Giles Andreae

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Giles Andreae


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Giles Andreae is the creator of the stickman bard, Purple Ronnie, and of the philosopher/artist, Edward Monkton. With over 100 million greetings cards and 3 million books sold between them, these iconic characters have made Giles the country’s top selling living poet.


Giles is also one of the UK’s most popular picture book authors, with many bestselling and award-winning titles to his name. These include RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE, COMMOTION IN THE OCEAN, PANTS and GIRAFFES CAN'T DANCE. Recent work includes the Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs series of books and MORRIS THE MANKIEST MONSTER. His children’s titles have sold in excess of 7 million copies worldwide.

Giles’s first animated television series, World of Happy by Giles Andreae, was commissioned by CBBC for broadcast in March 2010. Captain Flinn & the Pirate Dinosaurs (a 52 part animated series) is set for UK broadcast in late 2016.

Giles lives with his wife, Victoria, a children’s clothes designer, and their 4 young children beside the river in Oxfordshire.

Latest Publication:

BE BRAVE LITTLE PENGUIN (12th January 2016, Orchard Books)

Be Brave Little Penguin is the eagerly awaited new picture book from the creators of the bestselling Giraffe's Can't Dance. Written in true Giles Andreae style, this feel-good rhyming story portrays a positive message about confidence and self-esteem.

Little Penguin Pip-Pip would love to join in with all his friends swimming in the sea, but there's just one problem . . . he's scared of water. Can Pip-Pip overcome his fears and finally take the plunge? This irresistible story shows that sometimes all it takes is a little bit of encouragement - and a whole lot of heart - to finally make that leap!

Illustrated with humour and warmth by Guy Parker Rees, this touching tale will soon become a new family favourite.

Upcoming Publications: 

I LOVE MY DINOSAUR (7th September 2017, Orchard)

There are many different types of families but none so unusual as this one - it includes a dinosaur!

It's not every day that a dinosaur takes up residence! Of course, it's lots of fun because dinosaur loves to join in. He loves to bake and paint, he adores singing and skipping and he thinks school is really great. But dinosaurs are different, for one thing they are very big and sometimes very clumsy, so wherever dinosaur goes chaos is always sure to follow . . .

A truly engaging and hilarious story that deals with a most unconventional friendship from this ever popular, best selling author and illustrator.

Awards: Giles won the Bishops Stortford Award for Best Picture Book AND the Overall Best Book Award at the Sheffield Children’s Book Award for Morris The Mankiets Monster in 2010.

THE LION WHO WANTED TO LOVE - Federation of Children's Book Groups Best Picture Book Award 1998.

PANTS- Red House Best Picture Book Winner 2003; Kate Greenaway Shortlist 2002; Stockport Schools Book Award Shortlist 2003.

GIRAFFES CAN'T DANCE - Richard & Judy Best Picture Book Finalist 2007; Blue Peter Best Picture Book Finalist 2002; Sheffield Children's Book of the Year - Commended.

COMMOTION IN THE OCEAN - shortlisted for the Nottinghamshire Children's Book Award

I LOVE MY MUMMY - Booktrust Early Years Award 2010 for Best Book for Babies