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The Brilliant World of Liz Pichon

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Author and illustrator of the week

Our author and illustrator of the week is Liz Pichon, creator of the hugely successful Tom Gates series. Her new book, Shoe Wars, is out this week.

Tom Gates is a master of excuses, expert doodler, comic story writer extraordinaire – and the bane of his grumpy teacher Mr Fullerman’s life. And in his wacky journal of scribbles and silliness, you’ll find all sorts of comic craziness to make you groan with glee!

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Shoe Wars is a brand new story and a brand new world created by Liz

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Meet Ruby and Bear Foot. They are running out of time to rescue their inventor dad from his hideous boss, Wendy Wedge. She'll do anything to win the glitzy Golden Shoe Award and knows that entering flying shoes is her hot ticket to the trophy. Flying shoes that Ruby and Bear just happen to be hiding...

Want to learn how to draw the Shoe Wars characters? Watch these videos with Liz and see her in action!

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Can you colour in some of Liz's most wacky and imaginative shoes?

Download the Shoe Wars activity pack

Draw your own gadget shoes, beat the maze, spot the difference and much more!

Download the Shoe Wars activity pack

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Liz's top three recommended reads

I’m Sticking With You by Smriti Halls and Steve Small

I LOVED this picture book - so many wonderful details in the pictures that aren't in the text. The broken cup and all the emotions in the characters are a real joy.

Kay’s Anatomy: A Complete (and Completely Disgusting) Guide to the Human Body by Adam Kay, illustrated by Henry Paker

This book is PACKED full of interesting, funny, gross and unusual facts about the human body. So many things I never knew. It will keep you busy for hours!

The Witches: The Graphic Novel by Roald Dahl and Penelope Bagieu

A wonderful story retold in graphic novel form. First published in French, the book is printed on lovely smooth paper and feels nice and substantial to hold (very important I think!). I love comics and graphic novels and I hope this book introduces a great story to a whole new audience.