Author(s): Polly Dunbar
From inspired picture-book creator Polly Dunbar, this televised series follows the escapades of Tilly and her friends. Tilly's tricycle is too small for her, but it's a perfect fit for Hector. There's a toy car for Pru, a skateboard for Doodle, a scooter for Tiptoe, and Tumpty has a smart set of wheels on his four roller-skates! Everyone's having wheelie good fun - but why isn't Tilly riding her new red bike? The friends soon realize that Tilly might need a helping hand to get started on two wheels so that she can join in with the wheelie day too. Tilly and Friends is currently airing on CBeebies, with 52 episodes in the series. Utterly charming artwork, delicious palette, gentle humour and winsome characters have deservedly made this a series of winners. It comes from the bestselling author and illustrator of Penguin (9781844280650) which was the winner of the 0-5 Nestle Silver Award 2007 and the 2007 Booktrust Early Years Award in the pre-school category.
Polly Dunbar is a major star in the picture-book firmament. She is the author-illustrator of Penguin, Dog Blue and Flyaway Katie, and the illustrator of Shoe Baby, written by her mother, Joyce Dunbar. Her best-selling book Penguin has won numerous awards including the Book Trust Early Years Award 2007, the Nestle Silver Children's Book Prize 2007, the Practical Pre-School Award 2007 and the Red House Children's Book of the Year Award 2008, and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Her collection of titles beginning with Hello Tilly have been made into an animated series, Tilly and Friends, currently airing on CBeebies. Polly lives in Brighton, Sussex.