The Emperor's New Clothes Horse

Author Wilson,Tony

Illustrator DeGennaro,Sue

Item Code 8070126

Product Type Book

Format Hardback

ISBN 9781742830452

Series Emperors New Clothes Horse


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The Emperor has won almost every horse race in the kingdom... All except one.

‘I’d trade all these trophies for one Cristobel Cup!’

When two brilliant international trainers claim to have found the fastest racehorse for the Emperor, it sounds like his wish will finally come true! But is it the perfect horse? A wonderfully witty take on the classic tale of The Emperor’s New Clothes.

Genre: General Fiction, Traditional Stories

Subject: Picture Books

Reading Level: Early Childhood, Foundation

School Year: Early Childhood, Pre-School, Foundation

Lexile Level:: 570

Ages: 4 to 6

Page Count: 32

Tony Wilson

Tony Wilson is the author of much-loved picture books including Grannysaurus Rex, Harry Highpants, The Princess and the Packet of Frozen PeasEmo the Emu and The Cow Tripped Over the Moon, which won the Honour Award for the CBCA Book of the Year in the Younger Readers category in 2016. 

Tony was selected as the National Simultaneous Storytime title for 2017 with The Cow Tripped Over the Moon, (illustrated by Laura Wood).The Cow Tripped Over the Moon is a story of triumph and perseverance, and offers a rhyming commentary on the Cow's previous seven attempts on the moon.  

Tony has written some kids TV, namely a couple of episodes of the Cartoon Network show 'Exchange Student Zero' (Bogan Productions), voiced by Rove McManus.

He also penned two novels for adults (Players and Making News), numerous articles for magazines such as The Monthly and Good Weekend and newspapers pieces. His sports memoir, Australia United, is an absolute favourite amongst Socceroos fans. His own sports career included a year on Hawthorn's senior list. Unfortunately, he never played a senior AFL game.

His television appearances include 'Race Around the World', 'The Einsten Factor' and 'Santo Sam and Ed's Cup Fever'. He's an ex-Triple R Breakfaster, and a regular on ABC Local Radio and Radio National.

Sue DeGennaro

Where were you born? Where do you live now?
I was born in Adelaide and I now live in inner city Melbourne.

Where did you go to school?

What were you like in school? 
Good when I needed to be and naughty when I knew I could get away with it.

What is the naughtiest thing you did?
I told my Year 1 class it was my birthday, I lied about all the presents I got and they sang me happy birthday at the end of the day, I loved every moment of it.

What was your favourite book growing up?
We didn’t have any books in our house when we were growing up. I didn’t really get books 'til high school, late high school.

How do you get started on illustrating?
I set a timer every day and drew for 10 mins. Either an object in the house or my little children.

How old were you?
33 yrs

Why did you want to be an illustrator?
I tried not to be an illustrator by not accepting a place in an illustration course I was offered after leaving school, it seems there was no escape.

How do you think up ideas?
I turn up to my studio, pencil in hand and wait for them to arrive, they always do.

Do you have a special place where you illustrate?
My studio, the largest sunniest room in my house.

What is the best thing about being an illustrator?
Having the opportunity to practice painting and drawing over and over again.

What do you do when you are not illustrating?

Cook, clean, pick up clothes off the floor.

What would you have chosen to be if you were not an illustrator?


Which famous person from the past would you like to talk to?
Miranda July

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