Author(s): Steve Smallman
The villagers are tired of all the rain. They want the weather monster to bring back the sun. But is anyone brave enough to ask him? Exploring themes of making friends and being brave, plus learning about different types of weather, this fun and engaging story also includes comprehension activities and extra discussion topics, making it perfect for supporting learning at school. Featuring original stories, delightful characters and humorous illustrations, Reading Gems is a series designed to spark a love of reading. It is a supplementary reading programme that is graded into four levels to perfectly suit a child's reading ability from an emerging reader to a confident, independent reader. Parents and teachers can be reassured that children are reading books that support their ability, challenge their reading skills and encourage reading confidence with every word on the page.
STEVE SMALLMAN has been illustrating children's books for almost 30 years and writing his own stories for slightly fewer. He also teaches illustration workshops in schools, including mural-painting. He is the winner of the 2009 Sheffield Children's Book award. Steve is the author of Smelly Peter the Great Pea Eater (Winner of the Sheffield Children's Book Award 2009) and The Lamb Who Came for Dinner (Shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Award and read by Meatloaf on CITV's Bookaboo). When he's not working, Steve enjoys films, television, gardening and walking in the countryside.
BRUNO MERZ has a background in animation and experience in illustrating greetings cards. Today however, he spends most of his time focusing on illustrating children's books and is represented by art agency Advocate Art. QEDs The Secret Garden and My Friend the Weather Monster are just some of the titles that showcase his superb designs.