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Aren't You Lucky!

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A sensitive and reassuring story about becoming a big brother or sister.

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Laurence Anholt (Author) Born in 1959 to a Dutch family with Persian roots, Laurence Anholt spent his early years in Holland. He trained as a painter at Falmouth School of Art where he met his wife, the artist, Catherine Anholt. Laurence went on to take a Master's Degree in Fine Art at the Royal Academy in London. The Anholts have produced more than 200 children's books, which have been translated into 30 languages. Their titles have won numerous awards including the NestlU Smarties Gold Award on two occasions. Many of their books are written by Laurence and illustrated by Catherine, but Laurence has written for several other artists including Arthur Robins and Tony Ross, and in addition, he self-illustrates his Anholt's Artists series, an introduction to great art for young children. Random House Penguin will publish Laurence's first full-length novels, The Hypnotist and Love Letters, in 2015 and 2016 respectively. The Anholts have three grown up children; Claire (30) works for the United Nations in New York, and twins, Tom and Maddy (27) are a Berlin based artist and an actor in London. Catherine and Laurence live in an 'upside down' eco-house, surrounded by wildflower meadows overlooking the sea in Devon. Laurence's passions are family, art, travel, books, Buddhism and bees. Catherine Anholt (Illustrator) Born in 1958 to an Irish family, Catherine was one of eight siblings. oWe grew up in a tiny village in the Cotswolds," she says. "Just a few miles from where Laurie Lee wrote Cider With Rosie. My mother was a nurse and my father was a potter.o It was in this rural setting that Catherine began to work in highly colourful sketchbooks, a habit which continues to the present day. On her degree cour


"`Aren't You Lucky,' that's what everyone keeps saying, but to a small first child, the arrival of a new baby can feel anything but lucky. After the long nine month wait, and the bewildering appearance of something that `looks like a raspberry', there is a period of adjustment- and few books cover this as realistically or as sympathetically as this one. Catherine and Laurence Anholt are well known for their books about family life, and this book certainly shows that they really know their audience." * Books for Keeps *

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