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Families & Other Funny Characters

Families & Other Funny Characters

Families & Other Funny Characters

Explore the power of empathy, as Francesca Simon and Steven Butler discuss family rivalries and understanding differences.

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Hear Francesca Simon read from Horrid Henry: Up, Up and Away and Steven Butler read from The Nothing to See Here Hotel

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Francesca Simon

Francesca Simon spent her childhood on the beach in California and started writing stories at the age of eight. She wrote her first Horrid Henry book in 1994. Horrid Henry has gone on to conquer the globe; his adventures are published in 27 languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Francesca has won the Children’s Book of the Year Award and been a judge for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. In 2009, in one of the proudest moments of her career, Francesca was awarded a Gold Blue Peter badge. Francesca is also a passionate ambassador for children’s literacy and is a trustee of the World Book Day charity. She lives in North London with her family.

Website: http://www.francescasimon.com/
Twitter: @simon_francesca

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Horrid Henry: Up, Up and Away

Illustrated by: Tony Ross
Published by: Orion 

Horrid Henry: Get Rich Quick

Illustrated by: Tony Ross
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Horrid Henry: The Haunted House

Illustrated by: Tony Ross
Published by: Orion

Horrid Henry: The Mummy's Curse

Illustrated by: Tony Ross
Published by: Orion

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Steven Butler

Steven Butler grew up in Kent, but now lives in London. He is the author of the bestselling The Diary Of Dennis the Menace and The Wrong Pong fiction series. As well as writing the hit 2015 World Book Day title, World Menace Day, Steven also is the regular host of World Book Day’s The Biggest Book Show on Earth which takes place every year to celebrate the event. Steven is also a successful performer and voice artist. Steven’s first novel, The Wrong Pong, was shortlisted for the prestigious Roald Dahl Funny Prize in 2009.

Website: http://www.stevenbutlerbooks.com/
Twitter: @sbutlerbooks
Instagram: @stevenseestheworld

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