Author(s): Claire O'Brien
Every animal in the farmyard is looking forward to the Chicken Sisters' party. They've put Cockerel in charge of invitations. As he goes around the farmyard Cockerel thinks that Duck is too wet, Cow is too slobbery, Dog is too flea-ridden and Pig is too muddy. "Sorry but you're not invited, we're having a neat party for tidy animals," says Cockerel in a snooty voice. Cockerel goes home, has a bubble bath, polishes his beak and combs his feathers. He's very happy when he looks in the mirror, but the Chicken sisters are not happy when they find out what he's done. They carefully work out a plan to teach him and lesson - and the plan works out very neatly indeed!
Claire O'Brien trained as a teacher and has done many jobs in her time including teaching English in Colombia and drama in the USA. She has also had her children's work published by Simon & Schuster. Claire lives in Heaton, Bradford. Tim Archbold was born in Northumberland and studied at the Newcastle College of Art and the Exeter College of Art and Design where he obtained a B. A. Hons in Graphic Design. He worked at the Newcastle School for Deaf Children and subsequently set himself up as a freelance illustrator. His reputation has gone from strength to strength and he has illustrated over 40 books. Tim also illustrated the excellent Kingfisher Sidesplitters: Knock, Knock! joke collection. His book Be Good, Gordon was a Guardian Book of the Year in 2001. He now lives in Kelso, Roxburghshire.