A bored queen. A birthday wish. An outrageous orang-utan. Everything’s about to go bananas!
This right royal mash-up of mischief and mayhem comes in a sumptuous slipcase and with a star-laden story CD.
Written by David Walliams as an exclusive children’s picture book especially for Comic Relief – David will be giving all of his proceeds from the book to the charity. The illustrator, Tony Ross, will waive his royalties and HarperCollins UK will also donate all profits from the publishing of the book – at least £5 from each copy sold will go to Comic Relief.
About the author
Since 2008 David Walliams has taken the children’s literary world by storm. His bestselling eight novels have been translated into over forty languages and have sold over ten million copies in the UK alone. Walliams’ books have achieved unprecedented critical acclaim and countless broadsheet reviewers have compared him to his all-time hero, Roald Dahl.
Born in London, Tony Ross went to art school in Liverpool. His cartoons have appeared in famous publications the world over. His first book, HUGO AND THE WICKED WINTER, was published in 1972. Tony has since written over 100 books and illustrated over 2000! His creations Towser and The Little Princess have been turned into TV series.
David and Tony have worked on four Number One bestselling picture books together, as well as six of David’s phenomenally successful children’s novels – Billionaire Boy, Gangsta Granny, Ratburger, Demon Dentist, Awful Auntie and Grandpa’s Great Escape.
Miranda Hart’s excursion to the Edinburgh Festival in 1994 began her journey to becoming one of the UK’s top comedians. After ten years on the stand-up and sketch club circuit, she made her mark appearing in Smack the Pony, Absolutely Fabulous, Hyperdrive and Not Going Out, but it was when her sitcom Miranda hit screens in 2009, that her popularity rocketed. She has since been crowned the Queen of Comedy at the British Comedy Awards as well as winning three RTS Awards for Best Comedy Performance.
Rob was born in Swansea and studied drama at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He commenced his professional life as a radio and television presenter for BBC Wales.
Rob first came to the public's attention in 2000 with the shows Marion and Geoff and Human Remains, winning British Comedy Awards for both. Since then his comedy credits have included I'm Alan Partridge, Little Britain, Live At The Apollo, Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive, QI, The Big Fat Quiz Of The Year, Have I Got News For You, Gavin and Stacey, Rob Brydon's Identity Crisis, as well as hosting the successful panel show Would I Lie To You? He has also appeared in the following drama productions on television and film: Oliver Twist, Heroes and Villains: Napoleon, The Way We Live Now, Murder In Mind, Kenneth Tynan: In Praise of Hardcore, Marple, 24 Hour Party People, A Cock and Bull Story, The Best of Men, Gangsta Granny, The Trip and The Trip to Italy, alongside Steve Coogan.
Rob is the voice of many animated characters in major films including The Legend of Treasure Island, Robbie The Reindeer, The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, and Room on the Broom.
PRAISE FOR ‘FIRST HIPPO ON THE MOON’:
“TV star David Walliams is as adept at writing for the under-fives as for older children. Pre-schoolers will roar with laughter at The First Hippo on the Moon… ” – Daily Express
“Part Aesop, part Spike Milligan… this is rollicking stuff. With heart and great illustrations by Tony Ross.” – Big Issue
PRAISE FOR DAVID WALLIAMS:
“No one has any business being as talented as David Walliams. He is one of the few comic actors who is actually funny, and is now the genius writer of ridiculously over-the-top and utterly delightful children’s books…” – Spectator
“I absolutely love David Walliams’s books. In a few more years they will become classics.” – Sue Townsend, author of Adrian Mole
“a new Roald Dahl” – The Times