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Morag Hood - Author

About the Author

Morag Hood has a unique voice. Her idiosyncratic, wry humour permeates everything she does, creating books of style and irresistible charm. Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea was a runner-up in The Macmillan Prize for Illustration, marking a glorious picture book debut. Morag spent her childhood writing stories, painting, and dreaming of having a pet duck. Following a degree in Costume Design from Wimbledon College of Art, and an MA in Children's Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art, Morag returned to live in her native Edinburgh with her husband. She still likes making stories, printing, cutting and sticking, and freshly sharpened pencils. The pet duck is yet to make an appearance.

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Other books by Morag Hood

Aalfred and Aalbert

Aalfred and Aalbert

Author: Morag Hood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2020

An aadorable and funny love story between aardvarks. Aardvarks Aalfred and Aalbert both need a pal. But Aalfred sleeps in the day, and Aalbert sleeps at night. How will they ever get the chance to meet? Bird conjures up a series of sillier and sillier schemes to get the two aardvarks into the same place, but their paths simply refuse to cross. Until one day, when they find each other in the most unexpected way - and now Aalfred and Aalbert will never lose each other again. Aalfred and Aalbert is as funny and memorable as Morag Hood's previous books, Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea, I Am Bat and The Steves. With its sweet and natural portrayal of love accidentally blooming between two aardvarks, it makes a brilliant gift for a loved one.

Brenda Is a Sheep

Brenda Is a Sheep

Author: Morag Hood Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/07/2019

Brenda Is A Sheep is a massively mischievous and hilarious story about being accepted, from Morag Hood - the creator of The Steves, I Am Bat and Aalfred and Aalbert. Brenda says she is a sheep, but why does she look so different from her fluffy friends? All the sheep adore Brenda. With her sharp pointy teeth and cool grey fur, she's the snazziest sheep around. But Brenda is also very hungry, and doesn't much like the taste of grass . . . she soon begins plotting the most delicious feast of all. But will the sheep notice that Brenda isn't quite the same as them? A brilliant twist on the classic wolf-in-sheep's-clothing fable from the award-winning Morag Hood.

Sophie Johnson: Detective Genius

Sophie Johnson: Detective Genius

Author: Morag Hood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2019

Sophie Johnson studied very hard to become a detective and it's a good thing she did - there has been a terrible crime! Someone has stolen Lion's tail. Unfortunately, this means that Sophie doesn't have time to train her new (and not very good) assistant, Bella. However, is it possible that, while Sophie is busy rounding up suspects, she doesn't see that Bella may be better than she thinks?

Sophie Johnson: Detective Genius

Sophie Johnson: Detective Genius

Author: Morag Hood Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/05/2019

Sophie Johnson studied very hard to become a detective and it's a good thing she did - there has been a terrible crime! Someone has stolen Lion's tail. Unfortunately, this means that Sophie doesn't have time to train her new (and not very good) assistant, Bella. However, is it possible that, while Sophie is busy rounding up suspects, she doesn't see that Bella may be better than she thinks?

The Steves

The Steves

Author: Morag Hood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

A brilliantly funny and brightly colourful story perfect for Steves everywhere. When Steve meets Steve, neither can believe it. Surely one of them must be the first Steve, the best Steve, the Stevest Steve . . . The claims of each puffin become sillier and sillier as the argument descends into name-calling - until both Steves realize there's really no need to fall out over a name. The feuding puffins perfectly reflect the sort of silly arguments children have - and The Steves shows just how pointless they are. The bold, brilliantly coloured, graphic illustrations will have you laughing out loud in this glorious book from Morag Hood, creator of the hilarious Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea, Aalfred and Aalbert and author of Sophie Johnson: Unicorn Expert.

Is Mise Ialtag

Is Mise Ialtag

Author: Morag Hood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2019

Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea

Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea

Author: Morag Hood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/01/2019

A fantastically funny story that appeals to children of all ages - and makes adults laugh out loud, with the bold simplicity of Herve Tullet or Dick Bruna's Miffy. very funny, very cute Guardian Made using a collage of supermarket carrier bags, Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea is an irresistible story about empathy, diversity, and the joy of making friends with people (or vegetables) who are different from you. Boys and girls alike will love Colin and Lee's clear shapes, bright colours and the playful approach to everyday objects that make this book an instant favourite. This paperback edition is satisfyingly large, with shiny, textured peas on the cover! Winner: UK Literacy Association Award 2018 An EmpathyLab Read for Empathy book 2018

Aalfred and Aalbert

Aalfred and Aalbert

Author: Morag Hood Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/01/2019

An aadorable and funny love story between aardvarks. Aardvarks Aalfred and Aalbert both need a pal. But Aalfred sleeps in the day, and Aalbert sleeps at night. How will they ever get the chance to meet? Bird conjures up a series of sillier and sillier schemes to get the two aardvarks into the same place, but their paths simply refuse to cross. Until one day, when they find each other in the most unexpected way - and now Aalfred and Aalbert will never lose each other again. Aalfred and Aalbert is as funny and memorable as Morag Hood's previous books, Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea, I Am Bat and The Steves. With its sweet and natural portrayal of love accidentally blooming between two aardvarks, it makes a brilliant gift for a loved one.

I Am Bat

I Am Bat

Author: Morag Hood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

will give toddlers a happy Halloween - The Sunday Times This eye-poppingly colourful, hilarious book is an instant winner with children and adults alike. Starring an adorably grumpy bat and animal friends, I Am Bat is perfect for fans of Superbat and Oi Frog! Bat's cherries keep going missing. One by one, they are whisked away by mischievous animal tricksters behind Bat's back. Super-talent Morag Hood cleverly draws the reader into this interactive story: as Bat attempts to track down the guilty cherry thief everyone's a suspect - including you! From the illustrator of Sophie Johnson: Unicorn Expert and creator of The Steves, Aalfred and Aalbert and Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea.

Sophie Johnson: Unicorn Expert

Sophie Johnson: Unicorn Expert

Author: Morag Hood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2018

Are you a unicorn expert? Then meet Sophie Johnson... you have a lot in common! Sophie Johnson is an endearing new picture book character, who is just bursting with information and knowledge that she is keen to pass on. She's a self-confessed unicorn expert (among other things) and has dressed up her toys and pets with their own unique horns. Strange then, that she doesn't seem to notice the real unicorn who has come into her house... A wonderfully humorous story, from a new picture book dream-team, Morag Hood and Ella Okstad about a unicorn hiding in plain sight and a little girl who is totally oblivious to his presence! Ideal for fans of unicorns, rainbows and magic everywhere! 'Sophie is a wonderfully endearing character with whom children (and adults) will fall in love, despite the mayhem she causes. Glorious illustrations capture the chaos and fun of this hilarious story to perfection.' Parents in Touch

The Steves

The Steves

Author: Morag Hood Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/04/2018

When Steve meets Steve, neither can believe it. Surely one of them must be the first Steve, the best Steve, the Stevest Steve . . . The claims of each puffin become sillier and sillier as the argument descends into name-calling - until both Steves realize there's really no need to fall out over a name. The feuding puffins perfectly reflect the sort of silly arguments children have - and The Steves shows just how pointless they are. The bold, brilliantly coloured, graphic illustrations will have you laughing out loud in this glorious book from Morag Hood, creator of the hilarious Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea and I Am Bat.

When Grandad Was a Penguin

When Grandad Was a Penguin

Author: Morag Hood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2018

Last time I went to see Grandad, he seemed a little different. What do you do when your Grandad starts acting VERY much like a penguin? Find out in this brilliantly funny and heartwarming story from talented author and illustrator, Morag Hood. Boys and girls alike will love the witty, sweet and brilliantly surreal depiction of everyday settings and situations in this fish-out-of-water story with a difference. When Grandad was a Penguin is perfect for sharing with children (and grandads) young and old. Morag Hood's artwork is gorgeously bold and stylish and her illustrative talent and keen eye for design won her a place as runner up in the Macmillan Prize for Illustration. Since graduating she has created such brilliant books as Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea, I Am Bat and The Steves.

Sophie Johnson: Unicorn Expert

Sophie Johnson: Unicorn Expert

Author: Morag Hood Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/04/2018

Are you a unicorn expert? Then meet Sophie Johnson... you have a lot in common! Sophie Johnson is an endearing new picture book character, who is just bursting with information and knowledge that she is keen to pass on. She's a self-confessed unicorn expert (among other things) and has dressed up her toys and pets with their own unique horns. Strange then, that she doesn't seem to notice the real unicorn who has come into her house... A wonderfully humorous story, from a new picture book dream-team, Morag Hood and Ella Okstad about a unicorn hiding in plain sight and a little girl who is totally oblivious to his presence! Ideal for fans of unicorns, rainbows and magic everywhere! 'Sophie is a wonderfully endearing character with whom children (and adults) will fall in love, despite the mayhem she causes. Glorious illustrations capture the chaos and fun of this hilarious story to perfection.' Parents in Touch

I Am Bat

I Am Bat

Author: Morag Hood Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/09/2017

Bat's cherries keep going missing. One by one, they are whisked away by mischievous animal tricksters behind Bat's back. Will the cherries ever be restored to their rightful owner? In the hilarious I Am Bat, super-talent Morag Hood cleverly draws the reader into the story as Bat attempts to track down the guilty cherry thief. Everyone's a suspect - including you! This eye-poppingly colourful, comic book is an instant winner with children and adults alike. The adorably grumpy Bat is quite irresistible.

Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea

Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea

Author: Morag Hood Format: Board book Release Date: 26/01/2017

Lee is a pea. All of his friends are peas; except Colin. Colin isn't a pea. And so begins the deliciously funny story of two very different friends - a small green pea and a tall orange carrot stick. Colin the carrot can't do everything the peas can, but he has some special carrot-y qualities that make him a very good friend to have. All about the beauty of making friends with people (or vegetables) who are different from you, boys and girls alike will love Colin and Lee's clear shapes, bright colours and the playful approach to everyday objects that make this book an instant favourite. Enjoy in this lovely and durable hardback board book. Made using just a collage of supermarket plastic bags and painted facial expressions, Morag Hood has created a timeless picture book with unique and engaging artwork that is brimming with warmth and humour. With the bold simplicity of Herve Tullet or Dick Bruna's Miffy, and a dry wit and charm all of Morag's own, it is a fantastically funny story that appeals to the very youngest child - and makes adults laugh out loud. Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea is a brilliant debut from Morag Hood, runner-up in The Macmillan Prize for Illustration.

When Grandad Was a Penguin

When Grandad Was a Penguin

Author: Morag Hood Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/01/2017

A hilarious and touching swapping places story from the creator of Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea, Morag Hood. What do you do when your Grandad starts acting VERY much like a penguin? Find out in this brilliantly funny and heartwarming story from talented author and illustrator, Morag Hood. Boys and girls alike will love Morag's witty, sweet and brilliantly surreal depiction of everyday settings and situations in this fish-out-of-water story with a difference. Morag's lino cut artwork is gorgeously bold and stylish and her illustrative talent and keen eye for design won her a place as runner up in The Macmillan Prize for Illustration. When Grandad was a Penguin is perfect for sharing with children (and grandads) young and old, and its beautifully debossed hardback cover and extra-special high quality paper make this an excellent gift for penguin lovers.

Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea

Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea

Author: Morag Hood Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/06/2016

Lee is a pea. All of his friends are peas; except Colin. Colin isn't a pea. And so begins the deliciously funny story of two very different friends: a small green pea and a tall orange carrot stick. Colin the carrot can't do everything the peas can, but he has some special carrot-y qualities that make him a very good friend to have. All about the beauty of making friends with people (or vegetables) who are different from you, boys and girls alike will love Colin and Lee's clear shapes, bright colours and the playful approach to everyday objects that make this book an instant favourite. Made using just a collage of supermarket plastic bags and painted facial expressions, Morag Hood has created a timeless picture book with unique and engaging artwork that is brimming with warmth and humour. With the bold simplicity of Herve Tullet or Dick Bruna's Miffy, and a dry wit and charm all of Morag's own, it is a fantastically funny story that appeals to the very youngest child - and makes adults laugh out loud. Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea is a brilliant debut from Morag Hood, runner-up in The Macmillan Prize for Illustration.

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