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Tor Freeman is a Londoner and a freelance illustrator since she graduated from Kingston University with a BA in Illustration in 1999. In 2012 she was awarded a Sendak Fellowship.
60 Poems to Boost Reading and Spelling | What an ingenious idea! The B on Your Thumb combines two seemingly unlikely bedfellows – grammar and poetry – and to excellent effect. Jolly verses, frequently comic and lots of fun to read aloud, are cleverly full of useful spelling and phonics tips. Struggle spelling ‘necessary’ or ‘separate’? (Shh – I do!) You won’t after you’ve read this book and the two little poems that make their spellings so memorable. Also made fun and simple via fun rhymes are letter sounds, sh, ee, ou, ch and so on. Tor Freeman’s illustrations are as bright and welcoming as the verses and it seems that this author illustrator duo have succeeded in making spelling fun.
A greedy pig gets his comeuppance in this very funny and beautifully told picture book, but there are useful life lessons for us all. Pig has come into some gold and decides he needs a house. He strikes a deal with some builders - a cat, a dog and a hen - and they duly build him a very nice house. Overseeing their efforts from the comfort of his deckchair though, he decides it’s not big enough and gets the team to add an extension, more rooms, more floors. Things come to a head when they come for their payment, and Pig learns why it’s best to be totally honest in your business dealings! The story builds to a wonderful conclusion and everyone will enjoy seeing Pig get his just deserts. Katie Cotton’s rhyming text is a joy to read aloud and Tor Freeman’s illustrations are full of character and extra treats for readers (especially those fascinated by building sites!).
A tale of sausages and their fight for freedom, this rollicking picture book will have everyone laughing. We begin with ten sausages, of course, but as their friends go pop and bang, some of them decide to hop out of the pan, with varying degrees of success. Poor sausage number two ends up down the drain, while there’s an even worse fate for sausage number four – the liquidizer. Sausage number eight is eaten by the cat but the silliest sausages of all are numbers nine and ten, who hide themselves in the hot dog roll! Michelle Robinson’s energetic storytelling creates something funny or surprising on every page, and it’s great fun to read aloud. Tor Freeman gives each sausage its own personality, no mean feat, and makes us sympathise with them even while we’re laughing.
Murray comes from a family of champion racehorses and dreams of winning trophies. But there’s a problem: he’s just not fast. The other horses laugh at him until one amazing day his dreams come true, though in a totally unexpected way! Murray’s unusual chorus-line-to-star story is told in rhyme, and rather brings to mind the comic monologues made famous by Stanley Holloway. The verse is certainly great fun to read aloud and will be fun for children to memorise too. Jolly black and white illustrations make this even more appealing. ~ Andrea Reece
A charming rhyming story about a well-meaning horse whose change in feed leads to disastrous, smelly, and hilarious consequences… Colin has always worked very hard at the farm, ploughing the fields and eating lots of hay to provide manure for the field. But when he tries the feed from the pigs, the cows and the chickens, his manure may help grow fantastic vegetables but also creates a stink that creates a national emergency…With hilarious rhyme, cheeky humour and side splitting illustrations from Tor Freeman, this is the perfect read for music and animal loving children.
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. Touching and funny, Turtle and Me captures the importance of a special toy and explores why such a thing shouldn’t be given up lightly! A little boy and his soft toy have been inseparable since birth; Turtle has had many accidents but a lot of washing and stitching have kept him going through thick and thin. But, when are you too old to need such a toy? The gentle resolution to this story will reassure all young readers! Click on the links below to see more great books from Brubaker, Ford and Friends: Little Bee The Acorn What will you be Grandma ?
Poppy was fit, strong and healthy - her parent's delight. But for reasons unknown she was born without sight. But lucky for you lot, she had an amazing sense of smell. So she's recruited by the police force to solve the toughest crimes by nose . . .
Come on a great escape through the kitchen as we follow each sausage that decides to make a run for it. Will they succeed or will the cat, blender, plug hole or fan prove their downfall? Michelle Robinson's no-holds-barred humour is perfectly matched by Tor Freeman's mad-cap artwork. Hilarious and merciless, this tale will have you hooting out loud. 'Bright condiments, stricken-looking frankfurters and wicked comedy will appeal to the ruthless reader' GUARDIAN
At first Peter isn't too keen on his teacher's plan to dig a vegetable garden to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee. Then he starts to dig up some interesting things - a huge worm, a big beetle, bits of china ... and what looks like a giant cucumber but turns out to be something a lot more exciting!
Depicting the adventures of Rat, Mole, Badger and the pretentious Mr Toad, The Wind in the Willows sees these four animals getting into all sorts of trouble as they wander along the river, through the Wild Wood and around the grand Toad Hall. Adapted for the stage by A.A. Milne as Toad of Toad Hall, and recreated for film and TV numerous times, Kenneth Grahame's tale has been an essential part of every English child's formative reading for over a century, with new generations of readers succumbing to its charm, wit and wonder.
An ordinary horse with a very ordinary and really quite boring little life... until a rock band called The Tumbling Pebbles come to town. As the music pounds across the hills, Hendrix discovers he has an ear for music! And then he comes across the band's guitar - it flies out the window of the van as the musicians leave the sleepy village - and Hendrix knows there is no looking back. He decides to put on a concert of his own. He ties a pair of pants round his head. Socks round his wrists. He is Hendrix the Rocking Horse!
A charming story about the adventures a little boy has with his cuddly toy turtle. Turtle gets covered in spaghetti, chewed by a puppy, and ripped in a tug of war, but despite all of this the little boy still loves him. But will this love last forever?
Step inside Fancy Feathers Talent School, the most exciting school in town! Coco Crocodile is rehearsing her song and Billie and Pig has a dance to perfect - and all in time for the evening show! But the Fox Clowns are in a muddle and Albert the Magician has made his assistant vanish, COMPLETELY! Now everyone needs a costume and time is running out. But you know what they say? The show MUST go on . . . Full of fun, bursting with characters and packed with comic detail, as well as tutus, tantrums and TALENT!
When Molly shares a secret with Olive, the urge to tell is just too great for Olive. She tells Joe who tells Matt who tells Lola. But Lola is best friends with Molly. The secret is out, and Olive is in big trouble!
Flora and Annie are off to stay with their grandparents for the summer. The girls will travel on their own from Cape Town on the bus, and Flora is proud that their mother has put her in charge. Flora loves lots of things about staying with Ouma and Oupa: swinging on the big old tree in the garden, baking with Ouma, playing with the other children from the neighbourhood. But there's one thing she doesn't like at all ... Nelson, their grandmother's large, red rooster. Little Annie isn't afraid of him, and Flora knows that she shouldn't be either. After all, she's supposed to be the grown-up one! But Flora can't help it - Nelson is scary and glary and he pecks hard. Will she overcome her fear?
A delightful story for young readers from former Children's Laureate and author of the international phenomenon War Horse. At first Peter isn't too keen on his teacher's plan to dig a vegetable garden to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee. Then he starts to dig up some interesting things - a huge worm, a big beetle, bits of china ... and what looks like a giant cucumber but turns out to be something a lot more exciting!