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Alan Snow - Author

About the Author

Alan Snow is an English artist, working with books, animation, film and computers. He has written and illustrated over 160 books for children, including How Dogs Really Work, The Truth About Cats, and How Santa Really Works. He has also worked on a very diverse range of other projects, including work on the design of a children's science museum in Japan and the design of a project robot currently on sale worldwide.

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The Three Wishes

The Three Wishes

Author: Alan Snow Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/11/2020

A beautifully-told and stunningly-illustrated Father Christmas origin story. Coming together like a perfect festive jigsaw, this story explains all of the traditions and myths around Santa Claus, from how he travels around the world in one night, how his sleigh and reindeer can fly, and why he leaves presents, to the origins of his red coat. A young boy is herding his family's reindeer when they are drawn into a mysterious cave. The cave is the holder of eternal summer, looked after by three strange characters - a wooden creature, a bird and a fish. Once entered, the cave cannot be left without time in the outside world standing still. In his sadness at not being able to leave, the boy is granted three wishes and chooses freedom, happiness and time. He is told that they will all be granted - eventually. After the first year of working hard in the summer cave, the boy is allowed to see his family in the outside world. Time stands still as he visits his parents, and he leaves gifts behind to show that he has visited. As the years go by, this annual visit continues and he begins to call on not only his parents, but more and more other families... and Christmas traditions as we know them, start to be created.

Worse Things Happen at Sea

Worse Things Happen at Sea

Author: Alan Snow Format: Audio disc Release Date: 28/04/2018

Worse Things Happen at Sea

Worse Things Happen at Sea

Author: Alan Snow Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/04/2018

Here be Monsters!

Here be Monsters!

Author: Alan Snow Format: Audio disc Release Date: 28/03/2018

Here be Monsters!

Here be Monsters!

Author: Alan Snow Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/03/2018

Here Be Monsters!

Here Be Monsters!

Author: Alan Snow Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2014

Meet the Boxtrolls! The book that inspired the film! There's an emergency in Ratbridge! Only orphan Arthur and his new friends Willbury Nibble QC, Marjorie the inventor, a timid cabbagehead, and some very excitable boxtrolls can save the day! But are they really up to the job? Why has the evil Snatcher taken up residence in Cheese Hall? Who has stolen Marjorie's latest invention? And who knew that rats were so good at removing stains? Find out in this amazing, fun, and highly-illustrated romp!

Worse Things Happen at Sea!

Worse Things Happen at Sea!

Author: Alan Snow Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/04/2014

The people of Ratbridge are going crazy for the amazing miracle medicine, Black Jollop. But disaster strikes when it looks as though the powerful pick-me-up is running out! It's up to Arthur and his friends on board the Nautical Laundry to journey afar to gather the secret ingredient. It's excitement ahoy in this madcap story, full of hilarious and outrageous characters, including the loveable Boxtrolls who are now stars in the Oscar-nominated film The Boxtrolls.

How Pirates Really Work

How Pirates Really Work

Author: Alan Snow Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2014

Arollicking exploration of all things piratical from the brilliant mind of acclaimed author/illustrator Alan Snow. A jam-packed feast for the eyes. Don't miss it!

How Pirates Really Work

How Pirates Really Work

Author: Alan Snow Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/11/2013

A rollicking exploration of all things piratical from the brilliant mind of acclaimed author/illustrator Alan Snow. A jam-packed feast for the eyes. Don't miss it!

How Dinosaurs Really Work

How Dinosaurs Really Work

Author: Alan Snow Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2013

Have you ever wondered what colour dinosaurs really were, what they had for breakfast or even whether you could beat one in a running race? You have! Then this is the book for you. Crammed full of interesting dino-facts and bursting with detailed illustrations, How Dinosaurs Really Work covers everything you need to know about these roaring beasts. The perfect book for all dino-crazy youngsters.

How Santa Really Works Pop-Up

How Santa Really Works Pop-Up

Author: Alan Snow Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2010

Beneath the Arctic Polar Ice Cap, deep underground, is a bustling community with one mission only - to make Christmas happen! Have you ever wondered how Santa knows exactly what you want for Christmas? How does he find time to read all those letters? Does he really know which children have been naughty and which have been nice? Here is a true scoop on how Santa does what he does so well, brilliantly brought to life in this Christmas-tastic new pop-up edition.

Here Be Monsters Part 3

Here Be Monsters Part 3

Author: Alan Snow Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2008

There is trouble in Ratbridge - both above ground in the town and underground, where the boxtrolls and cabbageheads live. And the awful Snatcher has plans to make the trouble oh so very much worse...Can Arthur and his friends summon up all their cunning and save the day? With nearly two hundred incredible black and white drawings, this is the third part of Alan Snow's astonishing illustrated journey into the unbelievably weird world of Ratbridge.

How Santa Really Works

How Santa Really Works

Author: Alan Snow Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2005

Beneath the Arctic Polar Ice Cap, deep underground, is a bustling community with one mission and one mission only: to make Christmas happen. Have you ever wondered how Santa can pop out of a chimney without a soot stain on his red velvet? Elves, of course - fully trained at the Elf Academy in chimney sweeping! And does Santa REALLY have time to check if every single child's been naughty or nice? Of course not - that's why he created the CIA (Christmas Intelligence Agency) to train elves to spy on children. And where do all those Santas in department store grottoes come from? The Santa Academy, of course. HOW SANTA REALLY WORKS is a true scoop on how Santa does what he does so well, brilliantly conceived by Alan Snow.

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