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Holly was brought up in beautiful Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland where living on a farm nurtured a fascination and love of animals, which continues to feed her work as an artist and illustrator today. Holly's first children's book, Silly Jack, was inspired by the real animals that lived on the farm: Jack was a Shetland pony that used to come into the kitchen! Holly now lives and works in Edinburgh with her husband Craig, Holly's 'greatest creation' their young daughter Honey.

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Based on traditional counting rhymes, this lively story from Scottish author/ illustrator Surplice features 10 guinea pigs going wild at a birthday party. "Ten little guinea pigs, dancing in a line./ Bump! go the guinea pigs, and then there are... [page turn] 9." Like an Agatha Christie for toddlers, Surplice uses ingenuity and variety to get rid of her characters (gently) one by one. The first guinea pig departs after getting stuck with a "pin the tail on the donkey" pin, another leaves after bumping his nose during a "jump and dive" session on a pile of pillows, and another floats "up and up and up" holding onto a balloon. At the end of the party, the birthday boy, all alone, "makes a wish... And once more there are... ten!" Surplice differentiates the guinea pigs with capes, tutus, and other accessories (all wear brightly colored party hats) to aid children with counting; the pigs and their brightly colored toys, gift bags, and other party fare pop against the white backdrops. As energetic and entertaining as a party full of higgledy-piggledy toddlers. Ages 2-up. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

PreS-K-This perfectly paced counting book depicts a birthday scene exactly as young children see it. There are energetic guests, lots of commotion, fun, mishaps, gifts, treats, and the inevitable letdown when the party is over. But Surplice ends on a high note, when the main character "shuts his eyes and makes a wish," putting the whole celebration into play once more. Endearing guinea pigs are stand-ins for the youngest listeners, who will practice counting from ten to one and back again with this bright, cheerfully illustrated, and delightful romp.-Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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