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Hooray! Two Tiny Owl Books nominated for Kate Greenaway Awards!

Buy Quill Soup  Buy The Phoenix of Persia  We are beyond delighted to announce that two of our illustrators have been nominated for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards! Dale Blankenaar was nominated for Quill Soup, written by Alan Durant. Quill Soup is an African retelling, based on the traditional ‘stone soup’ fable. The bold, captivating illustrations are inspired by the wood sculpture of western Africa and the costumes and masks of the BWA…


Quill Soup is a Books for Topics reading for pleasure recommendation!

Buy Quill Soup   Books for Topics have written a brilliant review of Quill Soup! Read it below! Book Title: Quill Soup (available here) Author: Alan Durant Illustrator: Dale Blankenaar Publisher: Tiny Owl Publication Date: June 2019 Reviewed by: Jenny Holder, Reading Coordinator at Liverpool Learning Partnership Quill Soup is part of Tiny Owl’s ‘One Story, Many Voices’ range, which presents familiar tales with a global twist. The range draws attention to the narrative similarities…


Quill Soup is about the need to belong somewhere! – illustrator Dale Blankenaar

Buy Quill Soup We interviewed Dale Blankenaar, the brilliant illustrator of Quill Soup! He offered some brilliant insights into the process of creating the artwork for this beautiful, colourful book. Based on the traditional ‘stone soup’ fable, Quill Soup is an African retelling about a very hungry porcupine who goes looking for some food. Read the interview below! How did you find the process of illustrating the book? The process of making this book was one…

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Quill Soup is a story for everyone! – author Alan Durant

Buy Quill Soup We interviewed Alan Durant, the fab author of Quill Soup! It was great to hear from him about the inspiration behind this beautiful book. For those who don’t know, can you tell us a little bit about Quill Soup? I was introduced to the story of Quill Soup by a close friend in South Africa, an illustrator called Sam van Riet. It was her favourite story and she encouraged me to read…


Big day: Quill Soup is out today!

To mark World Refugee Day, we’re publishing this tale about welcoming outsiders Buy Quill Soup Happy book birthday to Quill Soup! We’re delighted to be able to share this vibrant animal tale that promotes kindness and sharing! As you may know, today is World Refugee Day. We couldn’t think of a better day to publish a book that’s all about welcoming outsiders into your community. When Noko the porcupine arrives at the village, the other animals…