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Clare Elsom - Illustrator

About the Illustrator

Clare Elsom is an illustrator of lots of children's books, including the Flying Fergus series, written by Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy and Joanna Nadin, and Furry Friends, the new series from bestselling author Holly Webb.

Horace and Harriet is her first authored series.

She studied Illustration at Falmouth University (lots of drawing) and also has an MA in Children's Literature from Roehampton University (lots of writing).

She grew up in Oxford, lived in London and then ran away to beautiful Devon where she spends her free time tap-dancing, paddle boarding and drinking cinnamon lattes.

Featured books by Clare Elsom

Other books by Clare Elsom

Happy

Happy

Author: Isabel Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/06/2019

Each book in the Dealing with Feeling... series looks at a different emotion commonly experienced by young children. The books help readers to identify their emotions, and provide tips and advice on how best to express and deal with them. This book looks at happiness, including what happiness feels like, how to turn sad feelings into happy ones, and how to make other people feel happy.

Read with Oxford: Stage 5: Charlie and the Aztecs

Read with Oxford: Stage 5: Charlie and the Aztecs

Author: Tom Jamieson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/2019

On a school trip, Charlie suddenly travels back in time and meets the Aztecs! Can she beat them at their own game? Books with short chapters are a great way for children who are beginning to read independently to extend reading stamina and progress to the next step of their reading journey. This Read with Oxford Stage 5 book has short chapters, an engaging story and exciting colour illustrations. Tips for parents and fun after-reading activities help you to get the most out of the story. 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!

Flying Fergus 10: The Photo Finish

Flying Fergus 10: The Photo Finish

Author: Chris Hoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/02/2019

It's competition time! The Hercules Hopefuls are at the International Championships at last - but how will Fergus cope with the competition pressures now that his best friend Daisy has moved away? Mum and Jambo are distracted by their upcoming wedding, Grandpa and Choppy Wallace are having problems with the team's sponsor, who is demanding ludicrous things like banning the team from eating bananas and making them scoff biscuits instead. Manchester is starting to feel a long way from home. But when Fergus escapes to Nevermore to see some friendly faces, it's no better there - Princess Lily is cross with her brother, and there's a bet on which cycling team will win that could see King Woebegot lose his kingdom... Another fabulous, fun and fantastical cycle adventure for Fergus and his friends.

Flying Fergus 9: The Secret Cycle Scoop

Flying Fergus 9: The Secret Cycle Scoop

Author: Sir Chris Hoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/08/2018

For the first time ever Fergus is cycling without Daisy by his side . . can they still be best friends? Daisy came fifth in the tryouts, so she's the squad's first reserve, and despite training and hanging out as usual, Fergus can sense his best friend isn't herself. There's another mystery too - a rival newspaper keep getting exclusive cycling scoops, and unless the culprit selling secrets can be unmasked, Jambo's job is under threat and the wedding to Fergus's mum might have to be postponed. So who is the snitch? Out of ideas, Fergus heads to Nevermore to consult his dad - only to find that Princess Lily is also in a spot of bother with some dragons . . . A heartwarming tale about the power of true friendship and sticking together when times are tough - with added magic and mayhem!

Flying Fergus 8: Trouble on the Track

Flying Fergus 8: Trouble on the Track

Author: Chris Hoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2018

The fantastically fun, magical cycling adventure series from Sir Chris Hoy. It's decision time for Fergus and the rest of the squad. Training together has been going well but the International Championships are nearly here, and it's time to name the four riders who will be in the starting line-up. The coaches decide the only fair thing to do is hold official trials to decide who's in - and who's out. It's neck and neck for Fergus and Daisy after the Keirin and the road race . . . and with just one race to go, tensions in the teams are riding high. . . Written with award-winning author Joanna Nadin, with fantastic illustrations from Clare Elsom, Flying Fergus is perfect for bike-mad boys and girls and fans of the Frankie's Magic Football series. Champion cyclist Chris Hoy breathes his passion for cycling into this entertaining and imaginative adventure about an ordinary boy and his big cycling dreams. The Guardian

Flying Fergus 7: The Wreck-It Race by Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy, written with award-winning author Joanna Nadin

Flying Fergus 7: The Wreck-It Race by Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy, written with award-winning author Joanna Nadin

Author: Chris Hoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2017

A new coach is needed - but what can a wheelchair basketball champion teach Fergus and friends about cycling? Fergus is sure their new coach is going to be his ultimate hero, cycle champ 'Spokes' Sullivan, so when Grandpa introduces Charlotte Campbell, the children are all less than impressed. Charlie is the successful captain of the Paralympic wheelchair basketball team and has some interesting training methods. She gets the team doing yoga and wheelbarrow races, and enters them in the Wreck-It Run, a charity race where everyone creates their own adapted bikes from parts and must compete in pairs. Fergus is sure Charlie is off her rocker - how will this help them get faster for the International time trials?

Furry Friends: Peril in Paris

Furry Friends: Peril in Paris

Author: Holly Webb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2017

Sophie's mum decides to treat her to an afternoon out in Paris - and Sophie asks to see the boats on the river Seine, taking guinea pig Josephine along for the adventure. They meet a water-loving weasel and a far-from-friendly fish - but can they avoid a soggy end to the day?

Flying Fergus 6: The Cycle Search and Rescue

Flying Fergus 6: The Cycle Search and Rescue

Author: Chris Hoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/06/2017

After their amazing win at the National Championships, Fergus and the rest of the Hercules' Hopefuls are keen to get back to training as a team - it was brilliant to lift the trophy alongside the Wallace's Winners, but now that Calamity Coogan and Minnie McLeod are back on form, the two teams want to go back to competing against each other rather than together. But - to everyone's disgust - the Board are adamant: the team that won the Nationals is the only one that can compete in the upcoming Internationals. So in order to qualify, the two teams must work together as a squad. Wesley is furious and Fergus is disgusted, so Grandpa and Choppy come up with a plan: a training weekend in the Highlands to help them bond. But as soon as the two teams arrive at the boarding lodge the squabbles break out again. Daisy and Minnie will have to share a dorm with Belinda Bruce, and Choppy is outraged not to have his own private quarters. Then Wesley challenges Fergus to a head-to-head cross-country race - first one back to the camp wins. The weather is closing in, and the route is hilly and challenging. When Wesley and the others don't get back to the boarding house, and a storm starts to rage outside, Fergus knows their only hope is to get insider information from someone he knows will have the answers: Dad. So he's got to get up to speed and back to Nevermore before Wesley and his team come to harm in the hills...

Flying Fergus 5: The Winning Team

Flying Fergus 5: The Winning Team

Author: Chris Hoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2017

The fifth story in the fantastically fun, magical cycling adventure series from Sir Chris Hoy. The Hercules' Hopefuls are going to the Nationals, and not even Wallace's Winners competing too can wipe the smiles off their faces. But then disaster strikes in training. To stand a chance of beating the Velociraptors, the terrifying all-girls speed squad, Wesley and Fergus will need to work together. It's Fergus's biggest challenge yet - well, apart from breaking Dad out of the Dungeon of Despair in Nevermore, that is . . . Written with award-winning author Joanna Nadin, with fantastic illustrations from Clare Elsom.

Furry Friends: Marshmallow Magic

Furry Friends: Marshmallow Magic

Author: Holly Webb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2017

Sophie loves her new guinea-pig friend Josephine. But then she meets Josephine's sister, Angelique, who is not nearly as friendly. In fact, the other guinea pig is positively mean! Can Sophie win over Angelique and show her that being friends with a human can be fun?

Flying Fergus 4: The Championship Cheats

Flying Fergus 4: The Championship Cheats

Author: Chris Hoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2016

The fourth book in the fantastically fun, magical cycling adventure series from Sir Chris Hoy The District Championships are coming up and the Hercules' Hopefuls are nervous. Their hard work and training are about to be put to the test. But that's not the only thing on Fergus's mind. Mum has been acting oddly, and when rival coach Choppy Wallace turns up with an offer that's just too good to be true, Fergus is suspicious. It's high time he got Dad back from Nevermore, but he'll need a little help from his friends Princess Lily and Unlucky Luke . . . Written with award-winning author Joanna Nadin, with brilliant illustrations by Clare Elsom.

Flying Fergus 3: The Big Biscuit Bike Off

Flying Fergus 3: The Big Biscuit Bike Off

Author: Chris Hoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2016

The third in Sir Chris Hoy's fantastically fun, magical cycling adventure series. The Hercules' Hopefuls are through to the next round of the cycling tournament, but there's a big problem. Bruce's Biscuits are expanding their factory - and building over the park where the team train! How can Fergus and his friends hope to stop them? Fergus has an idea, but he'll have to return to Nevermore and summon up the courage to enter King Woebegot's castle. . . Written with award-winning author Joanna Nadin, with fantastic illustrations from Clare Elsom.

Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks: Oxford Level 8: Charlie and the Aztecs

Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks: Oxford Level 8: Charlie and the Aztecs

Author: Tom Jamieson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2015

On a trip to a museum, Charlie suddenly finds herself transported back in time to an Aztec village! She's arrived on the day of an annual sports contest - all the boys in the village will compete in a game of Ulama. Charlie loves sports and thinks that girls should be allowed to play too, so she enters the contest in disguise! Can she win and can she figure out a way home? Charlie and the Aztecs is a brilliant time travel adventure! Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks is an emotionally-engaging fiction series that will fire children's imaginations. These 36 original stories will get children thinking, and develop and deepen their comprehension skills. The variety of authors and illustration styles broadens children's reading experience, with something to appeal to every child. All the books in the series are carefully levelled, so it's easy to match every child to the right book for them. They also contain inside cover notes, to enable parents and teachers to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk.

Boy in Heels

Boy in Heels

Author: Kate Scott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2015

James Bond never had to dress up as a girl . . . Spies-in-training Joe and Sam have one last mission to complete before Joe's family is moved on and Joe can finally ditch the dresses and stop pretending to be 'Josie'. They have to handle a series of top-secret collections using their growing stealth skills - not to mention the latest gadgets from HQ - it's perfect! At least, it is until Joe's spy mum is put in danger and needs an urgent body double . . . Joe's disguise is about to become a lot taller! Can he walk in high heels well enough - and learn what it means to not only be a spy, but also a parent - to fool the enemies and save his family from discovery?

The Last Chocolate Chip Cookie

The Last Chocolate Chip Cookie

Author: Jamie Rix Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/08/2014

There's one chocolate chip cookie left and Jack's just about to eat it. Then his mum reminds him of his manners! He must offer it to EVERYONE else first. So Jack offers it to all sorts of people. He even goes into space and offers it to an alien. But the alien doesn't want to eat the cookie - he wants to eat Jack! But then his mum reminds him of his alien manners! He has to share Jack and offer him to EVERYONE else first... A hilarious picture book about manners, sharing and the hazards of storing food in your pockets!

The Last Chocolate Chip Cookie

The Last Chocolate Chip Cookie

Author: Jamie Rix Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2014

There's one chocolate chip cookie left and Jack's just about to eat it. Then his mum reminds him of his manners! He must offer it to EVERYONE else first. So Jack offers it to all sorts of people. He even goes into space and offers it to an alien. But the alien doesn't want to eat the cookie - he wants to eat Jack! But then his mum reminds him of his alien manners! He has to share Jack and offer him to EVERYONE else first... A hilarious picture book about manners, sharing and the hazards of storing food in your pockets!

Jealous

Jealous

Author: Isabel Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2014

Each book in the Dealing with Feeling... series looks at a different emotion commonly experienced by young children. The books help readers to identify their emotions, and provide tips and advice on how best to express and deal with them. This book looks at jealousy, including what being jealous feels like, how to deal with jealous feelings, and how to help other people who might be feeling jealous.

Shy

Shy

Author: Isabel Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2014

Each book in the Dealing with Feeling... series looks at a different emotion commonly experienced by young children. The books help readers to identify their emotions, and provide tips and advice on how best to express and deal with them. This book looks at shyness, including what it feels like to be shy, how to stop feeling shy, and how to help other people who might be feeling shy.

Worried

Worried

Author: Isabel Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2014

Each book in the Dealing with Feeling... series looks at a different emotion commonly experienced by young children. The books help readers to identify their emotions, and provide tips and advice on how best to express and deal with them. This book looks at being worried, including what it feels like to be worried, how to stop feeling worried, and how to help other people who might be feeling worried.

Angry

Angry

Author: Isabel Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2014

Each book in the Dealing with Feeling... series looks at a different emotion commonly experienced by young children. The books help readers to identify their emotions, and provide tips and advice on how best to express and deal with them. This book looks at anger, including what anger feels like, safe ways of letting anger out, and how to calm down if you are feeling angry.

Proud

Proud

Author: Isabel Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2014

Each book in the Dealing with Feeling... series looks at a different emotion commonly experienced by young children. The books help readers to identify their emotions, and provide tips and advice on how best to express and deal with them. This book looks at pride, including how to feel proud, why it is important not to feel TOO proud, and how to help other people feel proud, too.

Sad

Sad

Author: Isabel Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2014

Each book in the Dealing with Feeling... series looks at a different emotion commonly experienced by young children. The books help readers to identify their emotions, and provide tips and advice on how best to express and deal with them. This book looks at sadness, including what it feels like to be sad, how to stop being sad, and how to help other people who might be feeling sad.

Caring

Caring

Author: Isabel Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2014

Each book in the Dealing with Feeling... series looks at a different emotion commonly experienced by young children. The books help readers to identify their emotions, and provide tips and advice on how best to express and deal with them. This book looks at being caring, including how to be caring, what to do if other people aren't being caring, and why being caring can make you happy!

Maisie Mae: No Boys Allowed Book 1

Maisie Mae: No Boys Allowed Book 1

Author: Poppy Harper Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/04/2014

Maisie Mae and her best friend Bethany-next-door like pink, unicorns and heart-shaped cushions. Maisie Mae's five stinky brothers like worms, football and CHAOS! Join eight-year-old Maisie as she holds her own in a boisterous family where practical jokes are the order of the day. She might like girly things, but that doesn't mean she's above a prank or three - especially when it comes to twins Harry and Ollie who she has to share a room with. When Maisie's dad inherits some money from a great-uncle everyone had forgotten about, he has brilliant news. They're going to convert the attic into a new bedroom. Maisie and her brothers immediately start arguing over who will get it. Mum and Dad silence them - whoever behaves best in the next few weeks will get the room . . . With a bedroom of their own up for grabs, Maisie Mae and her brothers launch into full-on warfare to make each other look as bad as they can. Will Maisie get a NO BOY ZONE of her very own? Or will everything end in diaster?

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Chucklers: Level 8: Roxanne and the Fairy Godbrother

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Chucklers: Level 8: Roxanne and the Fairy Godbrother

Author: Meg Harper Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

In Roxanne and the Fairy Godbrother, find out what happens when a fairy godbrother with a broken wand tries to help Roxanne. Chucklers is a series of funny novels, short stories, anthologies and comics that make reading a pleasure for 7-11 year olds. There is something for everyone in this varied collection which is packed with fantastic illustrations. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The series is written by top children's authors and edited by award-winning author Jeremy Strong. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Shy

Shy

Author: Isabel Thomas Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2013

Each book in the Dealing with Feeling... series looks at a different emotion commonly experienced by young children. The books help readers to identify their emotions, and provide tips and advice on how best to express and deal with them. This book looks at shyness, including what it feels like to be shy, how to stop feeling shy, and how to help other people who might be feeling shy.

Sad

Sad

Author: Isabel Thomas Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2013

Each book in the Dealing with Feeling... series looks at a different emotion commonly experienced by young children. The books help readers to identify their emotions, and provide tips and advice on how best to express and deal with them. This book looks at sadness, including what it feels like to be sad, how to stop being sad, and how to help other people who might be feeling sad.

Angry

Angry

Author: Isabel Thomas Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2013

Each book in the Dealing with Feeling... series looks at a different emotion commonly experienced by young children. The books help readers to identify their emotions, and provide tips and advice on how best to express and deal with them. This book looks at anger, including what anger feels like, safe ways of letting anger out, and how to calm down if you are feeling angry.

Worried

Worried

Author: Isabel Thomas Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2013

Each book in the Dealing with Feeling... series looks at a different emotion commonly experienced by young children. The books help readers to identify their emotions, and provide tips and advice on how best to express and deal with them. This book looks at being worried, including what it feels like to be worried, how to stop feeling worried, and how to help other people who might be feeling worried.

Happy

Happy

Author: Isabel Thomas Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2013

Each book in the Dealing with Feeling... series looks at a different emotion commonly experienced by young children. The books help readers to identify their emotions, and provide tips and advice on how best to express and deal with them. This book looks at happiness, including what happiness feels like, how to turn sad feelings into happy ones, and how to make other people feel happy.

Arthur and the Mystery of the Egg

Arthur and the Mystery of the Egg

Author: Johanne Mercier Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/01/2013

I'm Arthur and I'm seven, and the other day, round the back of my grandparents' house, I found an egg. It was a completely white egg, just like the ones you get in the fridge. I was so happy, because it isn't every day you find an egg. But when I ran back to the house to show it to my family, they made the biggest fuss ever. My grandfather, my grandmother, my parents and even the people from the television were trying to make sense of it. We finally had the chance to get to the bottom of the greatest mystery of all time. Which came first, the chicken or the egg?Arthur is a seven-year-old boy who is brilliant at being a seven-year-old-boy. When Arthur visits his grandparents' house by the lake, more often than not, he becomes entangled in a new adventure, which he must solve with the help of his pet duck and useless dog - and hopefully without too much help from eccentric Cousin Eugene. These are witty stories full of understated humour and populated by quirky yet recognisable characters, and narrated by Arthur who has the rational worldview that comes exclusively from being seven-years-old.REVIEWS Meet seven year old Arthur, the delightful hero of this new series. He often visits his grandparents' house and when he is there he has wonderful adventures, which he shares in these stories. Written from the viewpoint of a seven year old, they are perfect to capture a child's attention as they will so readily identify with Arthur -- PARENTS IN TOUCH Arthur is the most brilliantly created seven year old boy, full of a sense of adventure and curious too. Charmingly written and cleverly illustrated. Stories for boys and girls to enjoy with four more titles due -- ARMADILLO MAGAZINE These two stories {Arthur and the Mystery of the Egg and Arthur and the Earthworms} are ideal for reading aloud or as early 'read alone' books for the younger child of six to eight or thereabouts. A set of strong family relationships lies at the heart of witty tales with a twist that children will want to hear again. With more titles in the pipeline, this is a promising series with lively illustations by Clare Elsom and welcome information on the author, translator and illustrator at the back of each book -- THE SCHOOL LIBRARIAN A great little series for newly independent readers. Short and simple, yet engaging and fun, this is a perfect series for children to try to attempt on their own. The illustrations help break the text and help set the humorous atmosphere. Arthur is a loveable and quirky character who will appeal to both boys and girls -- LIBRARY MICE

Arthur and the Earthworms

Arthur and the Earthworms

Author: Johanne Mercier Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/01/2013

I'm Arthur and I'm seven, and starting tomorrow I've got a new job: I'm going to be selling earthworms. I started getting interested in worms because of my duck. He lives at my grandparents' house and worms are his favourite food. When I really want to give him a treat, we go worm-hunting together. It rained a lot on Sunday, so we found hundreds! This gave my grandfather an idea...Arthur is a seven-year-old boy who is brilliant at being a seven-year-old-boy. When Arthur visits his grandparents' house by the lake, more often than not, he becomes entangled in a new adventure, which he must solve with the help of his pet duck and useless dog - and hopefully without too much help from eccentric Cousin Eugene. These are witty stories full of understated humour and populated by quirky yet recognisable characters, and narrated by Arthur who has the rational worldview that comes exclusively from being seven-years-old. - REVIEWS - A great little series for newly independent readers. Short and simple, yet engaging and fun, this is a perfect series for children to try to attempt on their own. The illustrations help break the text and help set the humorous atmosphere. Arthur is a loveable and quirky character who will appeal to both boys and girls -- LIBRARY MICE. Mercier's warm and reassuring series about a boy who's brilliant at, well, being a little boy of seven who loves his family and sharing his adventures is proving a popular choice for early readers. Full of understated humour which is so appealing to growing boys. With bold, lovable characters and stories to enchant and entertain, all brought to life by Clare Elsom's quirky illustrations, the witty, wonderful adventures of Arthur and his merry menage are set to run a lot longer than Arthur's mad dash from the wild Witch of Picket Lake! -- LANCASHIRE EVENING POST. Arthur's grandfather has an idea when Arthur finds hundreds of earthworms for his pet duck. There must be plenty of people willing to buy earthworms and so the scheme is hatched! The stories are full of amusing pictures and these, combined with the quirky yet highly credible characters, give guaranteed appeal to young readers. Great to read aloud too and adults will enjoy the humour. They are just that little bit different and stand out from many other books for this age group -- PARENTS IN TOUCH. Arthur is seven so the book is going to appeal primarily to the five to seven age group and I was delighted to see this ...It's a lovely story with some delightful interaction between Arthur's grandparents - Grandma is a lot more savvy than Grandad gives her credit for - and some real tension as Arthur tries to get all the worms together to fulfil his big order.The read length - 36 pages - is sufficient for the young reader to have the pleasure of 'getting a book under his belt' without it being too daunting a task. The pages are broken up by plenty of illustrations, some of them a full page and with a stunning white-on-black double page spread. They're not just a treat to look at - they also give some useful tips as to what those difficult longer words might be -- THE BOOKBAG. These two stories {Arthur and the Mystery of the Egg and Arthur and the Earthworms} are ideal for reading aloud or as early 'read alone' books for the younger child of six to eight or thereabouts. A set of strong family relationships lies at the heart of witty tales with a twist that children will want to hear again. With more titles in the pipeline, this is a promising series with lively illustations by Clare Elsom and welcome information on the author, translator and illustrator at the back of each book -- THE SCHOOL LIBRARIAN

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