Martin Waddell is a master storyteller for children and has over 220 published titles to his name, selling in excess of 20 million copies around the world. His picture books have sold over 18 million copies with Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? and Farmer Duck both winning the Smarties award. He was also the winner of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen award in 2004. He lives in Newcastle, Co. Down. Gabriel Rosenstock is an Irish writer. A member of Aosdana, he is a poet, haikuist and translator. Born in Kilfinane, County Limerick, he currently resides in Dublin. gabrielrosenstock.com Helen Oxenbury is among the most popular and critically acclaimed illustrators of her time. Her numerous books for children include Smarties Book Prize-winning Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell; We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen; as well as her classic board books for babies. She won the Kate Greenaway Medal for Alice in Wonderland. Her most recent picture book was the critically acclaimed There's Going to Be a Baby. Helen lives in London, NW3.
By book's end, young readers will flap for joy right along with the
endearing web-footed heros. * Publishers Weekly, starred review
The subversive fable is so exuberantly illustrated by Helen Oxenbury's stunningly powerful watercolors that it is, in fact, an ideal nursery book--a model of the synthesis of story, word, and picture. * Mothering Magazine *
Waddell's narration is a marvel of simplicity and compact grace; Oxenbury's soft pencil and watercolor illustrations have the comic impact of masterly cartoons, while her sweeping color and light are gloriously evocative of the English farm scene . . . A book with all the marks of a nursery classic. * Kirkus Reviews, starred review *
Not just a classic because of its animal liberation theme. It sends a strong message to kids about subscribing to a hard work ethic and what it means to be a true comrade. * Vegbooks.org *