I'm Leyland Perree, author of a number of humourous rhyming picture books suitable for children from Foundation to Key Stage 2. I live in Devon, England, and have been writing for children since 2009.
My books have been distributed across the globe from Australia to Singapore, and published in several languages.
Stuffed with fun wordplay, visual gags, melodic rhyme and memorable characters, my books have become firm favourites with infant and adult readers around the world.
I've worked with some very talented illustrators over the years, such as Joelle Driedemy (Frog on the Log, The Goat That Gloats), Christina Forshay (Toad's Road Code) and Stuart McGhee (The Great Reef Race, Which Witch Is Which?, The Unpleasant Tale of the Man-eating Christmas Pudding, The Magic Custard Factory).
"Rhymes that flow, illustrations that are clear, eye-catching and awesome, and a general feel of quality."
"A sing-song tale that's a joy to read out loud."
"There's a heck of a lot to love here, from great rhymes that trip off the tongue to some really nice artwork."
"A wonderful little story with beautiful pictures that is sure to be loved by children and adults alike."
I often like to tackle moral and life issues in my stories, but in a safe and light-hearted way. For instance, Frog on the Log contains messages that it's okay to ask for help, and to not judge by appearances. Toad's Road Code is about road safety, and The Great Reef Race is about fair play, taking part and being a good sport. My aim for my books is always that the story shines out above all else.
"In school, 'The Great Reef Race' can help teachers explain good sportsmanship, cheating, putting friendships above the competition, and being a good loser."
"This is a beautifully illustrated picture book that features fantastic main characters; a diverse and interesting cast of supporting characters; a fun and whimsical story; solid rhyming and cadence; and, important life lessons for children."
I enjoy visiting schools and libraries, and talking to children and adults about writing. My visits can consist of anything from a short talk and "storytime" for Foundation-age children through to a writing workshop that takes place over several sessions.
"We can highly recommend an author visit. We're looking forward to you visiting again next year!"
"Having a 'real' author's perspective on writing has had a positive impact on children's attitudes towards writing"