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Tim Hopgood

  • 5 stars across 34 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

    At night, when we are feeling tired and ready for bed, owls are just waking up. But one curious little owl decides to ... More

    (82 reviews)
    10th March 2017


    (19 reviews)
    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... More

    (14 reviews)
    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 ... More

    (11 reviews)
    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... More

    (5 reviews)
    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... More

    (5 reviews)
    2nd May 2013


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

    (3 reviews)
    21st 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... More

    (3 reviews)
    18th 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... More

    (3 reviews)
    24th September 2015

    Here Comes Frankie!

    Frankie and his parents live a quiet life. Frankie's dad reads for hours in silence. His mum sits upstairs with the cr... More

    (2 reviews)
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