Ian was born in Hove on the Sussex coast in 1947. At the age of thirteen, after seeing an exhibition of drawings for the Radio Times, he was fired with enthusiasm about illustration and began attending Saturday painting classes at the nearby Brighton College of Art. Ian left school at fifteen and went immediately to the college at Brighton to study art full-time. There he was taught by both Raymond Briggs, John Vernon Lord, and John Lawrence.
Ian has worked in many fields of illustration. He was involved in the record industry in the late 1960s and 1970s, and painted the cover of one of the most iconic and popular records of all time: Elton John's double album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. One of Ian's picture book titles, Lost in the Snow, was made into an animated film for TV. He has often illustrated traditional folk and fairy tales, and the work of many authors including Rose Impey, Geraldine Macaughrean,and Philip Pullman,as well as his own stories, such as Tom and The Island of Dinosaurs, The Teddy Robber and Home Before Dark. In 2006 he published his first novel for children, The Secret History of Tom Trueheart Boy Adventurer, this was followed by two other titles in the series, Tom Trueheart and the Land of Dark Stories and Tom Trueheart and the Land of Myths and Legends. The Tom Trueheart books have been translated into more than 20 languages. He has also written for older children and teens, his novel Pastworld was published in 2009 and has been optioned as a major film. His most recent books are The Hidden Kingdom, and The Haunting of Charity Delafield. He is currently working on three new fiction projects as well as drawing a set of pictures of silent film stars for the Nightingale Project to cheer up hospital spaces. His books have now sold a million copies worldwide.
in 'Chicken Licken', retold by Ian Beck, for the OXFORD Storybook Series.
From the back cover:-
'Help! Help! The sky is falling down! Chicken Licken is a traditional firm favourite for a very good reason - it's tremendous fun. Here it is beautifully retold by one of our foremost illustrators.'
Large format paperback covers open to 18 high quality shiny pages in the popular 2-page spread format. Beautifully illustrated throughout, in typical Ian Beck fashion, this super book is further enhanced by relevant facial expressions which help to promote discussion and pondering of outcome.
Clear, easy-to-follow text, enlarged in places, FOR EFFECT!
'Once upon a time, when the world was young and the animals could speak, there was a tiny wee chick called Chicken Licken. Now it happened one day that fluffy, yellow Chicken Licken was grubbing about in her favourite patch, when an acorn fell, p-l-o-m-p, on her little tail. 'Oh no, said Chicken Licken, 'the sky is falling down! Help, I must go and warn the king.' So she set off on her busy little feet, and after a while she met her great friend Henny Penny. 'Well, well, if it isn't Chicken Licken,' said Henny Penny. 'Where are you off to in such a hurry?' 'Quick, help, help, Henny Penny. The sky is falling down! I must go and warn the king.' 'I see,' said Henny Penny. 'And how can you be so sure that the sky is falling down?'.....'
Chicken Licken's story is so convincing that Henny Penny goes along to warn the king, too... as do a number of others on the way.......including Cocky Locky, Ducky Daddles and Goosey Loosey.
Then........ they meet Mr Foxy Woxy...........who leads the determined band on a bit of a detour!Read more ›
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