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Sue Heap - Illustrator

About the Illustrator

Sue Heap is the author and illustrator of Cowboy Baby (recipient of the Smarties Gold Book Award) and Danny's Drawing Book. She has collaborated with Sally Lloyd-Jones several times, including on How To Be a Baby, by Me, the Big Sister.

Sue studied photography at Hull College of Art. She started her working life as a temporary store person dealing with O rings, cheesehead screws and other valve components, before moving on to Yellow Pages, where she designed layouts for such copy lines as (filed under Plumber) “Mr Onion will fix your leek!” A move into the world of book design followed, beginning with school text books and moving on to picture books, and then book illustration.

Sue’s first picture book, Mouse Party (by Alan Durant), was published in 1995. She actually illustrated the book twice, having rejected her first set of “finished” illustrations and then starting all over again! She has since illustrated many more picture books – a number of which she has also written.

Featured books by Sue Heap

Other books by Sue Heap

Ten Cars and a Million Stars A Counting Storybook

Ten Cars and a Million Stars A Counting Storybook

Author: Teresa Heapy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2019

Count from 1 to 100 with Alice in this charming non-fiction picture book, with words by Teresa Heapy and pictures by Sue Heap. From the bestselling team behind the Very Little series, this is a witty counting book for children learning numeracy. Big sister Alice is brilliant at counting - one day, she decides to show her baby brother how it's done. She starts simply enough: the Baby has one giant teddy, two floppy bunnies and three shaky rattles. Soon Alice has counted all the way up to 100 toys - and the Baby is very impressed. After 100, however, things get a little trickier. How many snowflakes are there in a snowstorm? Or stars in the sky? With a charming twist at the end, Teresa Heapy's gentle story is the perfect match for Sue Heap's bright, child-friendly pictures.

Ten Cars and a Million Stars A Counting Storybook

Ten Cars and a Million Stars A Counting Storybook

Author: Teresa Heapy Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2018

Count from 1 to 100 with Alice in this charming non-fiction picture book, with words by Teresa Heapy and pictures by Sue Heap. From the bestselling team behind the Very Little series, this is a witty counting book for children learning numeracy. Big sister Alice is brilliant at counting - one day, she decides to show her baby brother how it's done. She starts simply enough: the Baby has one giant teddy, two floppy bunnies and three shaky rattles. Soon Alice has counted all the way up to 100 toys - and the Baby is very impressed. After 100, however, things get a little trickier. How many snowflakes are there in a snowstorm? Or stars in the sky? With a charming twist at the end, Teresa Heapy's gentle story is the perfect match for Sue Heap's bright, child-friendly pictures.

Very Little Rapunzel

Very Little Rapunzel

Author: Teresa Heapy, Sue Heap Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2017

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair . . . NO! Very Little Rapunzel is little. Very Little. But she has enough long dark hair to cause a lot of trouble, especially when her friend the Very Little Prince comes over to play, and brings with him some pesky headlice... How will Mummy cope with all that hair to and such a tiny comb? From the award-winning creators of Very Little Red Riding Hood.

Very Little Sleeping Beauty

Very Little Sleeping Beauty

Author: Teresa Heapy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

Very Little Sleeping Beauty is little. Very little. Tomorrow she is having a birthday party, but now it's bedtime and she's not very tired...Join her on a very big bedtime adventure from the award-winning Heapy and Heap! A perfect present . (The Times on Very Little Red Riding Hood).

Mine!

Mine!

Author: Sue Heap Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2015

A very funny warm-hearted picture book about the difficulty of sharing. A very funny warm-hearted picture book about the difficulty of sharing. Amy snuggles on her blankie with her three toys. I love you all, she says, because we're together, and because you're MINE. When Jack and Zak want to play and they grab Bear and Bunny, Amy grabs them back. MINE! she says. When Baby Jo picks up Bird and kisses it, Amy takes it away. MINE! she says. But then she realizes that what she's done has made Baby Jo very sad. He's all alone, without a toy and suddenly Amy has a difficult decision to make. What will she do?

Very Little Cinderella

Very Little Cinderella

Author: Teresa Heapy Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/02/2015

Just like her pal, Red Riding Hood, Very Little Cinderella is little. Very little. But she's got a very BIG personality and one way or another she usually seems to bend others to her will. Albeit very charmingly. Join Very Little Cinderella on her very important mission: to go to the party that her Ugly Sisters are off to and to wear the outfit of her choice - however crazy it may be! With a Big Blue Scooter, an array of fabulous frocks and a Fairy Godmother for a babysitter what could go wrong? Find out in this fantastic fairytale twist.

Mine!

Mine!

Author: Sue Heap Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2014

A very funny warm-hearted picture book about the difficulty of sharing. Amy snuggles on her blankie with her three toys. I love you all, she says, because we're together, and because you're MINE. When Jack and Zak want to play and they grab Bear and Bunny, Amy grabs them back. MINE! she says. When Baby Jo picks up Bird and kisses it, Amy takes it away. MINE! she says. But then she realizes that what she's done has made Baby Jo very sad. He's all alone, without a toy and suddenly Amy has a difficult decision to make. What will she do?

George and the Dinosaur

George and the Dinosaur

Author: Felix Hayes Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2014

Very Little Red Riding Hood

Very Little Red Riding Hood

Author: Teresa Heapy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2014

Very Little Red Riding Hood is little. Very little. She's brave and bossy, fearless and determined, loving and funny. And like all toddlers she likes everything just so - woe betide anyone and anything that gets in her way! Join Very Little Red Riding Hood on a very important expedition to her Grandmama's for a sleepover. She's got some cakes, she's got red ted, she's got her blanket and she's got her tea set. And NOTHING is going to get in the way of her well-laid plans. Not even a Wolf! Will they all live happily ever after? Find out in Very Little Red Riding Hood's very big adventure.

The Buttons Family: The Babysitter

The Buttons Family: The Babysitter

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2012

One of a series of six brilliant new series of first experiences books about the Buttons Family. Mum and Dad are going out for the evening and a new babysitter is coming round to look after Cherry, Charlie and Baby Lou. She reads them two stories, and stays with them until they fall asleep. They want her to come back the next night too! Charming, funny picture books with gentle, non-didactic messages, the Buttons family will give children the reassurance they need to take their first steps in the world - whether it's going to the doctor, buying new shoes, visiting the dentist, starting school, staying the night at Gran's, or having a new babysitter for the first time.

The Buttons Family: Going to the Dentist

The Buttons Family: Going to the Dentist

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2012

One of a series of six brilliant new first experiences books about the Buttons Family. Dad's got toothache and Mum says it's time all the Buttons went to the dentist for a check-up. The dentist shows Charlie, Cherry and baby Lou how to look after their teeth. Charming, funny picture books with gentle, non-didactic messages, the Buttons family will give children the reassurance they need to take their first steps in the world - whether it's going to the doctor, buying new shoes, visiting the dentist, starting school, staying the night at Gran's, or having a new babysitter for the first time.

The Buttons Family: Staying with Gran

The Buttons Family: Staying with Gran

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2012

One in a series of six brilliant new first experiences books about the Buttons family. Cherry, Charlie and Baby Lou have never stayed with Gran on their own before, but she makes sure they have a lovely time. They make cupcakes and have Gran's famous surprise breakfast. Baby Lou even has Mum's old teddy to help her sleep.

The Buttons Family: Going to the Doctor

The Buttons Family: Going to the Doctor

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2012

One in a series of six brilliant new first experiences books about the Buttons family. Cherry has a cold but she doesn't want to go to the doctor. Her mum gently persuades her and when she gets there she finds it's not scary at all. In fact she has fun listening to her heartbeat on the stethoscope while Mum gets her medicine!

Let's Take Over the Nursery!

Let's Take Over the Nursery!

Author: Richard Hamilton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2007

When their teacher gets trapped in the climbing frame, the class of overactive toddlers gets busy doing what they always wanted to do. Painting here, there and everywhere, sending the cooker down the slide and generally having the best day. But when one child ends up in tears and another follows suit, the class soon finds that getting Miss Tuck out of her climbing frame trap is something of a priority.

Brian the Giant

Brian the Giant

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2005

A lively and engaging Starters title for beginner readers, from bestselling author Vivian French and much-loved illustrator Sue Heap, with a friendly text and stylish two-colour illustrations. Brian the Giant is part of Walker Starters, the wonderfully fun and friendly series for beginner readers. Brian the Giant loves eating muffins - but he hates making them. When someone starts stealing his muffins, he finds a VERY special way of finding out who it is! This is a charming and uplifting story told through a range of writing styles, including hand-lettered speech bubbles and recipes. The illustrations, which appear on every page, are lively and stylish, and play an active part in helping children understand the text.

Cowboy Baby

Cowboy Baby

Author: Sue Heap Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/1999

The Thing-on-Two-Legs

The Thing-on-Two-Legs

Author: Diana Hendry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/12/1995

When the Thing-in-a-Box became a Thing-on-Two-Legs, Mulligan's life took a turn for the worse. Gone was all the attention. Gone were the long walks with Mr and Mrs Dembo. Now they could only toddle and waddle to the end of the road. Something had to be done. Jets is a series of simple stories with lots of lively pictures, ideal for children who are just beginning to enjoy reading.

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