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“Frog and Beaver is a book about friendship, tolerance and respect. Frog is delighted when Beaver moves in nearby and immediately welcomes him as a friend. But Beaver’s determination to build the biggest and best dam ever causes all sorts of upset to the other river creatures, and eventually to Beaver himself. Fortunately Frog is on hand to help and to show Beaver how he can make everything perfect again, including his new dam.
The different animal characters are full of personality while the river bank setting is beautifully realised in Simon James’s watercolour illustrations. There’s a great deal for children to enjoy and to think about in this compact little adventure story.” ~ Andrea Reece Lovereading4kidsBuy Now
Dear Greenpeace - Click on books for detailsBack to Books
‘It is 25 years since Dear Greenpeace, Simon James’s classic picture about the environment was first published. It has just been reissued this month which shows that the lessons from it still need to be learnt! An ecological fantasy, Dear Greenpeace is told in letters to Greenpeace from a little girl who is worried about the whale that is living in her pond. Greenpeace explain that whales need more space and that they are migratory, meaning that they travel a long way every day. Emily’s imaginary story to herself and the scientific replies that Greenpeace give her provide a perfect basis for asking questions about the environment and especially about animals and freedom.’
Baby Brains - Click on books for detailsBack to Books
Imagine a baby so clever he’s ready to go to school the day after he’s born! Baby Brains is a doctor by the time he’s two weeks old! Is there nothing he can’t do?
* Overall Winner of the Red House Children’s Book Award*
‘A warm and funny picture book that, like Baby Brains, is perfectly formed’ Books for Keeps
“My friends, Mark and Kate had their first baby, they invited me to come over and see the new baby.
When I got there, Mark was already convinced his baby showed signs of being very clever.
I drove home thinking what it would be like to have a REALLY clever baby at home…Buy Now
To my delight, Baby Brains was born a few days later.”
Nurse Clementine - Click on books for detailsBack to Books
When Nurse Clementine gets a nurse’s outfit for her birthday, it’s perfect.
“You can call me ‘Nurse Clementime” from now on,” she says.
She bandages her Dad, she bandages her Mum, she even bandages her dog.
But her accident prone little brother refuses her help!
Nurse Clementine doesnt know what to do, until a real emergency occurs……
‘a remarkable amount of humor and emotional truth… an endearing book’ Wall Street Journal
I enjoyed developing these two very different characters. Nurse Clementine is practical, sensible and caring, whilst her little brother Tommy is adventurous, bold and fearless. The challenge was to bring them together somehow, by the end of the book.Buy Now
Sally and the Limpet - Click on books for detailsBack to Books
When Sally pulls a limpet off a rock at the beach, it sticks to her finger –and nothing she or her family or her friends do can unstick it.
Sally’s teacher says that limpets live for twenty years. Will Sally ever get the limpet off her finger?
“A gentle, thoughtful story with wonderful illustrations.” Practical Parenting
“A delightful tale with a strong ecological message.” Books for Keeps
“I was at Wembury beach with my friend Sally, when we came across a little girl trying to pull limpets off the rocks. Sally found a limpet shell lying on the sand, she gave it to the little girl. The limpet inside, suddenly made a funny little squelching noise, it made the girl jump, and she dropped it in to the rock pool.
Later on, I found out some amazing facts about limpets. It was then I knew I had a new book to make.”Buy Now
George Flies South - Click on books for detailsBack to Books
Winter is coming and it’s time to fly south.
“You must fly,” says George’s Mum, but George isn’t ready.
George would rather stay in his nest, but one day his nest falls out of the tree taking George on an amazing adventure.
‘A fantastic adventure with a fearless hero..’ Junior Magazine
‘An outstanding picture book’ The Times
”This story began when I was in France, sitting outside of a cafe. On the other side of the street was a row of trees, one of them had a nest in it. I wondered what would happen if the nest with a small bird inside, slipped out of the tree and fell on to the roof of a parked car. Then I wondered what might happen if someone got in the car and drove away with the nest and the small bird still on the roof. I made a little series of pictures depicting all this at the time. Years later, I came across these drawings in my sketch book and developed them into the story of George and his nest.”Buy Now
The Wild Woods - Click on books for detailsBack to Books
When Jess takes a walk in the Wild Woods with Grandad, she makes friends with a squirrel. She’d like to keep him – but Grandad’s not so sure…
‘A breath of fresh air… Witty and sparkling line-and-wash pictures… Full of humour and vitality.’ The Guardian
”I was walking in Plymbridge Woods one grey wintry morning. I sat down next to a small waterfall with my sketchbook. On the far bank I saw a squirrel. On the way home I sketched a fallen tree, a stream and a gate. By the time I got home I had the idea for ‘The Wild Woods’.Buy Now
Leon and Bob - Click on books for detailsBack to Books
Leon has just moved in to town with his mum. His dad is away in the army. Leon needs a friend, but how can he find one?
*New York Times Best Illustrated Book Of The Year
*Smarties Silver Book Award Winner
“An elegant book… The illustrations are unsentimental and graceful and the story survives re-reading.
The last line makes my son smile each time he reads it.”
“As always, James has something to say to parents as well as children.”
“This story came to me through meeting a man called Leroy. He told me how he had been away in the army, and that his family had found it hard to settle in a new town without him. It was two years later that I finally found this story.”Buy Now