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Jeanne Willis - Author

About the Author

Jeanne Willis is an award-winning children's author and scriptwriter. She had her first picture book published by Andersen Press at the age of 21, and since then she has won the Silver Medal Smarties Prize (Tadpole's Promise), the Nasen Special Needs Award (Susan Laughs), the Sheffield Children's Book Award (Who’s in The Loo) and the Red House Children's Book Award (Bottoms Up). Jeanne has also worked on scripts for TV, including Polly Pocket and The Slow Norris, and a pilot TV series for Dr Xargle. She lives in North London with her husband.

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Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Paddy Donnelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2022

Hom is the last of his kind. I don't know what kind of creature he is, and nobody knows he exists... apart from me. When a boy washes up on a desert island after a shipwreck, he is sure he's all alone in the world. But he soon discovers there's someone else living there: Hom, a peace-loving creature who has lost his family, too. Alone on the island together, they learn from each other and become the best of friends. So when a rescue ship appears on the horizon, the boy has a big decision to make...

Old Macdonald Had a Phone

Old Macdonald Had a Phone

Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Tony Ross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2022

Sing along to the tune of Old Macdonald had a Farm, and learn to put down your phone in this hilarious cautionary tale for a new generation of phone-users. Old Macdonald loves his phone: it helps him organise his farm. But when the animals each get one of their own, they are soon on their phones all day - Here a tweet, there a chat, WhatsApping the farm cat - and before they know it, no work is getting done! What can Old Macdonald do? From the award-winning partnership of Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross, the fourth in the series of picturebooks exploring online issues.

Oxford Reading Tree Word Sparks: Level 5: Mr Mildew and the Duke

Oxford Reading Tree Word Sparks: Level 5: Mr Mildew and the Duke

Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Zoe Sadler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/11/2021

Mr Mildew has lots of unusual pets, but the Duke decides to make some new rules ... Using the world's largest known database of writing for and by children, our experts have defined 300 ambitious words to help children succeed at school. We've combined these with fully-decodable books that help you match your phonics teaching and practice, while inspiring and engaging your young readers. Specially developed to enhance children's vocabulary alongside their decoding skills, these books are perfect for sharing.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Ross Collins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2021

Once upon a golden day, beside a silver brook Alice and her older sister sat and read a book... But when a talking rabbit runs past, Alice follows him down the rabbit hole to Wonderland, where she meet iconic characters of children's literature such as the grinning Cheshire Cat, the Hatter and the Queen of Hearts. From joining in with the Hatter's tea party to painting the white roses red, the familiar scenes from Lewis Carroll's beloved original story are reimagined in this charming introduction to Alice and her adventures in Wonderland suitable for younger readers. Jeanne Willis' re-telling of Carroll's beloved story in bouncy rhyming verse is a fresh venture into Wonderland, brought to life by Ross Collins' vibrant illustrations.

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