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Winner Derby Children’s Picture Book Award '20








Jul 7, 2021

Pub Date



Age 3+

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."

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Jane Porter

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


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.


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