I’ll have fish and chips please

A man went into a library. He walked up to the woman at the desk and said,
“I’ll have fish and chips, please!”
The woman whispered back, “This is a library!”
“Oh…I’m sorry,” said the man. Then he added, very quietly, “I’ll have fish and chips please.”

If you’d like to get hold of my books, you’ll find details of some of them below…

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WINTER SLEEP a hibernation story

Illustrated by Cinyee Chiu

Published in 2019

A new kind of book for children. WINTER SLEEP is both a heart-warming picture book story and a nature information book. In a frosty forest, snow blankets the ground and there seems to be hardly anything alive. But a grandma and grandson walk through the wintry landscape, and she explains that the natural world around them is anything but dead. An absorbing introduction to the concept of hibernation for 4-8 year olds.Written together with ecologist Alex Morss. Featuring breathtaking illustrations by Cinyee Chiu.

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HUMPERDINK OUR ELEPHANT FRIEND

Illustrated by Claire Alexander

Published in 2019 by Words & Pictures

Children in a playgroup get a surprise when a young elephant turns up. He’s not good at the usual games they like to play. And he breaks their slide. But everything changes when they have a go at playing agame he likes. A humorous story about  accepting new friends whatever their size, shape or species… Much loved by 2-5 year olds.

Nicolette Jones’s CHILDREN’S BOOK TO LOOK OUT FOR, Sunday Times 26th May 2019.

A brilliantly observed story of children at play…This is a book that’s bound to be requested over and over. Red Reading Hub

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MY MUM ALWAYS LOOKS AFTER ME SO MUCH

Illustrated by David Barrow

Published in 2019 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books

Little Gorilla is going for an injection…and he’s not happy about that. It’s one of many things that happen because his mum looks after him SO MUICH. But his bravery and his mother’s kindness turn this into a heart-warming tale of the love between a parent and a child. Wonderful illustrations from David Barrow bring the characters’ feelings to life. A book that will speak to all 3-6 year olds who’ve ever had an injection…or a mum.

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KISS THE CROCODILE

Illustrated by Ben Mantle

Published in 2019 by Walker Books

Drama, fun and kissing! Three animal friends are playing…and they come across a crocodile. Can they kiss the crocodile without waking him up? A story with a delightful twist that will delight all brave 2 – 6 year olds.

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RIDING A DONKEY BACKWARDS

Illustrated by Shirin Adl

Published in 2018 by Otter-Barry Books

A riotously funny, colourful collection of 21 traditional tales of Mulla Nasruddin – written in collaboration with Khayaal Theatre. Khayaal have worked since the 1990′s to bring to life the poetry, stories, humour and imagination of Muslim cultures. This book, for readers 7 years old and upwards, challenges the stereotype of Islam as a narrow-minded religion which takes itself too seriously. The short stories are full of  questioning, wisdom and heartfelt laughter.

 

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THE SNOWBEAR

Illustrated by Claire Alexander

Published in 2017 by Words & Pictures

Iggy and Martina make a snowman. But their snowman looks more like a snowbear. A ride on a sledge takes the children deep into the woods. Is there a wolf down there? Does the snowbear actually come to help them? A simple, poetic tale of imagination and adventure in the snow, beautifully illustrated by Claire Alexander.

Iggy, Martina and the snowbear are hugely appealing characters and this funny, exciting picture book has a real sense of magic. It’s beautiful to look at and will stand repeated reading. LoveReading4Kids

Taylor’s understated narration, brings a sense of wonder and magic to the story. Publishers Weekly

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I WANT TO BE IN A SCARY STORY

Illustrated by Jean Jullien

Published in 2017 by Walker Books

Little Monster wants to be in a scary story – but then again, scary stories have creepy witches, creaky stairs, dark hallways and spooky ghosts. OH MY GOODNESS ME! Maybe a funny story would be better, after all. From the team that brought you bestselling HOOT OWL, MASTER OF DISGUISE, this is another original picture book that promises lots of laughs.

This is beautifully structured for reading aloud; a vibrant, viewpoint-flipping picture book that should lessen small readers’ fairytale fears. The Guardian

A cracking picture book…. Sean Taylor knows just how much scariness little monsters, purple or otherwise, can take, and his clever scaling back of the terror as the tale proceeds, is spot on for keeping young listeners on the edge of their seats. Red Reading Hub

Sean Taylor’s creepy cute adventure won’t fail to appeal to young book lovers, and makes for a deliciously collaborative story time experience. My Book Corner

 

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THEY CAME FROM PLANET ZABALOOLOO!

Illustrated by Kate Hindley

Published in 2017 by Walker Books

Three small aliens from planet Zabalooloo are on an epic adventure to planet Earth. They want to get an elephant to take back to Zabalooloo. Will they succeed on their dangerous mission? Can they stop themselves getting over-excited?? Will they be celebrating with wiggle-woggle-dancing on the way home??? A new title from the makers of much-loved DON’T CALL ME CHOOCHIE POOH! Its goofy humour is guaranteed to get 3-6 year olds giggling like Zabaloolians!

a wildly inventive, contemporary picture book comedy…fascinating and completely attention-grabbing Whispering Stories Blog

As I reviewed this week’s book – ‘They Came From Planet Zabalooloo!’ – I found myself thinking… gee whiz Sean Taylor must be a bit mad… I wonder how much cheese Sean ate before bed when he was inspired to write this story? Whatever you ate, or whatever your process is Sean, please keep doing it, because ‘They Came from Planet Zabalooloo!’ has fast become a family favourite. My Book Corner Blog

 

 

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I AM ACTUALLY A PENGUIN

Illustrated by Kasia Matyjaszek

Published in 2017 by Templar Publishing

One day a young girl receives a brand-new penguin outfit, and she never wants to take it off. Her family say, “You’re not ACTUALLY a penguin.” But she knows she actually is. A hilarious new picture book for 2-6′s, filled with life by illustrator Kasia Matyjaszek.

It’s warm, hilarious, with acutely observed behaviour and a delightful twist. The Guardian

Sean Taylor and illustrator Kasia Matyjaszek are on top form in a joyously comical picture book that celebrates the power of a child’s imagination… Lancashire Post

Anyone who has ever had, (or been,) a penguin, a pirate, a Robin Hood…or even an alligator… in the household will appreciate this book. Lots of fun. Books For Keeps

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A BRAVE BEAR

Illustrated by Emily Hughes

Published in 2016 by Walker Books

What is the bravest thing in the world? A brave bear. And who knows how to help a little bear be brave? His dad. A gentle, poetic tale about two bears on a hot day, magically illustrated by Emily Hughes.

…a delightful account of a father/son relationship. The Observer

Taylor’s concise narration is resonant with authenticity and psychological insight…Hughes brings it home with instantly endearing characters  Publishers Weekly

This is without doubt one of the most heart-warming reads of the year… Picture Books Blogger

This is one of those books that leaves you with a warm inner glow.  A truly felicitous author/illustrator partnership if ever there was one and a picture book to be read over and over and … Red Reading Hub