My Big Shouting Day

Random House


"Today I woke up and Bob was crawling around MY ROOM, licking MY JEWELLERY, so I shouted GET OUT OF MY ROOM! and that was the start of MY BIG SHOUTING DAY..."

Bella is having one of those days - her biscuit is broken, she has a hurting foot and ballet is TOOOO itchy for words. All she can do is shout! But by the end of the day, when she's all tired out from being shouty, Bella knows there's one magic word and one magic mummy to make things better again...

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About the author

Rebecca grew up in Bolton, and first studied Fashion due to a love of fashion illustration. After graduating, she worked at an assortment of jobs, including being an classroom assistant in a primary school, while sending out manuscripts for picture books. Once her own children had started school, Rebecca began an MA in Children's Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art and had her first picture books commissioned at the end of the course. Rebecca's work is inspired by her own childhood and her children's lives, with stories often starting as games or something made up in the back of a car to amuse a child. She is the 2012 winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. She lives in Cambridge.
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Jun 7, 2012
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Family & Relationships / Life Stages / Adolescence
Juvenile Fiction / Family / New Baby
Juvenile Fiction / Family / Siblings
Juvenile Fiction / General
Juvenile Fiction / Humorous Stories
Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Adolescence
Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Manners & Etiquette
Juvenile Nonfiction / Family / Siblings
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Rebecca Patterson
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