Stephen Davies

Children's author writing picture books, chapter books and YA novels. Lived in West Africa for thirteen years amongst Fulani cattle herders. Now shivering back home in London. Up until now all my books have been set in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, on the edge of the Sahara Desert.

Picture Books

by Stephen Davies

Don’t Spill the Milk

Don't Spill the Milk

Over the uppy downy dunes, across the dark wide river, and up the steep steep mountain, Penda lovingly carries a bowl of milk to her father in the grasslands. But will she manage to get it there without spilling a single drop?

A riot of colour and simple emotion. — The Sunday Telegraph

A satisfying story, perfect for reading aloud, set in a part of Africa that is rarely shown in children’s books. — Kirkus Reviews

A captivating book! — Books for Keeps

The rhythmic text and gouache folk art capture the vibrancy of life on the banks of the Niger River. — Publishers Weekly

A second wonderfully colourful, exuberant look at African life from the creators of The Goggle-Eyed Goats — The Bookseller

Penda’s journey winds its way across the generous double-page spreads of this beautifully detailed, vibrantly colourful story which brings the African setting vividly to life. A picture book story about persistence, family and love. — Booktrust

A riot of colour and pattern abound in this heartwarming story of determination and family love: a splendid follow-up to The Goggle-Eyed Goats. — Red Reading Hub

The Goggle Eyed Goats

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Old Al Haji Amadu had three wives, seven children – and five extremely naughty goggle-eyed goats that munched and gobbled and chewed whatever they could find. One day, enough was enough, they had to go! But getting rid of these troublesome goats proved to be harder than Al Haji could ever have imagined…

Joyful and dotty, how Old Al Haji Amadu tries to get rid of his five naughty goggle-eyed goats – and fails – is the ultimate triumph of pester power. — Julia Eccleshare, LoveReading4Kids

This is a fabulous children’s bookThe Book Bag

The book’s rumbustious, rhythmical feel for language, packed with internal rhymes, makes it a pleasure to read aloud, and the colourful pictures of the Amadu family and their surroundings have the unselfconscious charm of primitive art…One of the best new picture books published this yearAmanda Craig, The Times

I thought it would be interesting to do a blog series entitled The Making of a Picture Book, detailing the process Christopher and I went through to create The Goggle-Eyed Goats. Here are the links to the various parts:

The Making of a Picture Book Part One: Plot
The Making of a Picture Book Part Two: Character
The Making of a Picture Book Part Three: Language
The Making of a Picture Book Part Four: Illustration
The Making of a Picture Book Part Five: Synergy

Published: September 19, 2011

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