect picture book gift for Father's Day celebrating all kinds of different dads. With bouncy rhyming text, this story is great for reading aloud with children aged 3 years and up and perfect for encouraging them to join in the story. One morning, Anna cried, Whoopee! Today's your special day!... She gave her dad a card and said, Come on - it's time to play! Poor Anna's dad has to go to work on his birthday, so she decides to throw him a surprise party and teach him how to really have some fun. She invites her friends and all of their dads to join in the best birthday party of all time, full of games, cake, fancy-dress costumes and awkward dad dancing! Can her dad learn to embrace his inner child and have some fun? Collect them all! Find out what happens when children take their dads to school ... Has your dad started getting a bit slack? Always late to pick you up, looking at his phone too much? Then you need to get him down to School for Dads right away! And you might learn that he's a really brilliant dad after all ... School for Dads - 978 1 4052 7749 5 Adam Guillain is a children's writer, musician and a co-founder of Storytelling Schools. Charlotte Guillain taught English to air traffic controllers and nurses before deciding a career in publishing would endanger fewer lives. Since meeting in Zanzibar while working with Voluntary Services Overseas, they have written several picture books together including Supermarket Gremlins, School for Dads and the George's Amazing Adventures series. Ada Grey studied illustration and later took a role in design. Moving back into illustration, Ada set about designing her own unique picture book style, characterised by an energetic palate, adorable, lively characters and a delicate use of texture. Her books include Shhh! Don't Wake the Royal Baby, School for Dads, Poo in the Zoo and Hippobottymus. She has illustrated several books for Bloomsbury, Little Tiger, Egmont and Macmillan.

Jellybeans for Giants

Jellybeans for Giants

Author: Adam Guillain, Charlotte Guillain Illustrator: Lee Wildish Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2018

Join George on a new rhyming adventure in the latest title in the bestselling picture book series, from award-winning authors, Adam and Charlotte Guillain. A boy called George had a breathtaking thought, that giants might really exist ... When George plants a jellybean in his garden it grows into an enormous beanstalk and George is sure there must be a friendly giant at the top. As he climbs bravely up the beanstalk, higher and higher, George encounters a magical pixie, a stinky troll and gets stuck in a very sticky web ... Combining a classic fairytale story with fun rhyming text and silly humour, Jellybeans for Giants is the perfect picture book fun for children aged 3 years and up. All of George's adventures are available to collect with brilliant new bright covers. Find more treats and daring feats in: Spaghetti with the Yeti Marshmallows for Martians Doughnuts for a Dragon Pizza for Pirates Socks for Santa Treats for a T. rex Muffins for Mummies Praise for George's Amazing Adventures series: 'a completely engaging and entertaining world' The Bookbag Adam Guillain is a performance storyteller and was the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre Writer in Residence. Charlotte Guillain taught English to air traffic controllers and nurses before deciding a career in publishing would endanger fewer lives. They have written several books together including Supermarket Gremlins, School for Dads and the George's Amazing Adventures series. The first title in the series, Spaghetti with the Yeti, was nominated for nine awards including the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Lee Wildish lives in Lancashire and has been illustrating from a very young age. He loves illustrating children's books and thinks there's nothing better than seeing people laughing at a book he's illustrated. His titles include The Spooky Spooky House which was the winner of the Red House Children's Book Award 2013, and the New York Times bestselling How to Babysit a Grandpa.

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