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Simon Philip - Author

About the Author

Simon Philip was born in Chichester in 1988 and has lived there ever since, although he occasionally leaves to buy milk. After gaining a 1st class degree in History at Exeter University, he immediately put his skills to good use working as a barman at a local pub. He soon grew tired of the owner calling him Andy, and so, naturally, decided to become a primary school teacher. Teaching rekindled his love of children's literature, particularly picture books, so much so that he had a go at writing his own. Deciding he was better at writing stories for children than he would ever be at teaching them, he made a swift exit from education to live the cliche of the writer who works in a bar. He hopes that one day he'll be able to give up writing stories and become a barman full-time.

 

 

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Wizard in Training #2

Wizard in Training #2

Author: Simon Philip Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2019

Fred may look ordinary, but sometimes people who look ordinary turn out to be not very ordinary at all ... because it just so happens that Fred is a Wizard! The only problem is that Fred is completely, mind-boggingly TERRIBLE at magic... And now he's training with the amazing Merlin, hoping to transform from the worst wizard around to a magical marvel. But when an ancient magical book is stolen and Merlin goes missing, Fred discovers that sometimes magic isn't the answer and that he has other talents that can help him solve the mystery that's got everyone else stumped! From Simon Philip, author of You Must Bring a Hat and I Really Want the Cake, and Sheena Dempsey, illustrator of Dave Pigeon, comes a tale full of magic and fun.

I Really Want to Win

I Really Want to Win

Author: Simon Philip Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/06/2019

Today is Sports Day. I CAN'T WAIT! And as I know that I'll be great, I've planned how I will celebrate - because I'm going to win. Our heroine is determined that she's going to win all the events at school sports day. The problem is that winning isn't as easy as it looks. She doesn't win the running race or the tug of war - and she can't even win a game of hide-and-seek. But maybe winning isn't really the point? A joyful picture book with an important message from the author and illustrator of I Really Want the Cake.

Wizard vs. Lizard

Wizard vs. Lizard

Author: Simon Philip Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/02/2019

Fred may look ordinary, but sometimes people who look ordinary turn out to be not very ordinary at all ... because it just so happens that Fred is a Wizard! Sounds pretty great, right? Except that Fred is absolutely, completely, mind-boggingly TERRIBLE at magic. At school, he's stuck in a class of wizards half his age, feeling like a twit among tots. At home, he's endlessly teased by his siblings and always a disappointment to his parents. All Fred wants is to become a better wizard.... So when he hears about a competition to meet Merlin(yes, THE Merlin!) Fred knows it's his one chance to prove to his family that he's not the worst wizard in town. The catch? To win the competition he has to capture the tail of a terrifying, fire-breathing lizard... From Simon Philip, author of You Must Bring a Hat and I Really Want the Cake, and Sheena Dempsey, illustrator of Dave Pigeon, comes a tale full of magic and fun.

It All Began When I Said Yes

It All Began When I Said Yes

Author: Simon Philip Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2018

A brilliantly funny book about what happens when you say yes, from award-winning author Simon Philip and exciting illustrator Annabel Tempest Sometimes saying yes is a brilliant thing. You can meet new people, discover amazing things, and go on exciting adventures . . . but not always. When a gorilla named Gideon shows up at your house with lots of questions and some preeeeeetty bonkers requests, perhaps yes will lead to trouble, trouble, and maybe just a touch more trouble. One thing's for sure - it definitely won't be boring! From the author of You Must Bring a Hat (winner of the Sainsbury's CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2016) and I Don't Know What to Call My Cat, comes a story which will have both parents and children laughing out loud! Praise for You Must Bring a Hat: 'This glorious cumulative story sees the requirements for entry growing ever more stringent - and the list of party-goers ever longer. It builds to a superb and wholly unexpected ending which will delight young readers. Wonderful!' Parents in Touch

It All Began When I Said Yes

It All Began When I Said Yes

Author: Simon Philip Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

A brilliantly funny book about what happens when you say yes, from award-winning author Simon Philip and exciting illustrator Annabel Tempest Sometimes saying yes is a brilliant thing. You can meet new people, discover amazing things, and go on exciting adventures . . . but not always. When a gorilla named Gideon shows up at your house with lots of questions and some preeeeeetty bonkers requests, perhaps yes will lead to trouble, trouble, and maybe just a touch more trouble. One thing's for sure - it definitely won't be boring! From the author of You Must Bring a Hat (winner of the Sainsbury's CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2016) and I Don't Know What to Call My Cat, comes a story which will have both parents and children laughing out loud! Praise for You Must Bring a Hat: 'This glorious cumulative story sees the requirements for entry growing ever more stringent - and the list of party-goers ever longer. It builds to a superb and wholly unexpected ending which will delight young readers. Wonderful!' Parents in Touch

I Really Want the Cake

I Really Want the Cake

Author: Simon Philip Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/08/2017

There's a smell I can't ignore. It's wafting through the kitchen door. It's time for me to find out more. I think it might be cake. How do you resist the most amazing cake ever? Especially when your mum has left a note saying that you MUST NOT eat the cake? This wonderful rhyming text from Simon Philip, author of You Must Bring a Hat, is illustrated with huge energy and humour by Lucia Gaggiotti.

You Must Bring a Hat

You Must Bring a Hat

Author: Simon Philip Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/2016

The only rule for attending this party is . . . you MUST bring a hat. But what if you don't own a hat? Will bringing a monkey wearing a hat be enough? Find out in this tale that builds to a gloriously surreal and hilarious ending.

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