The Queen's Handbag (PB)
With a Jon Klassen appeal, Steve Antony is the one to watch. A naughty swan steals the Queen's handbag, so naturally, the Queen races after it. She follows it all around the United Kingdom in various modes of transport, including an Aston Martin car, a motorbike, a Red Arrow plane, a speedboat, a train and a horse. Taking in sights such as Stonehenge, Snowdonia, Giants Causeway, Edinburgh Castle, Oxford and then arriving back in London, this chase includes the Queen's butler and an awful lot of policemen. A witty and stylish celebration of the United Kingdom and the Queen. Praise for The Queen's Hat: 'This is a wonderful romp of a read that's a great introduction to London, royalty and all that makes Britain great.' - Sun '...this picture book is hard to beat for its sweet simplicity and charming monochromatic drawings.' - The Times
Superbly illustrated, with a muted palette that suits the story perfectly...Even the endpapers are full of humour' Parents In Touch A certain future classic, and without a doubt my absolute new favourite picture book. LiteraryLoves Not to be missed! Storytime Magazine The joy of this books is in the detail... each stylish spread contains lots to look and laugh at. Beautifully depicts our traditions and our relationship with the Royal Family... brilliant. Rhino Reads I loved the first book, and this follow up is just as good...One for the permanent collection, this is a book brimming with Britishness and it puts on a jolly good show. The Bookbag Needless to say that the illustrations are beautiful and clearly effective ... if this book doesn't make you smile and adore the Queen even more, nothing else will. London Mums Magazine I absolutely adored this book... perfectly executed with style and grace... captures London perfectly. This is a story for all generations and a brilliant, British book to boot. It's almost beyond words... every British household needs a copy, whether or not you're George's, William's or Charles's generation. * * * * * Bookbag Funny tale, which takes you all around the UK on a wild swan chase after the Queen's handbag. Why has there not been a picture book about the Queen's handbag before? Angels Urchins An awesome adventure. A wonderful romp of a read that's a great introduction to London, royalty and all that makes Britain great. The Sun Hilarious... chuckles aplenty with every turn of the page... wonderful illustrations... if this debut is anything to go by, Steve Antony's creative talent is one to follow with interest. * * * * Books for Keeps
Steve Antony is a highly talented and versatile author-illustrator. He has had a passion for storytelling from an early age, but it was the MA in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge that really enabled him to channel this passion. Since embarking on the MA course, he has enjoyed creating picture books on a range of subjects from the Queen's hat to a war between rectangles and lizards! He aims to create picture books that are slightly 'off the wall', books that children will laugh at and adults will tweet about, but most of all, books that he enjoys.