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Vivian French

  • 4 stars across 268 books
    Vivian French was best known at school for being extremely weedy, and for talking a lot.
    She continued her attachment to words by becoming first an actor, then a story-teller and
    finally a writer of children's books ... she's not sure how many she's written (she's not
    good at maths), but it's somewhere around two hundred. Many of them are for sevens
    and under, but she does write for older children too - and also non-fiction, which she says
    is very exciting because you find out so many things you never knew about.
    At the moment Vivian is writing books about Princesses, Draglins, Egyptians and
    Chocolate - oh, and a frog obsessed sorceress. (If she's not working on at least five
    books at the same time she worries she'll never be asked to write again.)
    She does rather too much travelling in order to swap ideas about books and writing with
    children and adults, and this often makes her late delivering the books she's meant to be
    writing. (If any publishers are reading this, she's very sorry!)
    She lives in Edinburgh, and has four grown up daughters ... and she's a lot less weedy.
    She still talks a lot, though.

    Korky Paul is from South Africa. He has illustrated many books for children and his work with the poet John Foster is particularly popular. He illustrated WINNIE THE WITCH which won the Children's Book Award and is now available on CD ROM. Korky divides his time between Oxford and Greece.
    3rd January 2019

    We're Going on a Bear Hunt

    Celebrate 30 wonderful years of We're Going on a Bear Hunt in this special anniversary edition of the much-loved family ... More

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    3rd March 2017

    The Covers Of My Book Are Too Far Apart: (And Other Grumbles)

    Vivian French MBE explores some of the fibs we tell children and children tell us about reading and books in a fun pictu... More

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    2nd March 2017

    The Cherry Pie Princess

    A stand-alone comic adventure for younger readers by sublime storyteller Vivian French, with pictures by Marta Kissi, a... More

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    6th August 2015

    Growing Frogs

    Learn about the transformation from frogspawn to frog with this fun, informative picture book, part of the Nature Storyb... More

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    2nd October 2014

    The Snarling of Wolves: The Sixth Tale from the Five Kingdoms

    The sixth book in the comic fantasy series Tales from the Five Kingdoms - in which the borders are broken and the Five K... More

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    6th August 2015

    Yucky Worms

    Worms ... they're yucky, aren't they? Not according to this enjoyable new book which reveals just how amazing the wriggl... More

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    30th May 2016

    Caterpillar Butterfly

    Watch a caterpillar metamorphose into a butterfly in this fun, informative, award-winning picture book, part of the Natu... More

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    3rd August 1995

    Oliver's Vegetables

    Do you like chips? Oliver does. In fact, he won't eat anything else - until he plays a game with his grandpa. Whateve... More

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    3rd February 2003

    Morris the Mouse Hunter

    Morris is ginger and very fat. He's a cat who loves snoozing and eating... but that won't catch him a mouse. Another l... More

    (2 reviews)
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