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Sarah Warburton

  • 5 stars across 72 books
    Sarah has many books, working for a large variety of publishers. With author Hiawyn Oram, she created the Orchard Books' character of Rumblewick - the witch's familiar - employed by a very unwilling witch. Both in picture book and fiction this character has sold worldwide and is under movie option with DreamWorks. Sarah also illustrated the 'Happy Ever After' series, written by Tony Bradman, as well as the picture book 'Sir Laughalot', written by Tony Mitton for Orchard. Sarah works using a wide combination of pencil sketches, digital colour and traditional pen and ink and watercolour. She lives in Bristol, with her husband and two children. Born: Cambridge, MA USA, Jan 23, 1948 Childhood spent in Chicago, IL with 3 sisters (and actress mother, architect father) Jobs: magazine editor, nursery school teacher, freelance journalist, writer Lives: North London, England and Water Mill, NY USA First Book: Angelina Ballerina published 1983 Katharine grew up in an artistic household in Chicago, the 2nd of 4 daughters. As a child she lived in an imaginary world of fairy tales, princesses and ballerinas, and loved to put on plays and dances with her sisters. Katharine received a BA in Literature from Bennington College in Vermont in 1969, and after graduation worked as a literary editor, then moved to Italy where she was a freelance journalist for 2 years. In 1973 Katharine married and moved with her husband to London, where she became a nursery school teacher until the birth of their first daughter in 1976. Another daughter was born in 1979 and a son in 1983. Katharine was already the mother of young children when she created Angelina Ballerina in 1982. "I wanted to write for all the children who love dance and drama, and my daughters were a great inspiration." There are now over 20 books in print about the adventures of ballet mad Angelina, translated into over 15 languages. Angelina has danced in an animated TV series for several years, and has pirouetted into the limelight with the English National Ballet in two children's ballets based on the series. A new musical, "Angelina the Mousical", is touring the UK in 2012 and will head to the Peacock Theatre in London in 2013. The Angelina books have won a collection of awards, including: the Kentucky Bluegrass Award for Angelina Ballerina in 1985; ALA Notable Book Awards in 1986 and 1987, a British Book Design and Production award in 1990. Angelina's Christmas was selected as the Child Study Association's Children's Book of the Year in 1987. "Angelina Ballerina's Invitation to the Ballet" won the Oppenheim Platinum Award in 2005.
    6th October 2016

    The Princess and the Christmas Rescue

    Princess Eliza is simply brilliant at making toys and gadgets but her mum wants her to start making friends instead.Not ... More

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    1st June 2014

    Cinderella

    The classic fairy tale, specially retold for young children and illustrated with fresh, bright pictures. Poor Cinderella... More

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    25th February 2015

    The Princess and the Giant

    Princess Sophie is fed up. She's EXHAUSTED and it's all because that grumpy old giant can't sleep - his stomps and stamp... More

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    10th January 2013

    The Princess and the Peas

    Lily-Rose May will not eat her peas. Even when her father turns them into the most fabulous smoothies, shakes or cupcake... More

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    4th March 2013

    Dinosaurs in the Supermarket

    There's a T. rex gobbling sausages, a Stegosaurus spilling beans! A Diplodocus in the frozen peas fil... More

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    4th May 2017

    Pirates in the Supermarket

    There's an anchor in the butter! There's a spyglass by the juice! There are parrots on the carrots! ... More

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    12th July 2016

    Peter Pan

    J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan is a thrilling adventure for all ages - the story of the boy who refuses to grow up is a ... More

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    6th August 2015

    Dinosaurs in My School

    "Who has squashed our bookshelf?" Our teacher asks us all. "Someone's bitten the board in two! There a... More

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    7th November 2013

    Max and the Won't Go to Bed Show

    A fabulously funny extravaganza conjured up by dynamic duo Mark Sperring and Sarah Warburton. Perfect for bedtime! ... More

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    6th March 2014

    The Princess and the Presents

    Princess Ruby really is a horrid child - the most spoilt princess you could ever meet. And when it's her birthday, there... More

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    2nd May 2019

    Starfell: Willow Moss and the Lost Day

     Misfit witch Willow Moss holds the fate of the magical world of Starfell in her rather unremarkable hands . . . A spel... More

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    5th March 2015

    My Adventure Island

    Here on my island, I do as I please. I splash in the puddles and climb all the trees. I swing through the br... More

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    4th July 2013

    Mabel and Me - Best of Friends

    Meet Mabel and Me in this hilarious picture book, as they explore what puts the `best' in `best friends'! ... More

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    1st June 2015

    Ruby and Grub

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    5th March 2015

    Twinkle

    From the author of the global success Angelina Ballerina , comes the first title in this brand new series for all t... More

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    8th September 2016

    Twinkle Makes a Wish

    From the author of the global success Angelina Ballerina , comes the third title in this delightful series for all ... More

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    1st April 2004

    Miss Muffet and The Spider

    In this fun take on the nursery rhyme, the spider gets a BIG surprise!... More

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    11th July 2017

    Daddy Lion's Tea Party

    Feeding time at the zoo has never been so much fun!A hilarious new picture book from the creators of `Mabel and Me' and ... More

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    12th April 2011

    Sir Laughalot

    Sir Laughalot is a very brave knight. He needs to find some foes to fight. He has his shield. He has his sword. But Laug... More

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    1st October 2018

    Dinosaurs Go Christmas Shopping

    My Christmas is for presents And fun and Santa Claus, I'd never want it spoiled By naughty dinosaurs. ... More

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    1st May 2013

    Twinkle

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    1st February 2014

    Fairy

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    1st March 2006

    Fairy Godmother Takes A Break

    What really does happen at the end of the 'Cinderella' fairytale? Do they really live happily ever after? Now that Cinde... More

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    4th June 2015

    Daddy Lion's Tea Party

    Feeding time at the zoo has never been so much fun! A hilarious new picture book from the creators of 'Mabel and Me' and... More

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    26th January 2011

    Grub in Love

    Ruby and Grub are a little suspicious of the new boy and dog who move in next door. But one day Ruby finds Grub behaving... More

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    1st June 2006

    Happy Ever After: Mr Wolf Bounces Back

    What does the big bad wolf do when he's fed-up with being, big bad and scary? He takes himself down to the job centre, u... More

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    1st June 2006

    Rapunzel Cuts

    Does Rapunzel enjoy her new life at the palace when all she has to do all day is look after her lovely, long tresses. Wh... More

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    10th October 2011

    Grub's Pups

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    21st September 2006

    My Unwilling Witch

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    3rd August 2006

    Tilly And The Badgers

    Who is making badgers fight dogs for sport near Tilly's home? Do the new boy at school and his family have anything to d... More

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    13th January 2011

    Mr Bear Gets Alarmed

    Mr Bear is a worrier, and after the Goldilocks break-in, he can't stop being anxious. And so Mr Bear installs a state-of... More

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    2nd September 2010

    Rumblewick Letters: Rumblewick and the Dinner Dragons

    Meet Rumblewick! He's a witch's cat with one BIG problem - his witch, Haggy Aggy, doesn't want to be a witch any more. S... More

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    13th January 2011

    Happy Ever After: The Three Little Pigs Go Camping

    The Three Little Pigs are going on a camping trip! The Third Little Pig likes to plan everything - but always misses out... More

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    13th January 2011

    Happy Ever After: The Ugly Duckling Returns

    It's been a while since the Ugly Duckling turned into a Swan, and life has been good. Now he's a famous model, but does ... More

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    1st July 2006

    Happy Ever After: The Frog Prince Hops To It

    Does the frog prince enjoy his life at the palace with his new bride, or would he really prefer to be living in that mud... More

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    1st June 2015

    Grub in Love

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    13th March 2014

    Goldilocks

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    13th January 2011

    Happy Ever After: Mr Giant and the Beastly Baron

    The poor giant has emerged from his various encounters with Jack rather bruised and battered, and terrified of small boy... More

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    13th March 2014

    Snow White

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    13th January 2011

    Happy Ever After: Snow White and the Magic Mirror

    Snow White is just TOO nice and always helping other people out. She never has a moment to herself! She asks her magic m... More

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    13th January 2011

    Happy Ever After: The Wicked Stepmother Helps Out

    The Wicked Stepmother wants to do something to help people - and make amends for her past. But trying to find the right ... More

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    10th March 2016

    Twinkle Tames a Dragon

    From the author of the global success Angelina Ballerina comes the third book in this brand new series for all tho... More

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    3rd September 2015

    Twinkle Thinks Pink

    From the author of the global success Angelina Ballerina , comes the second title in this brand new series for all ... More

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    6th September 2010

    The Highwayman

    A new title from the best-selling _Read & Respond_ series. * Differentiation advice and assessment guidance. * Plo... More

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    5th July 2001

    Cambridge Reading

    A story-based approach to phonics practice helping children to read with confidence. What will happen when the silver s... More

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    28th October 2004

    Oxford Reading Tree: Level 5: Snapdragons: The Little Dragon

    Written by top children's authors such as award-winning Gillian Cross, Malachy Doyle and Pippa Goodhart Snapdragons are ... More

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    7th April 2016

    The Invincibles: The Piglet Pickle

    In this first story, troublesome twosome Nell and Freddie go on a school trip to a farm, where they pet the animals and ... More

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    4th August 2016

    The Invincibles: The Hamster Rescue

    In Nell and Freddie's second adventure, it's Hamish the hamster to the rescue! Freddie Spoon is having a birthday part... More

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    7th September 2017

    The Invincibles: The Beast of Bramble Woods

    Nell and Freddie have the BEST time camping. They eat ALL the marshmallows and play TRICKS on Nell's big brother and his... More

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    1st November 2005

    Cinderella and The Mean Queen

    Stories about what happens at the end of the fairytale. Do they really live happily ever after? Does Rapunzel enjoy her ... More

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    4th October 2007

    My Unwilling Witch

    Meet Rumblewick!He's a witch's cat with one BIG problem - his witch, Haggy Aggy, doesn't want to be a witch any more. Sh... More

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    7th January 2010

    Rumblewick Letters: Rumblewick and the Dinner Dragons

    Meet Rumblewick!He's a witch's cat with one BIG problem - his witch, Haggy Aggy, doesn't want to be a witch any more. Sh... More

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    4th January 2018

    Pirates in the Supermarket (Gift Ed)

    There's an anchor in the butter! There's a spyglass by the juice! There are parrots on the carrots! Th... More

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    6th March 2008

    Rumblewick Diaries: My Unwilling Witch Starts a Fun Park

    Can you believe THIS? Haggy Aggy's only been witchnapped and put to work spelling a broken-down Amusement Park into the... More

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    6th September 2007

    Rumblewick Diaries: My Unwilling Witch Goes To Ballet School

    This is the latest: Haggy Aggy wants to go to Ballet School!! I ask you. Is that what a witch who WANTS to be a witch do... More

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    6th March 2008

    Rumblewick Diaries: My Unwilling Witch Skates on Thin Ice

    NOW Haggy Aggy's getting a skating instructor she can learn to dance on ice - even though it's wake-the-dead time and sh... More

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    3rd January 2008

    Rumblewick Diaries: My Unwilling Witch Gets A Makeover

    Rumblewick is a HIGHLY QUALIFIED WITCH'S FAMILIAR to the MOST UNWILLING WITCH IN WITCHDOM. No wonder he uses every spare... More

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    3rd January 2008

    Rumblewick Diaries: My Unwilling Witch Flies High

    Now HAGGY AGGY wants to FLY HIGH like the trapeze artist in the circus. I've told her she can - on a BROOMSTICK where sh... More

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    6th September 2007

    Rumblewick Diaries: My Unwilling Witch Starts a Girl Band

    I mean. Is HAGGY AGGY totally bats on a broomstick in a burning belfry or WHAT? She's only starting a GIRL BAND and I ha... More

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    6th September 2007

    Rumblewick Diaries: My Unwilling Witch Gets Cooking

    When Haggy Aggy's being unwilling and and doing everything witches NEVER do, who gets the blame? Me! What am I supposed ... More

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    6th September 2007

    Rumblewick Diaries: My Unwilling Witch Sleeps Over

    And this is the latest: Haggy Aggy's only made 'bestest' best-friends in the WHOLE wide world with two girl gymnasts. An... More

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    1st March 2003

    Pippin's Big Jump

    Pippin the penguin has a major problem - he's scared of the water! Can Ma Penguin and the others help him out?... More

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    6th May 2010

    Sir Laughalot

    Sir Laughalot is a very brave knight. He needs to find some foes to fight. He has his shield. He has his sword. But Laug... More

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    5th August 2010

    Happy Ever After: Snow White and the Magic Mirror

    Snow White is just TOO nice and always helping other people out. She never has a moment to herself! She asks her magic m... More

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    21st September 2006

    My Unwilling Witch

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