MEET THE AUTHORS

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ALBERT THE TORTOISE

MEET THE AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR OF ALBERT THE TORTOISE

THE REAL ALBERT

Real Albert is a Greek tortoise, also known as Mediterranean spur-thighed. Despite the name, they’re also found in Northern Africa, Southern Europe and parts of the Middle East. They have little fleshy spurs on their thighs, near the tail.

ALBERT AND FAMILY

Albert might be aged 80. He was rescued more than fifty years ago. He has lived happily with the same family ever since.

TORTOISE CARE

It is not good for tortoises to be on their backs. It’s important to turn them the right way, as gently and carefully as you can. Always seek specialist advice before considering a tortoise as a pet and always consult expert guidance on tortoise care.

THE ALBERT BOOK SERIES

ALBERT UPSIDE DOWN is the first in a series of picturebooks featuring the character of Albert. It's available as ebook, animated ebook and paperback.

BOOK SYNOPSIS

Albert the pet tortoise has a problem. Trying to reach a tasty treat, he has ended up on his shell, upside down and stuck! Can the other garden creatures overcome their rivalry, team up and help him get back on his feet?

Packed with comical, charming illustrations, this timeless adventure shows the power of working together, thinking creatively and how even the smallest amount of assistance can make a very big difference.

Also included are fascinating facts about the real Albert the tortoise.

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WRITER - IAN BROWN

Ian Brown is a London-based writer and producer for television and former Fleet Street journalist. His TV credits include Top Gear with Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, The South Bank Show, This Is Your Life with host Michael Aspel, Comic Relief, Take Your Pick with Des O’Connor, Petrolheads with Chris Barrie, Neil Morrissey and Richard Hammond, and the feature documentary Born to Royalty narrated by Hugh Bonneville. He has written or produced for the likes of Pierce Brosnan, Harrison Ford, Simon Cowell, The Simpsons, Tom Jones, Floella Benjamin, George Lucas, Liam Neeson, Martin Scorsese, Bob Monkhouse, Paul Whitehouse, Trevor McDonald, Michael Caine and Bruce Forsyth, among many others. Ian is also the creator and writer of grown-up cartoon series The Bruvs which was animated by Eoin. The Albert series are Ian’s first book titles for children.
“I have written for as long as I can remember. I think I won my first prize when I was about five. It was a story and drawing to say how milk from a cow became chocolate. I won a certificate from Cadbury’s. Books I loved – and still do – would have to include Paddington.”

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ILLUSTRATOR EOIN CLARKE

Eoin Clarke has worked for thirty years in the animation industry as a director, animator and storyboard artist – his directorial work across films, commercials and documentaries has garnered thirty awards. Clients include the BBC, Channel 4, BFI, and Ray Harryhausen, as a storyboard artist, as well as animation for CBBC: Operation Ouch and the opening titles of popular TV series Harry Hill: You’ve Been Framed and Gone Fishing with Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse. The Albert series are his first illustrated books.
Eoin has a Diploma in Foundation studies in Art and Design from Trowbridge Technical College, BA Hons in Graphic Design from Middlesex University and an MA Degree in Animation.
“I have always drawn since I can remember. I started my own comic books when I was ten years old. Septimus Blood the Pirate and Glub the Caveman. Technically my first paid work was for 2000AD comic in 1979 at the age of eleven when they published one of my illustrations and I won £3.
As a child, I loved Thomas the Tank Engine and Dr Seuss as well as the illustrations of Guillermo Mordillo and Jean Jaques Loup.”

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