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Simon Philip - Author

About the Author

Simon Philip was born in Chichester in 1988 and has lived there ever since. After studying History at Exeter University, he decided to become a primary school teacher. Teaching rekindled his love of children's books, so much so that he decided to have a go at writing his own. He is the author of I Don't Know What to Call my Cat, You Must Bring a Hat, and the Waterstones Prize shortlisted I Really Want the Cake.

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Be More Bernard

Be More Bernard

Author: Simon Philip Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Perfect for fans of Jim Field and Julia Donaldson, Be More Bernard is the brilliant story of a disco bunny who will encourage us all to chase our dreams and embrace our differences. When the other bunnies bounced, I bounced. When they hopped, I hopped. When they slept, I did too. Like them, I dreamed. But MY dreams weren't the same. They were less . . . rabbity. Bernard has decided that he's not going to be like all the other bunnies any more. He's not going to twitch his nose and prick his ears. And while others might dream of carrots, Bernard's dreams are altogether more...disco! He starts small, but when he finally gets to groove with grace and jive with joy at Bertie and Brenda's Bunny Ball, Bernard shows the world that being yourself is the very best thing a bunny can be. From the author of the Sainsbury's Book Award-winning You Must Bring a Hat and the illustrator of the brand-new Treacle Street series!

Fred: Wizard in Training

Fred: Wizard in Training

Author: Simon Philip Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Originally published as Wizard Vs Lizard, get ready for a laugh-out-loud magical adventure from award-winning author Simon Philip and Sheena Dempsey, illustrator of the much-loved Dave Pigeon series! 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...

Be More Bernard

Be More Bernard

Author: Simon Philip Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Perfect for fans of Jim Field and Julia Donaldson, Be More Bernard is the brilliant story of a disco bunny who will encourage us all to chase our dreams and embrace our differences. When the other bunnies bounced, I bounced. When they hopped, I hopped. When they slept, I did too. Like them, I dreamed. But MY dreams weren't the same. They were less . . . rabbity. Bernard has decided that he's not going to be like all the other bunnies any more. He's not going to twitch his nose and prick his ears. And while others might dream of carrots, Bernard's dreams are altogether more...disco! He starts small, but when he finally gets to groove with grace and jive with joy at Bertie and Brenda's Bunny Ball, Bernard shows the world that being yourself is the very best thing a bunny can be. From the author of the Sainsbury's Book Award-winning You Must Bring a Hat and the illustrator of the brand-new Treacle Street series!

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.

I Don't Know What to Call My Cat

I Don't Know What to Call My Cat

Author: Simon Philip Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/01/2017

Every cat needs a name. One name, one word, just a sound... It should be easy to choose one, right? WRONG!!! I just don't know what to call my cat! Choosing the right name for a new pet is very important! Find out just what this cat's name turns out to be in this clever and witty story from an exciting debut author and talented young illustrator.

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.

You Must Bring a Hat

You Must Bring a Hat

Author: Simon Philip Format: Paperback / softback 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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