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Petr Horacek - Illustrator

About the Illustrator

Petr Horacek’s bold and imaginative illustrations continue to captivate children and critics. His stories, often about loyalty and belonging, are told with an instinctive warmth and humour and are beautifully brought to life through his evocative use of colour and texture. He has won many awards around the world for classics such as Suzy Goose and A New House for Mouse and was shortlisted for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 2012. He lives in Worcester. 

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Featured books by Petr Horacek

Kasia's Surprise

Kasia's Surprise

5+ readers

Author: Stella Gurney Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2010

Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.  This is a heartwarming story about a feisty young Polish girl determined to be unhappy in her new life in England - but who finds herself settling in despite herself.

Other books by Petr Horacek

Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star

Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/09/2019

Suzy, the silly goose with a mind of her own, returns in a brand new read-aloud Christmas picture book. When Suzy Goose decides that the Christmas tree is missing a star, she sets off on a journey to fetch the shiny star in the sky. No matter how far she travels, she never reaches it. But when she finds herself back at the tree, everyone has a beautiful Christmas surprise!

Grumpy Duck

Grumpy Duck

Author: Joyce Dunbar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2019

Can anyone cheer up Grumpy Duck? A funny farmyard tale illustrated by the award-winning Petr Horacek. Duck is grumpy. The pond is dry and, even worse, there's a grey cloud following her around. Can any of Duck's friends cheer her up? A funny farmyard tale about friendship from Joyce Dunbar, illustrated by award-winning artist Petr Horacek with his trademark colourful flair.

A First Book of Animals

A First Book of Animals

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2019

A dazzling collection of poems by Nicola Davies, featuring over fifty different kinds of animals - beautifully illustrated by Petr Horacek. Nicola Davies, the award-winning author of A First Book of Nature, presents a spellbinding treasury of poems about the animal world, illustrated in breathtaking detail by Petr Horacek. Polar bears playing on the ice, tigers hunting in the jungle, fireflies twinkling in the evening sky and nightingales singing in the heart of the woods - there are animals everywhere. From blue whales to bumblebee bats and everything in between, A First Book of Animals takes you all over the planet to visit all kinds of different creatures. This book is a glorious celebration of life in the wild in all its variety and splendour, and belongs on every child's bookshelf. Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

The Mouse Who Wasn't Scared

The Mouse Who Wasn't Scared

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2019

A charming story about bravery, perfect for fans of Eric Carle. Little Mouse wants to play in the woods. They are dark and full of big scary animals. But Little Mouse isn't afraid of anything - or is she? A charming story about bravery - with a hilarious surprise - from a Kate Greenaway Medal-shortlisted illustrator, who has been described by The Washington Post as the thinking tot's Eric Carle .

When the Moon Smiled A First Counting Book

When the Moon Smiled A First Counting Book

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Board book Release Date: 01/07/2018

A charming farmyard counting book from the award-winning illustrator Petr Horacek, perfect for reading bedtime. It's night on the farm, but the animals are topsy-turvy. The moon will only smile when things are put right. He must now light the stars, one by one. Can you count them all?

Who Is Sleeping?

Who Is Sleeping?

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Board book Release Date: 01/04/2018

A colourful lift-the-flap guessing game perfect for sharing at bedtime. Who is sleeping in the river, under the leaf and in the tree? Lift the flaps to find out and discover a sleepy surprise at the end, in this colourful bedtime board book from acclaimed author/illustrator Petr Horacek.

Who Is the Biggest?

Who Is the Biggest?

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Board book Release Date: 01/04/2018

A colourful lift-the-flap book of opposites to share with your baby. Who is the biggest, who is the tallest and who is the noisiest? Lift the flaps and find out in this colourful board book from acclaimed author/illustrator Petr Horacek.

The Mouse Who Wasn't Scared

The Mouse Who Wasn't Scared

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/01/2018

A charming lift the flap story about bravery, perfect for fans of Eric Carle. Little Mouse wants to play in the woods. They are dark and full of big scary animals. But Little Mouse isn't afraid of anything - or is she? Lift the flap to find out. A charming story about bravery - with a hilarious lift the flap surprise - from a Kate Greenaway Medal-shortlisted illustrator, who has been described by The Washington Post as the thinking tot's Eric Carle .

Little Moon's Christmas Imagination - Objects

Little Moon's Christmas Imagination - Objects

Author: Cecil Kim Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/03/2015

The Kalundborg Gang Alternative Energy - Denmark

The Kalundborg Gang Alternative Energy - Denmark

Author: Jeong-Hee Nam Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/03/2015

The Fly

The Fly

Baby and Toddler

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/2011

The dramatic and entertaining story of the humble house fly! No one much likes the house fly being in a house. But, as he shows here, he isn’t really doing any harm! Everywhere he goes he is in danger of getting smashed by the fly swot but all he wants is to eat a little and drink a little and, when he’s outside, visit the cows. Is there anything very much wrong with that? An amusing story which introduces the nice side of a house fly! ~ Julia Eccleshare

Elephant

Elephant

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2010

Imaginative young minds will love this bold, contemporary picture book about a boy and his rather unusual best friend. A young boy spends his day playing games with his imaginary friend, Elephant. Real or not, when Grandma and Grandpa are busy, Elephant proves to be the perfect playmate! Illustrated with Petr Horacek's distinctive and beautiful collage style.

Run, Mouse, Run!

Run, Mouse, Run!

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Board book Release Date: 07/12/2009

A sturdy new edition of a classic novelty board book for babies and toddlers. Watch mouse run about the house! Over the chair, across the table, through the shoe... Why is he in such a rush? Turn the cut-away pages and follow mouse all the way to his hole - just in time before the cat arrives!

What Is Black and White?

What Is Black and White?

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Board book Release Date: 07/12/2009

A sturdy new edition of a classic novelty board book for babies and toddlers. Combining graphic pictures with ingeniously simple novelty devices, What Is Black and White? reveals, page by page, that the night is black, the snow is white, the cat is black, the milk is white, and as the final pages are turned there's a big surprise: a zebra!

Beep Beep

Beep Beep

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Board book Release Date: 04/12/2009

Lots of fun with cars in this board book that's perfect for little hands to explore. Vroom, vroom. Turn the shaped pages and join in with all the noises the car makes as it travels through town, along the busy road, over the zebra crossing, and down the hill to Granny's house!

Choo Choo

Choo Choo

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Board book Release Date: 07/11/2009

Lots of fun with trains in this board book that's perfect for little hands to explore! Choo-choo! The train is ready to leave. Turn the shaped pages and join in with all the noises the train makes as it travels through the woods, over the bridge, into the tunnel ... and all the way to the seaside.

Silly Suzy Goose

Silly Suzy Goose

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Board book Release Date: 01/02/2009

A fun-packed, read-aloud picture book about Suzy - a goose who just has to be different - from an award-winning children's book creator. Suzy Goose is fed up with being just like the rest of the flock. She wants to be different: to flap like a bat, squawk like a toucan and slide like a penguin. But when she tries to roar like a lion she gets more than she bargained for!

Leon Spreads His Wings

Leon Spreads His Wings

Author: Wendy Lee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2008

A humorous and touching set of three illustrated, linked stories about a young boy who faces up to his fear of flying. When Mum and Dad come up with some ideas of where to go on holiday, Leon doesn't want to go to any of the places they suggest. And when his family are invited to go and visit his new baby cousin in Spain, Leon says he doesn't want to go there either. Because Leon is too scared to fly. Aeroplanes are so big, and so loud ... and how do they stay in the air? But when baby Jorge comes to stay, he doesn't mind flying one bit, even when he loses his blanky - and he's only one! Leon realizes that at six and three quarters, it's time to be brave; time to spread his wings.

Silly Suzy Goose

Silly Suzy Goose

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2007

A fun-packed, read-aloud picture book about Suzy - a goose who just has to be different - from an award-winning children's book creator. Suzy Goose is fed up with being just like the rest of the flock. She wants to be different: to flap like a bat, squawk like a toucan and slide like a penguin. But when she tries to roar like a lion she gets more than she bargained for!

Silly Suzy Goose

Silly Suzy Goose

Author: Petr Horacek Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2006

A fun-packed picture book from an award-winning children's book creator. Suzy Goose is fed up with being just like the rest of the flock. She wants to be different; to flap like a bat, squawk like a toucan, slide like a penguin, jump like a kangaroo, and swim like a seal. But when she tries to roar like a lion, she gets more than she bargained for! This is from the Books for Children Newcomer Award-winning author of Strawberries Are Red and What Is Black and White? . Children will love joining in with all the animal actions and noises in this bold and bright picture book.

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