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Katy Hudson grew up in Middlesbrough, England, and started her illustration career as a small child drawing on freshly painted walls around the house! Her parents quickly dissuaded her from using this medium and encouraged her to draw with pencil and paper instead. The idea stuck (the pencil was updated to an inkpot and pen in some cases), and after some lovely time at art college and a degree in illustration, Katy is now a freelance illustrator based in Greenwich, London. She won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award Gold in 2014 for her illustrations in the book Animal Teachers.
She may have won the Golden Acorn for eight years running but Squirrel still has a lot to learn about friendship. When a rule change for the annual Golden Acorn Hunt is announced, then Squirrel has to find a team and does not think her friends are up to it. Indeed when they set off she has to keep going back impatiently to rescue them from their comical misadventures. But eventually her need for speed gets the better of her and she zooms off. She gets to the Acorn first only to discover that it is too heavy for her to move alone. What is more there is no sign of her friends and she realises that the Acorn does not matter, she needs her friends. From the talented author and illustrator of the popular Too Many Carrots, this endearing fable about the importance of friendship and teamwork has a lovely message for young children learning all about making friends in the new environment of school or nursery.
How many carrots is too many? That’s a question Rabbit would find impossible to answer. He’s piled so many up in his burrow that there’s no room left for him. Tortoise kindly offers to share his house, then Bird does, Squirrel and Beaver – each time disaster follows: Rabbit insists on bringing so many carrots with him that his neighbours’ homes collapse under the weight. At last Rabbit sees how greedy he’s been and invites everyone to stay at his home, clearing a space by creating a wonderful carrot-based feast! Readers will enjoy the comic build up to Rabbit’s epiphany and the animal characters are delightful creations. Katy Hudson makes carrots look absolutely delicious too – expect demands for carrot soup and carrot cake!
Every year Tortoise sleeps through winter. He assumes he isn't missing much. However, his friends are determined to prove otherwise! Will Tortoise go to sleep or will his friends convince him to stay awake and experience the frosty fun of the season? Best-selling author Katy Hudson's charming picture book will convince even the biggest grouch that winter can be magical if you have friends by your side.