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Watch Out for Sprouts!

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Every hectic spread is packed with doodles, poems and titbits of trivial advice and information. In both words and pictures it offers a feast of tantalising material which encourages speculation and enquiry. There are poems about Dad, Sausages and, perhaps inevitably in a collection of this kind – toilets. But the fun is good and clean, nonetheless.


Watch Out for Sprouts! by Simon Bartram

A completely original and extraordinary collection of poems, doodles and illustrations. Simon Bartram is able to express the alarmingly original thoughts capering about his mind in an extremely likeable fashion. Whether talking about family relationships or puddle worlds, schoolwork (eaten by the dog) or sausage categories, Simon perfectly captures the curiosity, irreverent humour and Sunday afternoons of childhood.

There are people for whom the word POETRY conjures up feelings of boredom, confusion or the sudden desire for bacon sandwiches. To these people, we say, simply, 'Simon Bartram'.


"A new talent amongst picture book creators." Books For Keeps

"Big, bold, wonderfully detailed illustrations." The Guardian

About the Author

Simon Bartram
Simon Bartram graduated from Birmingham Polytechnic with a First Class degree in illustration in 1990, and his art style his heavily influenced by artists such as Peter Blake, Peter Howson, Stanley Spencer and Reg Cartwright. Simon has produced work for ES Magazine, the Independent on Sunday, Woodhouse London and Faber & Faber. His stylised way of drawing, which relies on exaggerated proportions, distortion and strong lighting, is proving popular with modern advertising. Simon would like to work in all areas of his craft, but he particularly likes illustrating children's books and is currently writing and illustrating stories of his own. He has worked on a number of picture books, most notably a retelling of the children's classic Pinnochio – runner up for the 1999 Mother Goose Award, and The Man on the Moon, shortlisted in 2003 for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Award. Simon lives in Newcastle. His first book for Templar was Pumpkin Moon, followed by Man on the Moon earlier this year. Templar published A Winter's Tale for Christmas, a brilliant imaginative vision of a Christmas wish. Most recently, Simon has worked on Watch Out for Sprouts! — a unique collection of poems, pictures, doodles and serious brain thinking!

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Publication date

1st September 2006


Simon Bartram

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Templar Publishing


112 pages


Educational: English literature
Poetry (Children's / Teenage)
Humour & jokes (Children's / Teenage)



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