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Neal Layton - Illustrator

About the Illustrator

Neal Layton has illustrated over forty books for children, including Poo, Extreme Animals, What's Eating You? and Just the Right Size. Neal uses all sorts of different media to make his illustrations: pencils, paint, pens, ink, pieces of collage, biros, photocopiers, cameras, a computer, bits of stick, old toothbrushes, dough, hair, leaves, anything that comes to hand… His books have won the Smarties Prize and been shortlisted for the Red House Book Awards, the Blue Peter Book Awards and the Booktrust Early Years Award. Neal lives in Portsmouth, Hampshire.

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Other books by Neal Layton

Emily Brown and Father Christmas

Emily Brown and Father Christmas

Author: Cressida Cowell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2019

Emily Brown and Stanley are back in this fun-filled Christmas picture book. By the author of the bestselling How to Train Your Dragon series. It's Christmas Eve, and who's that outside the window? It's Father Christmas! In his shiny new turbo-charged sleigh, complete with sat-nav. But things aren't going quite to plan... Can Emily Brown and Stanley save the day? They'll just need some emergency reindeer, a star map and ... MAGIC! A charmingly funny adventure about cherishing traditions, this is classic Christmas storytelling at its best. *With a shiny gold cover!* Written by Cressida Cowell, the bestselling author of the How to Train Your Dragon series. Illustrated by Neal Layton, the artist behind Stanley's Stick and Danny McGee Drinks the Sea, shortlisted for the Laugh Out Loud Picture Book Award.

The Great Reindeer Disaster

The Great Reindeer Disaster

Author: Kate Saunders Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/2019

Jingle bells, Jingle bells, smelly poo and bum! You can wait for Christmas but it's never going to come! When a miniature reindeer named Percy falls down the chimney of the Trubshaws' holiday cottage, the last thing they expect is to be whisked away to the distant planet of Yule-1 - the REAL home of Father Christmas, the elves, and his intrepid reindeer delivery teams. And what an amazing place it is - nobody minds being stuck there until the computer system has been mended. But the festive season is in danger! One rogue reindeer has teamed up with the evil Krampus to sabotage everything. Unless Percy and his new friends can track them down, there will be no Christmas this year - or EVER AGAIN! Illustrated in black and white by Neal Layton, this is destined to become a holiday favourite.

Koala Calamity

Koala Calamity

Author: Jonathan Meres Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/08/2019

The fifth animal in the hilarious AWESOME ANIMALS series - awesome adventures with the wildest wildlife. From the author of the hilarious WORLD OF NORM series comes the first of two crazy koala capers. You might think that koalas are boring, just because all they do is eat eucalyptus leaves and sleep. For 19 hours a day. But you'd be wrong. They're not boring. They're just LAZY. They're chilling, basically, kicking back and catching some rays in the treetops, and staying out of trouble. At least, that's what our cool koala buddies Dude and Bro, and little brother Squirt WERE doing, till one day they wake up to find they've missed their transfer from the koala sanctuary to the zoo across town, and will now have to find their own way there before Mum and Dad find out they're missing. Can they make it across town in their stolen zoo buggy or will the day end in one great big koala calamity?

Look! I Wrote a Book! (And You Can Too!)

Look! I Wrote a Book! (And You Can Too!)

Author: Sally Lloyd-Jones Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/07/2019

Emily Brown and Father Christmas

Emily Brown and Father Christmas

Author: Cressida Cowell Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Emily Brown and Stanley are back in this fun-filled Christmas picture book. By the author of the bestselling How to Train Your Dragon series. It's Christmas Eve, and who's that outside the window? It's Father Christmas! In his shiny new turbo-charged sleigh, complete with sat-nav. But things aren't going quite to plan... Can Emily Brown and Stanley save the day? They'll just need some emergency reindeer, a star map and ... MAGIC! A charmingly funny adventure about cherishing traditions, this is classic Christmas storytelling at its best. *With a shiny gold cover!* Written by Cressida Cowell, the bestselling author of the How to Train Your Dragon series. Illustrated by Neal Layton, the artist behind Stanley's Stick and Danny McGee Drinks the Sea, shortlisted for the Laugh Out Loud Picture Book Award.

Just the Right Size Why Big Animals Are Big and Little Animals Are Little

Just the Right Size Why Big Animals Are Big and Little Animals Are Little

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2016

Exciting new edition of one of the six books in zoologist Nicola Davies' fascinating Animal Science series - the best biology series ever! An exciting new edition of one of the six books in zoologist Nicola Davies' fascinating Animal Science series - the best biology series ever! Why are some animals big, some wide, some small and others long and thin? This informative natural history book, wittily illustrated by Neal Layton, explains all about how animals fit in to their environment and why, big, wide, small, long or thin, they are all just the right size.

Survivors: The Toughest Creatures on Earth

Survivors: The Toughest Creatures on Earth

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2016

Exciting new edition of Extreme Animals, from zoologist Nicola Davies' fascinating Animal Science series - the best biology series ever! An exciting new edition of Extreme Animals, one of the six books in zoologist Nicola Davies' fascinating Animal Science series. Everywhere on Earth there is life. From polar wastes to bubbling volcanoes, animals have adapted to survive in conditions that would kill a human quicker than you can say coffin ! Discover how they do it in this amazing natural history book, with witty cartoon-style illustrations by Neal Layton, and find out who really is the toughest animal of all.

What's Eating You?

What's Eating You?

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2016

Exciting new edition of one of the six books in zoologist Nicola Davies' fascinating Animal Science series - the best biology series ever! An exciting new edition of one of the six books in zoologist Nicola Davies' fascinating Animal Science series - the best biology series ever! Every animal has a habitat where it can find food and shelter and have its babies. But there is one group of creatures whose habitats are not forests, seas or deserts. Instead they live on or in the bodies of other animals - in skin, hair, fur, feathers, blood, guts, livers, hearts and lungs. They are parasites. Uncover the secrets of their amazing life-cycles and dare yourself not to scratch or groan as you read ... then give in; it's impossible! Short written sections with creepy-crawly diagrams and comic strips by Neal Layton make this information book engaging and accessible for young minds.

Cheer Up Your Teddy Emily Brown

Cheer Up Your Teddy Emily Brown

Author: Cressida Cowell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Emily Brown and her side-kick rabbit, Stanley, are back and this time they're on a mission to cheer up one very unhappy teddy bear. But, no matter what they try, the teddy bear is STILL miserable. Emily Brown has had ENOUGH! With an important message that children will understand, this is storytelling at its best, from an exciting creative team in children's books. 'Will both delight fans, and give them something to reflect on. Layton's illustrations are a joy, matching the text perfectly.' - Bookseller Written by Cressida Cowell, the bestselling author of the How to Train Your Dragon series. http://www.cressidacowell.co.uk/ Illustrated by award winning Neal Layton, creator of Stanley's Stick. http://www.neallayton.co.uk/

Emily Brown and the Elephant Emergency

Emily Brown and the Elephant Emergency

Author: Cressida Cowell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Emily Brown, Stanley the bunny and Matilda the elephant are busy going on adventures, but every time they get to a particularly exciting part . . . Ring! Ring! goes the Emergency Telephone and it's Matilda's mummy on the end worrying that Matilda isn't wearing her wellies, or eating properly or almost anything. How can Emily Brown persuade her that sometimes adventures are good? This brilliant title from this award-winning team is a witty and poignant book about the importance of spending quality time with your children and allowing them to explore the world around them. 'A sensitive and witty handling of fears that has a valuable lesson for adults too. Great fun.' - Daily Mail Written by Cressida Cowell, the bestselling author of the How to Train Your Dragon series. http://www.cressidacowell.co.uk/ Illustrated by award winning Neal Layton, creator of Stanley's Stick. http://www.neallayton.co.uk/

Monster

Monster

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/03/2015

More mayhem from the four-legged narrator! When his pet human, Rover, goes to school, our canine hero thinks she is trapped against her will. He goes to the rescue, and when he sees her surrounded by monster masks, leaps to the wrong conclusion and to her rescue, with the usual chaotic consequences! A brilliant follow-up to bestselling Rover and Howler. Rover: 'Layton's wildly exuberant illustrations provide the perfect accompaniment to the four legged narrator's refreshing brand of humour' - Guardian Howler: 'A delight' Independent on Sunday

Rover Big Book

Rover Big Book

Author: Neal Layton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/02/2015

Now in fantastic new big book size - perfect for shared reading lessons. Humans can be so confusing, especially when you're a dog. I live with a family of humans, you see. A big man-human, a big lady-human and a little girl-human. Well, one day the lady-human's tummy started getting bigger and bigger. Then - and you won't believe this - suddenly her tummy got smaller, but there was another human living with us! And the big humans won't let me anywhere near it! Honestly, I don't know what all the fuss is about . . . `Fresh and entertaining, and ultimately enlightening' Scottish Sunday Herald

Deadly! The Truth About the Most Dangerous Creatures on Earth

Deadly! The Truth About the Most Dangerous Creatures on Earth

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2014

Meet the animal kingdom's most competent killers in this fascinating natural history book. Stabbing and strangling, poisoning and drowning, electrocuting, exploding, dive-bombing and even death by glueing! Throughout the animal kingdom, creatures great and small have evolved to become masters of murder: from dive-bombing peregrine falcons to exploding carpenter ants, from electric eels to spitting cobras. The ingenious and often hilarious means of survival that both predators and prey employ are entertainingly explored in this celebration of all things deadly. With fantastically funny illustrations by Neal Layton and highly original explanations and advice on how we can all peaceably share our world, this book cannot fail to enlighten and engross. This is one of six books in the Animal Science series - the best biology series ever!

Talk, Talk, Squawk! How and Why Animals Communicate

Talk, Talk, Squawk! How and Why Animals Communicate

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2014

An exciting new edition of a brilliantly funny book about how and why animals communicate. From the team behind Poo, Extreme Animals, What's Eating You? and Just the Right Size comes another funny and informative book on animal biology, this time looking at how and why animals communicate - for the purposes of mating, gathering food, warning of danger, and many many more. Biologist and children's writer Nicola Davies takes the reader all over the world and across a wide variety of enthralling species to discover the mysteries behind animal communciation, accompanied by Neal Layton's funny and colourful drawings - solid biology told with great wit and style.

Poo: A Natural History of the Unmentionable

Poo: A Natural History of the Unmentionable

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2014

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about poo in this exciting new edition of a bestselling book. Hippos navigate by it, sloths keep in touch through it, rabbits eat it ... and most grown-ups prefer not to mention it at all! But however you look at it, poo is probably the most useful stuff on Earth. It comes in all shapes and sizes, and every animal has its own special sort. Find out what it's for, where it goes, what we can learn from it and lots more in this book, one of six in the Animal Science series - the best biology series ever!

Rover

Rover

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

A hugely entertaining story about one dog and his owner. When Rover, that's the little girl with red hair, NOT her canine friend, gets lost on the beach there's only one thing for it! Dog to the rescue! Seen from a dog's perspective Michael Rosen, author of We're Going on a Bear Hunt, delivers a brilliantly hilarious take on family life.

Koala Calamity - Surf's Up!

Koala Calamity - Surf's Up!

Author: Jonathan Meres Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2013

The fifth animal in the hilarious AWESOME ANIMALS series - awesome adventures with the wildest wildlife. From the author of the hilarious WORLD OF NORM series comes the second crazy koala caper. Dude, Bro and Squirt are pros at doing...nothing. They can do nothing all day long - nothing but munch on their favourite treat, lie in the sunshine and think about moving. Their little sister, baby Squeak, is not quite so good at doing nothing. In fact she's got more energy than her brothers know what to do with! She's so lively that when the boys lose track of her they soon discover she's no longer in the tree tops...she's heading for the beach! Can they find Lil before the dingos do? What if she's swept off to sea? Or is little Lil a bit more like her brothers than they thought? Find out in a brand new KOALA CALAMITY!

Koala Calamity - Surf's Up!

Koala Calamity - Surf's Up!

Author: Jonathan Meres Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2013

The fifth animal in the hilarious AWESOME ANIMALS series - awesome adventures with the wildest wildlife. From the author of the hilarious WORLD OF NORM series comes the second crazy koala caper. Dude, Bro and Squirt are pros at doing...nothing. They can do nothing all day long - nothing but munch on their favourite treat, lie in the sunshine and think about moving. Their little sister, baby Squeak, is not quite so good at doing nothing. In fact she's got more energy than her brothers know what to do with! She's so lively that when the boys lose track of her they soon discover she's no longer in the tree tops...she's heading for the beach! Can they find Lil before the dingos do? What if she's swept off to sea? Or is little Lil a bit more like her brothers than they thought? Find out in a brand new KOALA CALAMITY!

Talk, Talk, Squawk! How and Why Animals Communicate

Talk, Talk, Squawk! How and Why Animals Communicate

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

A brilliantly funny look at how and why animals communicate. From the team behind Poo, Extreme Animals, What's Eating You? and Just the Right Size comes another funny and informative book on animal biology, this time looking at how and why animals communicate - for the purposes of mating, gathering food, warning of danger, and many many more. Biologist and children's writer Nicola Davies takes the reader all over the world and across a wide variety of enthralling species to discover the mysteries behind animal communciation, accompanied by Neal Layton's funny and colourful drawings - solid biology told with great wit and style.

Stanley's Stick

Stanley's Stick

Author: John Hegley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2012

Stanley's Stick is a teaming-up of hefty talents - glorious poet John Hegley and award-winning illustrator Neal Layton. Stanley's stick is not just a stick. With a stick in hand, Stanley's options are endless - he flies to the moon, writes in the sand, goes fishing, plays a whistle and rides a dinosaur - and his imagination takes over and the magic begins. Hegley's lyrical prose captures the free-wheeling expressiveness of childhood, and Layton's deceptively simple illustrations are full of wit and character. Sweet, magical and thoroughly entertaining, this is Hegley and Layton's first collaboration.

Teach Your Granny to Text and Other Ways to Change the World

Teach Your Granny to Text and Other Ways to Change the World

Author: We Are What We Do Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2008

Teach Your Granny to Text is the children's sequel to Change the World for a Fiver , the bestseller produced by the global social change movement, We Are What We Do. It's a movement whose aim is to inspire people - in this case children - to use their everyday actions to change the world. Their maxim is: small actions X lots of people = big change. It's not rocket science but it does work! The thirty actions in this book will be fun and easy for children to do but will add up to making a big difference and giving them the responsibility for changing the world, one bit at a time.We Are What We Do began life in the UK as a project of the charity Community Links, an innovative inner city charity running community-based projects in east London. The charity's founder, David Robinson, had the original idea after 25 years as a community worker in east London where he saw both the need for change and the power of people coming together to make it happen. David was joined by a small development group which included people from the creative industries, business, the voluntary sector and government. Among this group was Eugenie Harvey, an Australian with a background in communications and marketing. Shortly after meeting David and joining the group, she quit her job and joined as a volunteer to develop the project.

Emily Brown and the Thing

Emily Brown and the Thing

Author: Cressida Cowell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2008

In this warm-hearted and witty take on a classic theme - being scared of the dark - Emily and Stanley find a 'Thing' crying outside their window. They embark on a series of adventures to find everything he needs for a good night's sleep . . . but nothing seems to work. What is troubling the Thing, and why can't he get to sleep? Parents and children the world over will recognise all the bizarre excuses a child can make to keep the light on and a parent in the room at bedtime, and this story shows how important it is to talk to children, and find out what is really going on in the complex depths of a child's imagination.

That Rabbit Belongs To Emily Brown

That Rabbit Belongs To Emily Brown

Author: Cressida Cowell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2007

Winner of the 2006 Nestle Gold Award, chosen for the Richard & Judy Christmas book party, a Bookaboo Book Club book as seen on CITV and read by Amanda Holden. When the Queen steals Emily Brown's favourite toy and erstwhile companion, a toy rabbit called Stanley, Emily sets out to get him back and teach that naughty queen a valuable lesson. This first time pairing of two highly acclaimed talents has created a brilliant visual feast - a bestseller in the making . . .

Little Archie and the Tongue-Tingling Super-Shrinking Powder

Little Archie and the Tongue-Tingling Super-Shrinking Powder

Author: Miles Gibson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2007

It's Little Archie's birthday and orderly Mum and Dad give him orderly presents, which he must open in an orderly fashion - no paper ripping! But barmy Uncle Bernie gives him something altogether different - a bottle of Magic Shrinking Powder! Unable to resist, Little Archie swallows some - fizz and all. Suddenly, Archie finds himself only three inches tall and tiny enough to be popped in the post . . . soon he is off around the world. The question is, how will Archie get back before his parents notice? The perfect book for readers big and small! 'Small but perfectly formed, the Little Archie books are a delight' Chris Riddell, award-winning author and illustrator 'Fast-paced, warm-hearted, boisterous and fun. Kids will love it!' Giles Andreae (aka Purple Ronnie), award-winning author

Poo Mini Edition

Poo Mini Edition

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2006

Hippos navigate by it, sloths keep in touch through it, rabbits eat it...and most humans prefer not to mention it at all! However you look at it, poo is probably the most useful stuff on Earth. It comes in all shapes and sizes, and every animal has its own special sort. Find out what it's for, where it goes, what we can learn from it, and lots more.

That Rabbit Belongs To Emily Brown

That Rabbit Belongs To Emily Brown

Author: Cressida Cowell Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/09/2006

When the Queen steals Emily Brown's favourite toy and erstwhile companion, a toy rabbit called Stanley, Emily sets out to get him back and teach that naughty queen a valuable lesson. This first time pairing of two highly acclaimed talents has created a brilliant visual feast.

Extreme Animals: The Toughest Creatures on Earth

Extreme Animals: The Toughest Creatures on Earth

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2006

There is life everywhere on Earth. From polar wastes to bubbling volcanoes - animals have adapted to survive in conditions that would kill a human quicker than you can say 'coffin'. Discover how they do it - and find out who's the toughest animal of all.

Rover

Rover

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/07/2000

Layton's wildly exuberant illustrations provide the perfect accompaniment to the four legged narrator's refreshing brand of humour - The Guardian . This is a completely topsy-turvey view of a world seen from a dog's eye point of view - a very funny story which turns to real drama when the little girl gets lost on the beach and the search is on to find her.

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