Marvin and Marigold: A Christmas Surprise

On the first day in December Marigold Mouse receives a surprise gift. She can’t wait to share her excitement with her best friend Marvin.

In the second picture book in the Marvin and Marigold series, Mark Carthew’s evocative verse expresses the spirit of the festive season, and Simon Prescott’s illustrations bring to life the magic of Christmas.

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Mark Carthew is an award winning editor, author and teacher, well known for his numerous books and series exploring wordplay, music, movement, drama and humour. In 2005 Mark was Highly Commended in the National Dromkeen Librarian’s Award which read, Mark Carthew – whose success in bringing literary experiences to the school community through Music, Drama and Writing is inspirational. Mark Carthew’s picture book The Gobbling Tree won Speech Pathology Book of the Year.

Simon is a published illustrator and author. He mainly uses traditional mediums such as pencil, pen and watercolour. By using lighting and perspective he aims to create drama and atmosphere in his work, along with a healthy dose of humour. He was raised in the country idles of Hertfordshire, where he watched too many cartoons and filled pads with drawings and doodles. He eventually went to Norwich School of Art to study a BA in Graphic Design. After graduating he spent two years living in Finland, the home of the Moomins, Saunas and the midnight sun. Then he returned to the UK, and completed an MA in Children’s book illustration in Cambridge, where he now lives and works.

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