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A hilarious tale that will take you all around London! Winner of the Evening Standard's Oscar's First Book Prize.

A sudden gust of wind sets of a marvellous London adventure for the Queen, the Queen's men and one very special hat. So let's follow one determined, dare-devil queen through London Zoo, over Tower Bridge and up Big Ben ... just where will that hat land?

Featuring favourite London landmarks, including Tower Bridge, Big Ben and London Zoo.

"This picture book is hard to beat. The Times
"A wonderful romp of a read that's a great introduction to London, royalty and all that makes Britain great." Sun

Steve Antony is a Waterstones Prize shortlisted author, a Kate Greenaway Medal nominee and the creator of the much-loved Mr Panda books.

Collect all four books in The Queen Collection series: (each with a shiny foil cover!)
The Queen's Hat - Winner of the Evening Standard Oscar's Book Prize
The Queen's Handbag
The Queen's Present
The Queen's Lift-Off

From a debut author-illustrator comes an hilarious tale that takes you all around London!

About the Author

Since his 2014 debut, multi award-winning author-illustrator Steve Antony has so far written and illustrated 18 picture books and sold over one million copies worldwide, and 7 of his titles have been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

His Mr Panda series has sold over 700,000 copies worldwide and was recently optioned for TV by Magic Light Pictures. His highly acclaimed The Queen's Hat (the first instalment of the Queen Collection) was adapted into a musical concert by the London Symphony Orchestra and won the Evening Standard's Oscars Book Prize. His Queen's Hat inspired Shaun the Sheep statue raised GBP15,000 for the Wallace and Gromit Children's Charity.

He plays an active role in his local community as Patron to Swindon Libraries Children's Services and recently designed their library card. He is an Ambassador for The National Literacy Trust , an active supporter of Beanstalk and a vocal advocate for more incidental inclusiveness in children's literature, having written several articles on the subject. Through his art, Steve has helped raise thousands for various UK charities including My AFK, BookTrust, Willow Foundation and Wallace and Gromit Children's Charity.

Steve's studied at Anglia Ruskin University after taking voluntary redundancy from a Swindon call centre. Steve was part-raised in New Mexico and now lives in Swindon UK with his husband and cat.

A certain future classic, and without a doubt my absolute new favourite picture book. * LiteraryLoves *
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 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 *
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 *
Sweet simplicity and charming monochromatic drawings. * The Times *
A timely picture-book treasure... exuberant illustrations. It's the best guide to London since Ludwig Bemelmans's Madeline in London, too. -Amanda Craig * The Oldie *
Hilarious... stylish... an almighty ode to London. Will brighten up any bookshelf. * The Looking Glass *
Gorgeous... I'd quite happily have any of the illustrations on my wall. * Charlotte Eyre - POP (People of Publishing) *
A riotous Royal romp through magnificent capital city. Beautifully unique in its sophisticated and engaging illustrative style, this story unfolds page by magnificent page. * The Book Sniffer *
Fantastic... eye-catching... fast-paced... made us smile at every single turn of the page. * Read It Daddy! *
A visual feast from the moment you cast your eyes over the cover... a quintessentially British charm. * Magpie That *
A real love letter to the capital. * The Illustrated Forest *
Beautiful and clever... bears all the hallmarks of a classic. * The Little Book Collector *
Gorgeous... everything you want in a picture book - enchanting illustrations and a story that's full of fun. * Emma Lee-Potter *
Visual humour in abundance... brilliant! * Red Reading Hub *
Stunning... lovingly rendered... possibly the most stylish and worthwhile souvenir of London you can buy. * Picture This Book *
An exhilarating London adventure... beautifully rendered. * The Bookworm Baby (blogspot) *
A witty and stylish celebration of London. 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 *
A beautifully illustrated book that will put smiles on many faces. Her Majesty would probably like a copy too! * School Librarian *
A funny tale about what happened to the Queen's hat when the wind went SWISH! * The Guardian *
A good book for young readers (and for those who read to them!) Wittily illustrated...a beautifully illustrated book that will put smiles on many faces. Her Majesty would probably like a copy too! * The School Librarian *
This is a heart-warmingly humorous book which did not fail to raise a smile or two from this particular reader * English 4-11 *
Clever, shiny and I love all the little soldiers -- Gillian Anderson * Evenind Standard *

Winner of Evening Standard: Oscar's First Book Prize 2015 (UK). Commended for Kate Greenaway Medal 2015 (UK). Short-listed for The Sheffield Children's Book Awards 2015 (UK) and Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2015 (UK).

Book Information
ISBN 9781444919158
Author Steve Antony
Format Paperback
Page Count 32
Imprint Hodder Children's Books
Publisher Hachette Children's Group
Weight(grams) 202g
Dimensions(mm) 264mm * 260mm * 8mm


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