This Book Belongs to Aye-Aye

ISBN 13: 9780192756190

This Book Belongs to Aye-Aye

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Aye-Aye has just joined Miss Deer's Academy for Aspiring Picture-Book Animals. His classmates all look rather more conventionally cute and fluffy than he does. They are the sorts of animals you'd expect to find in a picture book. But Aye-Aye would love to be in a picture book-it's his absolute dream. His naturally kind and cheerful disposition endears him to the other animals, except the rather mean Rabbit Twins. When Miss Deer announces a class competition to find the most helpful animal with the promise of a special prize, Aye-Aye wonders if it might even be the fulfilment of his dream. But skulduggery is afoot. The Rabbit Twins want the prize for themselves and they're prepared to use all sorts of dastardly means to improve their chances of winning. As the plot unfolds, their deceitful ways in fact do the opposite as, each time, they act as the stimulus for Aye-Aye's kindness to shine through. So will Aye-Aye be the winner? And will the prize turn out to be just what he's always dreamed of? All will be revealed in this story about being hopeful, being helpful, and, above all, being yourself.

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About the Author:

Richard Byrne was born in Clapham and moved to Brighton when he was five. Although he doesn't remember seeing any aye-ayes on Clapham Common he does remember feeding the ducks at the pond and once, at the age of three, jumped fully-clothed into the water to join them. Always arty as a child,
Richard could often be found sketching characters and designing his own comics. When he was 10 he won a competition to design a poster for the Sussex Police and won L10. That was when he realized he could make a career out of drawing. After studying at Eastbourne College of Art and Design, Richard
worked for several different design studios and then went on to set up his own graphic design business. Richard started working on his sketches for Aye-Aye as an antidote to innumerable books about cute, fluffy animals but despite Aye-Aye's unusual looks he developed a lovable charm and Richard knew
that he had the makings of a great picture book. Richard currently lives on the Lancashire/West Yorkshire border with his partner Philippa, their two children, and two guinea pigs, though they are now planning to return to the South East to be near family, old friends, and the sea.

Review:

'Boldy illustrated in a unique style . . . [T]his is a story based around young friendships, about being positive and helpful to others and always comfortable being yourself.' * We Love this Book * 'Witty and warm, Richard Byrne's This Book Belongs to Aye-Aye brilliantly champions the role of picture books in children's early life and education. The immediacy in the illustration gives a vibrant quality to this impressive, humorous and slightly post-modern tale.' * Children's Bookseller Choice, The Bookseller *

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