Fantastic tales for 5 to 8-year-olds starring Her Majesty the Queen, Mr Brown the corgi and the animals of London's Natural History Museum. The action moves between the real world of London and the fictional world in which the animals live. In the tradition of Dr Doolittle animals and humans are equal.
About the tales: Heroine is Her Majesty the Queen, an adorable old lady with a passion for natural history. She is an optimist who never gives up and is unfailingly polite. Her constant companion and friend is Mr Brown the corgi. The tales begin in Buckingham Palace and move on to London's Natural History Museum. The Queen and Mr Brown are good friends of the animals who live there. The animals have a space transporter in the form of a giant conker called Conkerdor. This takes them to outlandish destinations in the animal world, a rubbish dump or the bottom of the ocean, where they meet some very quirky animals. At the end of every tale the Queen and Mr Brown return to the safety of the Palace.
The books are loved by 5 to 8-year-old children and adults for their bizarre storylines and characters and striking illustrations,
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James Francis Wilkins was born in Bristol in 1942 as the youngest of four brothers. He studied painting at Chelsea College of Art and took a course at the London School of Film Technique before working in the animation industry, including special effects for the Stanley Kubrick film 2001 – a Space Odyssey and Halas & Batchelor, the leading animation studio of the time. He lived and worked in Germany for 22 years. During this time he also created a strip cartoon that ran in Bild-am-Sonntag and many regional newspapers. He lived and worked in Greece for 17 years. He has a son, daughter and 5 grandchildren.
The Queen & Mr Brown began as a project after he published a book of cartoons 101 Uses for an hereditary peer. He was curious to see if he could create a series of children’s stories built around the Queen. His initial idea was to relate what she got up to on her ‘days off’ because even someone as famous as the Queen has a right to a private life, so he thought. This was before the days of social media. He created two mock-ups whilst living in Brighton but then moved to Greece and they lay in a cupboard for 10 years. During this time, apart from earning a living, he turned his attention to photographing Greek wild plants with the idea of creating a plant museum. A friend encouraged him to show his stories to the Natural History Museum. This lead to the publication of the first tale.