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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!
A masterpiece of storytelling with evocative and stunning illustrations, destined to be read for years to come. The wishing stars burn bright tonight, the air is thick with dreams, And a deeply sleeping dinosaur is waking up, it seems . . . In a town by the seaside, Marianne is often seen foraging on the beach. But she isn't playing with children her own age. Instead Marianne is alone, and digging for dinosaur bones to build a special sort of companion. Then, one night, she goes to sleep wishing with all her heart that her dinosaur might come to life . . . A very rare and special book where the words and pictures take you on a magical journey far beyond the page.
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.
Jim's nan is completely ordinary. Or so Jim thinks. One day he finds a note on the fridge which changes everything... his nan has run away to be a ninja at the circus! 'Dear Jim, I am running away to join the circus. I know this will be a shock to you, but sometimes a Nan's just gotta do what a Nan's gotta do... Love, Your Nan (Ninja Nan!)' Join Jim and his nan at the circus in this hilarious picture book from Hollie Hughes and Natalie Smillie. With a laugh-out-loud text and bright, punchy illustrations, this is sure to be a winner with secret ninjas everywhere.
'I'm so famishing I'm vanishing!' The famishing vanishing mahoosive mammoth is a hairy beast who simply can't think of anything but his tummy. So how, then, can his friend Bug distract him? Find out in this hilarious rhyming picture book about one hairy mammoth with a ridiculously large appetite, and one loyal friend with a clever plan. With oodles of fun and laughter, it's the perfect picture book for all fans of Julia Donaldson, Neal Layton, Alex T. Smith and Lauren Child.