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Author of the critically-acclaimed CILIP Greenaway-nominated book, A Dot in the Snow, Corrinne Averiss is a writer of thoughtful and humorous stories for children. She is the author of Floss the Playground Boss and Joy. Corrinne has spent much of her life being a professional silly person in children's television; she created the four-time Children's BAFTA-winning Share a Story competition and has an animated series under commission from CBeebies. Corrinne lives with her husband, daughter and cat.
Friendship is at the heart of this gentle, thoughtful picture book. Little squirrel friends Sorrel and Sage are delighted that they are just the same. But when Sorrel goes to stay with Sage for a sleepover, she realises that their houses are very different: Sage’s house has branches that go on forever, peppered with pine cones and the softest green needles. Sorrel worries that her house is small and slim and wobbles in the wind. Wanting Sage to think they are just the same, Sorrel makes excuses to stop her friend visiting. She needn’t worry, when Sage does come for a sleepover, they have the best time ever. Children will enjoy the story very much, and discussing what makes a best friend. Susan Varley’s delicate ink and watercolour illustrations are full of warmth and detail.
Hope is keeping a light on, however dark things seem. Comet is Finn's dog, and his very best friend. They do everything together. But one day Comet won't get out of his basket - not even for his very favourite things! The vet tells Finn that Comet needs to stay in overnight for an operation. That evening, Finn sits in his den feeling very alone. Dad tells him to keep on hoping. At night, as Finn sleeps, thousand of little lights appear in the sky, each one a hope from a different person in the world. Emotional, funny and uplifting, this beautiful picture book is a pure delight from start to finish. A wonderful story that shows children not to give up hope when times are uncertain. See the other titles in the trilogy: JOY by Corrinne Averiss and Isabelle Follath (2018) LOVE by Corrinne Averiss and Kirsti Beautyman (2020)
A magical story about the importance of kindness and friendship. When a little girl finds a lost star, she takes it home and cares for it, just like a beloved pet. She reads it stories, makes it special snacks and tucks it into bed at night. The more she cares for the star, the brighter it glows. Until, one day, it's time to let go ... A heartfelt story about caring for others and learning to let go, from BAFTA award-winning writer and CILIP Greenaway-nominated author Corrinne Averiss. Perfect for sharing at bedtime.
A magical story about the importance of kindness. When a little girl finds a lost star, she takes it home and cares for it, just like a beloved pet. She reads it stories, makes it special snacks and tucks it into bed at night. The more she cares for the star, the brighter it glows. Until, one day, it's time to let go ... A heartfelt story about caring for others, from BAFTA award-winning writer and CILIP Greenaway-nominated author Corrinne Averiss. Perfect for sharing at bedtime.
Beat quarantine boredom with this sweet and funny picture book. Perfect for keeping kids entertained when trapped indoors. Fern's Nanna has not been herself of late. And when Mum remarks that all the joy seems to have gone out of her life, Fern decides to fetch the joy back. With her catching-kit at the ready, she goes to the park and finds joy in all sorts of unusual places. Whooooshh! But Fern soon realises that joy doesn't fit in a bag, or a box or a tin! How will she manage to bring some back to Nanna? Emotional, funny and uplifting, this beautiful picture book has a strong message about empathy and maintaining loving relationships with our grandparents. Guaranteed to bring a bit of joy into every reader's life, this story is a pure delight. See the other titles in the trilogy: HOPE by Corrinne Averiss and Sebastien Pelon (2019) LOVE by Corrinne Averiss and Kirsti Beautyman (2020)
The playground is packed with children playing, but Tom is sitting on a bench with his dad. He's just not sure he's brave enough to join in . . . Tom can't see a space for himself anywhere in the playground. Not on the slide, or on the roundabout or on the swings . . . But when a little girl loses her teddy, will Tom have the courage to help? Gabriel Alborozo's warm, friendly illustrations perfectly bring to life this gentle, empathetic story about overcoming fears and being yourself. Corrinne Averiss has spent much of her life working in children's TV as a producer and director at companies including Ragdoll, CITV and CBeebies. She has written several books for children and her picture book, A Dot in the Snow, has been nominated for the 2018 Kate Greenaway Medal. She lives in Manchester with her husband and a charming cat, Alba. Gabriel Alborozo is a cartoonist and illustrator based in East Sussex. He began work as a cartoonist at just 15 years old and his work has appeared in numerous magazines and papers including Private Eye, Punch and The Spectator. He has written and illustrated several children's picture books including The Colour Thief (Bloomsbury) and Thank Goodness for Bob (Egmont).
A little polar bear, Miki, wanders away while his mother is diving for fish. He sees a dot in the snow and rushes towards it. Readers discover that the dot is a little girl. But Miki has never seen a human before and the little girl has never seen a polar bear. They discover more about each other as they play in the snow but then the perils of the polar landscape impel Miki to take the little girl home before undertaking the long journey to find his own mother. Although one is a polar bear and one is a little girl, Miki and Dot share a common experience: they are both separated from their mothers when they meet. Their bond of friendship gives them the strength to support each other during the course of a day that will last with them both forever. This is a moving and poignant story set in a changing and challenging polar landscape, perfect for the Christmas season. It wraps up important themes about empathy, kindness, and courage. The story is both simply told and affecting. The gorgeous snowscapes, full of real atmosphere, are created with printmaking techniques by debut illustrator Fiona Woodcock.
Two young creatures meet and play in the snowy wilds of the Arctic in this story of friendship, adventure and love. Miki, a little polar bear, is scampering through the snow while Mum goes fishing, when he sees a red dot in the distance. The dot turns out to be a little girl in a bright red coat. They play together and when his new friend loses her mitten, Miki dives into the water and saves it. He also helps the girl find her mummy, before he dashes back to find his own mother. It’s a simple story, but full of energy and vigour, and with moments of drama and poignancy. Fiona Woodcock’s illustrations create swirling snowstorms and moments of tenderness between parent and child with equal skill. ~ Andrea Reece
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