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Emily Gravett - Author

About the Author

One of the World Book Day 2014 Authors.    

Emily Gravett has a rare talent indeed for creating exceptional books for children. The winner of two Kate Greenaway Awards, her skill and wit are second to none as she pushes the boundaries and wrings maximum fun and detail from every page. Emily first sprang into the limelight with the ground-breaking Wolves, in 2005, which has been followed by such brilliant modern classics as Meerkat MailLittle Mouse's Big Book of Fears, Monkey and Me and The Odd Egg and the fabulous Bear and Hare series for younger readers, as well as the beautiful Tidy. Each book is unique and different from the last - and each features endearing, beautifully drawn characters that touch the heart and tickle the funny bone. Emily lives in Brighton with her family. Her next picturebook with Two Hoots, Meerkat Christmas will be publishing in October. 

Read a Q&A with the author here. Follow Emily on Instagram.

Julia Eccleshare, the editorial expert on Lovereading4kids says, Prize-winning illustrator Emily Gravett’s distinctive illustrations are always full of wit bringing the unexpected into stories and injecting them all with delightful humour. There’s magic in Spells as a frog turns himself into a handsome prince – well, almost!, excellent advice for rabbits on how to spot the danger of wolves in Wolves, lots of useful tips on how to be braver than you feel in Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears, a thoughtful exploration of how home often turns out to be best despite feelings of wanderlust in Meerkat Mail, a celebration of exuberant movement in Monkey and Me and a fresh and delightful look at Dogs

Featured books by Emily Gravett

Other books by Emily Gravett

Old Hat

Old Hat

Author: Emily Gravett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/07/2018

A very funny, charming story all about the joy of finding your own style, full of brilliantly inventive hats for children to spot. Old Hat! is a fresh, colourful and punchy book from the creator of Wolves and Dogs and twice-winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, Emily Gravett. Harbet had a hat. His Nana had knitted it for him when he was little. Harbet likes his comfy knitted hat, but the others keep jeering at him - OLD HAT! OLD HAT! No matter what headwear he buys - be it a towering fruit platter hat, an old-boot-on-the-head hat or a brightly lit traffic cone hat, Harbet cannot keep up with the latest fashions. As soon as he gets a brand new hat it is already an . . . OLD HAT! It seems that Harbet will never fit in. But when one day he decides to go his own way, Harbet discovers just how much more fun it is to stop following others and think for yourself.

Tidy Book and CD Pack

Tidy Book and CD Pack

Author: Emily Gravett Format: Book Release Date: 05/04/2018

Winner of the Independent Bookshop Week Picture Book Award 2017 A book and CD version of the brilliantly funny rhyming woodland story about the perils of being too tidy - read by comedian and actor Lenny Henry. Pete the badger likes everything to be neat and tidy at all times, but what starts as the collecting of one fallen leaf escalates and ends with the complete destruction of the forest! Will Pete realize the error of his ways and set things right? Lush foliage and delightful characters abound in this cautionary tale that delivers its message of environmental preservation with subtlety and humour. The freshness of the illustrations and the many comic details make Tidy a very special book. It even has a die-cut cover and flaps. Once you enter this forest, you'll never want to leave. Emily Gravett's engaging woodland creatures will appeal to fans of such classics as The Animals of Farthing Wood and The Wind in the Willows. Lenny Henry is the perfect reader for this funny, jaunty story.

Matilda's Cat

Matilda's Cat

Author: Emily Gravett Format: Board book Release Date: 07/09/2017

Climbing trees, playing with wool . . . Matilda is sure that all cats love these things, but her kitty doesn't seem very enthusiastic. Undaunted, she thinks up new ways to amuse her reluctant playmate. Tea parties? Dressing up? What about a bike ride? Or perhaps a nice book - one about dogs? As the cat goes from nonplussed to terrified, Matilda gets more and more frustrated. After all, what use is a pet if it doesn't want to play? Emily Gravett's deceptively simple text, funny illustrations and satisfying, snuggly ending make Matilda's Cat a joy to share with even the youngest children. Purrfect for kids with a pet!

Blue Chameleon

Blue Chameleon

Author: Emily Gravett Format: Board book Release Date: 07/09/2017

He can turn himself into anything and appear to fit in anywhere, but it seems that neither the swirly snail, the green grasshopper nor the stripy sock want to be friends with the blue chameleon. Will he ever find someone to talk to? Someone just like him? With a subtle and witty interplay between words and illustrations, Emily Gravett's Blue Chameleon is an introduction to colours and shapes (and chameleons!) which is sure to delight everyone, from the youngest child upwards, in a board book format that is perfect for little hands!

The Odd Egg

The Odd Egg

Author: Emily Gravett Format: Board book Release Date: 23/02/2017

All the birds have eggs to hatch. All except Duck. But when Duck finds an egg of his own to look after he's delighted - it's the most beautiful egg in the whole world! But all the other birds think it's a very odd egg indeed - and everyone's in for a BIG surprise when it finally hatches. A board book with split pages that allow the visual jokes to unfold, The Odd Egg is another witty and lively book from award-winning creator, Emily Gravett. A beautifully illustrated and cleverly formatted tale with a surprise ending that's bound to ruffle some feathers!

Monkey and Me

Monkey and Me

Author: Emily Gravett Format: Board book Release Date: 23/02/2017

Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett, twice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, is a beautifully illustrated story full of animal fun! A mischievous little girl and her toy monkey swing irresistibly through the pages of this playful book. Children will love guessing the animals they pretend to be, before shouting out the answers as the pages are turned to reveal the real creatures. Soon everyone will be waddling like a penguin, jumping like a kangaroo and waving their arm like an elephant's trunk! This edition of Monkey and Me comes in a chunky board book format perfect for little hands.

Orange Pear Apple Bear

Orange Pear Apple Bear

Author: Emily Gravett Format: Board book Release Date: 23/02/2017

Delight in a beautifully realized and very funny exploration of colour, the relationship between different objects, and the power of the imagination in this sturdy board book version of the classic. Orange Pear Apple Bear is a wonderfully simple and engaging picture book from award-winning author/illustrator Emily Gravett. By rearranging just four words, Emily Gravett creates a series of playful images which are joyful and intensely satisfying. The loose energy of the pencil and watercolour pictures will be irresistible to adults and children alike. Perfect for reading out loud to very young children.

Taclus / Tidy

Taclus / Tidy

Author: Emily Gravett Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/08/2016

Tidy

Tidy

Author: Emily Gravett Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/03/2016

Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 From the creator of Meerkat Mail and Dogs, comes a very funny rhyming woodland story about the perils of being too tidy. Pete the badger likes everything to be neat and tidy at all times, but what starts as the collecting of one fallen leaf escalates quickly and ends with the complete destruction of the forest! Will Pete realise the error of his ways and set things right? Lush foliage and delightfully funny characters abound in this dramatic tale of overzealous neatness that delivers its message of environmental preservation with subtlety and humour. The freshness and vibrancy of the illustrations, the endearing charm of the animal characters, and the many deft comic details throughout make this a very special book. With a sumptuous double-sided jacket and a breathtaking series of die-cuts from the cover through to the title page, once you enter this forest, you'll never want to leave. Emily Gravett's engaging woodland creatures will appeal to fans of such classics as The Animals of Farthing Wood and The Wind in the Willows and the rhythmic, rhyming text is perfect for reading aloud.

Bear and Hare: Mine!

Bear and Hare: Mine!

Author: Emily Gravett Format: Board book Release Date: 14/01/2016

Bear and Hare have gone for a walk, but every nice thing they find on the way, Hare wants all for himself. He even gobbles up a lovely ice cream without offering a bite to his best friend. Naughty Hare! Can Bear teach Hare how to share? The best friends return in Bear and Hare: Mine!, another warm and funny board book full of visual comedy for younger readers from the wonderful, multi-award-winning Emily Gravett. Look out for more Bear and Hare books: Bear and Hare Go Fishing, Bear and Hare: Snow! and Bear and Hare: Where's Bear?

Bear and Hare: Snow!

Bear and Hare: Snow!

Author: Emily Gravett Format: Board book Release Date: 08/10/2015

It's snowing . . . and Hare loves snow! He sets out to show his friend Bear just how much fun it can be with an action-packed whirlwind of winter activities. From building a snowman to hurling snowballs, Hare's having a great time - but Bear doesn't seem so sure. Maybe a sledge, a steep slope and an almighty shove will change his mind . . . Bear and Hare: Snow! is a warm and very funny board book for younger readers by the award-winning Emily Gravett, author of Monkey and Me and Orange Pear Apple Bear. With slapstick humour, loveable characters and beautiful illustrations, this laugh-out-loud story is perfect for any child who wishes it would snow in winter. Look out for more Bear and Hare books: Bear and Hare Go Fishing and Where's Bear?

Little Mouse's Big Book of Beasts

Little Mouse's Big Book of Beasts

Author: Emily Gravett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/07/2014

Little Mouse has found a new book, and this time it's full of scary creatures. Undaunted, he bravely sets about removing or altering all the scariest bits: cosy mittens to cover the lion's claws, ruby lips to replace the shark's teeth - and he even pole vaults out of the way of the bear! Full of flaps, jokes and Emily Gravett's trademark wit, with a brilliantly satisfying ending, Little Mouse's Big Book of Beasts is a worthy companion to the multi-award-winning Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears.

Again!

Again!

Author: Emily Gravett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2012

It's nearly Cedric the dragon's bedtime -- there's just time for his mum to read him his favourite book. Unfortunately for her, Cedric likes the story so much that he wants to hear it again . . . and again . . . and again . . . A cross dragon is a fiery dragon, and Cedric ends up burning a hole right through the book! Again! is a typically funny and irresistible book from star talent, Emily Gravett, twice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal.

The Odd Egg

The Odd Egg

Author: Emily Gravett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2009

The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett is a beautifully illustrated tale with a surprise ending bound to ruffle some feathers! All the birds have eggs to hatch. All except Duck. Then Duck is delighted to find an egg of his own to look after. It's the most beautiful egg in the whole world! But all the other birds think it's very odd indeed - and everyone's in for a big surprise when it finally hatches. With split pages, this fun format will keep children in suspense as the story unfolds. And they'll love joining in - creak! crack! as each egg hatches.

Dogs

Dogs

Author: Emily Gravett Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/02/2009

Gorgeous canines of every shape, size and colour are bounding through the irresistible Dogs by Emily Gravett. Can you choose one dog to love best of all? With playful pencil and watercolour illustrations to delight children and adults alike, everyone will long to bark along with the Chihuahua and tickle the Dalmatian's tummy. A wonderfully satisfying book with a twist in the tail.

Wolves

Wolves

Author: Emily Gravett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/05/2006

Rabbit borrows a book about wolves from the library. Straightforward enough. But it's not long before a sinister figure with sharp claws and a bushy tail starts to creep right off the pages. You won't believe your eyes - especially if you're a rabbit. Brilliantly witty, with amazing artwork, two surprise endings, plus fun novelty elements, Emily Gravett's Wolves is an outstanding picture book and winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal.

Bear and Hare Go Fishing

Bear and Hare Go Fishing

Author: Emily Gravett Format: Board book Release Date: 02/07/2005

Bear and Hare are off on a fishing trip, with nets and rods at the ready. Bear loves fishing! Hare seems more interested in his picnic. But after a long wait, the two adventurers catch more than they expect in this tale of fun, friendship and fishy goings-on. Full of warmth and humour, and starring two loveable characters, Bear and Hare Go Fishing is a beautifully illustrated story from Emily Gravett, the twice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal. This lovely tale of friendship is sure to delight children and parents alike. In a sturdy board book format, it's perfect for younger readers. Look out for Bear and Hare: Snow! and Where's Bear?

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