Guy Parker-Rees

  • 5 stars across 12 books
Guy Parker Rees Biography
Guy Parker Rees is the award-winning illustrator of Giraffes Can't Dance, The Chimpanzees of Happy Town and Diggery Digger and the Dinosaurs. His bold, vibrant, colourful style have led him to become one of the bestselling children's illustrators. His books have sold over two million copies worldwide, been translated into 15 languages and won numerous awards.

Guy was born in Zimbabwe and lived there until he was three when his family moved to England. At school he spent a lot of time doodling and painting before studying for a degree in English and Philosophy at York University. Before illustrating children's books, Guy worked as a mural painter, an arts and crafts teacher and an art therapist.

Guy lives in Brighton with his wife and three children.

Guy Parker Rees Facts
One of Guy's earliest memories in Zimbabwe is of a huge Kudu antelope sticking his neck in the car window to try and gobble up his sandwiches.

Our favourite Guy Parker Rees Book Characters
Dylan - from the Dylan series
Gerald - from Giraffes Can't Dance
Diggory and Morris - from Diggory Digger and the Dinosaurs

Our favourite Guy Parker Rees Book Quotes
"Sleepy little penguins in a happy huddle, That's how penguins like to rest, what a cosy cuddle!" (Perky Little Penguins)

"It's loaded with dollops all gloopy and blue, they quiver and they shiver like rubbery goo, they're humming and they're glowing like magical jelly, and hissing with steam which is purple and smelly." (Come To Tea On Planet Zum-Zee)
1st May 2014

Giraffes Can't Dance

Number One bestseller Giraffes Can't Dance from author Giles Andreae has been delighting children for over 20 years. Ger... MoreGiraffes Can't Dance

(90 reviews) Review
5th January 2017

Dylan the Shopkeeper

DYLAN THE SHOPKEEPER is the second picture book in a series featuring an exuberant stripy dog, who just loves to p... MoreDylan the Shopkeeper

(16 reviews) Review
4th August 2016

Dylan the Doctor

Dylan's on his way - are you ready to play? DYLAN THE DOCTOR is the first picture book in a series featuring ... MoreDylan the Doctor

(12 reviews) Review
9th April 2013

Tom and Millie: Tom and Millie's Great Big Treasure Hunt

Tom and Millie are on a treasure hunt and, as they go from the busy beach to the crowded town to the packed playground... MoreTom and Millie: Tom and Millie's Great Big Treasure Hunt

(4 reviews) Review
3rd August 2017

Dylan the Teacher

  Dylan's on his way - are you ready to play? A fun picture book series for toddlers ready to explore thei... MoreDylan the Teacher

(4 reviews) Review
3rd May 2018

Dylan the Baker

Dylan's on his way - are you ready to play? DYLAN THE BAKER is the fourth picture book in a series featuring ... MoreDylan the Baker

(4 reviews) Review
5th June 2014

Tom and Millie: Whizzy Busy People

Tom and Millie want the best job in the world when they grow up. Will they be a nurse like Mummy, a fireman like Daddy... MoreTom and Millie: Whizzy Busy People

(2 reviews) Review
1st September 2012

Littlebob and Plum: Party Time with Littlebob and Plum

It's Littlebob's birthday, so Plum has arranged a party. With games to play, cake to eat and PRESENTS to unwrap - ever... MoreLittlebob and Plum: Party Time with Littlebob and Plum

(0 reviews) Review
28th December 2009

Alien Tea

If you take your rocket to the outer edge of space, you'll come across a funny little alien place. The alien peoples cal... MoreAlien Tea

(0 reviews) Review
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