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James Mayhew - Author

About the Author

James Mayhew is a popular author/illustrator whose many books include the Katie books, published by Orchard and The Kingfisher Book of Tales from Russia.  He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and son.

Featured books by James Mayhew

Katie's London Christmas

Katie's London Christmas

Key Stage 1

Author: James Mayhew Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/09/2014

Celebrate 25 years of Katie with this new, irresistibly Christmassy story! Join Katie and Jack as they help Father Christmas to deliver presents all over London - visiting some of the best landmarks the capital has to offer!

Other books by James Mayhew

Reading Planet KS2 - Journey to the Centre of the Earth - Level 2: Mercury/Brown band

Reading Planet KS2 - Journey to the Centre of the Earth - Level 2: Mercury/Brown band

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2019

What could be more thrilling than going on a journey to discover the centre of the Earth? Axel's eccentric uncle can't wait to get started, but Axel isn't so sure. What dangers will they meet far beneath the surface? How will they survive if one of them is injured? What will happen if they can't find their way back home? There's only one way to find out, and it begins with a long, dark descent into an Icelandic volcano... Where will the journey end? Journey to the Centre of the Earth is part of the Reading Planet range of books for Stars (Lime) to Supernova (Red+) band. Children aged 7-11 will be inspired to love reading through the gripping stories and fascinating information books created by top authors. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and questions to support reading at home and develop comprehension skills. Reading age: 7-8 years

Reading Planet - The Magic PaintBox - Blue: Galaxy

Reading Planet - The Magic PaintBox - Blue: Galaxy

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/10/2018

Art receives a brand new box of paints from his Grandad. He starts to paint straightaway and quickly discovers that whatever he creates comes to life, including a jungle and some very scary dinosaurs! Will Art come up with a painting plan to get home safely? The Magic Paint Box is part of the Galaxy range of books from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Galaxy provides captivating fiction and non-fiction for Pink A to White band. The rich collection of highly decodable books immerses children in a range of cross-curricular topics and genres. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and activities to support reading at home as well as comprehension questions to check understanding. Reading age: 5-6 years

Reading Planet - Sophie Goes to the Ballet - Green: Galaxy

Reading Planet - Sophie Goes to the Ballet - Green: Galaxy

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/10/2018

Sophie's grandmother is taking her to see the ballet for the very first time. Everything Sophie sees is new and exciting but what will take her breath away? Sophie Goes to the Ballet is part of the Galaxy range of books from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Galaxy provides captivating fiction and non-fiction for Pink A to White band. The rich collection of highly decodable books immerses children in a range of cross-curricular topics and genres. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and activities to support reading at home as well as comprehension questions to check understanding. Reading age: 5-6 years

Ella Bella Ballerina and the Magic Toyshop

Ella Bella Ballerina and the Magic Toyshop

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Everyone's favourite little dancer, Ella Bella Ballerina, steps into an enchanted toyshop in this magical ballet adventure. Discover a world of fairytale toymakers and dancing dolls in in this beautiful introduction to classic ballet, La Boutique Fantastique. With a sparkling foiled cover and exquisitely detailed illustrations, this is the perfect gift for all would-be ballerinas. Look out for the other books in the series: Ella Bella and A Midsummer Night's Dream Ella Bella Ballerina and Swan Lake Ella Bella Ballerina and Cinderella Ella Bella Ballerina and The Sleeping Beauty Ella Bella Ballerina and The Nutcracker

Can You See a Little Bear?

Can You See a Little Bear?

Author: James Mayhew Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/07/2018

Where is Little Bear? In this charming look-and-find book, highlighted by Jackie Morris's gorgeous animal fantasies, very young children explore theatrical and circus settings as they attempt to find the missing cub. The concepts of opposites, colours and contrasts are introduced in the read-aloud nursery verse and simple clues and vivid word images help children discover Little Bear, whether he is trying on a hat, standing on his head or floating in a balloon. Gradually Little Bear moves into a more familiar landscape of tea, bath and bedtime, a cue for little bears' bedtimes everywhere.

Ella Bella Ballerina and the Magic Toyshop

Ella Bella Ballerina and the Magic Toyshop

Author: James Mayhew Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Everyone's favourite little dancer, Ella Bella Ballerina, steps into an enchanted toyshop in this magical ballet adventure. Discover a world of fairytale toymakers and dancing dolls in in this beautiful introduction to classic ballet, La Boutique Fantastique. With a sparkling foiled cover and exquisitely detailed illustrations, this is the perfect gift for all would-be ballerinas. Look out for the other books in the series: Ella Bella and A Midsummer Night's Dream Ella Bella Ballerina and Swan Lake Ella Bella Ballerina and Cinderella Ella Bella Ballerina and The Sleeping Beauty Ella Bella Ballerina and The Nutcracker

The National Gallery Learn to Draw with Katie

The National Gallery Learn to Draw with Katie

Author: James Mayhew, Colin Chester, Jane Evans Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Learn how to draw with Katie, the star of James Mayhew's much-loved Katie books. Art adventurer Katie has been capturing the hearts and imaginations of children for over 25 years . . . and now you can create your own masterpieces too! Get creative and learn how to draw portraits, landscapes, animals and more with easy step-by-step guides and prompted drawing activities. Featuring paintings from the National Gallery's world famous collection, plus plenty of drawing tips and tricks. All you need to do is pick up your pens and pencils and follow the ever-curious Katie as she explores the wonderfully exciting world of art . . . Look out for more Katie National Gallery books: Get Colouring with Katie Discover Art with Katie And discover more adventures with Katie in James Mayhew's original picture books: Katie's Picture Show Katie in London Katie and the Mona Lisa Katie and the Bathers Katie and the British Artists Katie and the Dinosaurs Katie and the Impressionists Katie and the Spanish Princess Katie and the Starry Night Katie and the Sunflowers Katie and the Waterlily Pond Katie in Scotland Katie's London Christmas

The National Gallery Discover Art with Katie Activities with over 150 stickers

The National Gallery Discover Art with Katie Activities with over 150 stickers

Author: James Mayhew, Colin Chester, Jane Evans Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Discover London's National Gallery with Katie, the star of James Mayhew's Katie books, in this fun-filled sticker activity book. With over 150 stickers inside! Art adventurer Katie has been capturing the hearts and imaginations of children for over 25 years. Featuring paintings from the National Gallery's world famous collection (alongside mazes, drawing challenges, sticker puzzles and more!) this sticker activity book will keep little Katie fans entertained for hours, whilst introducing them to the wonderful world of art. All you need to do is follow the ever-curious Katie . . . Look out for more Katie National Gallery books: Get Colouring with Katie Learn to Draw with Katie And discover more adventures with Katie in James Mayhew's original picture books: Katie's Picture Show Katie in London Katie and the Mona Lisa Katie and the Bathers Katie and the British Artists Katie and the Dinosaurs Katie and the Impressionists Katie and the Spanish Princess Katie and the Starry Night Katie and the Sunflowers Katie and the Waterlily Pond Katie in Scotland Katie's London Christmas

The Knight Who Took All Day

The Knight Who Took All Day

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2017

The National Gallery Get Colouring with Katie

The National Gallery Get Colouring with Katie

Author: James Mayhew, Colin Chester, Jane Evans Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/07/2017

Come on a colouring adventure with Katie, the star of James Mayhew's much-loved Katie books. Art adventurer Katie has been capturing the hearts and imaginations of young art lovers for over 25 years . . . and now it's your turn to get involved! Featuring paintings from the National Gallery's world famous collection, this is the perfect introduction to the wonderfully exciting world of art. All you need to do, is pick up your colouring pencils and pens and follow the ever-curious Katie . . . Look out for more Katie National Gallery books: Discover Art with Katie Learn to Draw with Katie And discover more adventures with Katie in James Mayhew's original picture books: Katie's Picture Show Katie in London Katie and the Mona Lisa Katie and the Bathers Katie and the British Artists Katie and the Dinosaurs Katie and the Impressionists Katie and the Spanish Princess Katie and the Starry Night Katie and the Sunflowers Katie and the Waterlily Pond Katie in Scotland Katie's London Christmas

Early Reader: The Magic Sword

Early Reader: The Magic Sword

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2016

Full colour red Early Reader about the legendary Arthur, Merlin and the sword in the stone, written and illustrated by James Mayhew. Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books, perfect for building confidence in new readers and reluctant readers. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey. Long ago, in the days of knights and castles and magic, there lived a wizard called Merlin. One night, in a churchyard in London, Merlin casts a spell on a sword. He pushes it into a stone and writes magic words, saying: He who pulls this sword out of the stone, is the true King of England. Then Merlin waits for the boy who will be king. Full colour Early Reader edition of the popular myth about the sword in the stone.

Ella Bella Ballerina and A Midsummer Night's Dream

Ella Bella Ballerina and A Midsummer Night's Dream

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

Everyone's favourite little dancer, Ella Bella Ballerina, steps out of fairytales and into the world of Shakespeare as she goes on a magical adventure in Fairyland, with Puck, King Oberon and Queen Titania. Who will the queen fall in love with when under the king's spell? And what will become of the hapless actor Bottom, transformed into a donkey? Beautifully illustrated and perfectly pitched for a young audience and all would-be prima ballerinas, and a wonderful very first introduction to the stories of the ballet and Shakespeare. From James Mayhew, the creator of the Katie series of books - featuring the hugely engaging Katie and making art an adventure for every child.

Katie and the Mona Lisa

Katie and the Mona Lisa

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2015

Join Katie as she steps into some of the most famous paintings in the world for an exciting art adventure! When the Mona Lisa's smile goes missing, it's up to Katie to help find it again. On the way, they meet a princess, a dragon, a winged lion and an angel. But can Katie make the Mona Lisa smile again? 'A wonderful way to engage children with art. A brilliant combination of education and storytelling' - Parents in Touch (Katie's Picture Show) This first introduction to Italian Renaissance art features five great masterpieces: Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci, St George and the Dragon by Raphael, Primavera by Sandro Botticelli, The Lion of St Mark by Vittore Carpaccio and An Angel in Red with a Lute by Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis. Classic picture book character, Katie, has been delighting children for over 25 years. Why not collect all 13 titles in the series? Katie's Picture Show Katie and the Impressionists Katie and the Sunflowers Katie and the British Artists Katie and the Waterlily Pond Katie and the Starry Night Katie and the Spanish Princess Katie and the Bathers Katie in London Katie's London Christmas Katie in Scotland Katie and the Dinosaurs

Ella Bella Ballerina and A Midsummer Night's Dream

Ella Bella Ballerina and A Midsummer Night's Dream

Author: James Mayhew Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2015

Everyone's favourite little dancer, Ella Bella Ballerina, steps out of fairytales and into the world of Shakespeare as she goes on a magical adventure in Fairyland, with Puck, King Oberon and Queen Titania. Who will the queen fall in love with when under the king's spell? And what will become of the hapless actor Bottom, transformed into a donkey? Beautifully illustrated and perfectly pitched for a young audience and all would-be prima ballerinas, and a wonderful very first introduction to the stories of the ballet and Shakespeare. From James Mayhew, the creator of the Katie series of books - featuring the hugely engaging Katie and making art an adventure for every child.

Katie: Katie and the Spanish Princess

Katie: Katie and the Spanish Princess

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2015

Join Katie as she steps into some of the most famous paintings in the world for an exciting art adventure! Katie needs ideas for a costume, and when she sees a beautiful princess dress in a painting it seems the very thing. But she soon discovers that fancy clothes and adventures don't always mix . . . 'A wonderful way to engage children with art. A brilliant combination of education and storytelling' - Parents in Touch (Katie's Picture Show) This art adventure features five famous Spanish paintings: Portrait of the Infanta Margarita and Philip IV of Spain by Velazquez, Manuel Osorio Manrique from Zuniga and The Parasol by Goya, and A Peasant Boy Leaning on a Sill by Murillo. Classic picture book character, Katie, has been delighting children for over 25 years. Why not collect all 13 titles in the series? Katie's Picture Show Katie and the Impressionists Katie and the Mona Lisa Katie and the Sunflowers Katie and the British Artists Katie and the Waterlily Pond Katie and the Starry Night Katie and the Bathers Katie in London Katie's London Christmas Katie in Scotland Katie and the Dinosaurs

Katie: Katie's London Christmas

Katie: Katie's London Christmas

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2015

Discover the magic of London at Christmas time with this classic Katie picture book. When Katie and Jack are woken up late on Christmas Eve by a loud sneeze, little do they realise that they are about to embark on the most amazing evening! Soon they are flying high across London, over snow-dusted landmarks, through the star-scattered sky with the one and only Father Christmas, in his sleigh, with his magical reindeer! But can they help Father Christmas to deliver all his presents and be back in time for Christmas morning? 'Wonderful ... magical ... the foiled cover and magical illustrations of London in all her festive glory make this book the perfect Christmas gift' - Parents in Touch.

Katie and the Bathers

Katie and the Bathers

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2015

Join Katie as she steps into some of the most famous paintings in the world for an exciting art adventure! On a hot, sunny day, a painting of some bathers in a cool river proves too tempting for Katie, and so she dives straight into the picture! But Katie doesn't just cause a splash - she causes a flood! Paddling with new friends might be fun, but how will Katie stop the water pouring into the gallery? 'A wonderful way to engage children with art. A brilliant combination of education and storytelling' - Parents in Touch (Katie's Picture Show) This first introduction to Pointillism features five great masterpieces: Bathers at Asnieres, Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte and Port of Honfleur by Georges Seurat, Woman Hanging up the Washing by Camille Pissarro and Portrait of Felix Feneon by Paul Signac. Classic picture book character, Katie, has been delighting children for over 25 years. Why not collect all 13 titles in the series? Katie's Picture Show Katie and the Impressionists Katie and the Mona Lisa Katie and the Sunflowers Katie and the British Artists Katie and the Waterlily Pond Katie and the Starry Night Katie and the Spanish Princess Katie in London Katie's London Christmas Katie in Scotland Katie and the Dinosaurs

Katie: Katie and the British Artists

Katie: Katie and the British Artists

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2015

Join Katie as she steps into some of the most famous paintings in the world for an exciting art adventure! Katie can't decide what she wants to be when she grows up. Perhaps a trip to the gallery will be an inspiration, as the characters in five famous paintings come to life! Will she be an explorer, a train driver, a horse rider or an artist . . . ? 'A wonderful way to engage children with art. A brilliant combination of education and storytelling' - Parents in Touch (Katie's Picture Show) This art adventure features five famous British paintings:The Cornfield by Constable, Rain, Steam and Speed and The Fighting Temeraire by Turner, Whistlejacket by Stubbs, and The Painter's Daughters Chasing a Butterfly by Gainsborough. Classic picture book character, Katie, has been delighting children for over 25 years. Why not collect all 13 titles in the series? Katie's Picture Show Katie and the Impressionists Katie and the Mona Lisa Katie and the Sunflowers Katie and the Waterlily Pond Katie and the Starry Night Katie and the Spanish Princess Katie and the Bathers Katie in London Katie's London Christmas Katie in Scotland Katie and the Dinosaurs

Katie: Katie and the Starry Night

Katie: Katie and the Starry Night

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Join Katie as she steps into some of the most famous paintings in the world for an exciting art adventure! The stars in Vincent van Gogh's painting are so beautiful that Katie can't resist reaching in and taking one. But what will she do when all the other stars come tumbling out of the painting, too? Will Katie be able to catch the stars before the gallery guard notices they've floated away? 'A wonderful way to engage children with art. A brilliant combination of education and storytelling' - Parents in Touch (Katie's Picture Show) This first introduction to Van Gogh features five of his most brilliant paintings: The Starry Night, Noon, Vincent's Chair, Fishing Boats on the Beach and The Olive Grove. Classic picture book character, Katie, has been delighting children for over 25 years. Why not collect all 13 titles in the series? Katie's Picture Show Katie and the Impressionists Katie and the Mona Lisa Katie and the Sunflowers Katie and the British Artists Katie and the Waterlily Pond Katie and the Spanish Princess Katie and the Bathers Katie in London Katie's London Christmas Katie in Scotland Katie and the Dinosaurs

Katie: Katie and the Waterlily Pond

Katie: Katie and the Waterlily Pond

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Make art an adventure with classic picture book character, Katie, in this wonderful introduction to some of Monet's best-known paintings. Katie desperately wants to win the art competition at the gallery. She just has to create a painting in the style of Monet. That should be easy . . . right? This first introduction to Monet features five of his most magical paintings: The Waterlily Pond, In the Woods at Giverny, Bathers at La Grenouillere, Path Through the Poppies and The Rue Montorguiel, Paris. 'A wonderful way to engage children with art. A brilliant combination of education and storytelling' - Parents in Touch on Katie's Picture Show Classic picture book character, Katie, has been delighting children for over 25 years. Why not collect all 13 titles in the series? Katie's Picture Show Katie and the Impressionists Katie and the Mona Lisa Katie and the Sunflowers Katie and the British Artists Katie and the Starry Night Katie and the Spanish Princess Katie and the Bathers Katie in London Katie's London Christmas Katie in Scotland Katie and the Dinosaurs

Katie: Katie and the Dinosaurs

Katie: Katie and the Dinosaurs

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2014

Come on a magical dinosaur adventure with Katie in this classic picture book. When Katie visits the Natural History Museum with Grandma, she finds a mysterious door... and steps back in time to the world of the dinosaurs! Katie helps a baby dinosaur find his family, rides on the back of a Brontosaurus, and has a picnic with a Triceratops. But just what will she feed a very hungry and fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex? Katie has been delighting children for over 25 years!

Katie and the Impressionists

Katie and the Impressionists

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/07/2014

Join Katie as she steps into some of the most famous paintings in the world for an exciting art adventure. Katie would love to give Grandma a bunch of flowers for her birthday - but just where will she find the perfect bouquet? If only she were able to gather some flowers from the beautiful paintings in the gallery... 'A wonderful way to engage children with art. A brilliant combination of education and storytelling' - Parents in Touch (Katie's Picture Show) This first introduction to Impressionism features five great masterpieces: The Luncheon and The Field With Poppies by Claude Monet, A Girl With a Watering Can and Her First Evening Out by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, The Blue Dancers by Edgar Degas. Classic picture book character, Katie, has been delighting children for over 25 years. Why not collect all 13 titles in the series? Katie's Picture Show Katie and the Mona Lisa Katie and the Sunflowers Katie and the British Artists Katie and the Waterlily Pond Katie and the Starry Night Katie and the Spanish Princess Katie and the Bathers Katie in London Katie's London Christmas Katie in Scotland Katie and the Dinosaurs

Katie's Picture Show

Katie's Picture Show

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/06/2014

Join Katie as she steps into some of the most famous paintings in the world for an exciting art adventure! When Katie visits an art gallery for the first time with Grandma, she discovers that art is wonderfully exciting, especially when five famous paintings come alive for her . . . Expect a little bit of mischief, a lot of cream cakes and even a friendly tiger! 'A wonderful way to engage children with art. A brilliant combination of education and storytelling' - Parents in Touch This first introduction to art, features five great masterpieces: The Hay Wain by John Constable, Madame Moitessier Seated by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Les Parapluies by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Tropical Storm With a Tiger by Henri Rousseau and Dynamic Suprematism by Kasimir Malevich. Classic picture book character, Katie, has been delighting children for over 25 years. Why not collect all 13 titles in the series? Katie and the Impressionists Katie and the Mona Lisa Katie and the Sunflowers Katie and the British Artists Katie and the Waterlily Pond Katie and the Starry Night Katie and the Spanish Princess Katie and the Bathers Katie in London Katie's London Christmas Katie in Scotland Katie and the Dinosaurs

Katie in Scotland

Katie in Scotland

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2014

Discover the sights of Scotland with this classic Katie picture book. With so much to see and do in Scotland, it's lucky that Katie, Jack and Grandma have a very special guide to show them the best spots. Join their fun-packed tour - with Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster! Landmarks featured include Glasgow's Kelingrove Park, Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood, The Royal Mile, Scotland's National Gallery and Greyfriar's Bobby. 'A delightful tale with superb illustrations' - The Scots Magazine

Katie and the Sunflowers

Katie and the Sunflowers

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2014

Join Katie as she steps into some of the most famous paintings in the world for an exciting art adventure! Katie would love to grow her own flowers, so when she sees some seeds in Van Gogh's Sunflowers masterpiece she can't resist reaching in and grabbing some . . . Mimi, a little girl from a painting nearby, comes to help, but when Mimi's dog Zazou comes too disaster follows! 'A wonderful way to engage children with art. A brilliant combination of education and storytelling' - Parents in Touch (Katie's Picture Show) This art adventure features five famous post-impressionist paintings: Sunflowers and Cafe Terrace at Night by Vincent van Gogh, Breton Girls Dancing and Tahitian Pastorals by Paul Gauguin and Still Life, with Apples and Oranges by Paul Cezanne. Classic picture book character, Katie, has been delighting children for over 25 years. Why not collect all 13 titles in the series? Katie's Picture Show Katie and the Impressionists Katie and the Mona Lisa Katie and the British Artists Katie and the Waterlily Pond Katie and the Starry Night Katie and the Spanish Princess Katie and the Bathers Katie in London Katie's London Christmas Katie in Scotland Katie and the Dinosaurs

Katie In London

Katie In London

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2014

Come on a magical tour with Katie and discover London's most famous sights! When Katie and her brother Jack visit London with Grandma, something very unexpected happens . . . One of the Trafalgar Square lions comes to life and takes them on a wonderful tour of all the best sights! Including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Big Ben and the London Eye. 'London comes to life in this magical adventure' - Independent Featuring many of London's key landmarks, this storybook has become a bestselling introduction to London, and is perfect for children visiting the city for the first time.

Ella Bella Ballerina and the Nutcracker

Ella Bella Ballerina and the Nutcracker

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2013

can Ella Bella help the Nutcracker to defeat his arch enemy, the wicked Mouse King? Join Ella Bella Ballerina as she twirls into the enchanting world of The Nutcracker ballet with its magical dancing snowflakes, tantalising swirling sweets and, of course, the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy. James Mayhew's richly detailed storytelling and his exquisite, retro art-style make this book perfect for all would-be prima ballerinas. The final page is devoted to ballet facts, so children can learn about the original ballet The Nutcracker.

The Ugly Duckling Band 00/Lilac

The Ugly Duckling Band 00/Lilac

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

Follow the ugly duckling, who is rejected by the other ducks because he doesn't look like them and doesn't fit in. Will they change their mind when he grows up - and will they have a surprise in store? This lovely wordless retelling of the traditional tale has been illustrated by James Mayhew. * Follow the ugly duckling who is rejected by the other ducks because he doesn't look like them and doesn't fit in. Will they change their mind when he grows up - and will they have a surprise in store? This lovely wordless retelling of the traditional tale has been illustrated by James Mayhew. * Lilac/Band 0 books are wordless books that tell a story through pictures and are designed to develop understanding about how stories work. * A story map on pages 14-15 shows what happens as the ugly duckling develops into a beautiful swan, providing a wonderful opportunity for children to recap and retell the story in their own words. * Text type: A wordless traditional tale * Curriculum links: Personal, social and emotional development

Katie: Katie and the Waterlily Pond

Katie: Katie and the Waterlily Pond

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/07/2011

Katie is desperate to win an art competition at the gallery, but the judging is at three o'clock! Surely Katie can paint a terrific picture before the deadline ...can't she? In this book, Katie explores five Monet masterpieces: Blanche Monet Painting Bathers at La Grenouillere The Rue Montorgueil, Paris Path Through the Poppies The Waterlily Pond James Mayhew's hugely successful Katie series literally brings classic art to life for children. In each of the stories, Katie is able to step through the frame and into the world of the paintings where she interacts with the characters in the masterpieces. These bestselling picture books now have a huge fanbase and James's gallery and art events are often fully-booked. The Katie series are such a success that it has become an essential part of many children's creative learning.

Ella Bella Ballerina and Swan Lake

Ella Bella Ballerina and Swan Lake

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/05/2011

Can Ella Bella help the swan princess to be reunited with her prince? Will she help to break the wicked sorcerer's spell? Will true love conquer all? Young ballerinas will find the answer to all these questions and delight in the sheer charm of Ella Bella's world. James Mayhew has also included a last page full of ballet facts to help even the keenest budding ballerina learn about the story behind Swan Lake.

Ella Bella Ballerina and Cinderella

Ella Bella Ballerina and Cinderella

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/08/2010

Can the adorable Ella Bella Ballerina help Cinderella get to the Royal Ball? Alone on the stage after class, Ella Bella opens Madame Rosa's magical musical box and is whisked off into the world of the Cinderella ballet. But will Ella Bella be able to help Cinderella meet her perfect Prince Charming?

Katie: Katie and the British Artists

Katie: Katie and the British Artists

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2009

Katie just can't decide what she wants to be when she grows up. Perhaps a trip to the gallery to see five famous paintings by world-renowned British artists might give her some ideas? And can she help the shepherd boy from Constable's 'The Cornfield' to round up all those pesky sheep? For over two decades, the Katie series has been bringing art to life for young children. This ninth adventure focuses on much-loved paintings from Turner, Gainsborough, Constable and Stubbs.

Ella Bella Ballerina and the Sleeping Beauty

Ella Bella Ballerina and the Sleeping Beauty

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2008

Ella Bella longs to be a beautiful ballerina, and so each week she goes to Madame Rosa's ballet class at the old theatre. As we all know, theatres are magical places where anything can happen, and sure enough, as soon as Ella Bella opens Madame Rosa's magical musical box on the empty stage, she's whisked off in a beautiful lilac light to Sleeping Beauty's palace. But will she be able to help the Lilac Fairy save Sleeping Beauty from the bad fairy's wicked spell?

Katie: Katie and the British Artists

Katie: Katie and the British Artists

Author: James Mayhew Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/08/2008

Katie just can't decide what she wants to be when she grows up. Perhaps a trip to the gallery to see five famous paintings by world-renowned British artists might give her some ideas? And can she help the shepherd boy from Constable's 'The Cornfield' to round up all those pesky sheep? For almost two decades, the Katie series has been bringing art to life for young children. This ninth adventure focuses on much-loved paintings from Turner, Gainsborough, Constable and Stubbs.

Katie: Katie and the Spanish Princess

Katie: Katie and the Spanish Princess

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/03/2007

Katie meets a real princess and discovers the incredible Spanish artists including Velazquez! Katie's very excited - her birthday is coming, and she'll be having a fancy dress party! What Katie would like more than anything, is to dress up as a princess, but Grandma can't seem to get her costume quite right! Perhaps a trip to the art gallery will provide some inspiration ...Join Katie on her adventure inside five famous paintings as she gets to be a real princess for a day! The five masterpieces featured are: Portrait of the Infanta Margarita by Velazquez, Don Manuel Osorio de Zuniga by Goya, The Parasol by Goya, A Peasant Boy Leaning on a Sill by Murillo, Philip IV of Spain in Brown and Silver by Velazquez

Katie and the Bathers

Katie and the Bathers

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2005

Join Katie as five famous Pointillist paintings come alive for her! On a hot, sunny day, a painting of some bathers in a cool river proves too tempting for Katie, and so she dives straight into the picture! But Katie doesn't just cause a splash - she causes a flood! Paddling with new friends might be fun, but how will Katie stop the water pouring into the gallery? A wonderful introduction and explanation of the Pointillist art style, featuring five masterpieces from three famous artists: Bathers at Asnieres by Georges Seurat Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat Port of Honfleur by Georges Seurat Woman Hanging up the Washing by Camille Pissarro Portrait of Felix Feneon by Paul Signac

Katie: Katie and the Dinosaurs

Katie: Katie and the Dinosaurs

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2004

A visit to the Natural History Museum turns into an adventure for Katie when she steps back in time to the world of the dinosaurs! Katie helps a baby dinosaur find his family, rides on the back of a Brontosaurus, and has a picnic with a Triceratops! But just what will she feed a very hungry Tyrannosaurus Rex?

Katie In London

Katie In London

Author: James Mayhew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/11/2003

Katie has the best tour of London in town when a friendly lion shows her the sights! When Katie and her cousin Jack visit London with Grandma, they don't think there's much to see and do. At Trafalgar Square they meet a talking stone lion, and he takes them on a wonderful tour of the city taking in such sights as The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye!

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