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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

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Other books by Adam Guillain, Charlotte Guillain

Reading Planet - Hello, Stefan! - Red A: Comet Street Kids

Reading Planet - Hello, Stefan! - Red A: Comet Street Kids

Author: Adam Guillain, Charlotte Guillain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2020

Stefan arrives at school for his first day! Rav wants to help him to settle in, but will Stefan need it? Hello, Stefan! is part of the Comet Street Kids range of books from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Comet Street Kids is an action-packed character series with highly decodable books for Pink A to White band. Children will love experiencing the amazing adventures of Rav, Asha, Tess, Finn and Stefan! Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and activities to support reading at home as well as comprehension questions to check understanding. Reading age: 4-5 years

Reading Planet - Floating Away - Blue: Comet Street Kids

Reading Planet - Floating Away - Blue: Comet Street Kids

Author: Adam Guillain, Charlotte Guillain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/05/2020

When the Comet Street Kids go on the Space Rocket ride at Planet Zoom, they don't expect to find themselves floating in space for real! The children are perfectly fine, because they're attached to a space ship - that is until Rav floats too far away... Floating Away is part of the Comet Street Kids range of books from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Comet Street Kids is an action-packed character series with highly decodable books for Pink A to White band. Children will love experiencing the amazing adventures of Rav, Asha, Tess, Finn and Stefan! Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and activities to support reading at home as well as comprehension questions to check understanding. Reading age: 5-6 years

Reading Planet - Abracadabra! - Yellow: Comet Street Kids

Reading Planet - Abracadabra! - Yellow: Comet Street Kids

Author: Adam Guillain, Charlotte Guillain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/05/2020

Finn has wanted a science kit for ages. Now he's saved up his money, he can finally buy one at the shops. He can't wait to impress his friends and family, but will anyone want to watch his science magic? Abracadabra! is part of the Comet Street Kids range of books from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Comet Street Kids is an action-packed character series with highly decodable books for Pink A to White band. Children will love experiencing the amazing adventures of Rav, Asha, Tess, Finn and Stefan! Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and activities to support reading at home as well as comprehension questions to check understanding. Reading age: 5-6 years

Reading Planet - Chef Stefan - Orange: Comet Street Kids

Reading Planet - Chef Stefan - Orange: Comet Street Kids

Author: Adam Guillain, Charlotte Guillain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/05/2020

Stefan has invited his friends around for dinner - and he is going to cook! When he asks what their favourite foods are, they wonder what he's making. Will it be a disaster - or a delicious success? Chef Stefan is part of the Comet Street Kids range of books from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Comet Street Kids is an action-packed character series with highly decodable books for Pink A to White band. Children will love experiencing the amazing adventures of Rav, Asha, Tess, Finn and Stefan! Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and activities to support reading at home as well as comprehension questions to check understanding. Reading age: 5-6 years

Party for Dads

Party for Dads

Author: Adam Guillain, Charlotte Guillain 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.

Molly's Magic Wardrobe: The Mermaid Mission

Molly's Magic Wardrobe: The Mermaid Mission

Author: Adam Guillain, Charlotte Guillain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2019

The Fairytale Hairdresser meets The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in this magical new picture book series about a girl and her enchanted dressing-up wardrobe! Join Molly on her second magical adventure as she visits the enchanted dressing-up wardrobe in her Granny's house. There are so many costumes to choose from in her magic dressing-up wardrobe. Today she's going to be . . . a mermaid! With a whizz and a pop and a shower of stars, Molly dives below the sea and soon finds herself on a mission: she must race to save the mermaids' shipwreck from some pesky sharks! This rhyming adventure full of magic is brought to life with bright, eye-popping artwork from Garry Parsons, illustrator of the bestselling Dinosaur That Pooped series. Collect them all! Join Molly on her first adventure as she whizzes off to fairyland . . . Molly's Magic Wardrobe: Search for the Fairy Star - 9781405285254 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. Garry Parsons is a bestselling illustrator who has worked on several children's books including the hugely popular Dinosaur That Pooped series. He has been published by Scholastic, Random House, Puffin, Egmont, Hodder, Andersen Press, Walker Books and others, including many foreign editions. Garry lives with his young family and old dog.

The World Book Day Monster

The World Book Day Monster

Author: Adam Guillain, Charlotte Guillain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

A celebration of reading and the huge phenomenon of dressing-up as your favourite character on World Book Day. What will you wear on World Book Day? Anna can't decide what to dress up as, but her dad knows just what to do to help . . . He takes Anna to a bookshop where a friendly bookseller helps her to pick out the perfect book for her. Now she knows exactly what to dress up as! But when she goes to school in her monster costume, no one knows what character Anna is supposed to be and she wishes she could share her favourite book with her classmates. Can Anna find someone to share her favourite story with and discover just how much magic is hiding inside a book? This magical rhyming picture book is the perfect story for sharing around World Book Day celebrations or for sharing the joy of reading all year round. Perfect for children aged 3 years and up, this is a fantastic celebration of stories, teachers, librarians and libraries, booksellers and the magic of discovering your favourite book and sharing it with others. 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. In celebration of books and reading for everyone, the authors happily donate 10% of their royalties for World Book Day Monster to World Book Day charity. 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 andHippobottymus. She has illustrated several books for Bloomsbury, Little Tiger, Egmont and Macmillan. Ada lives by the sea in Brighton with her daughter and ginger tom, Tiger.

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