Author(s): Martin Waddell
One cold winter's night, in his stable, Kind Ox welcomes animals looking for warmth and shelter with the call, 'Come inside. There's always room for a little one here.' Then Tired Donkey arrives, led by Joseph and carrying Mary on his back. Kind Ox calls to Tired Donkey, 'Come inside. There's always room for a little one here'. And later that night, in the light of the stable, the animals welcome Jesus to the world. Martin Waddell's beautiful retelling of the Nativity story is exquisitely illustrated by Jason Cockcroft.
Martin Waddell is known and respected the world over for his incredible storytelling. Martin has won the Smarties Prize twice and was presented with the Hans Christian Andersen Award for children's literature. His books for Orchard, include 'The Dirty Great Dinosaur' illustrated by Leonie Lord, and two wonderful story collections 'The Orchard Book of Goblins, Ghouls and Ghosts' (illustrated by Tony Ross) and 'The Orchard Book of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales' (illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark). Martin lives in Northern Ireland. Jason Cockcroft was born in New Zealand and raised in Leeds, England. He is best known for his internationally acclaimed picture book illustrations and for his cover artwork for the final three Harry Potter books. During his time at Falmouth School of Art he entered the Macmillan Prize for Children's Illustration, winning a place in the final exhibition where his work was noticed by publishers and agents. He won the Blue Peter Award for his work on Geraldine McCaughrean's retelling of 'Pilgrim's Progress', and has been nominated for the Kate Greenaway award. He lives in North Yorkshire.