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Tim Hopgood

  • 5 stars across 40 books
Tim Hopgood Biography
Tim Hopgood is an award-winning picture book author and illustrator. His first book, Our Big Blue Sofa, was published in 2006 and won the Cambridgeshire Read it Again! award for best debut picture book. In 2008 he won the Booktrust Early Years Award for Best Emerging Illustrator, with the hugely successful WOW! Said the Owl. Tim's gone on to create many more books for preschoolers and he's been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal five times. His picture books have been featured on Bookaboo (ITV) and Cbeebies Bedtime Story (BBC).

Tim studied for a Graphics degree at Kingston Polytechnic, specialising in Illustration. After graduating, he worked for several magazines as an illustrator before having his first picture book published aged 45.
Tim lives with his wife and two children in York.

Tim Hopgood's Facts
Tim writes down ideas for half-stories and pops the paper into a box. Periodically he reads the pieces of paper and if any catch his attention then he writes the other half of the story.

Our favourite Tim Hopgood Book Characters
Owl - from Wow! Said the owl
Walter - from Walter's Wonderful Web
Jessy and Tom - from Our Big Blue Sofa

Our favourite Tim Hopgood Book Quotes
"WOW said the owl. The night-time stars are the most beautiful of all." (Wow! Said the owl)
4th June 2010

WOW! Said the Owl: A First Book of Colours

At night, when we are feeling tired and ready for bed, owls are just waking up. But one curious little owl decides to st... MoreWOW! Said the Owl: A First Book of Colours

(95 reviews) Review
5th October 2017

WOW! It's Night-time

Step into a night-time world with Tim Hopgood, creator of the bestselling WOW! Said the Owl . The curious little ow... MoreWOW! It's Night-time

(15 reviews) Review
8th September 2015

Walter's Wonderful Web

Why make an ordinary web when you can make one that's extraordinary ? Meet a determined little spider who can't ... MoreWalter's Wonderful Web

(13 reviews) Review
28th January 2016

Hooray for Hoppy

When Hoppy the rabbit wakes up on the first day of spring, he discovers a world full of wonderful things! But after he... MoreHooray for Hoppy

(9 reviews) Review
11th April 2013

TIP TAP Went the Crab

When a curious little crab tip-taps out of her rock pool to explore the big blue sea, she discovers a world full of wo... MoreTIP TAP Went the Crab

(5 reviews) Review
7th March 2019

Cyril the Lonely Cloud

It is sad but true that no one is ever pleased to see Cyril the cloud. He's always being blamed for ruining everyone's f... MoreCyril the Lonely Cloud

(4 reviews) Review
2nd May 2013


A refreshingly simple book that celebrates growing up Up UP! Tim Hopgood's stylish illustrations bring this endeari... MoreBig!

(3 reviews) Review
4th April 2019

Matisse's Magical Trail

A beautiful, colourful and bold picture book that encourages children to notice the small things, think big, and express... MoreMatisse's Magical Trail

(3 reviews) Review
15th December 2014

Ia-Hw! Meddai Gwdihw

(2 reviews) Review
27th March 2014

Little Answer

"What makes the world go round?" "Sausages!" "What makes the wind blow?" "Sausages!" "Where does everything come from?" ... MoreLittle Answer

(2 reviews) Review
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