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Guy Parker-Rees

  • 5 stars across 64 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
2nd February 2023

Barney the Horse and Other Tales from the Farm

A charming story collection from Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees – full of friendship a... MoreBarney the Horse and Other Tales from the Farm

(26 reviews) Review
30th April 2004


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... MoreQuiet!

(19 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
25th August 2005


A Halloween classic with a brand-new colourful and creepy cover...Bong! Goes the bell in the rickety tower,Twelve times ... MoreSpookyrumpus

(14 reviews) Review
5th May 2016

Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus

A hilarious rhyming story, filled with dancing dinosaurs! From Tony Mitton and the artist behind the bestselling Giraffe... MoreBumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus

(14 reviews) Review
14th September 2023

Every Little Hippo Can

From the creators of the internationally bestselling Giraffes Can't Dance comes an empowering story about a little hippo... MoreEvery Little Hippo Can

(14 reviews) Review
14th May 2020

Elephant Me

The empowering story of little elephant Num-Num, who discovers the importance of simply being YOU! From the creators... MoreElephant Me

(12 reviews) Review
4th August 2022

Brave Dave

From the creators of the internationally bestselling Giraffes Can't Dance comes a life-affirming new story about a littl... MoreBrave Dave

(12 reviews) Review
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... MoreThe Chimpanzees of Happy Town

(9 reviews) Review
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