Hollie Hughes is a talented new picture book author. Having three children of her own, she is perfectly tuned into the reading habits and tastes of young children. The Famishing Vanishing Mahoosive Mammoth is Hollie's debut picture book and there'll be lots more to come.
Hollie lives in Essex with her family.
August 2018 Book of the Month | This swashbuckling, delightfully illustrated adventure is great fun, but has some important messages for readers too. It starts in the most traditional of ways: Once upon a time… but then this tale of a frog princess sails into unchartered waters. The princess knows she wants more than to settle down with a frog prince, and sets off to be a pirate. She takes command of the Stinky Fish, organising its demoralised crew and setting out to find them nice things to do. She loves it, but misses her mum and dad too, and they of course are missing her. A very happy reunion follows and indeed everyone lives happily ever after. There’s a proper emphasis on happy here, and how it comes through kindness, understanding and being true to yourself.
July 2016 Book of the Month Picture book heroes come in all shapes and sizes but seldom has there been a pair of friends quite as eye-catching as Bug and his best friend Mammoth. With huge pink and orange ears, stripy top hat perched on his head at the jauntiest of angles, Mammoth fills every page, but the eye is drawn just as much to tiny pink and green Bug zipping across the busy spreads. Mammoth is so hungry he feels he’s fading away and no matter how much Bug finds for him to eat, it doesn’t seem to help. Finally they try a different tack altogether – one which might be familiar to parents – and it works. This zany story of friendship and fun is told via jolly rhymes and in the boldest, brightest, most flamboyant illustrations possible. Dazzling!
Tired of the same old princess-meets-her-prince stories? Bored of princesses in frilly pink dresses? Fed up with princes getting all the action? Yes? So is Princess Swashbuckle. She's Swashbuckle by name, swashbuckling by nature and she's about to show the world what a great pirate captain she can be. Charmingly breaking the mould, Princess Swashbuckle is a rollicking tale of adventure and finding your own happy.
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