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Sam Usher - Illustrator

About the Illustrator

Sam Usher graduated from the University of West England and his debut picture book Can You See Sassoon? was shortlisted for the Waterstones Prize and the Red House Children's Book Award. He is particularly admired for his technical drawing skill and prowess with watercolour. Also a talented pianist, when he's not holding a pen and wobbling at paper you'll find him perfecting a fiendishly difficult piece of Chopin.

 

Featured books by Sam Usher

The Witch Dog

The Witch Dog

5+ readers

Author: Margaret Mahy Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/09/2014

The Witch Dance is a special party. Every witch brings a cloak, a hat and a cat. But not Witch Rose. She is allergic to cats! Luckily for her, Nightshade, the perfect Witch Dog is on hand to help. But can Witch Rose and Nightshade convince the other witches that a Witch Dog really can be as good as any cat?

Other books by Sam Usher

The Great Clown Conundrum

The Great Clown Conundrum

Author: Alexander Mccall Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

Roll up! Roll up! A new season is about to begin at the Shortbread family's circus! The big-top is ready and everyone is excited to get started. But as the shows begin chief clown Mr Birdcage is in a bit of a pickle - none of his hilarious props seem to be working! When budding detectives Billy, Fern and Joe get on the case to investigate, they soon discover that the props have been tampered with! But who would want to sabotage Mr Birdcage and why?

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Author: Sam Usher Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Boy and Grandad take care of a little bird. When it gets better, Grandad puts it outside, but it keeps hopping back into the house, following Boy wherever he goes. Boy wonders what kind of bird it is. An eagle? An ostrich? A bird of paradise, perhaps? He wants to keep it, but Grandad says it must return to its natural habitat in the wild where it can spread its wings and be free. And so begins an exhilarating journey into the rainforest! The first in a new quartet of enchanting picture books where a boy and his beloved grandad discover the wonder of the natural world.

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Author: Sam Usher Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Boy and Grandad take care of a little bird. When it gets better, Grandad puts it outside, but it keeps hopping back into the house, following Boy wherever he goes. Boy wonders what kind of bird it is. An eagle? An ostrich? A bird of paradise, perhaps? He wants to keep it, but Grandad says it must return to its natural habitat in the wild where it can spread its wings and be free. And so begins an exhilarating journey into the mountains. The first in a new quartet of enchanting picture books where a boy and his beloved grandad discover the wonder of the natural world.

Storm

Storm

Author: Sam Usher Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2018

It's blowing up a storm, and a boy and his grandad decide it's the perfect weather for kite-flying. There's just one problem - first they have to find the kite. Their search brings up lots of wonderful memories of previous adventures together, but when they finally make it outside, their adventure really takes off!

Storm

Storm

Author: Sam Usher Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

It's blowing up a storm, and a boy and his grandad decide it's the perfect weather for kite-flying. There's just one problem - first they have to find the kite. Their search brings up lots of wonderful memories of previous adventures together, but when they finally make it outside, their adventure really takes off!

Rain (Mini Gift)

Rain (Mini Gift)

Author: Sam Usher Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/04/2018

Sam wants to go out but it's pouring with rain, so he and Grandpa decide to stay inside until the rain stops. Sam drinks hot chocolate and reads his books and dreams of adventures while Grandpa gets on with his important paperwork. Grandpa seems to have a VERY important letter to write. Then that very important letter has to be posted, despite the rain and floods. As they finally go outside, Sam and Grandpa have a magical adventure. Rain is the follow-up to the acclaimed Snow; and is the second title in a four-book series based on the weather.

Sun

Sun

Author: Sam Usher Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

It's the hottest day of the year, the perfect day for a boy and his grandad to set off on an adventure - and the perfect day to share a picnic with pirates!

Sun

Sun

Author: Sam Usher Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2017

It's the hottest day of the year, hotter than broccoli soup, hotter than the Atacama Desert, hotter than the surface of the sun. It's just the right kind of day for a boy and his grandad to go for a picnic. But as the sun beats down, Grandad keeps having to stop for a rest, and by the time they find the perfect picnic spot, some pirates have beaten them to it. Good job they have enough food to share... Sun is the third title in Sam Usher's acclaimed seasonal series, following on from Snow and Rain. Combined sales of Snow and Rain total over 70,000 copies.

Floss the Playground Boss

Floss the Playground Boss

Author: Corrinne Averiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2017

A beautiful picture book teaching children about friendship and sharing. Floss says STOP, Floss says GO! Floss says YES, Floss says NO! Floss is the playground boss! That is until a new boy named Peter moves into the house on the opposite side of the playground from Floss. When Peter decides he doesn't want to play along with Floss' rules, she learns that having friends can be much more fun than being the playground boss! Corrinne Averiss' high-energy storytelling is perfectly paired with Sam Usher's classic Quentin Blake-esque artwork in this fun-packed, playground story, perfect for children aged 3 years and up. With a charmingly tenacious and relatable female character, this is the perfect book for anyone who loved Rebecca Patterson's My Big Shouting Day! Corrinne Averiss is a debut author and her first picture book, A Dot in the Snow, is due to be published by OUP in October 2016. Corrinne has spent much of her life working in children's TV as a producer and director at companies including Ragdoll, CITV and CBeebies. She lives in Manchester with her husband and a charming cat, Alba. Sam Usher has illustrated several books for children including Pippa Goodhart's What Will Danny Do Today? His first book, Can You See Sassoon?, was longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award and shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Award and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. He is published by Templar, Little Tiger, Hodder, Jonathan Cape and OUP.

The Canterville Ghost and Other Stories

The Canterville Ghost and Other Stories

Author: Oscar Wilde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2016

Sir Simon de Canterville has been haunting the residents of Canterville Chase for 300 years - and then the Otis family moves in. No matter how hard he tries, they won't be spooked, and soon the Otis family turns their attention to getting rid of him... This collection contains all seven of Oscar Wilde's stories for children: The Canterville Ghost The Selfish Giant The Nightingale and the Rose The Devoted Friend The Happy Prince The Remarkable Rocket The Young King

What Will Danny Do Today?

What Will Danny Do Today?

Author: Pippa Goodhart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/02/2016

Danny has a busy day ahead of him. What will he eat? Who will he meet? In this book YOU DECIDE what happens! Can YOU help Danny choose whether to have juice or jelly for breakfast, travel to school on the bus or in a spaceship, and create a robot or skyscraper in art? From the bestselling author of You Choose comes a unique new picture book in which well-placed questions combine with charmingly detailed and surprising illustrations to help children open up about their daily experiences. Beautiful, Quentin Blake-esque artwork from rising star Sam Usher, author of Can You See Sassoon? and Snow. Pippa Goodhart is the author of the You Choose and Just Imagine books which have sold over 175,000 copies in the UK alone. She has been longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, won the 2011 Mumsnet Children's Book of the Year for 3-4 Year Olds and was shortlisted for the Smarties Prize and the Young Telegraph book of the Year. Sam Usher is published by Templar, Little Tiger and Orion in the UK, and his work is published in many countries all over the world. His first book, Can You See Sassoon?, was longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award and shortlisted for the Read it Again! award, the Red House Children's Book Award and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize.

Refuge

Refuge

Author: Anne Booth Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/11/2015

The Christmas story and what follows: the fleeing of Jesus, Mary and Joseph from Herod's soldiers to Egypt. This is a book with timeless crossover appeal and a message that couldn't be more relevant.

Snow

Snow

Author: Sam Usher Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2014

Every child loves a snow day - no school and snowball fights galore! But Sam has to wait for his Grandad. Trying to hurry him up, Sam tells Grandad all the other kids have gone to the park... and all the local dogs... and all the zoo animals! Only when they finally arrive does Grandad see Sam was telling the truth - and both of them get stuck in having fun on their snow day!

Snow

Snow

Author: Sam Usher Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2014

Every child loves a snow day - no school and snowball fights galore! But Sam has to wait for his Grandad. Trying to hurry him up, Sam tells Grandad all the other kids have gone to the park... and all the local dogs... and all the zoo animals! Only when they finally arrive does Grandad see Sam was telling the truth - and both of them get stuck in having fun on their snow day!

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