Brian The Brave

Written by Paul Stewart, illustrated by Jane Porter, published by Otter Barry Books, April 2019 and Flyaway Books in the US, August 2019. Shortlisted for the Derby Children’s Picture Book Award 2020.

Brian the Brave tells the story of an ordinary sheep who bravely overcomes the prejudice of some of his fellow woolly creatures and manages to get everyone working together to outwit a predator. It’s a sweet, funny and inspiring tale.

“One of those picture books that stands out because of its important message and the gorgeous way in which it’s conveyed… superbly told with lots of touches of humour and exceptionally illustrated by Jane Porter who depicts these characters wonderfully” Parents In Touch

“Jane Porter’s various sheep characters are splendidly portrayed in her dramatic, often funny, colourful collage scenes of the ups and downs of life ovine style” Jill Bennet, Red Reading Hub

“The illustrations are distinctive and vivid; fans of Eric Carle will find the textured, collage-like pictures reminiscent of his classic work” Kirkus Reviews

“Impressively enhanced with bright, playful artwork that will prompt conversations about friendship, teamwork, and bias based on race or language”
Midwest Book Review

“Visually interesting…tale of the dangers of prejudice and the power of teamwork” School Library Journal

“Uses collage to create an absorbing atmosphere; sheep, dry stone walls, trees, flowers and insects fill every spread….should become a warm woolly favourite! – 5 stars” Books For Keeps