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Eileen Browne - Author

About the Author

Eileen Browne’s titles include "Handa's Surprise", which was shortlisted for the 1995 Sheffield Children's Book Award, "Handa's Hen" and "Tick Tock". Eileen was born and brought up in Birmingham and lived in London for over twenty years before moving to Wiltshire where she now lives. She worked as a school teacher and a youth worker before becoming an author and illustrator. Her first book was published in 1977. Eileen believes "Certain groups of people are not well represented in books. For example, females only feature as main characters in around 30% of children's books. Because of this, I give them priority. "Where's That Bus?" was one of the first animal picture books with all female characters." Eileen has written books with Kit Wright and Floella Benjamin.

Featured books by Eileen Browne

Handa's Surprise

Handa's Surprise

3+ readers

Author: Eileen Browne Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/08/2009

This is a bestselling picture book - brought to life with an animated DVD!A Handa puts seven delicious fruits in a basket for her friend Akeyo. Which fruit will Akeyo like best, she wonders. After a long walk to the next village, the answer turns out to be a big surprise! Walker Books have collaborated with King Rollo Films to create this gently animated DVD packaged together with the classic picture book. Read by Adjoa Andoh ( Casualty and Doctor Who ), with specially composed music, this is an innovative combination that will delight and entertain young viewers again and again. Fun and engaging, this innovative set will help develop reading skills and is ideal for sharing at home or in the classroom.

Other books by Eileen Browne

Handa's Noisy Night

Handa's Noisy Night

Author: Eileen Browne Illustrator: Eileen Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2020

The latest installment in Eileen's Browne's acclaimed Handa series is a warm, funny story about night-time fears with a cast of nocturnal animals and a Kenyan setting. When Handa has a sleepover with her friend Akeyo, the girls are allowed to spend the night in a little hut near the house. They're excited to be on their own, but as they get ready for bed, Handa feels more and more nervous. She keeps hearing things - strange snorts, chitter chattering, a big thud. Akeyo says it's only her noisy family, but on the opposite page the reader sees the nocturnal animals who are really making the noise - and while some of them are familiar, others are very peculiar-looking indeed! With rich, night-time illustrations, sound effects, and plenty of curious animals, Handa's Noisy Night demands to be read aloud and shared - whether in the classroom or tucked up in bed at home.

Handa's Surprise

Handa's Surprise

Author: Eileen Browne Illustrator: Eileen Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

In pantomime spirit, children will long to tell Handa what's happening right behind her in this beautiful 25th anniversary edition of a modern classic. So luscious it seems almost edible Observer A 25th anniversary edition of a modern classic, this is the story of Handa who decides to take seven pieces of delicious fruit to her friend, Akeyo, who lives in the neighbouring village. But as Handa wonders, I wonder what fruit Akeyo will like best?, a series of sneaky animals steal something from Handa's basket, which she's carrying on her head... When Handa reaches Akeyo, will she have anything left to offer her friend? Brimming with mouth-watering fruit and wild animals, this richly-illustrated story is for the youngest of readers. Named one of the best culturally diverse picture books in the UK, this is a beautiful edition to share and treasure with a foreword and gorgeous gold foil on the cover and spine.

Handa's Surprise

Handa's Surprise

Author: Eileen Browne Illustrator: Eileen Browne Format: Board book Release Date: 05/05/2016

In this board book edition of a picture book classic, a delightful surprise colourfully unfolds when a little girl called Handa puts seven delicious fruits in a basket to take to her friend. A beautiful board book edition of a bestselling modern classic, this is the story of Handa, who's part of the Luo tribe in south-west Kenya. Handa decides to take seven pieces of delicious fruit to her friend, Akeyo, who lives in the neighbouring village. But as Akeyo muses, I wonder what fruit Akeyo will like best?, a series of sneaky animals steal something from Handa's basket, which she's carrying on her head... When Handa reaches Akeyo, will she have anything left to offer her friend? Richly illustrated, brimming with luscious fruit and cheeky wild animals, this mouth-watering story is for the youngest of readers. In the best pantomime spirit, children will long to tell Handa what's happening right behind her!

Boo Boo Baby and the Giraffe

Boo Boo Baby and the Giraffe

Author: Eileen Browne Illustrator: Emily Bolam Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/03/2012

Part of the My First Picture Book series: perfect for every toddler to help encourage language skills, understanding, enjoyment and sharing. These books are a bridge between board books and picture books; printed on toddler-tough card with rounded corners. Boo Boo Baby has lots of fun bouncing from animal to animal - but here comes a... rhino! Boo hoo! says Baby Boo Boo, so the animals comfort her, bouncing her back to bed. This is a wonderfully soothing bedtime story from the author of Handa's Surprise.

Handa's Surprise

Handa's Surprise

3+ readers

Author: Eileen Browne Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/08/2009

This is a bestselling picture book - brought to life with an animated DVD!A Handa puts seven delicious fruits in a basket for her friend Akeyo. Which fruit will Akeyo like best, she wonders. After a long walk to the next village, the answer turns out to be a big surprise! Walker Books have collaborated with King Rollo Films to create this gently animated DVD packaged together with the classic picture book. Read by Adjoa Andoh ( Casualty and Doctor Who ), with specially composed music, this is an innovative combination that will delight and entertain young viewers again and again. Fun and engaging, this innovative set will help develop reading skills and is ideal for sharing at home or in the classroom.

Where's the Bus?

Where's the Bus?

Author: Eileen Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2009

Rabbit & Mouse find all sorts of interesting things to do while they wait for a bus to come. But there's no sign of a bus - or is there? Young children will love to spot all the buses in the illustrations - which the animals miss because they're too busy doing something else!

Handa's Surprising Day

Handa's Surprising Day

Author: Eileen Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2007

Featuring Handa, star of Handa's Hen and Handa's Surprise, this innovative storybook contains three linked stories and is designed to build reader confidence. Join the ever popular Handa, a young African girl living in a Kenyan tribe, as she goes about her everyday life, delivering fruit to her village, hunting for her Grandma's black hen with her friend Akeyo and encountering a troublesome goat.

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