Debi Gliori - Author

About the Author

Debi started writing children's books in 1976, then attended art school in Edinburgh from 1979 to 1984. She received a travelling scholarship award to go to Milan, and worked as a freelance from 1984 onwards. She lives and works in Scotland, and her studio is situated in a thirteenth-century herb garden. She now has four children and her book No Matter What is dedicated to them. Debi Gliori is the author/illustrator of many books for children including Mr Bear, the winner of a Children's Book Award.

DEBI GLIORI is the award-winning author and illustrator of many Bloomsbury picture books including the Alfie series, The Trouble with Dragons, Dragon Love Penguin and the bestselling No Matter What. She has sold more than half a million books in the UK alone.

Debi lives in East Lothian with her family.

Featured books by Debi Gliori

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Alfie in the Woods

Alfie in the Woods

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

Alfie Rabbit is walking through the woods. His world turns from real to imagined as a gatefold spread is opened. Now he's turning into different woodland animals. Alfie is a gliding owl, a sticky prickly hedgehog and a just-woken bear ... ROAR!! A delightful book for toddlers, celebrating their irrepressible imagination, with exquisite illustrations featuring all sorts of woodland creatures. Debi Gliori's Dragon Loves Penguin was shortlisted for the 2015 Red House Children's Book Award.

Little Owl's First Day

Little Owl's First Day

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/08/2018

It's a big day for Little Owl. His first day at school. Little Owl doesn't want a big day though. He'd rather stay at home and have fun with Mummy and Baby Owl. But at school he gets to build a rocket, learn to fly and even make a tiny new friend. Maybe big days spent with friends can be lots of fun after all! From the bestselling creators of Little Owl's Egg comes another gentle and comforting story about the lovable Little Owl. Perfect for any little one starting nursery or school.

Little Owl's First Day

Little Owl's First Day

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2018

It's a big day for Little Owl. His first day at school. Little Owl doesn't want a big day though. He'd rather stay at home and have fun with Mummy and Baby Owl. But at school he gets to build a rocket, learn to fly and even make a tiny new friend. Maybe big days spent with friends can be lots of fun after all! From the bestselling creators of Little Owl's Egg comes another gentle and comforting story about the lovable Little Owl. Perfect for any little one starting nursery or school.

Night Shift

Night Shift

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2018

'I cannot recommend this beautiful picture book about depression by Debi Gliori highly enough. It's a masterpiece.' - David Walliams, bestselling children's author SHORTLISTED for the 2018 KATE GREENAWAY MEDAL A UK nomination for IBBY's List of Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities 2019 A groundbreaking picture book on depression with stunning illustrations. With stunning black and white illustration and deceptively simple text, author and illustrator Debi Gliori examines how depression affects one's whole outlook upon life, and shows that there can be an escape - it may not be easy to find, but it is there. Drawn from Debi's own experiences and with a moving testimony at the end of the book explaining how depression has affected her and how she continues to cope, Debi hopes that by sharing her own experience she can help others who suffer from depression, and to find that subtle shift that will show the way out. 'I have used dragons to represent depression. This is partly because of their legendary ability to turn a once fertile realm into a blackened, smoking ruin and partly because popular mythology shows them as monstrous opponents with a tendency to pick fights with smaller creatures. I'm not particularly brave or resourceful, and after so many years battling my beasts, I have to admit to a certain weariness, but I will arm-wrestle dragons for eternity if it means that I can help anyone going through a similar struggle.' 'Debi Gliori is amazing. Her pictures offer people an insight into depression that words often struggle to reach. She makes visible the invisible. And I for one want to thank her for that.' - Matt Haig, bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri; color: #1e497d; -webkit-text-stroke: #1e497d} span.s1 {font: 15.0px Calibri; font-kerning: none} span.s2 {font-kerning: none}

Ugh na Caillich-Oidhche

Ugh na Caillich-Oidhche

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/11/2017

All the Way Home

All the Way Home

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Daddy Penguin has to look after the egg while Mummy is finding fish. But he wanders away from the Dad Huddle and he and the egg are whisked up into the air by a gust of wind, landing in the Arctic. Brave Daddy must find out where he is and how to get home. But the Arctic creatures aren't that friendly and he stumbles along in the cold, lost ... until he bumps into a reindeer, who takes them to breakfast with the Special Air Navigation Transport Authority ... Can brave Daddy Penguin and his new little one get all the way home before Mummy returns? If only penguins could fly ... Framed as a secret story that loving Daddy Penguin only shares with Little One, adults and their little ones will love cosying up to read this wintry tale with a warm heart. Debi Gliori's Dragon Loves Penguin was shortlisted for the 2015 Red House Children's Book Award, while her No Matter What is a perennial favourite with families all over the world.

Alfie in the Woods

Alfie in the Woods

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/09/2017

Alfie Rabbit is walking through the woods. His world turns from real to imagined as a gatefold spread is opened. Now he's turning into different woodland animals. Alfie is a gliding owl, a sticky prickly hedgehog and a just-woken bear ... ROAR!! A delightful book for toddlers, celebrating their irrepressible imagination, with exquisite illustrations featuring all sorts of woodland creatures. Debi Gliori's Dragon Loves Penguin was shortlisted for the 2015 Red House Children's Book Award.

Goodnight World

Goodnight World

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/08/2017

Goodnight ice and goodnight snow, Goodnight lights above, aglow. Join in the list of important things to say goodnight to - ships, animals, plants, toys and of course, the sun - in this beautifully illustrated rhyming text, perfect for bedtime. Debi Gliori's Dragon Loves Penguin was shortlisted for the 2015 Red House Children's Book Award.

El Huevo del Pequeno Buho

El Huevo del Pequeno Buho

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/04/2017

Little Owl's Egg

Little Owl's Egg

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2016

I'm your baby owl. You don't need a new one. Little Owl isn't pleased to hear that there's a baby owl in the egg Mummy has laid. So Mummy pretends it might be a baby penguin ... or crocodile ... or elephant. In the fun of imagining different kinds of siblings, Little Owl realises that a baby owl might just be the best thing of all. A gentle, lovely story about the arrival of a new sibling, addressing fears that Mummy's love will stop. Debi Gliori is a bestselling, award-winning author - writing for the first time for another illustrator: the talented Alison Brown.

Deep Fear

Deep Fear

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/12/2015

An epic tale of a final battle between good and evil. The Strega-Borgias are in deep fear for their lives! The forces of evil are converging on StregaSchloss - demons, the Mafia, a changeling with a nasty bite - and the wild and weird Strega-Borgias must gather together their allies to fight back. But there are just a few too many distractions, with Damp the toddler-witch missing in action and a house full of wolves and bickering teenagers getting in the way. Can the family keep it together - even when they're scattered over time and place? A deliciously inventive and hilarious finale to the Pure Dead . . . series

Deep Trouble

Deep Trouble

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/12/2015

When the Strega-Borgias return from holiday to find that their faithful family retainer, Latch, has collapsed from unknown causes, it is only the start of their problems. Signora Strega-Borgia is feeling very peaky in the mornings, Titus is trying to save the world and Pandora has an embarrassing crush on the new butler (to say nothing of the fact that a demon is trying to invade StregaSchloss). Only Ffup the dragon is truly happy, due to her forthcoming marriage to the Loch Ness Monster. A fantastically epic plot, culminating in Flora McLachlan making the ultimate sacrifice, which will have committed fans and newcomers turning the pages late into the night.

Little Owl's Egg

Little Owl's Egg

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/10/2015

I'm your baby owl. You don't need a new one. Little Owl isn't pleased to hear that there's a baby owl in the egg Mummy has laid. So Mummy pretends it might be a baby penguin ... or crocodile ... or elephant. In the fun of imagining different kinds of siblings, Little Owl realises that a baby owl might just be the best thing of all. A gentle, lovely story about the arrival of a new sibling, addressing fears that Mummy's love will stop. Debi Gliori is a bestselling, award-winning author - writing for the first time for another illustrator: the talented Alison Brown.

Alfie in the Bath

Alfie in the Bath

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2015

Alfie Rabbit is splashing around in the bath. His world turns from real to imagined as a gatefold spread is opened. Now he's on an amazing deep-sea adventure. Alfie is a deep-sea monster waving his tentacles, a little pink crab snapping his claws, a whale spouting water high in the air ... A delightful book for toddlers, celebrating their irrepressible imagination, with exquisite illustrations featuring all sorts of ocean creatures. Debi Gliori's Dragon Loves Penguin has been shortlisted for the 2015 Red House Children's Book Award.

The Tobermory Cat Postal Book

The Tobermory Cat Postal Book

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2015

A postcard-sized version of Debi Gliori's bestselling book. The ideal gift, featuring the whole of the original Tobermory Cat. Just put a stamp on it and post it!In the village of Tobermory, on the Scottish island of Mull, lives a very special ginger cat. But once upon a time he didn't think he was special at all - not like the woolly cats of Loch Ba, the singing cats of Staffa or the fishing cats of Fishnish. But now everyone knows about him. He's the cat who has become a legend in his own lifetime by simply being himself. He's the cat who dances on top of the fish van; the cat who speaks to otters; the cat who drives the big yellow digger; the cat who rides on top of cars. He's the Tobermory Cat.

Mr Bear: Mr Bear Babysits

Mr Bear: Mr Bear Babysits

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Mr Bear thinks babysitting is easy - until he has to look after the four young Grizzle-Bears! These little bears are more interested in causing chaos that going to sleep. Will Mr Bear manage to restore calm before Mr and Mrs Grizzle-Bear get home? Created by the award-winning Debi Gliori, the lovable Mr Bear and his family have delighted children for over twenty years through books that capture the essence of family like. Full of warmth and everyday domestic humour, Mr Bear Babysits is a classic to be treasured and shared time and time again.

Alfie in the Garden

Alfie in the Garden

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/03/2015

Alfie Rabbit is helping his mummy in the garden. His world turns from real to imagined, as a gatefold spread is opened. Now he's in the jungle! He's a lion on the prowl, an elephant spraying water from his trunk, and a little bird flying home to his nest . . . to have a nap with Mummy! A delightful book for toddlers, celebrating their irrepressible imagination, with exquisite illustrations featuring all sorts of garden - and jungle! - creatures.

No Matter What Big Book

No Matter What Big Book

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/02/2015

Now in fantastic new big book size - perfect for shared reading lessons. Small said, I'm a grim and grumpy little Small and nobody loves me at all. Oh Small, said Large. Grumpy or not, I'll always love you no matter what. When Small is in a big bad mood, it's up to Large to help. But what if Small were a grizzly bear, or a scary crocodile - would Large still love him? Of course! A heartfelt story about the unconditional love each parent feels for their child, beautifully told by Kate Greenaway-nominated Debi Gliori and repackaged for a new generation to enjoy.

What's the Time, Mr Wolf? Big Book

What's the Time, Mr Wolf? Big Book

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/02/2015

Now in fantastic new big book size - perfect for shared reading lessons. Accompany Mr Wolf as he goes about his daily routine from breakfast to bedtime - and get to know the real Mr Wolf! Little ones will enjoy recognising familiar faces from a plethora of nursery rhymes, including Little Red Riding Hood (masquerading as the post girl), three cheeky little pigs (who make prank calls), a cat who's a dab hand at the fiddle, plus four and twenty blackbirds . . . An enchantingly original story inspired by the well-known playground tag game, this is also perfect for practising telling the time. The stunning artwork reveals something new with every reading and the many fabulous details will keep you turning the pages again and again.

Pure Dead Wicked

Pure Dead Wicked

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/10/2014

With the slates of the StregaSchloss roof crumbling round their ears, the Strega-Borgia family, complete with staff and dungeon-dwelling beasts, is forced to decamp to a local hotel for Christmas. Bored of being cooped up with only his laptop for entertainment, Titus tries his own experiment in cyber-cloning, only to end up besieged by 500 miniature versions of himself and his sister Pandora. The beasts too are fed up at the hotel. Determined to return to StregaSchloss, Ffup the dragon, Sab the gryphon and friends set off cross-country, only occasionally distracted by the call of the wild . . . A superbly labyrinthine plot weaves together clones, kids, beasts and dodgy roofers with great humour and a touch of magic in this highly acclaimed second novel.

Deep Water

Deep Water

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/10/2014

The Strega-Borgia children are still reeling from the shock of their nanny's disappearance at the end of DEEP TROUBLE. Without Flora to tend to them the kids are growing up fast. Indeed, Titus is in the throes of a deeply embarrassing and magically accelerated puberty, while all around the usual chaos reigns. Baby Damp is learning to fly under the tutelage of a bat called Vesper, Ffup the dragon is struggling with the Atkins diet and Tarantella the tarantula is trying to teach her daughters the rudiments of mascara. So far, so StregaSchloss, but add in an arrest for murder, a demon intent on revenge and a suicidal deep-frozen ancestor and you have a recipe that could only be cooked up in a Gliori-cauldron.

Dragon Loves Penguin

Dragon Loves Penguin

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/06/2014

It's bedtime in the land of ice and snow. Night, night, says Bib's mummy. Sleep tight, says Bib's daddy. But Bib has a better plan. Please, says Bib, can I have a story? The one about dragons. And so begins the heartwarming tale of a dragon in need of an egg and an abandoned egg in need of a mummy. It seems like the perfect fit, but what happens when that egg hatches and the little baby doesn't look like all the other dragons (in fact, he looks remarkably like a penguin)? Of course, his mummy loves him no matter what. But the other babies aren't so sure. Little do they know that being different can be good and soon their little feathered friend is saving the day.

No Matter What

No Matter What

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/02/2014

Small said, I'm a grim and grumpy little Small and nobody loves me at all. Oh Small, said Large. Grumpy or not, I'll always love you no matter what. When Small is in a big bad mood, it's up to Large to help. But what if Small were a grizzly bear, or a scary crocodile - would Large still love him? Of course! A heartfelt story about the unconditional love each parent feels for their child, beautifully told by Kate Greenaway-nominated Debi Gliori and repackaged for a new generation to enjoy.

Dragon Loves Penguin

Dragon Loves Penguin

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/10/2013

It's bedtime in the land of ice and snow. Night, night, says Bib's mummy. Sleep tight, says Bib's daddy. But Bib has a better plan. Please, says Bib, can I have a story? The one about dragons. And so begins the heartwarming tale of a dragon in need of an egg and an abandoned egg in need of a mummy. It seems like the perfect fit, but what happens when that egg hatches and the little baby doesn't look like all the other dragons (in fact, he looks remarkably like a penguin)? Of course, his mummy loves him no matter what. But the other babies aren't so sure. Little do they know that being different can be good and soon their little feathered friend is saving the day.

De an uair a tha e, a Mhgr Madadh?

De an uair a tha e, a Mhgr Madadh?

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/08/2013

Mr Bear: Mr Bear's Birthday

Mr Bear: Mr Bear's Birthday

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2011

It's Mr Bear's birthday, but Mrs Bear has been far too busy to bake him one of her special cakes. And he hasn't received a single birthday card! Just as he begins to think that this could be the worst birthday ever, Mr Bear's friends throw him a very special party that he'll never forget!

Witch Baby and Me On Stage

Witch Baby and Me On Stage

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2010

It's a rainy spring-time, coming up to Witch Baby Daisy's second birthday. Her nursery class are putting on a musical performance, helped by the older children, including big sister Lily. Meanwhile Mum is trying to potty train Daisy, unaware that as soon as she succeeds, Daisy will be reclaimed by the witches who live on the hill, who've only been waiting for their little protegee to be out of nappies before they take her 'home'. Happily, Daisy is so rubbish at toilet training that Lily persuades Mum to drop the idea, and the day is saved! The concert is a great success, despite Daisy turning Lily's bagpipes into a spider, and the witches are distracted by spells for romance. Another charming, brilliantly plotted and gorgeously illustrated gem of a book by this outstandingly talented author/illustrator.

Are You There, Baby Bear? Novelty

Are You There, Baby Bear? Novelty

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2009

Help Mr Bear find Baby Bear in this irresistibly simple and sturdy lift-the-flap book that's perfct for sharing with young children.

Witch Baby and Me

Witch Baby and Me

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2008

Lily is 9. Her sister Daisy is 1. And she's no ordinary baby. Somehow, when she was born, something went rather wrong... and now Daisy is a Witch Baby. Nobody knows this but Lily - she's the only one who can see when Daisy makes the fridge float in the air, or turns people into slugs, or summons up her very stinky dog Waywoof... The sisters have just moved to a new neighbourhood, and their mum wants them to make friends. She decides to throw a party and send Lily and Daisy out to deliver the invitations. They meet some odd characters along the way... Will the party be a big success or will Daisy's magic mean things are even more chaotic than normal?

Mr Bear: Mr Bear's Holiday

Mr Bear: Mr Bear's Holiday

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2007

I love holidays, says Small Bear, as Mr Bear and his family set off camping. But when a monster appears outside the tent, the Bears wonder if it's a holiday or an adventure! Full of warmth and everyday domestic humour, this tender story is illustrated with warm, glowing artwork. Created by award-winning Debi Gliori, the lovable Mr Bear and his family have delighted children for over ten years. Full of warmth and everyday domestic humour, each Mr Bear book captures the essence of family life and is a classic to be treasured and read time and time again.

Mr Bear: Mr Bear To The Rescue

Mr Bear: Mr Bear To The Rescue

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2007

A wonderfuly cosy bedtime story book, featuring the lovable Mr Bear.Mr Bear is supposed to be babysitting the little Grizzle-Bears - but they just won't go to sleep... Glowing with warmth and gentle humour, this soothing story is perfect for bedtime or cuddle time.Created by Debi Gliori, Mr Bear and his family have delighted children for over ten years. Each Mr Bear book captures the essence of family life and is a classic to be treasured and read time and time again.'Delightful and heartfelt' - The Scotsman

Nursery Rhymes Book & CD

Nursery Rhymes Book & CD

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/02/2007

A treasury of nursery rhymes for children featuring 50 classic and favourite rhymes to be read again and again. Beautifully illustrated and written by Debi Gliori, read and sing along together nursery rhymes including Humpty Dumpty, Incy Wincy Spider, Little Bo-Peep and many more. A perfect children's book great for sharing or to read at bedtime.

Bedtime Stories Book and CD

Bedtime Stories Book and CD

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/02/2007

A wonderful collection of bedtime stories for children, featuring all the fairy tale classics that your child enjoys! From The Three Little Pigs, to There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly, all of your favourite story book characters are here. This is the perfect package that provides your child with both a beautifully illustrated book to follow and a fun-filled CD to listen along to, making it the perfect treasury of short stories that will soon make bedtime something for everyone to look forward to!

Mr Bear: Mr Bear's New Baby

Mr Bear: Mr Bear's New Baby

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/05/2006

How can someone so small make so much noise? wonders Mr Bear. Mr and Mrs Bear and their woodland friends try everything, but nothing, it seems, will quieten the baby - until her big sister has an idea. Every parent will smile at Mr Bear's familiar predicament, told in this tender story illustrated with warm, glowing artwork. Created by award-winning Debi Gliori, the lovable Mr Bear and his family have delighted children for over ten years. Full of warmth and everyday domestic humour, each Mr Bear book captures the essence of family life and is a classic to be treasured and read time and time again.

Pure Dead Brilliant

Pure Dead Brilliant

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2004

There's trouble brewing at StregaSchloss! When Signora Strega-Borgia invites some would-be witches to stay, weird things begin to happen. Pandora can't resist the temptation of time travel - and Titus picks up a strange and deadly computer virus. Are they falling under the witches' spell? Or is the ghost of the Strega-Borgias' past coming back to haunt them all?

Pure Dead Magic

Pure Dead Magic

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2002

All is not well at StregaSchloss, home of the bizarre but lovable Strega-Borgia clan. Mum's attempts to improve her witchcraft skills are failing miserably. Dad has stormed out in a fit of pique. Titus is virtually umbilically attached to his computer. Pandora is seriously bored. And Baby Damp is getting her fat little fingers into everything around. Enter wonder-nanny Mrs McLachlan - she'll soon sort out the Strega-Borgia children, and their parents too, but will she cope with the presence of mythical beasts in the basement, to say nothing of the unexpected arrival of four hit-men, including one in a rabbit suit?

Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go To Sleep

Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go To Sleep

Author: Debi Gliori, Joyce Dunbar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/1999

Little bunny Willa is scared to go to sleep, just in case she has a bad dream. She asks her older brother Willoughby for help. Wise Willoughby knows that she just needs to think of all happy things that will be waiting for her in the morning... A beautiful text by one of our best-loved authors, illustrated in an adorable style, this book has won widespread critical acclaim. Children are clamouring to have this story every bedtime!

Mgr Mathan Agus an Leanabh Ur

Mgr Mathan Agus an Leanabh Ur

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/12/1998

Give Him My Heart

Give Him My Heart

Author: Debi Gliori Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/09/1998

Based on Christina Rossetti's poem In the Bleak Midwinter , this is the story of two little girls, one living in the present and the other at the time of the birth of Christ, who worry about what they can give a very special person for Christmas.

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