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Emma Chichester Clark

“Among the many flavours of children’s books, that of Emma Chichester Clark’s—funny, elegant, and delicious—is unique.”—Quentin Blake

Emma Chichester Clark has written and illustrated numerous acclaimed children’s books, including I Love You, Blue Kangaroo!; Where Are You, Blue Kangaroo?; It Was You, Blue Kangaroo!; No More Kissing!; More!; and Little Miss Muffet’s Count-Along Surprise.

Emma Chichester Clark

Emma Chichester Clark was born in London but lived in Ireland until 1975. She studied at the Chelsea School of Art from 1975 to 1978, followed by a course at the Royal College of Art from 1980 to 1983 where she was taught by Quentin Blake. She has worked as a freelance illustrator for various magazines including New Scientist, Cosmopolitan, and The Sunday Times and has also illustrated numerous book jackets. Her work was exhibited at the Thumb Gallery in 1984 and 1987. Emma lives in West London.

Emma won the Mother Goose Award in 1988 as the most exciting newcomer to children’s book illustration for Listen to This, a collection of short stories compiled by Laura Cecil, her agent. This received wide critical acclaim when it was first published by The Bodley Head in 1988. Her first picture book for The Bodley Head, Catch That Hat! was published in 1988, followed by The Story of Horrible Hilda and Henry in the same year.

Emma has a cat called Posy, whom she named after the illustrator, Posy Simmonds, and they live in West London near the River Thames. Emma’s favorite pastime is watching the geese and the ducks, but she makes Posy stay at home.



“The bright, Easter-egg-colored pictures, filled with whimsical detail, appealingly illustrate Lily’s panic and relief and infuse the story’s messages about responsibility with a lightheartedness that children will embrace . . . good choice for beginning readers.”—Booklist


“A wholly satisfying story of the bond between a child and her favorite animal, enhanced by large, expressive watercolors.”—Starred, School Library Journal


—An American Bookseller Pick of the Lists

“[A] wonderful variation on the nursery rhyme.”—Starred, Kirkus Reviews

“Will have preschoolers cheering.”—Publishers Weekly

Author Bookshelf

Eliza and The Moonchild

By: Emma Chichester Clark

A small moonchild tires of his white, white moon surroundings and whizzes down to earth only to find it a shadow-dark place without colour. He meets Eliza, who reassures him that the morning will bring...

Happy Birthday To You, Blue Kangaroo!

By: Emma Chichester Clark

Lily and Blue Kangaroo share everything, even birthdays. And for her next one, Lily has decided that everything must be pink: pink invitations, pink party clothes, pink wrapping . . . Even Blue Kangaroo gets a...

I Love You, Blue Kangaroo

By: Emma Chichester Clark

Young readers will love this endearing story of sibling rivalry, loyalty, and lasting love.

Every night when Lily goes to sleep, she says, "I love you, Blue Kangaroo!"  And Blue...

I Love You, Blue Kangaroo Mini

By: Emma Chichester Clark

A giftpack edition of this adorable first story about Blue Kangaroo and his tempestuous little girl, Lily.

Blue Kangaroo has always been Lily’s favourite toy, but then Wild Brown Bear comes...

Little Miss Muffet Counts to Ten

By: Emma Chichester Clark

A favourite nursery rhyme story with a new twist

In the nursery rhyme, the spider frightened Miss Muffet away. Well, not this time. The spider asks her to stay, and politely she does. And then come...

Minty and Tink

By: Emma Chichester Clark

Minty is delighted — she has found her very own talking toy bear called Tink! But Tink is to be a present for her baby brother, so she must think of a way to save him for herself. After all, Tink...

No More Kissing

By: Emma Chichester Clark
illustrated by: the author

Momo doesn’t approve of kissing. He especially doesn’t like being kissed. So he sets out on a campaign to stop it. But then his brand new baby brother arrives and he changes his mind.


By: Emma Chichester Clark

Emma Chichester Clark’s first book, available for the first time in paperback.

This is the story of Piper, a gentle dog, courageous and anxious to please. Unfortunately, a grim man who has...

Up In Heaven

By: Emma Chichester Clark

A new tale from this popular picture book creator, treating the topic of death with characteristic gentleness.

Elderly Daisy can’t keep up with Arthur any more, and then one day she wakes up to...


By: Emma Chichester Clark

A dog's diary -- with words and pictures that are funny, sad, irresistible.
     Hello. My name is Plum and I'm a whoosell -- that's whippet mixed with Jack Russell and poodle....


By: Emma Chichester Clark

The irresistible illustrated diary of one very special London dog--the perfect gift book for dog lovers of all stripes (and spots!)

Hello. My name is Plum and I'm a whoosell--a whippet mixed with Jack Russell and...

Lunch with Aunt Augusta

By: Emma Chichester Clark

I Love You, Blue Kangaroo!

By: Emma Chichester Clark

Every night Blue Kangaroo falls fast asleep, cuddled in Lily's arms. But as new toy animals start arriving, Blue Kangaroo worries that there just isn't enough room for him anymore. When he goes missing,...