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John Yeoman - Author

About the Author

John Yeoman is an English writer. Quentin Blake's friend and colleague, he has written many amusing stories for him to illustrate.

Featured books by John Yeoman

Up with Birds!

Up with Birds!

Early Years

Author: John Yeoman Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/06/2013

Former Children’s Laureate Quentin Blake has teamed up with story teller John Yeoman to create a wonderfully inventive story about how birds came to fly. Before birds could fly, they just hurried into people’s houses for shelter. When the Fflyte family become sick of having birds under their feet all the time, Mr Fflyte invents a flying bicycle and encourages the birds to fly too by equipping them with a balloon each. Soon the air is full of feathers, the house is empty and everyone is happy...  

Other books by John Yeoman

The Boy Who Sprouted Antlers

The Boy Who Sprouted Antlers

Author: John Yeoman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2018

It is nearly the summer holidays and Billy Dexter and his classmates are trying to finish their wicker baskets. Their craft teacher, Miss Beddows, is so appalled by Billy's efforts that she keeps him in after class for a pep talk. `As long as you set your mind on something and try hard enough, there's nothing you can't do.' Billy loves the idea that he can do anything, but his friends, Melanie and Paul, don't agree. `What about growing horns?' suggests Melanie. It is a challenge Billy has to accept. Brimming with humour and written in John Yeoman's matter-of-fact style, this story from 1961 is vividly illustrated with Quentin Blake's inimitable drawings. It was the second in a long line of collaborations between John Yeoman and Quentin Blake, following soon after their first, A Drink of Water.

A Drink of Water and other stories

A Drink of Water and other stories

Author: John Yeoman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2017

Who would believe it could be so hard to get a drink of water? And to find it at last, cool and fresh but out of reach - that was a problem indeed for a young monkey. But luckily for him, he had an observant and logical mind. This was more than could be said for the dog that made friends with the bear, or the vain jackdaw; and as for the silly ewe and the nanny goat - well, one might call it guile or one might call it simplicity that kept the wolves at bay. First published in 1960, this charming book of animal fables was the first children's book either Quentin Blake or John Yeoman ever published. It exudes all the warmth and wit we have come to expect of their collaborations.

The World's Laziest Duck and other Amazing Records

The World's Laziest Duck and other Amazing Records

Author: John Yeoman, Quentin Blake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/08/2017

Which fish holds the world record for most escape attempts? Which human cannonball travelled the furthest? What is the world's soppiest fairy tale? Find out these amazing record breakers and lots, lots more in this hilarious alternative to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Mr. Nodd's Ark

Mr. Nodd's Ark

Author: John Yeoman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2016

Mr Nodd is a keen carpenter - he's made a wooden umbrella for his wife, wooden bicycles for his sons Ham and Shem, and a wooden romper-suit for baby Japhet. But when he builds a huge boat in his garden, Mr Nodd has finally gone too far. What use is a giant boat, marrooned in the garden? Then the weather forecast gives him his answer: serious floods are coming. Come with the whole Nodd family on an adventure to discover the perfect use for Mr Nodd's Ark.

The Fabulous Foskett Family Circus

The Fabulous Foskett Family Circus

Author: John Yeoman, Quentin Blake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Roll up, roll up for the Fabulous Foskett Family Circus! There's Milly and Willy who perform with young Fred, who does a back flip and lands on his head. Uncle Phoenix Foskett who blows smoke rings, Jess and Bess with their conjuring tricks, not to mention singing dogs and birds and performing parrots. Quentin Blake originally created the eccentric and multi-talented Foskett family to decorate a hospital ward. Combined here with a specially commissioned text by John Yeoman they now star in their own glorious book, which will be enjoyed and treasured by readers of all ages.

Quentin Blake's Amazing Animal Stories

Quentin Blake's Amazing Animal Stories

Author: John Yeoman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/05/2014

Meet fearsome alligators, clever coyotes, a jittery leopard, a shell-less tortoise and all sorts of amazing animals in these wonderful stories from John Yeoman and Quentin Blake. A beautiful collection of 14 wonderfully told animal folk tales Illustrated by one of the greatest children's artists working today Stories that will entertain and get children thinking Written by expert storyteller, John Yeoman Perfect for children aged 8-12 Other titles in the series: Quentin Blake's Magical Tales

The Fabulous Foskett Family Circus

The Fabulous Foskett Family Circus

Author: John Yeoman, Quentin Blake Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/06/2013

Roll up, roll up for the Fabulous Foskett Family Circus! There are Milly and Willy who perform with young Fred, who does a back flip and lands on his head. Uncle Phoenix Foskett who blows smoke rings, Jess and Bess with their conjuring tricks, not to mention singing dogs and birds and performing parrots. Quentin Blake originally created the images of the eccentric and multi-talented Foskett family to decorate a hospital ward. They are combined here with a specially commissioned text by John Yeoman to create a glorious book, which will be enjoyed and treasured by book lovers of all ages.

Up with Birds!

Up with Birds!

Early Years

Author: John Yeoman Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/06/2013

Former Children’s Laureate Quentin Blake has teamed up with story teller John Yeoman to create a wonderfully inventive story about how birds came to fly. Before birds could fly, they just hurried into people’s houses for shelter. When the Fflyte family become sick of having birds under their feet all the time, Mr Fflyte invents a flying bicycle and encourages the birds to fly too by equipping them with a balloon each. Soon the air is full of feathers, the house is empty and everyone is happy...  

Rumbelow's Dance

Rumbelow's Dance

Author: John Yeoman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2012

Rumbelow is off to visit his grandparents. As he sets off he feels so happy he starts to dance. And soon all the many different characters that he meets join in with his infectious dancing to his grandparents.

The Boy Who Sprouted Antlers

The Boy Who Sprouted Antlers

Author: John Yeoman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2002

What about growing horns then? challenged Melanie. I will then! shouted Billy. Immediately he has taken up the challenge to grow horns Billy Dexter passionately wished that he hadn't, after all he could only fail. However, the next morning Billy's head feels itchy and then no doubt about it, there are bumps on the head. Within a week the boy has the most splendid head of antlers ever. Everyone gets used to them - Billy and his friends, his parents and even his teacher and the head - but will the antlers stay for ever, or will Billy find a way to get rid of them? A charming and humorous story about the power of the mind and daring to be different.

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