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Tom Percival
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Book Description

4 Aug 2011

A beautifully atmospheric story celebrating the power of friendship, from the creator of Tobias and the Super Spooky Ghost Book.

It's a hard life for Mr Tipps, a frightened stray cat who lives under an old dustbin - until he meets a lonely boy and a wonderful friendship is formed.

But one day, the boy doesn't come to play and Mr Tipps finds himself lost and in danger. Will the two friends ever see each other again?

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (4 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007345615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007345618
  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 26.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 501,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

It could be said that Tom Percival had an unconventional childhood in a remote and beautiful part of South Shropshire. But you just as easily rephrase that by saying that he grew up in a ramshackle and freezing-cold caravan with no electricity or heating. Whichever way you look at it, these formative years are almost certainly what first got him interested in writing and drawing.

The first books that Tom ever loved were the Tim and the Hidden People series by Sheila McCullagh, which featured a magical cat called Tobias. It all seemed VERY real at night, in a draughty caravan, reading by gaslight in a howling gale.

After trying a few cities on for size, he decided that deep down he had always been a country boy and now he lives on the edge of Rodborough common in Gloucestershire with his girlfriend and their two young sons.

Tom has produced covers and internal illustrations for the Skulduggery Pleasant series of books as well as for the Chronicles of Egg series by Geoff Rodkey and Shiverton Hall by Emerald Fennell. He has also illustrated titles by Anthony Horowitz, Pete Johnson, Alexadro Adornetto and a whole host of other people.

Tom has three picture books currently available, 'Tobias and the Super Spooky Ghost Book', 'A Home for Mr Tipps' and 'Jack's AMAZING Shadow'.

His next book, 'Herman's Letter' will follow in October 2013 and is published by Bloomsbury.

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“A Halloween romp for younger boys and girls.” – The Daily Mail

“Percival is the illustrator of the Skulduggery Pleasant novels and this, his first picture book, has some lovely delicate touches behind the cartoon faces of the children – notice how Tobias fades gently as the years have passed outside” – The Daily Mail

“A heart-warming yet frightfully ghoulish story; Percival’s unique use of colour coupled with his multi-media approach to illustration make this debut picture book a welcomed breath of fresh air.” – Primary Times

“Just the right amount of fun and fear.” – Mums Know Best

“A gloriously fun book” – Derek Landy author of Skulduggery Pleasant

About the Author

Tom Percival studied Graphic Design in South Wales. His illustration career has seen him design Halloween merchandise for a major supermarket, create the character ‘Hector’ for an Aardman-animated road safety campaign and produce cover art for a number of successful children’s fiction series, including ‘Skulduggery Pleasant’. He lives in Bristol with his girlfriend, their baby son and next door’s cat.

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5.0 out of 5 stars a home for mr tipps 26 Sep 2011
By flowers
I bought this book for my 2 granddaughters, aged 1 and 4, they both liked it. They loved the bright pictures. I thought it was very good as it kept their attention and the story was very interesting. I liked it so much I have bought 5 more books to give away for Christmas presents! I would strongly recommend this book to children of all ages as older children could read it for themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beyond wonder 13 Mar 2012
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my 11 month old cannot put this book down, i can tell when he demands mr Tipps. Ive never seen anything like the addiction and attention he pays to this book. Odysseas will never forget mr Tipps, we are going to be reading this book together for a loooonnnnngggg time, we also have Tobias and the super spooky ghost book from Tom Percival, yet another favourite of my son. Thankyou tom for your awesome works. Beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 11 Aug 2011
Bought this for my daughter having previously enjoyed Tobias. She loved it - nice story and great illustrations. Would recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars nice :-) 18 May 2014
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really nice , warm story. my boy loves it. pictures are beautiful. I happy that I bought this book for my kids.
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