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Guy Parker-Rees

  • 5 stars across 70 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)
    15th July 2006

    Giraffes Can't Dance: Book and Audio CD

    Book and CD edition of Number One bestseller Giraffes Can't Dance from author Giles Andreae, which has been delighting ... More

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    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... More

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    1st June 2000

    Giraffes Can't Dance

    Number One bestseller Giraffes Can't Dance from author Giles Andreae has been delighting children for over 15 year... More

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    2nd October 2008

    Giraffes Can't Dance Board Book

    Number One bestseller Giraffes Can't Dance from author Giles Andreae has been delighting children for over 15 yea... More

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    28th August 2003

    Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus

    Dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes gather in the latest edition of a much-loved energetic book. Jurassic-fans everywher... More

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    1st August 2009

    Giraffes Can't Dance

    Gerald would love to join in with the other animals at the Jungle Dance, but everyone knows that giraffes can't dance ..... More

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    1st July 2010

    Jolly Olly Octopus

    When Jolly Olly Octopus gets the giggles, it isn't long before the waves of bubbly laughter have spread to all his fri... More

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    4th June 2009

    The Chimpanzees of Happy Town

    A feel-good picture book from the creative duo behind the best-selling Giraffes Can't Dance. Life is no fun... More

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    2nd June 2011

    Ants in Your Pants!

    A brilliantly funny story about not leaving friends out, from the illustrator of much-loved picture book classic, Gi... More

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    6th February 2014

    Never Ask a Dinosaur to Dinner

    Ever thought about sharing your toothbrush with a shark? Or using a tiger as a towel? Well, think again . . . This... More

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    1st October 2015

    Big Bad Bunny

    Big, Bad Bunny is a hilarious tale of one bunny and his naughty ways -illustrated by Maurizia Rubino... More

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    26th September 2013

    Diggory Digger and the Dinosaurs

    An unforgettable picture book from Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner Peter Bently (Cats Ahoy) and illustrator of Guy Parker-... More

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    26th June 2003

    K Is For Kissing A Cool Kangaroo

    From juicy jellbeans to kissing kangaroos, children will love learning and remembering the letters of the alphabet in th... More

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    3rd August 2017

    Dylan the Teacher

    Dylan's on his way - are you ready to play? DYLAN THE TEACHER is the third picture book in a series featuring ... More

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    5th October 2017

    Be Brave Little Penguin

    A feel-good rhyming story with a positive message about confidence and self-esteem, from the creators of internatio... More

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    7th June 2012

    The Jungle Run

    Here come the animals, one by one. They're all getting ready for the Jungle Run. Cub turns up to take her ... More

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    1st July 2002

    Down By The Cool Of The Pool

    From the creators of the hugely popular Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus comes some poolside fun that will keep your ch... More

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    30th April 2004

    Quiet!

    Quiet! roars Pa Lion. And all is quiet in the jungle. Not a rumble nor a grumble, not a chitter nor a chatter, not a pit... More

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    15th July 2007

    All Afloat on Noah's Boat

    Animals of all shapes and sizes abound in this latest edition of much-loved, funny and very different take on the stor... More

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    1st February 2005

    Spookyrumpus

    Bong! Goes the bell in the rickety tower, Twelve times...that means it's Spooky Hour. Listen! Hush! Oooh, what's tha... More

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    9th July 2009

    Giraffes Can't Dance Pop-Up 15th Anniversary Edition

    Special Gift Pop-Up edition of Number One bestseller Giraffes Can't Dance from author Giles Andreae. Giraffes Can't Dan... More

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    5th March 2015

    Fabulous Pie

    Deep in the forest, a very bad bear is baking a fabulous pie. All the woodland animals want to help him find the p... More

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    3rd February 2011

    Alien Tea on Planet Zum-Zee

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

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    14th February 2002

    Superphonics: Green Storybook: Bull In A China Shop

    This Green Storybook will help children to learn to read using Ruth Miskin's highly effective Superphonics method. The... More

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    14th February 2002

    Green Storybook: Fiona Fusspot

    This Green Storybook will help children to learn to read using Ruth Miskin's highly effective Superphonics method. There... More

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    8th July 2014

    Giraffes Can't Dance Animal Annual

    Meet Gerald the Giraffe and friends in this fun-packed annual, featuring characters from internationally bestselling pic... More

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    Twist and Hop, Minibeast Bop!

    Minibeasts in all their glory gather in this brand-new book from the creators of Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus. Join in wi... More

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    Lenny Leopard's Jungle Hide-and-seek

    Lenny Leopard loves to play hide-and-seek with his jungle animal friends. Lift the flaps on every page to see the animal... More

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    5th March 2009

    Giraffes Can't Dance Activity Book

    Meet Gerald the Giraffe and friends in this fun-packed activity book, featuring characters from internationally bests... More

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    9th January 2014

    Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Fiction: Level 9: Dexter's Dinosaurs

    In Dexter's Dinosaurs Dexter is mad about dinosaurs. He wants a dinosaur for his birthday. Can his friend the magician h... More

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    5th January 2005

    Morris Plays Hide and Seek: Band 06/Orange

    Morris wants to eat his kitty biscuits, but his mother sends him off to play hide and seek instead. When it's Morris's... More

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    1st August 2009

    All Afloat on Noah's Boat

    Life aboard Noah's Ark is busy and noisy, and soon the animals begin to get grumpy. So clever Noah hatches a plan for an... More

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    19th April 2007

    Giraffes Can't Dance Big Book

    Gerald is not a good dancer. Every year, he dreads the great Jungle Dance. But what Gerald discovers one beautiful moonl... More

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    9th February 2017

    Quiet!

    It is time for baby lions to go to sleep. "Quiet!" roars Pa Lion. And all is quiet in the jungle. Now all Pa Lion has to... More

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    6th July 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... More

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    7th May 2009

    Giraffes Can't Dance: Magnet Book

    Stamp your feet and swing your arms - it's time for the Jungle Dance! This marvellous magnet book will have all children... More

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    1st August 2004

    Hippo-Not-Amus

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    7th May 2009

    Farmer Joe and the Music Show

    Get ready for the catchiest, finger-tappiest, thigh-slappiest rhyme yet! Can Farmer Joe find a way to bring happ... More

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    1st April 2007

    Along Came a Bedtime

    It's nearly bedtime, but Baby Bear and friends are having too much fun to even think about going to bed! In fact, there'... More

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    21st April 2005

    Come To Tea On Planet Zum-Zee

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

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    31st May 2003

    Ducky Dives In!

    Mummy Duck likes to keep her Mucky Ducky out of mud and mischief, but Mucky Ducky loves puddles and anything slushy and ... More

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    8th May 2008

    Thunderbelle Goes to the Movies

    Thunderbelle wants to be a movie star! She talks like a star and dresses like a star. She even has fans! But will she ev... More

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    8th May 2008

    Thunderbelle's Flying Machine

    When Thunderbelle wants to fly, her friends do their best to help make her dream come true. And it's a wonderful surpris... More

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    1st October 2007

    Thunderbelle's Beauty Parlour

    One day, Thunderbelle looks in the mirror and does not like what she sees. Her nose is too bumpy and her horns are too r... More

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    3rd April 2008

    Thunderbelle's New Home

    Thunderbelle does not like her house any more. Would it be better to camp on Monster Mountain? Or to live with one of th... More

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    23rd August 2001

    A Poem A Day

    Adrian Mitchell has joined forces with four of today's favourite illustrators to create this fresh and vibrant collectio... More

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    3rd April 2008

    Thunderbelle's Spooky Night

    Thunderbelle is frightened of the dark. All the scary noises keep her awake. But is night-time really so spooky? And is ... More

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    3rd April 2008

    Thunderbelle's Party

    Thunderbelle loves dressing up and she loves parties. When she throws a party, it has to be fancy dress! There's only on... More

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    8th May 2008

    Thunderbelle's Bad Mood

    Thunderbelle is in a bad mood, and nothing is making her feel better -- not even stamping mud around the house...Then Ro... More

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    1st March 1995

    When the Rain Stopped in Natland Literature and Culture

    General Editor: Sue Palmer Fiction Editor and Language Consultant: Wendy BodyThe Longman Book Project for ages 4-11: Ins... More

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    3rd April 2008

    Thunderbelle's Song

    Thunderbelle wants to make music with her friends on Monster Mountain. But none of them plays an instrument. How can the... More

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    19th April 2007

    The Chimpanzees of Happy Town

    Life is no fun for the chimps in Drabsville - the mayor demands that all their houses look the same and that no one shou... More

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    3rd March 2011

    Lenny Leopard's Jungle Dance

    Lenny Leopard wants to learn to dance. Luckily, he has lots of friends to show him how ...with tabs to pull on every pag... More

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    29th September 2005

    Oxford Reading Tree: Level 10: Treetops: More Stories A: Dexter's Dinosaurs

    This book is part of TreeTops Fiction, a structured reading programme providing juniors with stories they will love to r... More

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    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 ... More

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    27th January 1998

    Bella and Gertie

    The farmyard is in dissarray. The ducks are dazed and the donkey has hee-haured so much, he's hoarse. Someone has stolen... More

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    4th October 2018

    Giraffes Can't Dance: 20th Anniversary Limited Edition

    A beautiful 20th Anniversary Gift Edition of this much-loved classic picture book about being yourself and finding y... More

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    2nd May 2019

    Giraffes Can't Dance 20th Anniversary Edition

    Celebrate the 20th anniversary of much-loved picture book classic, Giraffes Can't Dance , with this special new e... More

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    4th September 2018

    Three Grumpy Trucks

    Whirr! Whomp! Grind! Chomp! How long can three busy trucks keep it up before...MELTDOWN? Three toy trucks have big pla... More

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    4th October 2007

    Spookyrumpus

    Bong! Goes the bell in the rickety tower, Twelve times...that means it's Spooky Hour. Listen! Hush! Oooh, what's that so... More

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    2nd August 2007

    Perky Little Penguins

    Perky little Penguins, coming out to play, Looking for their playmates ...here they are - hurray! Come and meet the Perk... More

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    Down By The Cool Of The Pool

    Down by the pool in the cool of the day, Frog cried, "Wheeeee! Can you dance like me? Join sprightly Frog and his energe... More

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