Authors and Illustrators

Julia Donaldson books – brilliant children’s stories

Julia Donaldson is one of the most popular authors of our time, and with her magnificent rhyming style and charming stories, it’s no wonder children all over the world have fallen in love with her characters. From the Gruffalo and its sequel the Gruffalo’s Child to Superworm, the Stick Man and Room on the Broom – all her books have quickly become bedtime favourites for toddlers. The great thing is her universal sense of humour and the way the text flows makes them just as good for parents or guardians to read aloud too.

At the Book People, Julia Donaldson has long been a favourite author with our customers and the former Children’s Laureate’s creative partnership with illustrator Axel Scheffler is especially well admired. As we know all our young readers are eager to get their hands on some of Julia’s best novels, we’re selling a 10-book collection for just £9.99 until 31 August 2014 – meaning not only do these picture books work out at less than £1 each, but you also save over £55 on what you’d be spending for them separately in the shops. There’s also a handy ziplock bag included so they can be taken wherever you go.

Sure to inspire a love of reading and highlight the joys of books from a very early age (suitable for children aged 3+), our collection contains famous Julia Donaldson stories like the Snail and the Whale and Goat Goes to Playgroup alongside the ever-popular Gruffalo’s Child and Room on the Broom, which were both adapted into hit BBC animations over recent Christmases. With the help of illustrators like her regular collaborator Axel and Nick Sharratt (famed for his iconic work with Jacqueline Wilson), the books also have eye-catching and bold artwork that will capture the attention of even the most restless young reader. As well as these hugely popular titles, the collection showcases some of Julia’s lesser-known work like Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book and Freddie and the Fairy – books we believe are just as enchanting.

If you know a child who is just starting – or is yet – to discover the pure pleasure of reading and need a set to get them started, we can’t think of a better author than Julia Donaldson. Fun to read and share together, this collection is a dazzling, rhythmic delight.

Most popular children’s illustrators

From first picture books to modern classics, some of the finest children’s books of the last 40 years have not only comprised of the best stories or most compelling characters, but have also been filled with some of the most beautiful illustrations of our time – lifting the words from the page to bring the books to life.

With the new Penguin Modern Classics Charlie and the Chocolate Factory cover dividing opinion among fans (an argument we can see both sides of to be completely honest), we thought this would be an ideal time to discuss the best children’s illustrators of all time.


Axel Scheffler

Plying his talents to the books of a number of great children’s authors including Jon Blake, Paul Shipton and David Henry Wilson to name but a few, Axel Scheffler is one of the most respected children’s illustrators of the post-War era.

Known for his distinctive cartoon-like pictures, and of course the works he has created with Julia Donaldson including The Gruffalo, the Stick Man creator’s bright, soft and approachable illustrations make them some of the best for young children.

The Gruffalo | The Book People

Korky Paul

A children’s illustrator who needs no introduction, Korky Paul’s creative, lively and wild watercolour illustrations could be considered to be in a somewhat similar style to the illustrations of Quentin Blake, but Korky Paul stands alone as a tremendous illustrator of children’s books and has done so for over 25 years.

Providing anarchic yet detailed artwork for some of the best-loved children’s stories of a generation, including Valerie Thomas’s Winnie the Witch, the wild characterisations, visual jokes and clever details are what make illustrations by Korky Paul stand out amongst the rest.

Korky Paul | The Book People

Nick Sharratt

A fine illustrator, and also an author in his own right, Nick Sharratt – the illustrator for over 40 books by the award-winning Jacqueline Wilson – somehow manages to put highly animated characters to page whilst utilising a very shallow depth of field.

Simplistic, joy-filled and bold, the Tracy Beaker illustrator – whose book collaborations and independent release sales top over £39 million – has won multiple awards for his illustrative efforts – and we can most certainly see why!

Nick Sharratt | The Book People

Rod Campbell

No list of children’s illustrators would be complete without Dear Zoo author and illustrator Rod Campbell: a classic picture book that taught generations of young bookworms to fall in love with charming story of a child who keeps receiving the wrong pets from the zoo.

Approachable, clear and always happy, when you see illustrations by Rod Campbell you know exactly what you are going to get from the book: a absolute bedtime winner!

Dear Zoo | The Book People

Dr. Seuss

The rhymes and colourful characters of the Dr. Seuss universe have been entertaining young children for years. Quirky rhymes coupled with the very human features of the Doctor’s less-than-average children’s characters combine to great effect.

Penning such classics as The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Lorax and many, many more, Dr. Seuss is sure to tickle the fancy of any reader who is yet to be entertained by the stark, minimally coloured illustrations.

Dr. Seuss | The Book People

Quentin Blake

Most famous for his work with the world’s best storyteller Roald Dahl, and with a Kate Greenway Medal and Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration to his name, Quentin Blake illustrations (or Sir Quentin Blake illustrations) are some of the most interesting you will find in children’s literature today; you can spot illustrations by Quentin Blake – a former Children’s Laureate – a mile off!

Charmingly imperfect and providing a child-like innocence to the dark undertones of Dahl’s books including Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, The Twits, George’s Marvellous Medicine and many, many more, Quentin Blake’s illustrations (including those in his own children’s books) ooze distinctive character, irresistible humour and create an meshing between the page and pictures that no other illustrator is able to replicate.

Quentin Blake | The Book People


Nora Roberts – an author to love

With over 450 million (read that again, 450 MILLION!) books sold worldwide, Nora Roberts is a phenomenally popular author who has kept us entertained with her tales of love, lust and romance for many years. We’re delighted to bring Book People customers a very special 10-book collection of some of her finest novels for the price of just £9.99, an amazing saving of £69.91 on the price you’d pay for them all individually!

Nora Roberts collection

Featuring the likes of Irish Hearts, California Summer and Stars, each book is just perfect romantic fiction for reading while on holiday, curling up with in the evening sun or to see you through the rapidly approaching cold winter months. Whether you’ve enjoyed Nora’s bestsellers like Northern Lights or High Noon and are looking to read further or just want an introduction to one of the most popular romance writers around, this collection has everything you want.

A New York Times bestseller, Nora Roberts’ writing style is effortless and idealistic throughout. With stories that cover finding romance against the odds, love in the most unlikely places and the joys of a summer fling, this is pure escapist reading for you to fall for and read over and over again.

Buy the 10-book Nora Roberts Collection from the Book People for just £9.99 here.

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s new book The Scarecrows’ Wedding – now in stock!

Every time the author and illustrator duo of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler – the team behind The Gruffalo, Superworm and The Snail and the Whale – release a new children’s book, young readers and parents across the country rejoice. With Julia’s flowing rhyming text and heart-warming storylines featured alongside Axel’s vivid and distinctive colourful illustrations, they are perfect bedtime books for toddlers and parents to enjoy together.

Fittingly with us in the midst of the time of year that many take to declaring their love or renewing their vows, the latest Julia and Axel book is The Scarecrows’ Wedding – and you can get the hardback from the Book People for just £4.99, saving a massive £8 off the RRP!

Scarecrows Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay are in love and plan on having a ‘wedding that no one will ever forget’. As the plans go swimmingly, everything seems set for the perfect big day. But they haven’t counted on the wicked scarecrow Reginald Rake and his attempts to take Harry’s place at the wedding… As Harry heads off to pick up the final flowers, Reginald makes his move. Will Harry get back in time and save his scarecrow bride?

A funny love story with a dramatic storyline as Harry rushes to be the hero, this is an uplifting tale about the love between two scarecrows who will become bookshelf favourites. A must-have children’s book!

Super books starring Comic Book Superheroes!

For many comic book fans, excitement is gathering around the next release from the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Guardians of the Galaxy, which will be in cinemas from 31 July. Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Glenn Close in her first ever superhero movie and the voices of Vin Diesel as a sapling alien tree that can only speak three words – ‘I am Groot’ – and Bradley Cooper as the pyrotechnic loving Rocket Raccoon, it’s sure to be different and has already been touted as the true heir to Star Wars’ crown as the ultimate space opera – but with plenty of humour as well.

Ever since the Golden Age of Comics in the 1940s, when the ever-youthful Stan Lee first brought superheroes like Captain America, The Destroyer and Jack Frost to the pages of Marvel Comics, superheroes have been popular with all ages. At the Book People, we’re huge fans too and have books featuring all your favourite Marvel and DC characters – from the Avengers like Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk to the world-renowned Superman and Batman. From the screenplays of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises) to sticker and activity books, there really is something for every age.

Our eight-book Marvel Sticker Book Collection contains over 490 stickers to stick throughout the pages, with four of the books focusing on Thor, Hawkeye and friends, while four of them cover your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. Fans of Superman and Batman need not worry either, the eight-book DC Comics Sticker Collection has lots of familiar faces and foes from Metropolis and Gotham City. We also have a two-book set dedicated solely to the Man of Steel, a character so memorably brought to life by Christopher Reeve and Henry Cavill in big-screen outings.

Superheroes are the ideal characters to present awesome activities and keep your children happily busy and occupied over the summer holidays. The Marvel Activity Collection has scenes to colour in and plenty of stickers starring Spider-Man and various Avengers, while the Superfriends Bumper Action Activities book is aimed at a slightly younger audience who still love Batman, Superman, the Flash and the Green Lantern. Child-friendly illustrations accompany the fun mazes, puzzles, colouring-in activities and more, while the bold text is also appealing.

For those who want a more in-depth look at their heroes, Batman: The World of the Dark Knight is an informative hardback which follows the origins of Bruce Wayne as he developed his vigilante alter-ego. It even covers his enemies including the Joker, Two-Face and Bane. From the first time Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider to his development into Spider-Man and the friends, loves and foes he has met along the way, Spider-Man: Inside the World of your Friendly Neighbourhood Hero tells you everything you need to know about New York City’s most famous red-and-blue costumed superhero!

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