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Sam Usher

  • 5 stars across 22 books

    Sam McBratney has won many awards for his children's books and is best known as the author of the multi-million selling Guess How Much I Love You which was shortlisted for the 1994 Kurt Maschler Award, and is now one of the world's bestselling picture books. Sam lives in Northern Ireland.

    S am Usher graduated from the University of West England and his debut picture book Can You See Sassoon? was shortlisted for the Waterstones Prize and the Red House Children's Book Award. He is particularly admired for his technical drawing skill and prowess with watercolour. Also a talented pianist, when he's not holding a pen and wobbling at paper you'll find him perfecting a fiendishly difficult piece of Chopin.

    1st August 2009

    The Secret Cave

    A story in rhyme and colouring book for young children about a small boy's adventures through time with a big, green dra... More

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    5th October 2017

    Snow (Mini Gift Edition)

    The ground is covered in snow and one little boy can't WAIT to get outside and play. But his grandad is taking SO LONG t... More

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    9th March 2017

    Floss the Playground Boss

    A beautiful picture book teaching children about friendship and sharing. Floss says STOP, Floss says GO! Floss says ... More

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    7th May 2013

    Storm

    In a future United States under the power of a charismatic leader, everyone gets the Mark at age thirteen. The Mark ... More

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    6th September 2018

    Storm

    It's blowing up a storm, and a boy and his grandad decide it's the perfect weather for kite-flying. There's just one pro... More

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    24th January 2018

    Hari and His Electric Feet

    Hari is a dreamer with an unusual talent. He spends the few coins he earns washing cars on cinema trips to watch (and le... More

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    12th November 2015

    Refuge

    The Christmas story and what follows: the fleeing of Jesus, Mary and Joseph from Herod's soldiers to Egypt. This is a bo... More

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    4th June 2012

    Can You See Sassoon?

    This is Sassoon. He likes to hide, Can you find him? Look inside! Meet Sassoon the snake as he plays hide-an... More

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    1st April 2006

    Sun

    Each book in this appealing series focuses on a different type of weather: how weather can affect us and our environment... More

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    4th September 2014

    Early Reader: The Witch Dog

    Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and ... More

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    6th October 2016

    Refuge

    The Christmas story and what follows: the fleeing of Jesus, Mary and Joseph from Herod's soldiers to Egypt. This is a bo... More

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    2nd February 2018

    We Are Not Frogs!: (Little Gems)

    The frogs always beat the toads at long jump but the toads don't mind - anything for a quiet life. But then the children... More

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    25th February 2016

    What Will Danny Do Today?

    Danny has a busy day ahead of him. What will he eat? Who will he meet? In this book YOU DECIDE what happens! Can YOU h... More

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    3rd February 2015

    A Dozen Cousins

    This is a rollicking, rhyming picture book with infectious humour. It features a happy heroine who adores her big, boist... More

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    3rd February 2016

    We are Not Frogs

    The frogs always beat the toads at long jump but the toads don't mind - anything for a quiet life. But then the children... More

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    22nd June 2016

    The Secret Railway and the Crystal Caves

    Full steam ahead for a MAGICAL adventure! When a magnificent steam train puffs into their lives, brother and sister Leo ... More

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    6th October 2016

    The Canterville Ghost and Other Stories

    Sir Simon de Canterville has been haunting the residents of Canterville Chase for 300 years - and then the Otis family... More

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    26th April 2017

    All Aboard the London Bus

    Come! Board the London Busand see the London sights with us.At any time, hop off, explore!Then climb back on, and ride s... More

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    4th October 2018

    The Most-Loved Bear

    A small bear goes on a BIG adventure when he is left behind on a train one day in the charming tale of Growly Bear.... More

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    5th April 2018

    Rain (Mini Gift)

    Sam wants to go out but it's pouring with rain, so he and Grandpa decide to stay inside until the rain stops. Sam drinks... More

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    2nd May 2019

    The Umbrella Mouse

    A timeless tale of courage, resistance and friendship, The Umbrella Mouse is a heart-stopping adventure drawing on... More

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    4th April 2019

    The Case of the Vanishing Granny

    Billy, Fern and Joe Shortbread are the stars of their family circus, but they also have another talent ... they're exper... More

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