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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 64 Julia Johnson: The Secret of the Cave

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

Authors: Julia Johnson
In a remote mountain village of the UAE, in the grip of a deadly drought, a young girl falls into a cave and makes a discovery which could save her people… if only she could reach them!

Award-winning UAE-based author, Julia Johnson, is famed for her gripping stories about the history, culture and wildlife of the region, from the Kirkus-starred book The Leopard Boy, to winner of the International Children’s Book award, The Turtle Secret. In her trademark warm storytelling style, Julia will transport us to the beautiful, and sometimes dangerous, mountainous regions in her brand new book, The Secret of the Cave.

Language: English

Age Group: 7+

Julia Johnson: The Secret of the Cave

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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 11 Barking Up the Wrong Tree: Philip Ardagh & Elissa Elwick

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

In a world first, prepare to meet girl & dog detective duo Stick & Fetch – published early especially for the Festival!

Author-illustrator duo Philip Ardagh and Elissa Elwick, creators of the charming Little Adventurers books, have collaborated once again to bring us Sally Stick and her shaggy French poodle Fetch, hapless detectives who leave a trail of mayhem behind them.

Towering Philip and petite Elissa bring their tag-team stage act of storytelling, hand puppets, live drawing and general silliness to Dubai for the first time – you’d be barking mad to miss it!!

Language: English

Age Group: 5+

Barking Up the Wrong Tree: Philip Ardagh & Elissa Elwick

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Event 17 Dream a Story: Samar Mahfouz Barraj and Yara Bamieh

Friday 2 March, 4pm-5pm   Al Khayma, InterContinental

Words and pictures combine to bring the story to life in this exciting picture book session!

Author Samar Mahfouz Barraj and Illustrator Yara Bamieh show the unique way they work together when Samar reads her story The Nice Visitor while Yara draws the scenes – children are encouraged to give their predictions! Then, after a quick reading from their book My Swing, the fun continues with author and illustrator teaming up to show how every child can sit on their own swing and write and draw their own story – paper and pencils will be provided if you want to join in!

Language: Arabic

Age Group: 8+

Dream a Story: Samar Mahfouz Barraj and Yara Bamieh

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Event 33 Philip Ardagh: The World of Moominvalley

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

Authors: Philip Ardagh
Tove Jansson’s Moomins are beloved by children and adults worldwide. Lifelong Moomin fan Philip Ardagh has written The World of Moominvalley, a beautifully illustrated guide to Jansson’s magical world and its inhabitants.

In this family session Philip will introduce the book to Moominfans old and new in his unique larger-than-life style, revisiting the cast of unusual characters, showing how to spot a Moomin, and opening up the Moomin archive to show rarely seen material.

This is a very special session celebrating some of the greatest children’s books of all time – come and visit Moominvalley!

This session will be hosted by Daniel Patrick LeBlanc. 

Language: English

Age Group: 6+

Philip Ardagh: The World of Moominvalley

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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 41 Poetry Pie: Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNe

Saturday 3 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Ras 1, InterContinental

Have a slice of Poetry Pie with Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNe!

Roger McGough’s poems for children are full of witty wordplay and clever rhymes, and when he teams up with stars of musical poetry LiTTLe MACHiNe the poems come to life! From food and animals to school and ghouls, these rib-tickler rhymes will leave you thinking long after … and humming too!

A morning of fun and laughter to be savoured.

Taaleem Prize winners will be given free tickets to this session.

Language: English with Arabic translation

Age Group: 6+

Poetry Pie: Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNe

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Event 811 Mardi Gras Emirati Party: Story & Craft Workshop with Maitha Al Khayat

Saturday 3 March, 12pm-1.30pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Grandma Moudhi is no ordinary grandmother – she’s an Emirati fashionista! And in this new tale she gets lost on a trip to Italy … and joins a Mardi Gras party!

Maitha Al Khayat invites you to this fun workshop of readings and crafts. Wear your best Emirati national dress, or try on some clothes and masks from Maitha’s dressing up box!

The tutor: Maitha Al Khayat is one of the UAE’s most popular illustrators and authors. Her book My Own Special Way won the award for best book in the 2011 Riyadh Children’s Forum and Turn Off the Lights was named Best Picture Book at the Sharjah Publisher’s Forum.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: Arabic, English

Age Group: 6-10

Mardi Gras Emirati Party: Story & Craft Workshop with Maitha Al Khayat

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Event 51 Philip Ardagh: The Eddie Dickens Trilogy

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

Authors: Philip Ardagh
Enter the implausible world of Eddie Dickens, an average Victorian boy who has the misfortune to be surrounded by criminals, madmen, and criminal madmen. And a stuffed stoat called Malcolm.

Larger-than-life children’s author Philip Ardagh, winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, will take the audience on a whirlwind tour of his Eddie Dickens series, which begins with our unfortunate hero’s parents turning yellow and crinkly … and goes downhill from there.

Come and share in Eddie’s unpredictable adventures with Mad Uncle Jack, Even-Madder Aunt Maud, Lady Constance and more!

Language: English

Age Group: 7+

Philip Ardagh: The Eddie Dickens Trilogy

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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 141 Rachel Hamilton: Unicorns Do Exist!

Thursday 8 March, 4.30pm-5.30pm   Al Ras 2, InterContinental

UAE-based children's author Rachel Hamilton – with the help of an eternally optimistic unicorn named Louie – will explore what it's like to give life to characters who don't actually exist... Except maybe they do!

Rachel is a Festival favourite and the author of the Unicorn in New York series as well as The Case of the Exploding Loo and The Case of the Exploding Brains. Join her for an afternoon of hairbrained stories and writing inspiration for kids of all ages.

Language: English

Age Group: 6+

Rachel Hamilton: Unicorns Do Exist!

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Event 130 David Walliams in Conversation

Saturday 10 March, 6pm-7pm   Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Bestselling author David Walliams has amended his travel plans to fit in one more talk for his fans in the UAE!

The UK’s biggest selling author of 2017, whose most recent book Bad Dad claimed the coveted Christmas Number One in the book charts, will reveal some of the secrets behind his extraordinary success, the delicate art of balancing a writing career with multiple TV gigs, and how he keeps the hilarious ideas coming. 

David will be in conversation with Yvette Judge.

Language: English

David Walliams in Conversation

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Event 76 The World of David Walliams

Friday 9 March, 10am-11am   Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

Number one bestselling children’s author, talent show judge and actor David Walliams returns to Dubai to reveal all about his latest laugh-out-loud books!

The author of The Midnight Gang, Grandpa’s Great Escape and new book Bad Dad (about a wild scheme to return stolen loot!) will be talking to his friend and fellow author Andy Riley about hilariously horrible kids, gangsta grannies and ssspectacularly surprising snakes. If that wasn’t enough, there will be a special guest appearance by David’s illustrator, Tony Ross….

Language: English

Age Group: 6+

The World of David Walliams

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Event 120 Guinness World Records: Real-Life Superheroes

Friday 9 March, 12pm-1pm   Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Authors: Craig Glenday
Are you ready for some real-life superheroes?

The new Guinness World Records annual is packed with incredible accomplishments, spectacular stunts, cutting-edge science and amazing sporting feats.

The book’s editor in chief, Craig Glenday, has seen these records happen with his own eyes, and he’s here to show mind-blowing videos and astonishing pictures of the awesome achievements.

Don’t miss this glimpse into the making of the definitive guide to the world’s wildest record-breakers!

Craig will be in conversation with Rachel McArthur.

Language: English

Age Group: 6+

Guinness World Records: Real-Life Superheroes

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Event 825 Animal Antics: Writing Workshop with Tom Moorhouse

Friday 9 March, 12pm-1.30pm   Al Waha, InterContinental

Do you have a passion for pandas or a love for lemurs? If you really like animals, you’re ready to write an animal story!

Tom Moorhouse’s knowledge of water voles and their riverbank friends helped him write his own popular books. In this workshop he will teach children to use what they know about their favourite animal to write a brand new adventure story.

The tutor: Dr Tom Moorhouse is an ecologist at Oxford University’s Zoology Department. He has used his animal knowledge in The River Singers, The Rising and Trickster, and is now continuing the story of The Wind in the Willows in The New Adventures of Mr Toad.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

Language: English

Age Group: 7-11

Animal Antics: Writing Workshop with Tom Moorhouse

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Event 851 How to Draw a Dinosaur!: Workshop with Korky Paul

Friday 9 March, 12pm-1.30pm   Al Majlis, InterContinental

Authors: Korky Paul
Would you love to draw perfect dino pictures?

Korky Paul’s mischievous, loveable but highly dangerous dinosaurs are unforgettable, whether they’re terrifying curious children or antagonising Winnie and Wilbur.

In this fun workshop, Korky will read and act from his books and give a quick drawing lesson – then you’ll be let loose to draw your own prehistoric monstrosity!

The tutor: Korky Paul is the illustrator of many beloved children’s books, including the Winnie the Witch series, and is known only to himself as ’The World’s Greatest Portrait Artist and Dinosaur Drawer’.

Ticket admits 1 child and 1 accompanying adult.

All materials provided.

Language: English

Age Group: 6-11

How to Draw a Dinosaur!: Workshop with Korky Paul

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