World Book Day game – the answers

We hope you had a fantastic World Book Day yesterday – and that you enjoyed our little game, where we asked you to match some of our lovely authors and illustrators to their favourite children’s books.

If you haven’t had a go at matching them up yet, read no further and take a look at yesterday’s post to join in. And for those of you that did, here are the answers!

Ian Beck

Ian Beck

tom trueheartthe hidden kingdom

Ian picked A Hundred Million Francs by Paul Berna

a hundred million francs

Ian said:

“I must have first read this in the early 1960s when an Art Student and I loved it and also the line illustrations. I liked the fact that it was set in Paris, not posh Paris but rough working class Paris, and with a very lively cast of rough child characters. It still reads well now. There is a film of the book made by Disney which is also excellent but oddly elusive and was scripted by T E B Clarke the famous writer of the Ealing Comedies.”

Richard Byrne


aye-ayereally big dinosaur

Richard picked The Cat in the Hat Comes Back by Dr. Seuss

the cat in the hat comes back

Richard said:

“I’ve loved this book ever since I was knee high to Little Cat C. It’s full of mischief, mayhem and silliness and a delight to read aloud. I remember marvelling at the ever decreasing cats under their hats and the ensuing chaos which comes to a suitably mad end. And all drawn with Dr. Seuss’s beautifully bold line and distinctive use of colour. I only wish I had some Voom to tidy up my studio sometimes!”

Ross Collins:

ross collins

switch billy monster's daymare

Ross picked Angry Arthur by Hiawyn Oram & Satoshi Kitamura

angry arthur

Ross said:

“This was Satoshi Kitamura’s first book, which for an illustrator is kind of depressing because it’s just SO GOOD. I never tire of the beautiful escalation of chaos as Arthur gets angrier and angrier and ANGRIER. Satoshi has since gone on to create many beautiful books but his first one was a classic.”

Julia Golding


secret of the sirens young knights

Julia picked The Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce

song of the lioness

Julia said:

“It’s about a girl who pretends to be her brother to train as a knight in a fantasy world of magic and mythical creatures.  I love the adventure and the knife edge tension of whether her true identity will be revealed.”

Julia Green

Julia Green

tilly's moonlight fox sylvie and star

Julia picked Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce

tom's midnight garden

Julia said:

“I loved it as a child: I could imagine it all perfectly. I wanted to hear a clock strike thirteen, to open a door and find a garden that wasn’t there in the daytime, to meet a girl from the past. My favourite scene was when Tom skates down the frozen river with Hatty, and the chapter when you find out WHY Tom can go back in the past. As an author now, I appreciate so much the actual writing of the story, the structure, the layers of emotion and the simple way it talks about that most complex of ideas: time.”

William Hussey

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William picked Breathe by Cliff McNish


William said:

“There are so many wonderful children’s books, I couldn’t possibly choose just one, so I drew up a long list and jabbed a finger randomly at the page. The result was the phenomenal Breathe – one the finest ghost stories I’ve ever encountered. Both thought-provoking and chilling, it examines the powerful bond between a mother and her child as well as painting one of the most original visions of the afterlife in fiction. As ever with McNish, the writing is powerful and lyrical. This tale, which creeps the flesh, tugs the heart and stirs the spirit, will stay with you long after the night light is extinguished…”

Gill Lewis

Gill Lewis

white dolphinsky hawk

Gill picked The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew it Was None of His Business by Werner Holzwarth, illustrated by Wolf Erlbruch

the story of the little mole

Gill said:

“Because moles are cool and it made me laugh (plus it has a veterinary slant!)”

Layn Marlow

Layn Colour - copyright Tom Greenwood

 puddle's big steptoo small for my big bed

Layn picked The House at Pooh Corner, by A. A. Milne, illustrated by E. H. Shepard

The house at pooh corner

Layn said:

“I have always loved the gentle humour, the English landscape, the endearingly imperfect characters and most of all, the way Shepard’s illustrations seek and reveal these with every sensitive line.”

Sarah McIntyre


oliver and the seawigs titus

Sarah picked The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois

the 21 balloons

Sarah said:

“A teacher runs away from his job to spend a year travelling by hot air balloon, but crash-lands on a volcanic island full of vast diamond mines and quirky inventors. The bizarre society they created fascinates me, and makes me wonder what kind of island world I could dream up!”

Korky Paul

World Book Day

 winnie's dinosaur daythe fish who could wish

Korky picked Struwwel Peter (Shocked-haired Peter) by Dr Heinrich Hoffmann


Korky said:

“I love this book for its dark macabre illustrations and layouts, and the hard edged, unsentimental rhyme that deals so memorably with children’s fears and foibles.”

David Roberts

david roberts

wind in the willows

David picked A Hole Is To Dig: A First Book of First Definitions by Ruth Krauss & Maurice Sendak

a hole is to dig

David said:

“This is the first book I ever bought. I was about 8 years old and I bought it from a book club at school. I fell in love with the simplicity and the beautiful line drawings. The expressive drawings go perfectly with the text. Things like ‘mashed potatoes are to give everybody enough’; ‘toes are to dance on’ and my all-time favourite ‘mud is to jump in and slide in and yell doodleedoodleedoo!’”

Ali Sparkes


shapeshifter frozen in time

Ali picked My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

my side of the mountain

Ali said:

“It’s just fab! About a boy call Sam Gribley who runs away from his family (thinking they are too poor to feed him) and learns to survive alone in the mountains, aided by a trained peregrine falcon called Frightful, who hunts for him. Full of notes and drawings on survival in the wild, I read it aged eight or nine and then again in my 30s and it was still just as good.”

So how did you do? We’d love to hear how you got on…