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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
June 2019 Book of the Month | Kids who like their adventures wild, funny and full of the unexpected will love Adam Stower’s King Coo stories. Starring ordinary schoolboy Ben and his best friend, the totally extraordinary Coo, a bearded girl who lives a secret life with her wombat Herbert in some woods near Ben’s home, they are a brilliant mix of action, invention and jokes of all kinds – verbal, visual, slapstick. This escapade sees the two friends thwart a band of thieves who are intent on stealing priceless golden artefacts from the local museum. For all the zaniness, the plot makes perfect sense and Stower’s excellent illustrations move it along at pace. One to recommend to fans of Tom Gates or Timmy Failure.
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2018 | A glorious romp of a story full of confusion and chaos but with a strong message about trusting yourself and standing up to bullies. Terrorised by Monty Grabbe, the very nastiest school bully you can imagine, Ben hides under the rubbish bin – one of the bullies favourite places of persecution – and finds himself in a twisting tunnel that leads him to somewhere quite unrecognisable and apparently a long, long way away. Now in the land of King Coo, a bearded female ruler, Ben enjoys some stinky, splotchy, squelchy adventures in which he also defeats Monty. Told in words and pictures, Adam Stower’s hilarious story is beautifully presented in this hugely attractive hardback. ~ Julia Eccleshare Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for March 2018 The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue King Coo by Adam Stower Splish, Splash, Ducky! by Lucy Cousins We Are Not Frogs! (Little Gems) by Michael Morpurgo The Sorry Tale of Fox and Bear by Margrete Lamond Song of the Dolphin Boy by Elizabeth Laird What Do People Do All Day? (50th anniversary edition) by Richard Scarry Bird House by Libby Walden Bug Hotel by Libby Walden Alone Together by Clayton Junior The Lost Penguin by Claire Freedman
May 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2017 | A glorious romp of a story full of confusion and chaos but with a strong message about trusting yourself and standing up to bullies. Terrorised by Monty Grabbe, the very nastiest school bully you can imagine, Ben hides under the rubbish bin – one of the bullies favourite places of persecution – and finds himself in a twisting tunnel that leads him to somewhere quite unrecognisable and apparently a long, long way away. Now in the land of King Coo, a bearded female ruler, Ben enjoys some stinky, splotchy, squelchy adventures in which he also defeats Monty. Told in words and pictures, Adam Stower’s hilarious story is beautifully presented in this hugely attractive hardback. ~ Julia Eccleshare Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for May 2017 The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue King of the Sky by Nicoloa Davies A Story Like the Wind by Gill Lewis King Coo by Adam Stower The Tale of Angelino Brown by David Almond Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman The Big Bird Spot by Matt Sewell
In a lively, highly readable book Nicola Davies examines ways that man and animals interact, highlighting species whose intelligence and adaptability causes real problems for their human neighbours. Take the Kea for example: these super-smart birds cause no end of mischief in New Zealand, sometimes just for the fun of it; or macaque monkeys who damage crops, cables and peoples’ houses in India and seem easily able to outwit the humans trying to limit their activity. As well as showing them just how clever animals are, these fascinating stories will set children thinking about the effect mankind has on the natural world. The final chapter gives examples of humans and animals working together, which should start children thinking about better ways we can share the planet in the future. ~ Andrea Reece
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?
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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 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.
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
Each night Mungo reads his favourite story, a swashbuckling tale of danger, kidnap and rescue. But one night the hero, Captain Fleet, isn't there to save the day so Mungo decides to step in. He takes a deep breath and bravely jumps into the story and his very own pirate adventure. With a lot of bravery 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.
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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