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Shortlisted for the Best Pre-School Award, Early Year Awards 2009 Owl decides to wake up during the day and sleep at night. A very odd thing for an owl to do. But he discovers the world of colour and he’s in awe. A really lovely and original picture book. At night, when we are feeling tired and ready for bed, owls are just waking up.
Bubbling with energy, prize winning Tim Hopgood’s illustrations are also full of warmth and plenty of colour. A chirpy crab with very big eyes tip taps as it counts its way around the seashore in Tip Tap went the Crab. Click here for an activity sheet related to this book!
Tim Hopgood is a rising picture book star who is fast winning acclaim for his unique and bold style. Frankie is a quiet boy. He lives on a quiet street, with his quiet parents and his quiet dog and cat. But when Frankie decides to learn the trumpet, the most incredible things happen! Colours, shapes and smells appear and everything begins to change. It looks as though life for quiet Frankie will never be quite the same . . . Winner of the Best Emerging Illustrator, Booktrust Early Years Awards 2008
Brilliant idea to bring together Winnie the Witch and the equally daring, zany and exuberant character in Yuck in one super paperback. Boys and girls adore both of these characters so to get a 2in1 to celebrate World Book Day 2009 must mean that everyone’s birthdays must have come at once.
Fun to read and well-matched by their illustrations, these four short stories tell of yet more dramatic and hilarious adventures for Winnie the Witch and her cat Wilbur. Winnie variously tries to find the perfect pet, to fix things with her often imperfect spells, gets involved with school dinners with disastrous results and becomes a twit alongside Jerry the local giant. All in all a rollicking and robust collection of fun stories. A small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to read and review Mini Winnie which is the first Winnie Young Fiction title. Here's a taster....'Each page of the book is crammed full of really cool jokes and Korky Paul’s illustrations are great, making me chuckle away for hours. It’s a fantastic book and I can’t wait to get hold of more of the series to see what Winnie gets up to.'.... Click here to read all the reviews.
Loveable Winnie the Witch is back for a new adventure and, as ever, things do not go according to plan! The flying carpet that Winnie has been given by her sisters just doesn’t seem to work. Every time Winnie tries it some disaster happens. Winnie and her cat Wilbur endure a nightmare flying adventure before finding a really good – and safe - use for the carpet. Wonderfully fully imagined illustrations capture the details of this thoroughly modern witch’s life. Also now available in a book and CD pack. To view more Winnie picture books click here. To view a range of the Winnie Read Alouds, that are perfect for those children just moving on from picture books, then just click here. Click here to find out more about Winnie by visiting her website.
Four great, easy-to-read stories about the popular witch Winnie and her loyal cat Wilbur. Winnie and Wilbur have an adventure with a tooth fairy who gives Winnie a terrible fang, deal with the fleas in Wilbur’s fur when they want to show him off, set up their own one-witch band and try to get themselves tidied up and prettified for a photograph. Scruffy and chaotic, Wilbur and Winnie magic-enhanced life is fun to follow. A small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to read and review Mini Winnie which is the first Winnie Young Fiction title. Here's a taster....'Each page of the book is crammed full of really cool jokes and Korky Paul’s illustrations are great, making me chuckle away for hours. It’s a fantastic book and I can’t wait to get hold of more of the series to see what Winnie gets up to.'.... Click here to read all the reviews.
Handsomely produced, this is a bumper pack which includes six bestselling Winnie the Witch titles which capture the wonderfully chaotic and unusual adventures of the loveable witch and her long suffering cat Wilbur. Two accompanying CDs which include the stories and accompanying music, add an audio option. Lovereading comment: This incredible boxed set contains six Winnie the Witch picture books and two CDs with narrated versions of the story with imaginative sound and music effects. It’s a perfect gift for any time of year for toddlers everywhere. Korky Paul’s artwork is incredibly dynamic and arresting and is comic touch is perfectly judged. Winnie’s never ending crazy capers will keep children amused for endless hours and now with the cds toddlers will be kept amused by Winnie on car journeys too!
Bestselling Winnie the Witch is back with a new adventure when she’s ‘all aboard’ her flying carpet. Winnie has always wanted a flying carpet but, when it comes, she finds it is unexpectedly hard to control. When the carpet whisks Wilbur the cat away, Winnie has many hairy raising adventures as she tries to get him – and the carpet – back. Click here to find out more about Winnie by visiting her website.
It was with a thrill and eager anticipation that we at Lovereading4kids saw this fabulous new series of young fiction 5+ age range. Finding good books for those children moving on from picture books is always a tough call as there’s a real dearth of good publishing in this area. Winnie is already an established character in the world of picture books and Korky Paul is of course synonymous in the world of book illustration. Each title contains four complete crazily funny stories featuring Winnie, everyone’s favourite witch along with her supporting cast including her big black cat, Wilbur. There’s humour, slapstick and moments of real drama within each story. Pure magic. Mini Winnie is also available. A small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to read and review Mini Winnie which is the first Winnie Young Fiction title. Here's a taster....'Each page of the book is crammed full of really cool jokes and Korky Paul’s illustrations are great, making me chuckle away for hours. It’s a fantastic book and I can’t wait to get hold of more of the series to see what Winnie gets up to.'.... Click here to read all the reviews.
Elsa would love to have a dog for a pet. But there's one big problem - Elsa lives on the 24th floor of a block of flats and her dad says that dogs are too much trouble. Will she ever manage to persuade Dad that not all dogs are noisy, messy and expensive? Perhaps with a little help from her (imaginary) friend, Rod...This is a fun and energetic book with glitter on every page.
A Picture Books for kids that love Adventure. Every day brings a new adventure for Jessy and Tom and their big blue sofa. One day they are underwater explorers on a big blue submarine, the next they are flying high above the clouds in a big blue hot air balloon. Sometimes they travel by big blue taxi cab and sometimes they bounce on a big blue trampoline. Then, one day, the big blue sofa breaks! Can a brand new sofa ever be as much fun?
Julia Eccleshare says:
“Korky Paul is a prize-winning illustrator who has a great gift for creating brilliant picture books. He was invited to illustrate Valerie Thomas’s story about Winnie the Witch as long ago as 1986. His comic illustrations of the chaotic witch and her temperamental cat Wilbur were an immediate success with children. Since then, Korky has illustrated many more stores about Winnie and Wilbur as well as other picture books including The Fish Who Could Wish and The Rascally Cake. Korky says, he sees a picture book as being like a film. He says the words are the sound track and then he, as the illustrator, has to be the director, the costume designer and the set designer as well as being in charge of locations, props, lighting and everything else. But don’t worry. Korky loves it all and will continue to create wonderful picture books to delight young readers.”
Award-winning artist Korky Paul has very quickly become a well-known figure in the children's book world and he is especially popular with the young children who read his books and are carried away into a fantasy world by the illustrations.
He likens a picture book to a movie says Korky: "The text is the soundtrack and it's that special combination between words and pictures that makes for good storytelling in a picture book." His work has been compared to Tom and Jerry cartoons, but also to the artists Ronald Searle and Ralph Steadman. Among Korky’s numerous awards his fabulous Winnie the Witch won the prestigious Children’s Book Award.
Korky Paul was born in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1951 into a family of seven children. His real name is Hamish Vigne Christie Paul. He enjoyed a wild and privileged childhood in the African Bushveldt. At an early age he was reading comic books and scribbling cartoons. He scribbled his way through Durban School of Art and for four years scribbled at an advertising agency in Cape Town. In 1976, as Korky puts it, he “fled for Europe” and landed up in Greece. Here he met a mad scot, James Watt, working for a Greek publisher, who commissioned Korky to illustrate a series of educational books teaching Greek children to speak the 'Queen's English'. And so he began his career as a children's book illustrator. Korky's first children's book was a pop-up called The Crocodile and the Dumper Truck published in 1980, with paper engineering by Ray Marshall.
In 1986 Korky Paul met the editor Ron Heapy at Oxford University Press who commissioned him to illustrate Winnie the Witch. It won the Children's Book Award in 1987 and has been published in over 10 languages. Korky has since illustrated more very successful books for a range of publishing houses.
Korky Paul is married to the artist Susan Moxley and they have two children Zoe and Oska. They live in Oxford.
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