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Sue Hendra graduated from the University of Brighton in 1994 and has been an illustrator of children’s books since, and has now worked on over 100 titles. When she met Paul Linnet they fell in love and started writing and illustrating together and came up with bestsellers such as Barry the Fish with Fin- gers, Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell, Nobot the Robot with No Bottom, Supertato and most recently Supertato:Veggies Assemble. Sue and Paul live in Brighton with their young daughter, Wanda. Read more about Sue Hendra here.
You can rely on Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet to put a fresh and funny take on the festive season. The creators of Supertato have another surprising, comic central character in this super-silly story: a rogue Christmas tree! All the other houses have a decorated Christmas tree in their window – the one at number 32 is pink – but at number 34 the tree has put its foot down and is refusing to play its part. The baubles are in despair, pleading with it to get into its pot and play its part, to no avail. Fortunately, the tree is as vain as it is stubborn, and not too bright either, and the decorations find a way to trick it into behaving. Where else will you be able to enjoy the sight of baubles and tinsel chasing a Christmas tree round the house? Told in rollicking rhyme this is a Christmas must-have.
November 2017 Book of the Month | Another hilarious helping of bonkers supermarket superhero adventure, and possibly the best yet in this brilliant picture book series. Evil Pea is up to his usual tricks and when he manages to freeze Supertato things look bad: putting Operation Freezification into action he transforms the supermarket into a winter wonderland – to the surprise delight of the veggies! But Supertato is able to free himself, with the help of some chilis, and soon the supermarket shelves are turned. Great fun, wonderful to read and very cleverly illustrated and designed, Evil Pea Rules deserves a place in every shopping basket this Christmas.
Everyone’s favourite caped crusading potato is back in another story of villains thwarted and wrongs righted. Supertato has organised a veggie Olympics and after a shaky start when Broccoli ends up in the bagging area, all goes well until the arrival of Evil Pea with the seemingly invincible Gloria. Supertato works out what they’re up to however and puts paid to their dirty tricks. Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet have created another literary tonic, equivalent to a huge superfoods smoothie. Funny, totally original and fabulous to look at too, each page bursting with the brightest colours, this is a joy from start to finish. Long may Supertato reign. ~ Andrea Reece
November 2016 Book of the Month Hurrah for Gordon the Balloon! Gordon’s life story, including time at balloon-school learning just what a balloon does, his first true love whose pets are porcupines and his important role in rescuing his friends from an island is a roller-coaster romp which will delight all who enjoy the magic of balloons. ~ Julia Eccleshare
May 2016 Book of the Month You won’t find a dafter or more entertaining picture book than this new outing for Supertato, the spud with super powers! It’s anarchy in the supermarket when the peas – evil to their core – burst out of the freezers and turn them off. The vegetables are panicking, and time is running out for the ice lollies. There are so many peas that even Supertato needs to call in back up - Superveggies to the rescue! By fair means and some trickery they soon have the peas locked up and order restored. Peas have never looked so wicked, masked vegetables seldom so heroic! Silly in the extreme this will have the whole family laughing. Five-a-day fun! ~ Andrea Reece
This team create characters that children love and the books, with their sparkly covers and day-glo bright colours dazzle and delight. Norman has been a good slug and knows that Santa will visit him on Christmas Eve. But when Santa accidentally drops a sack of presents meant for other children, this kind-hearted little slug decides he’ll have to deliver them to their rightful owners. He does it too, with the help of his snail friends, lots of slug slime, and a magic sleigh. Put this slug under your tree for a guaranteed merry Christmas! ~ Andrea Reece
Winner of the Laugh-Out-Loud Book Awards 2016 - Picture Book Category Sure to appeal to toddlers and very young children given Alan the Bear has the same problem that many young children also have. That of having too many other exciting things to do even when they need a wee! A fabulously funny new story from the bestselling creator of Barry the Fish with Fingers and Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell.
A new board book edition of this best-selling picture book. Sue Hendra tells how Keith the cat creates some magic of his own in this entertaining story about Keith who is suddenly able to do some clever tricks after an ice cream cone falls on his head. But can he really do magic? Keith and his friends are an endearing crowd and the joke at the end is a good one.
July 2014 Book of the Month A terrific joke lies at the heart of this high action drama. When one badly behaved pea escapes from the freezer, chaos ensues. Luckily, there is a super hero to hand. Supertato, the potato with a very big difference, is soon on the tail of this tearaway. After a chase through scrumptious looking cakes, a near fatal accident for Supertato when he is attacked with a potato masher and much more the pea is finally trapped in a deliciously wobbly looking jelly and frog-marched back to the freezer.
Norman the slug longs to be a snail. If only he had a shell! What Norman wishes for, he gets, but it soon turns out that a shell isn’t such a good thing after all. Can Norman save himself and his shell? If he does, will he stop wishing for more things? Bright and bold illustrations bring the good jokes in this story vividly to life.
January 2014 Book of the Month Quirky and original, this will be a real joy for parents to share with babies and toddlers. Full of kindness, Barry, a fish with the special attributes of fingers, uses his unusual feature to delight his friends. Fingers are good for all sorts of things and they are especially good for tickling! But they turn out to be even more useful when Barry saves the puffer fish from disaster by being able to point out the terrible danger that is about to befall him. All ends well with a gloriously fishy romp.
September 2013 Book of the Month Can Doug the Bug find his way out of the terrible predicament he is in and, more importantly, can he get back to his best friend Trevor and make things up with him? Doug’s adventure is very exciting as he ‘boings’ into some unexpected places including the middle of a fried egg, a sponge cake, a pedal bin and then slap bang through a piece of toast. Doug has to take all the chances he can so that he can be reunited with Trevor and make up!