Tony Mitton

Poet & Children's Writer

These books are playful verse texts draped across fantastic illustrations by Guy Parker-Rees. The themes are those of play, party and celebration. 'Spookyrumpus' won multiple awards. 'Down By The Cool Of The Pool' and 'Bumpus, Jumpus, Dinosaurumpus' were selected by Bookstart to be included in free packs for new mothers. Both have become well known, much loved and used in schools, libraries and as bedtime reads for young children.

Verse Picture Books

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Down by the pool in the cool of the day, Frog cried, "Wheeeee! Can you dance like me?" Join sprightly Frog and his energetic farmyard friends frolicking down by the cool of the pool - flipping and flopping, splishing and splashing, stomping and stamping in their watery wonderland.

'Bong!' goes the bell in the rickety tower.  Twelve times…that means it’s Spooky Hour. Listen! Hush! Oooh, what’s that sound? The midnight spooks are coming round. The creepy countdown has begun, so get ready to giggle at funny, floaty ghosts, clickety-clackety skeletons and terrific tromping trolls!


If you take your rocket to the outer edge of space, you'll come across a funny little alien place. The alien peoples call it Planet Zum-Zee, and they're meeting here today for a special picnic tea. Join the space party on Planet Zum-Zee! Meet the crazy creatures and share their deliciously funny food.

Shake, Shake, Shudder...near the sludgy old swamp. The dinosaurs are coming. Get ready to romp. Join in with Triceratops, Stegosaurus and their friends as the dinosaurs stir up a dinosaurumpus!

Life aboard Noah’s ark is busy and noisy and soon the animals begin to get grumpy. So clever Noah hatches a plan for an incredible creature cabaret to get the Ark swinging again. But what amazing act will appear for the finale?

Perky little Penguins, coming out to play, looking for their playmates . . . here they are – hurray! Come and meet the Perky Penguins! They’re inviting you to join them for some snow-filled fun – how could you resist? Follow the delightful penguins as they slide and jump and waddle around their world, and show you just how much fun they can have amongst the ice and snow.

Can Farmer Joe find a way to bring happiness and harmony back to his farm through the power of music? Of course he can! His guitar tune is so catchy that new friends can't help but join in with the irresistible beat. Soon, a whole band is creating a sound so incredible that ALL the animals join in with the joyful jig!

Jolly Olly

When Jolly Olly Octopus gets the giggles, it isn't long before the waves of bubbly laughter have spread to all his friends and the whole sea bed is awash with sea creatures chuckling away. But, oh no! Here comes Shark! Suddenly things aren't quite so funny any more.

Here come the animals, one by one.

They're all getting ready for the Jungle Run.

Cub turns up to take her place

but the others say, "You're too small to race . . . "


Cub may be little compared to the other animals, but she's quick and clever and she knows just how to show the rest of the jungle what a winner she is!

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Join in with beetles and ladybirds, ants and bees and bugs galore as they dance the night away! But who is missing from the fun . . . will poor, slow snail arrive in time? Bug-fans everywhere will enjoy this insect romp - perfect to enjoy both in and out of the classroom. With its read-aloud rhyming text and exuberant illustrations, this is a sure-fire winner.