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As a child
I was born in Hampton Court, right next door to King Henry VIII's palace. As a child I divided my time equally between being incredibly worried and very excited. Things that worried me were Fingerbobs, false teeth, the colour green, spiders, Mrs Barlett (a particularly terrifying school teacher), rice pudding, the circus, hairdressers, scary movies, the dentist, big dogs, the dark, and most of the tales of Beatrix Potter. Things I found exciting were colours (all except green), frogs (despite being green), making things from old shoe boxes, family Christmases, the seaside, noisy rain, Edward Lear, swimming, netball, helping backstage in school plays, chocolate, Dr Seuss, dancing, getting a letter in the post, and Bagpuss. When I grew up,I wanted to be the person on Blue Peter who thought up what to make out of old washing up liquid bottles and toilet rolls each week.
As an adult
I had a wonderful time studying Illustration at University of Westminster in Harrow. I didn't do too much drawing but spent most of my time making stuff from different sorts of rubbish. Whilst at Uni I shared a smelly house with a motley collection of lost souls and noisy South Africans. They made me appreciate how strange and different can also be beautiful. Since leaving University I have been working freelance, making and painting props for film and TV. Films I have made props for include Pirates of the Caribbean, The Borrowers, 101 Dalmations, Golden Age, Van Helsing, Mission Impossible, Evita, Braveheart, Troy. TV work includes Harry Hill's TV Burp, Jam and Jerusalem, Life of Riley, Vicar of Dibley, Absolutely Fabulous, Holby City, Jonathan Creek. I have also been teaching on my old illustration course at University of Westminster for many years. My students are a constant inspiration to me and I have been encouraged to develop illustration projects for magazines, greetings cards and more recently children's books. I have always been very inspired by silly stories and poems and in my spare time I began to write and illustrate my own. My first silly story was published by Hodder in 2005.
As an artist
The first children's story I wrote and illustrated, called Badly Drawn Dog, was published by Hodder in 2005. It is a strange tale about a scribbly little dog, unhappy about his appearance who visits an artist to see if he can improve his looks. It was based on my own childhood experiences at the hairdressers. My second picture book is called The Very Important Idea. I am looking forward to the publication of my latest novelty picture book with Walker Books. It is called Speckle the Spider and the Bananas from the Bahamas. My stories are often about things that I found worrying as a child - my appearance, the hairdressers, horrible teachers, spiders etc. I have also enjoyed illustrating for other authors on a number of books for all age groups. I particularly like drawing scruffy little animals and children. I love colour but I also really enjoy working in black and white. I create images quickly using a combination of stencils and foam stamps, and paint scraped across the page. Then I usually draw over the top of these images with ink.
Things you didn't know about Emma Dodson
1. I have big feet
2. I am a very untidy person
3. I hate sums
4. I love sunny days
5. I like to be busy
6. I hate perfume that is supposed to smell like the seaside
7. My grandfather was an inventor
8. I cannot see the point of cardigans without sleeves
9. I will always hate going to the hairdressers
10. I enjoy overhearing conversations
Classroom life as experienced by the pupils is brilliantly evoked in this hilarious story about the ridiculousness of endless awards and certificates. As the head announces yet more awards for achieving wonderful things, Twig wonders why he has never won anything. Hooey and Will decide to set matters right. Soon their Awards for Awesomeness are there for the taking and everyone – including Twig – can become a winner. Steve Voake gets behind the scenes brilliantly.
Ever been up to your neck in a croc-infested swamp with enemy soldiers tracking your every move? Me neither! But don't let that stop you coming to the Outdoor Activity Centre, where Basbo is on red alert for sharky-sharks, Twig is searching for brains, courage and a heart and Hooey is flying high - without a plane.
Olympic fever strikes Shrimpton-on-Sea when Mr Papalopoulos, the owner of the local Greek restaurant, offers to sponsor sports day. Hooey and his classmates Twig, Basbo and Will are all keen to show their prowess in events such as welly wanging – that’s the knowledgeable Samantha’s speciality - the high-jump, sprinting and the rest. Chaos follows before the excitement of the day and all the fun of the races. Amidst the laughs, the school friends – and readers - learn more about the Olympics and the Ancient Greeks who created them.
This Read with Oxford Stage 1 story collection contains four traditional tales: The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse; The Gingerbread Man; The Enormous Turnip; and Get the Rat! This beautifully-illustrated book with clear phonics progression is ideal for children who are taking their first steps in reading. These well-loved traditional tales from around the world have been rewritten so that children can read them for themselves. They are expertly levelled and in line with children's phonics learning at school. In additional to the stories, the collection offers tips for reading the stories together, extended story texts that parents can read aloud to their child and story maps that children can use to help retell the story in their own words. Featuring much-loved characters, great authors, engaging storylines and fun activities, Read with Oxford offers an exciting range of carefully levelled reading books to build your child's reading confidence. Find practical advice, free eBooks and fun activities to help your child progress on oxfordowl.co.uk. Let's get them flying!
Like sheep? Like nurses? Like to meet A SHEEP-BOY-NURSE? Sledge on down to Shrimpton-on-Sea and you might be in luck! It's snow season in Shrimpton - time for the nativity play and perfect conditions for testing the SHRIMPTON SUPERSONIC SLEDGE. One Christmas Crash later, Basbo is crumpled up in hospital and Twig's nan is stuck on the ward downstairs after an incident with a slippery salmon fritter. But Hooey and friends are determined that Nan won't miss out on seeing Twig play lead SHEEP-BOY in the Christmas show... There's only one obstacle: STARK-STARING BUG-EYED MAD NURSE MALONEY!
Lots of Nuts is based on Aesop's fable The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse. Tim, a country mouse, goes to town but will he decide to stay there? This popular story written by Gill Munton and beautifully illustrated by Emma Dodson will capture your child's imagination! It has been sensitively rewritten to enable your child to read it with confidence whilst capturing the magic of the original tale. There are useful tips for parents and an engaging story map inside the book to help you and your child retell the story together. The Oxford Reading Tree Traditional Tales series includes 40 of the best known stories from all over the world, which have been passed down for generations. They are a perfect introduction to different cultures, traditions and morals. All the stories are carefully levelled to Oxford Reading Tree levels and matched to the phonics progression in Letters and Sounds enabling your children to read the stories independently. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with childrens reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk.
Like explosions? Like trousers? Like to see some exploding trousers? Read this book and you ... might! Like explosions? Like trousers? Like to see some exploding trousers? Read this book and you ... might! The world's a dangerous place, innit? Have you ever found yourself In Danger and thought, What I really need is a pair of super-protective trousers to keep me safe from crocodiles, flying toffee-apples and log-flume malfunctions? Yes? Well, come visit Shrimpton-on-Sea, where Hooey, Will and Twig are working on their genius health and safety invention - the all-new-super-TremTroo!
Like sharks? Like pants? Like to see a shark IN pants? Then Hooey Higgins is the series for you! Welcome to a land called Shrimpton-on-Sea where the folks are a bit unusual and you can make friends with Hooey, Twig, Will and Dingbat the dog. Are they naughty, slightly scruffy boys? Yes they are. Will they do anything for a few quid? Yes they will. What's so unusual about that, then? Well, it all starts with the giant chocolate egg, and then there's catching the shark in the flowery duvet cover and then Twig dresses up as a sea-urchin and gets chased through the knicker shop by Basbo the bully (boo, he's mean!) and then there's the big explosion and everything. But it all makes sense when you read it.
Move over, Sherlock Holmes! Drusilla is a quiet, thoughtful little girl who has a small toy hippopotamus and four older brothers. Her hippo (Mrs Mu) goes everywhere with Drusilla. Her brothers (Harlan, Kal, CJ and Joe) go nowhere with her. In fact, their sole aim seems to be to taunt their small sister and stop her from joining in with their games. Usually Drusilla can withstand any amount of teasing, but when Mrs Mu goes missing, she suspects foul play... This time Drusilla will have to call upon all her resourcefulness to win through.
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