Friday, September 28, 2018

Blog Tour: The Big Book Adventure by Emily Ford and Tim Warnes - Illustrator's comments & Giveaway

Welcome to Day #5 of the Big Book Adventure Blog Tour!

To celebrate the release of The Big Book Adventure by Emily Ford and illustrated by Tim Warnes on September 4th, blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Emily and Tim, plus 5 chances to win a copy of The Big Book Adventure and a Canterbury Illustrated Classic edition of one of the classic tales featured in the book!

Favourite Books from Childhood
by Tim Warnes

I was so fortunate to have family who read to me when I was really young - my dad in particular stands out for me, as he would always use different voices and accents for the characters! Because of that, some favourite memories are of Miffy, Barbar, Mumfie the Elephant, Beatrix Potter, Richard Scarry, Brer Rabbit - and of course, Winnie-The-Pooh (which I sometimes listen to when I’m working).

From preschool I remember the book, Are you my Mother? by PD Eastman. I loved that! I don’t remember reading Maurice Sendak’s Little Bear books, but a few years ago I bought some for myself, and when I opened the parcel the rush of nostalgia was almost overwhelming - so sometime, somewhere they must have been really significant, too. My local library had picture books by Ezra Jack Keats, and the Mr. Bear books by the Japanese illustrator, Chizuko Kuratomi, and they still stand out in my memory.

Later down the line, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Oz books, The Wind in the Willows, Peter Pan and Gerald Durrell’s The New Noah were all significant reads (and rereads!). Whilst these stand out as great stories, it’s also significant that when I look back I realise the connection I have with the illustrations, too.

Wait! - I forgot to mention my big Disney story book - and Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein (favourite poem: True Story).


Blog Tour Schedule:

September 24th – Word Spelunking
September 25th — Geek Reads Kids
September 26th — Christy's Cozy Corners
September 27th  — Books My Kids Read
September 28th — Chat with Vera

Journey back through childhood classics like Peter Pan, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and more in this adorable picture book about the joys of reading!

There is nothing like a book to take you to places you’ve never been. Best friends Foxy and Piggy can’t wait to tell each other about all of their adventures in reading! Flying over Neverland, swimming with a mermaid, joining in a mad tea party, soaring on a magic carpet—old classics come to life in the eyes of two little readers who can’t believe what they’ve seen. Journey back to old favorites and experience the magic all over again in this adorable picture book about the joys of reading!

About the Author: Emily Ford has only ever worked in the world of children's books, apart from a very early foray into shoe fitting and face painting (she does a great tiger). She'll write on anything she can find—from notebooks to used envelopes and the backs of old receipts. As a child her handwriting was neat but now it's almost illegible—only she can read it. Emily lives and works in London. 

About the Illustrator: Children’s author-illustrator Tim Warnes lives in a creative household in rural Dorset, England, with his wife, illustrator Jane Chapman, their two boys, and a big, black cat. With more than twenty years working as a children’s author-illustrator, his passion for inspiring creativity in kids and encouraging a love of reading is infectious. Despite being a grown-up, Tim will often read a picture book to himself at bedtime. He also enjoys playing the banjo and wearing fancy hats.


  • One (1) winner will receive a copy of The Big Book Adventure and Treasure Island (Canterbury Word Cloud Classics edition), one of the fictional lands the characters visit!
  • US/Canada only - Ends October 19, 2018 at 12:01 a.m.
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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of The Big Book Adventure. Content authored by MMPublicity. Giveaway hosted only on Chat With Vera and prize is provided and shipped directly to the winner by MMPublicity or publisher.


  1. The Silver Dolphin book "Countdown to Christmas" looks cute!

  2. laurie nykaza forgot to put my name

  3. My granddaughters would like Who's In The Barn?

  4. Smithsonian Young Explorers: Oceans

  5. Slide-a-Story: Who's in the Barn?

  6. I enjoy compilation books! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on!

  7. Love Noisy Tabs!: Construction

  8. I'd also like to have Science Lab: Human Body by Anna Claybourne.

  9. The 3D explorers Oceans book looks like one my daughter would like!


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