Winner Derby Children’s Picture Book Award '20
Jul 7, 2021
Brian The Brave
By Paul Stewart
Illustrated by Jane Porter
A very funny story celebrating acceptance, friendship - and courage.
"Let's all be friends!" says Brian....
But Stanley only likes sheep with black wool, Hamish, Cassidy and Lou think black wool and white wool are rubbish - while Tracey and Frank only want sheep with horns in their gang.
Then Brian bumps into a WOLF - and he knows he has to get the sheep to ACT TOGETHER!
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"There are SO many ways you can interpret this book in our inreasingly troubled, B-X-T times but however you do it's a biffing, butting, cracking celebration of courage, self-belief, acceptance, co-operation, difference and friendship."
Red Reading Hub
"This is a great book to read aloud, and the pictures and subject will quickly hold the attention of an audience.Paul Stewart is a renowned writer of great repute, and this picture book will be warmly welcomed in town and country alike. Try reading it aloud, discussing bullying and issues of race, and use it for a wonderful book for drama in the classroom. Partnered with a talented, winning illustrator, Stewart’s book should become a warm woolly favourite! Especially when the sheep going, “baaa-carumbaaa!” joins in the fun!"
Books for Keeps 5 star review
"This is one of those picture books that stands out from the many on the market because of its important message and the gorgeous way in which it's conveyed. All the sheep want to be friends... but Stanley only likes sheep with black wool, Hamish, Cassidy and Lou think black wool and white wool are rubbish - while Tracey and Frank only want sheep with horns in their gang. What can bring all these silly sheep together? A wolf, that's what! It's time for the sheep to forget their their differences and work together. It's superbly told with lots of touches of humour and exceptionally illustrated by Jane Porter who depicts these characters wonderfully."
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Author and Illustrator
Jane Porter is an exciting new illustrator and writer. In addition to her picture book work, she does illustration commissions for organisations such as London Zoo, The National Trust, the V&A and Kensington Palace amongst others. Jane uses pen and ink, cut paper and collage to make images that reflect her love of animals and sense of humour. Her baby book This Rabbit, That Rabbit was chosen by Book Trust to be given to all new babies born in 2015. Jane also runs creative workshops for children, and school art projects. When she is not working she can be found out on the river Thames in a coracle, skiff or punt looking out for passing bats, cormorants and wagtails. Jane lives and works in London.
Paul Stewart is a highly regarded author of books for young readers and together with Chris Riddell he is co-creator of the bestselling Edge Chronicles series, which has sold over three million books and is now available in over thirty languages worldwide. Together they also created the Far-Flung Adventure series, which includes Fergus Crane, Gold Smarties Prize Winner; Corby Flood and Hugo Pepper, both Silver Nestlé Prize Winners. Paul travelled for many years and lived in Germany and Sri Lanka, teaching English as a foreign language, before returning to England and subsequently becoming a full-time writer. He lives in Brighton.