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Polly Dunbar - Illustrator

About the Illustrator

Polly Dunbar is a major picture-book talent. She is the author-illustrator of Penguin, Dog Blue and Flyaway Katie, and the illustrator of Shoe Baby, written by her mother, Joyce Dunbar. Her best-selling book Penguin has won numerous awards including the Book Trust Early Year's Award 2007, the Nestle Silver Children's Book Prize 2007, the Practical Pre-School Award 2007 and the Red House Children's Book of the Year Award 2008, and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Her series Tilly and Friends is being made into an animated series, to air on CBeebies. Polly currently lives and works in Dublin.

Featured books by Polly Dunbar

Other books by Polly Dunbar

Red Red Red

Red Red Red

Author: Polly Dunbar Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2019

The acclaimed Polly Dunbar (Penguin, Tilly and Friends) offers, through a lively, read-aloud story, a meditative and effective way to calm the toddler tantrum. Every toddler feels frustrated sometimes, every toddler gets ANGRY. They scream, they shout, they see RED RED RED. Now, in her singularly expressive style, the beloved Polly Dunbar brings us the perfect picture story book to share with those little ones overwhelmed by their emotions; a true-to-life, upbeat story about a toddler tantrum that offers a meditative way to calm them down. Why not count to ten? Mum suggests to her son. One ... two ... three...

A Lion Is a Lion

A Lion Is a Lion

Author: Polly Dunbar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2019

Dunbar's unexpected sense of humour make A Lion is a Lion every bit as original as Judith Kerr'sclassic Irish Times A deceptively simple and funny book The Daily Mail From the creator of Penguin and the Tilly and Friends series comes a wicked, rollicking read-aloud which asks the question: Is a lion still a lion if he ... wears a hat? And carries an umbrella? Is a lion still a lion if he ... arrives at your door and invites himself in with a How do you do? (Isn't he polite!) And is a lion still a lion if he asks for a dance? What about when he licks his lips and says, Oh yes, lunch would be lovely, thank you... Is a lion still a lion then?

The Hug

The Hug

Author: Eoin McLaughlin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2019

Hedgehog was feeling sad. As sad as a hedgehog can feel. So sad only one thing could help... Tortoise was feeling sad. As sad as a tortoise can feel. So sad only one thing could help... In this clever flipbook, both a hedgehog and a tortoise are looking for a hug. They ask all the other animals they come across but for some reason no one will hug them. Until a wise owl explains: Hedgehog is too spiky; Tortoise is too bony. And that's when they find each other! A beautiful, heartwarming picture book with all the universal appeal of Guess How Much I Love You.

The Hug

The Hug

Author: Eoin McLaughlin Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/01/2019

Hedgehog was feeling sad. As sad as a hedgehog can feel. So sad only one thing could help... Tortoise was feeling sad. As sad as a tortoise can feel. So sad only one thing could help... In this clever flipbook, both a hedgehog and a tortoise are looking for a hug. They ask all the other animals they come across but for some reason no one will hug them. Until a wise owl explains: Hedgehog is too spiky; Tortoise is too bony. And that's when they find each other! A beautiful, heartwarming picture book with all the universal appeal of Guess How Much I Love You.

Buster and the Baby

Buster and the Baby

Author: Amy Hest Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2018

In the little red house, Buster the dog ducks under the table. He waits and watches and waits some more as his heart goes thump, thump, thump. And then ... CHAAA! Out of the shadows comes the baby, squealing and whirling and bumping his nose! Go Buster! Go, Buster! Go! From acclaimed storyteller Amy Hest, author of Kiss Good Night, Sam and Polly Dunbar, illustrator of the Tilly and Friends series and Penguin comes a rhythmical celebration of the playful, loving companionship between a baby and a puppy. With its heart-warming, sleepy ending, this is a dream bedtime read and will make a gorgeous gift for young readers.

Penguin

Penguin

Author: Polly Dunbar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2017

A penguin turns out to be the perfect present in this beautiful 10th anniversary edition of an award-winning classic. This heart-warming book conjures imagination, anger, danger and love, while encouraging small children to remember events, read pictures and laugh The Sunday Times A stunning 10th anniversary edition of a modern classic from Polly Dunbar, the creator of Hello Tilly. This is the story of Ben, who couldn't be more delighted to find a penguin friend inside his present. Hello, Penguin! he says. Penguin says nothing. Ben tickles Penguin, pulls his funniest face, puts on a happy hat, sings a silly song and does a dizzy dance ... but still Penguin says nothing. It isn't until a passing lion intervenes that Penguin finally speaks - and, when he does, Ben discovers that some things are worth the wait. Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the winner of numerous other awards, this is a beautiful edition to share and treasure with a foreword and gorgeous gold foil on the cover and spine.

I Will Not Wear Pink

I Will Not Wear Pink

Author: Joyce Dunbar Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/05/2016

The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon

The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon

Author: David Almond Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2015

A magnificent tale of crackpot notions and sky-high courage - from David Almond, the master of magical realism, with illustrations by the award-winning Polly Dunbar. A magnificent tale of crackpot notions and sky-high courage - from David Almond, the master of magical realism, with illustrations by the award-winning Polly Dunbar. Paul believes that the moon is not the moon, but is a great hole in the sky. It's one of many strange ideas that he's never told anyone (at school he was told that he had no ideas at all), until he meets Molly, his irrepressible neighbour, who begins to convince him that his theory might just change the world. Helped by a very long ladder, some highly irregular characters, two rather worried parents and a great deal of community spirit, Paul takes to the sky. But his astonishing discovery there can't keep him away for long - what is waiting for him back at home is turning out to be better than he'd ever imagined...

Tilly and Friends: Doctor Tilly

Tilly and Friends: Doctor Tilly

Author: Polly Dunbar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2014

From inspired picture-book creator Polly Dunbar, this televised series follows the escapades of Tilly and her friends. When Hector stumbles on the floor, Tilly knows just what to do to make him feel better. Inspired by her success, Doctor Tilly gets a bit too enthusiastic helping her friends - bandaging Tumpty after his blocks get knocked over, for example, and sending Pru to bed after her car breaks down. Being a great doctor, Tilly soon learns, means learning to listen to her patients.

Tilly and Friends: Who's Hiding?

Tilly and Friends: Who's Hiding?

Author: Polly Dunbar Format: Board book Release Date: 01/04/2014

A delightful lift-the-flap board book featuring characters from the successful CBeebies series, Tilly and Friends, originated by Polly Dunbar. Tilly, Tumpty, Hector, Doodle, Pru and Tiptoe are playing hide-and-seek. Lift the flaps to find out who's hiding where! Every spread has a shaped flap to lift, with a charming and friendly character hiding inside! This is one of two fun-filled, novelty board books accompanying the Tilly and Friends television series.

Tilly and Friends: What's Everyone Doing?

Tilly and Friends: What's Everyone Doing?

Author: Polly Dunbar Format: Board book Release Date: 01/04/2014

A charming lift-the-flap board book featuring characters from the successful CBeebies series, Tilly and Friends, originated by Polly Dunbar. What exciting things are Tilly and her friends doing? Look at the clues and guess, then lift the flaps to find out! Each of the seven spreads feature labelled picture clues on the left and a lift-the-flap picture on the right which reveals the answer. Young children will love looking at the clues and guessing what Tilly and her friends are doing! This is one of two fun-filled, novelty board books accompanying the Tilly and Friends television series.

Tilly and Friends: Dressing Up Sticker Activity Book

Tilly and Friends: Dressing Up Sticker Activity Book

Author: Polly Dunbar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2013

A sticker activity book based on the televised series of Tilly and Friends by inspired picture-book creator Polly Dunbar. Join Tilly, Doodle, Tiptoe, Tumpty, Hector and Pru for a day of dressing-up fun in this activity book, packed with pictures to colour in and with more than 100 stickers featuring art from the animated television series.

Tilly and Friends: Play All Day Sticker Activity Book

Tilly and Friends: Play All Day Sticker Activity Book

Author: Polly Dunbar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2013

A sticker activity book based on the televised series of Tilly and Friends by inspired picture-book creator Polly Dunbar. Join Tilly, Doodle, Tiptoe, Tumpty, Hector and Pru for a day of fun in this activity book, packed with pictures to colour in and with more than 100 stickers featuring art from the animated television series.

Goodnight Tiptoe

Goodnight Tiptoe

Author: Polly Dunbar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2012

From inspired picture-book creator Polly Dunbar, the first in the colourful, charming, soon-to-be televised series following the escapades of Tilly and her friends. I'm not sleepy, says Tiptoe while Tilly gives him his goodnight kiss. Boom! Boom! Boom! goes Tiptoe's drum while Tilly sings him a goodnight lullaby. Will a bedtime story do the trick and send Tiptoe off to sleep? Ah, yes... Now Tilly must get ready for bed herself. If only there were someone to tuck her in... But wait! Tiptoe is still awake ... and he's come to tuck Tilly in and give her a goodnight kiss!

Here's a Little Poem A Very First Book of Poetry

Here's a Little Poem A Very First Book of Poetry

Author: Andrew Fusek Peters Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2010

A gloriously illustrated first book of poetry, collecting together verse from a range of well-known authors. Here's a Little Poem is a superb selection of over fifty poems by English and American authors, including Wendy Cope, Roger McGough, John Agard, Grace Nichols, Colin McNaughton, Jack Prelutsky, Langston Hughes and many more. Affectionately describing the early experiences of young children, this is a warmly illustrated, imaginative world of first encounters. Simple text and exuberant illustrations make this an ideal introduction for young children to the wonderful world of poetry.

Penguin

Penguin

Author: Polly Dunbar Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 03/08/2009

A perfect penguin present brought to life with an animated DVD! Ben is delighted when he rips open his present and finds a penguin inside. Hello, Penguin! he says. Penguin says nothing. Can't you talk? says Ben. Penguin says nothing. It isn't until a passing lion intervenes that Penguin finally speaks ... and when he does, Ben discovers something that was really worth waiting for. Offering a whole new storytelling experience this picture book and DVD edition features a charming story animation, narrated by Emilia Fox (Silent Witness, Rebecca).

My Dad's a Birdman

My Dad's a Birdman

Author: David Almond Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2008

Join a father and daughter as they find their wings together and take to the skies in this funny, tender tale from the master of contemporary storytelling. Lizzie and Dad live in a rainy town in the north of England. It's just the two of them, and Auntie Doreen, who pops round to check Lizzie's spellings and tell Dad he's daft - and make them nice hot dumplings. But today there's something unusual going on: why is Dad building himself a pair of wings and studying the birds to see how they fly? The Great Human Bird Competition of course!

Here's A Little Poem

Here's A Little Poem

Author: Jane Yolen, Andrew Peters Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2007

Here's a Little Poem is a superb selection of over fifty poems by English and American authors, including Wendy Cope, Roger McGough, John Agard, Grace Nichols, Colin McNaughton, Jack Prelutsky, Langston Hughes, and many more. Affectionately describing the early experiences of young children, this is a warmly illustrated, imaginative world of first encounters.

Down The Back of the Chair

Down The Back of the Chair

Author: Margaret Mahy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2007

When Dad loses his car keys, toddler Mary suspects that they have ended up down the back of the chair so Dad begins to search. But what an odd assortments of objects are living down the back of the chair! This lively, eccentric poem is a visual explosion of fun and imagination, featuring dragons, pirates, treasure, lions, elephants and many more. But what will a troubled father win from down the back of the chair?

Looking After Louis

Looking After Louis

Author: Lesley Ely Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2005

There's a new boy at school called Louis. Louis sits next to me and I look after him. He's not quite like the rest of us. Sometimes I wonder what he's thinking about. He often just sits and stares at the wall. If I ask him what he's looking at he says, 'Looking at' and carries on looking. This introduction to the issue of autism shows how - through imagination, kindness, and a special game of football - Louis's classmates find a way to join him in his world. Then they can include Louis in theirs.

Lucy and the Firestone

Lucy and the Firestone

Author: June Crebbin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2004

A lively and engaging Starters title for beginner readers illustrated by acclaimed picture book artist Polly Dunbar, with a friendly text and stylish two-colour illustrations. Lucy and the Firestone is part of Walker Starters, a wonderfully fun and friendly series for beginner readers. The firestone in the Royal Lighthouse has gone out! Lucy, the Lighthouse Keeper's daughter, must follow clues in a riddle to find another one before it's too late. This is a charming and uplifting story told through a range of writing styles, including hand-lettered speech bubbles, signs and reports. The illustrations, which appear on every page, are lively and stylish, and play an active part in helping children understand the text.

Hal the Pirate

Hal the Pirate

Author: June Crebbin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2004

A lively and engaging Starters title for beginner readers illustrated by acclaimed picture book artist Polly Dunbar, with a friendly text and stylish two-colour illustrations. Hal the Pirate is part of Walker Starters, the wonderfully fun and friendly series for beginner readers. Yo ho the billy-o, a pirate's life for me! But is it really a pirate's life for Hal, who gets seasick, falls overboard (a lot), and doesn't know his west from his east? This is a charming story with a twist at the end, told through a range of writing styles, including hand-lettered speech bubbles and diary entries. The illustrations, which appear on every page, are lively and stylish, and play an active part in helping children understand the text.

Hal the Highwayman

Hal the Highwayman

Author: June Crebbin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2003

A lively and engaging Starters title for beginner readers illustrated by acclaimed picture book artist Polly Dunbar, with a friendly text and stylish two-colour illustrations. Hal the Highwayman is part of Walker Starters, the wonderfully fun and friendly series for beginner readers. Hal wants to be a fearsome highwayman - but he's very clumsy and isn't at all scary. So he signs up for Dick Turpin's School for Highwayman. Lessons start at once! This is a charming and witty story told through a range of writing styles, including hand-lettered speech bubbles, postcards and posters. The illustrations, which appear on every page, are lively and stylish, and play an active part in helping children understand the text.

The Dragon Test

The Dragon Test

Author: June Crebbin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2003

A lively and engaging Starters title for beginner readers illustrated by acclaimed picture book artist Polly Dunbar, with a friendly text and stylish two-colour illustrations. The Dragon Test is part of Walker Starters, a wonderfully fun and friendly series for beginner readers. Princess Jem wants to pass the dragon test - and that means she has to catch a dragon. But when the dragon she's hunting captures Jem instead, the princess will have to think outside the box if she wants to get back to her castle. This is a charming and uplifting story, told through a range of writing styles, including letters, posters and lists. The illustrations, which appear on every page, are lively, stylish and play an active part in helping children understand the text.

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