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Adam Stower - Illustrator

About the Illustrator

Adam Stower is an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books. He was born in England and grew up in a village at the edge of Lake Zurich after his family moved to Switzerland. Adam has loved drawing for as long as he can remember. He achieved a first-class honours degree in Illustration from Norwich School of Art, followed by a master’s degree in Narrative Illustration from the University of Brighton. 

Adam has illustrated sixteen picture books to date, seven of which he wrote himself. He has also illustrated many chapter books for children both here and in the US.

His books have received international acclaim, winning prizes at home and abroad, including the Red House Book Award for Bottom’s Up! (Author – Jeanne Willis) 2010 and the Wanda Gag Read-Aloud Book Award (US) for Silly Doggy! 2013.

Adam’s publishers include David Fickling Books, Puffin, Templar Publishing, Bloomsbury, Faber and Faber, Random House, Scholastic (US), Alison Green Books and Candlewick (US) and his books are translated into many languages around the world.

Aside from his work for children’s fiction, Adam also does regular editorial and advertising illustration work. Adam often visits schools, libraries and festivals at home and abroad where he entertains children and adults alike with readings from his books and live-drawing demonstrations.

Much of King Coo was inspired by Adam’s memories of playing in the woods at the back of his home with his brother, Matt, and of the time he spent at a 462-year-old boarding school in north Norfolk.

Adam lives in Brighton, with his wife, his daughter and a cat called Murray.

Author photo © Paul Winter

Featured books by Adam Stower

Other books by Adam Stower

Piggy Hero

Piggy Hero

Author: Pip Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2018

Piggy Handsome is a very confident guinea pig with a hugely inflated ego - he hails from a long line of very famous guinea pigs. But sadly Handsome STILL hasn't achieved world renown. Well, now he has a new plan to get his name on the telly - he'll be someone's hero! When pushing Jeff Budgie off a roof and 'saving' him fails spectacularly, Handsome is at his wits' end. Little does he know, however, that the dastardly Dixons have escaped prison and are seeking revenge for their capture. What's more, Dan and Dolly's ghastly greed has led them to kidnapping, and now someone really DOES need saving! Can Piggy Handsome save the day for real? And will it earn him the fame he so desperately desires?

Alistair Grim's Oddaquaticum

Alistair Grim's Oddaquaticum

Author: Gregory Funaro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/08/2016

Grubb, the young apprentice at Alistair Grim's Odditorium (a flying house of mechanical wonders) finds himself on the run, as all of London is convinced that Alistair Grim is a villain. Grim, however, has come up with a plan to defeat the real villain: the evil Prince Nightshade, who wants the Odditorium's power source for himself. Desperate to clear their master's name and save the world, Grubb and the rest of the Odditorium's crew set off on a perilous underwater adventure to the mythical realm of Avalon. The object of their quest? The legendary sword Excalibur, the only blade powerful enough to pierce Prince Nightshade's suit of magical armour. Along the way, Grubb and his friends must confront a murderous banshee, sea monsters, and a witch with a grudge against Alistair Grim. But that's not all, and Grubb soon learns that their fate was written long ago in an Avalonian prophecy that not even Alistair Grim could have predicted.

Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe

Author: Daniel Defoe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2015

Robinson Crusoe, published in 1719, is considered by many to be the first novel in English, and its success was so enormous that by the end of the nineteenth century it had spawned more translations and versions than any other previous English book. An everyman character who has become part of our cultural heritage, Defoe's castaway - shipwrecked, imperilled and facing a host of elemental challenges - lives an archetypal life of survival, adventure and personal development. On one level a simple adventure story, while at the same time an allegory, a quest novel and a spiritual autoEdition Biography, Robinson Crusoe has captured the imagination of readers for nearly three centuries.

Around the World in 80 Days

Around the World in 80 Days

Author: Jane M. Bingham Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 16/12/2013

This is the classic tale of Phileas Fogg and his quest to travel around the world in just eighty days. It is written with the help of a reading consultant, for readers growing in confidence. It is part of the Usborne English Language Learners programme, featuring books from the Usborne Reading Programme, with audio CDs in British and American English, downloadable worksheets and teacher's notes.

What can you Stack on the Back of a Yak?

What can you Stack on the Back of a Yak?

Author: Alison Green Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2013

A hilarious new story with fabulous pictures by an internationally acclaimed illustrator. Captain Quack and his loveable yak deliver the post to the mountains and back. At least, that's the idea. But Yak loses all the post, and keeps picking up friends instead. Stranded baa-lambs; lost chickens; even some hitch-hiking rabbits - Yak stacks them all up on his back, till he surely can't carry any more. Or can he? Join Quack and Yak on their brilliantly bonkers journey, and find out just how much you can stack on the back of a yak.

Silly Doggy

Silly Doggy

Author: Adam Stower Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2011

Charming, funny, beautifully illustrated this is an hilarious picture book that will resonate with dog lovers, both adults and children, as they read it together. It is full of visual jokes and it comes complete with a fold-out poster When Lily looks out of her bedroom window, she gets the best surprise ever - a doggy! But this is no normal doggy, this is actually an escaped bear. Lily's adventure with doggy is told through a poster Lily has made, advertising that she's found a lost dog. Sadly a zookeeper comes to collect Doggy. But the next day, Lily has another fantastic surprise and Lily's sadness turns to joy as she sees'kitty' an escaped tiger in her garden.

The Dragons Of Wayward Crescent: Gruffen

The Dragons Of Wayward Crescent: Gruffen

Author: Chris d'Lacey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2010

When Lucy Pennykettle suspects there's a monster in her bedroom, her mum knows exactly what to do. She makes a guard dragon - Gruffen - to look after Lucy. But soon Gruffen realises there's a mystery behind the monster...

The Dragons Of Wayward Crescent: Gauge

The Dragons Of Wayward Crescent: Gauge

Author: Chris d'Lacey Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/07/2009

Trouble is brewing in Scrubbley! The town council want to demolish the old clock. Lucy isn't really interested in a silly old clock but her mother is determined to save it -- with the help of a timing dragon called Gauge...

Family and Friends Readers 2: The Shoemaker and the Elves

Family and Friends Readers 2: The Shoemaker and the Elves

Author: Sue Arengo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2009

No other course offers you the same benefits as Family and Friends. The exceptionally strong skills training programme includes a focus on real speaking and writing output. Plus - the integrated print and digital resources suit all teaching situations and learner types, supporting students, teachers, and parents. Use it with Little Friends and First Friends to make it an eight or nine-year course.

Mungo and the Spiders from Space

Mungo and the Spiders from Space

Author: Timothy Knapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2007

Mungo was really enjoying his new book Galacticus and Gizmo Save the Universe. The dashing hero, Captain Galacticus, had just been captured by the evil Dr Frankenstinker and things didn't look good. Mungo couldn't wait to find out what happened next, but when he turned over, the last page was missing! Who would foil Dr Frankenstinker's dastardly plan? Who would save the universe now? There was nothing for it - Mungo took a deep breath and jumped into the story . . . and his very own space odyssey! With a lot of courage and a little help from a Vroom-101 spaceship, Mungo saved the day (and the universe) and became the youngest ever member of Star Squadron.

The Secret Country

The Secret Country

Author: Jane Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2007

Mungo and the Picture Book Pirates

Mungo and the Picture Book Pirates

Author: Timothy Knapman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2006

Each night Mungo reads his favourite story, a swashbuckling tale of danger, kidnap and rescue. But one night the hero, Captain Flinn, isn't there to save the day so Mungo decides to take action. He takes a deep breath and bravely jumps into the story and his very own pirate adventure. With a lot of courage and a little help from the Purple Berserker Bird, Mungo rescues Admiral Mainbrace and the plucky cabin girl Nora from the clutches of villainous Barnacle Bill and a whole host of horrible pirates

You Have Ghost Mail

You Have Ghost Mail

Author: Terence Blacker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2003

When Matthew Bourne gets his own computer he can't wait to start emailing his best friend Angie. But the expansion of the Internet has disturbed the spirit zone and a spooky message on Matthew's computer screen leads him to contact Giles, a boy who died fifty years ago. This ghostly friend desperately needs to contact his mother and Matthew is the only one who can help him. But danger is never far away when the living meet the dead... A paranormal adventure with a startling twist.

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