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Event 31 Hats Off to Jon Klassen (Live Video Link)

Friday 2 March, 10am-11am   Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Authors: Jon Klassen
He’s taken us on hat adventures galore, and now Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Jon Klassen joins us live from the US to talk about his brand new tales with Mac Barnett. Triangle is the start of a hilarious new trilogy about sneaky shapes and geometric prankery, and The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse reveals the surprising upsides of being eaten by a wolf!

Join Jon for a chucklefest of readings, demonstrations of his work and maybe even some sneak peeks at his future projects!

Signed book plates will be available for books purchased at the Festival Bookshop after the session.

Check out the trailer for The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse below:

Language: English

Age Group: 4+

Hats Off to Jon Klassen (Live Video Link)

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Event 801 Too Many Carrots: Story & Craft Workshop with Katy Hudson

Friday 2 March, 10am-11am   Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Katy Hudson
Meet Rabbit, Tortoise and Bird in a creative workshop for little ones with bestselling author and illustrator, Katy Hudson.

Gather round for a reading of Too Many Carrots, the story of Rabbit, whose carrot-hoarding leads to trouble for his well-meaning friends! Then roll up your sleeves to create your own rabbit- and carrot-themed crafts to take home.

The tutor: Katy Hudson is a widely-praised bestselling author whose instant classic Too Many Carrots was described as ‘simultaneously sassy and sweet’ by Publishers Weekly. She is also the author of The Runaway Egg, Bear and Duck and more.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: English

Age Group: 4-8

Too Many Carrots: Story & Craft Workshop with Katy Hudson

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Event 842 Feelings and Faces: Drawing Workshop with Guy Parker-Rees

Friday 2 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Majlis, InterContinental

Happy, excited, or stomping mad ... learn how to draw expressive characters with illustrator Guy Parker-Rees!

In this hands-on workshop Guy will teach the art of using facial expressions to show what characters are thinking and feeling. In a fun-packed live draw, he will go through the tricks to create funny faces galore, and then it’s your turn to draw and paint your own expressive characters in a simple story.

The tutor: Guy Parker-Rees is an illustrator and author of children’s books, including the beloved Giraffes Can’t Dance with Giles Andreae. He is also the creator of Dylan, the excitable stripy dog with a big imagination.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: English

Age Group: 6-10

Feelings and Faces: Drawing Workshop with Guy Parker-Rees

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Event 37 Guy Parker-Rees: Giraffes Can’t Dance

Saturday 3 March, 10am-11am   Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

… or can they? Guy Parker-Rees, illustrator of beloved children’s books Giraffes Can’t Dance, Be Brave Little Penguin, Dylan the Doctor and many more shares his storytelling magic live on stage.

Learn how Guy creates his lively and loveable animal characters, then enjoy the live drawing and an interactive reading of Giraffes Can’t Dance – there will certainly be dancing, and there may even be an appearance from puppet Gerald the Giraffe! Join in the draw-along, and you’ll leave inspired to create a dancing animal of your own.

Language: English

Age Group: 4+

Guy Parker-Rees: Giraffes Can’t Dance

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Event 810 Make a Mini-Comic: Workshop with Elissa Elwick

Saturday 3 March, 10am-11am   Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Elissa Elwick
A disco-dancing meerkat? A sweet-eating dinosaur? Create a character and let them run wild in your own mini-comic!

Join illustrator and author Elissa Elwick for an interactive illustration workshop. Young children will be guided to create their own character, and then draw a short comic of their own to take home.

The tutor: Elissa Elwick is a freelance children’s illustrator based out of London’s Fleece Station Studio. She is the co-creator with Philip Ardagh of the Little Adventurers picture books Leafy the Pet Leaf and What Bear? Where? and is the illustrator of the brand new Stick & Fetch series, again with Ardagh, published just in time for the Festival!

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: English

Age Group: 5-8

Make a Mini-Comic: Workshop with Elissa Elwick

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Event 53 Dinos in the Desert: Maitha Al Khayat & Elissa Elwick

Saturday 3 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Did you hear about the dinosaur who got the hump?

Author–lllustrators Maitha Al Khayat and Elissa Elwick bring two unlikely friends together for the first time: a dinosaur and a camel!

Get ready for a desert adventure like you’ve never seen before. In this story jam, Maitha and Elissa will create a brand new story with your help and then live-draw the tale!

Did camel and dino meet at the mall? Does dino feel icky about sand between his toes? Come and help to create the characters and tell the tale.

Language: English

Age Group: 4+

Dinos in the Desert: Maitha Al Khayat & Elissa Elwick

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Event 142 Judith Kerr: The Tiger Who Came to Tea (Live Video Link)

Saturday 3 March, 4pm-5pm   Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Authors: Judith Kerr
The Tiger has been coming to tea for 50 glorious years! Come and celebrate this incredible anniversary of Judith Kerr’s beloved picture book.

Joining the session via video link, Judith will read from the book and share stories of her past, tales of Mog, and the challenges of drawing tigers. Afterwards, there will be interactive fun for all – and maybe even an appearance from the Tiger himself!

Judith will be in conversation with Paul Blezard.

Language: English

Age Group: 4+

Judith Kerr: The Tiger Who Came to Tea (Live Video Link)

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Event 94 Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper: Oxford Reading Tree

Friday 9 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Grab the Magic Key and get ready for storytime fun, because the author and illustrator team behind Biff, Chip, Kipper and Floppy are coming to Dubai!

They will take to the stage in this interactive family session to show how they write and draw their engaging and educational tales, loved by generations.

The creators of more than 800 books in the Oxford Reading Tree series, Alex Brychta and Roderick Hunt's work has helped millions of children learn to read – now you can see the story masters live!

Language: English

Age Group: 4+

Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper: Oxford Reading Tree

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Event 827 How to Draw a Monster!: Workshop with Tony Ross

Friday 9 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Authors: Tony Ross
Get monstrous with amazing illustrator Tony Ross!

Learn to draw fearsome clawed creatures, festooned with fangs and heaving with horrible hair! With Tony’s help, you’ll make the best awful monster to let loose in your stories.

The tutor: Tony Ross is one of the most popular illustrators working today. Famous as the illustrator of Horrid Henry, he also works extensively with David Walliams, illustrating Billionaire Boy, The Midnight Gang and more, and is the creator of the beloved Little Princess books.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: English

Age Group: 5-8

How to Draw a Monster!: Workshop with Tony Ross

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Event 121 I Want… Tony Ross!

Saturday 10 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Authors: Tony Ross
Come and see one of the best-loved illustrators of children’s books today as he draws live on stage!

Tony Ross is creator of the hilarious Little Princess series, the illustrator of Francesca Simon’s Horrid Henry, and the genius behind the drawings for all of David Walliams’ books.

This tour of his work features stories, loads of drawing and buckets of laughter, with a glimpse at his brand new book with Michael Rosen, Bah! Humbug! – a heartwarming take on Dickens’ classic tale.

Language: English

Age Group: 4+

I Want… Tony Ross!

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Event 849 Fanteer the Fluffy Flamingo: Story & Craft Workshop with Noura Al Khoori

Saturday 10 March, 2pm-3pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Fanteer the Fluffy Flamingo is Noura Al Khoori’s story of a little flamingo who gets lost on an island after playing hide and seek with his friend the crab. Will he ever find his parents? Or will they find him? This workshop features a reading and talk from Noura followed by a chance to make your own pink flamingo to take home.

The tutor: Noura Al Khoori is an up-and-coming Emirati author of children’s books, including Fanteer the Fluffy Flamingo, Golden Dates, and The Tender Hands, a moving story about life as a refugee.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: Arabic

Age Group: 4-8

Fanteer the Fluffy Flamingo: Story & Craft Workshop with Noura Al Khoori

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