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The Big Book Adventure: Blog Tour!!

The Big Book Adventure: Blog Tour!!

And now for something a little different.

The Big Book Adventure features two readers who love to share what they’ve read with each other. Foxy and Piggy have read some pretty great books and this story is a delightful romp through classic literature. I’m thrilled to be included in this blog tour.

The Big Book Adventure by Emily Ford and Tim Warnes

Welcome to Day #2 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!

by Tim Warnes

Books are one of life’s great pleasures to me. I often still read a picture book to myself at bedtime, so I have a lot on my shelves. I also like to see what other people are coming up with.

So, what can you learn about me from these particular shelves? Well for starters there’s several volumes of The Complete Peanuts. Schulz has been an influence on me since childhood, both his art and writing. These particular editions have the most gorgeous design by the cartoonist, Seth. I appreciate great design! There are bird field guides and a book on Charley Harper (I am passionate about wildlife, in particular birds); and treasured books from my childhood, including The Wind in the Willows, Alice in Wonderland, Winnie-the-Pooh and Goodnight, Moon (I am sentimental); I also have an alarming number of books on my to read list, including the kids’ book, Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah MacIntyre. There are also some children’s chapter books that I’ve greatly enjoyed - The Silver Donkey by Sonya Hartnett, The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan, The Red Pony by John Steinbeck and Moomin Summer Madness by Tove Jansen (these all reflect my slightly wistful, melancholic nature).

The shelf below is packed with glorious picture books! I couldn’t pick out a favourite, but certainly illustrators that I greatly admire in the world of kids’ books include Mo Willems, Lane Smith, Benji Davies, Quentin Blake, Posy Simmonds, Ian Falconer, Lauren Child, Chris Haughton, Oliver Jeffers and Holly Hobbie.

The shelf below that tells you some more about me - I am curious about other people’s creative processes. I love ‘the making of’ type books, and getting to go behind the scenes and learning what makes other creators tick. So here I have a Studio Ghibli book, The Art of Ponyo; Disney’s Bambi - the Story and the Film; Quentin Blake - Words and Pictures, Beyond the Page and The Laureate’s Progress; a Richard Scarry biography and Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street. I LOVE Jim Henson and his muppets!


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 The Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales (Canterbury Illustrated Classics edition), one of the fictional lands the characters visit!
  • US/Canada only

I’ll track comments on Facebook and Instagram as entries and we’ll draw names from a hat for the winners! You get an extra entry if you share this post!

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