The most magical fun you could wish for!
Updated: Aug 27
Genie and Teeny: Make a Wish by Steven Lenton, HarperCollins
Genie and Teeny is the first in a brand new series by one of our favourite picture book authors and illustrators, Steven Lenton. Grant is a genie with an impressive array of hats. While cap-collecting is one of his strengths, wish-making is not. After a “right royal mistake,” which involved accidentally turning the queen into a snake, Grant finds himself banished from Genie World, and worse – lampless.
When Grant makes a discarded teapot his new home, he makes a new friend too - a lost puppy named Teeny - and vows to reunite Teeny with his owners. What follows is an adventure that’s as funny as it is magical, punctuated with hilarious excerpts from Grant’s favourite book: The Biggest Genie Joke Book Ever. It’s also full of fabulous illustrations by Steven Lenton which help bring the characters to life and add more humour.
I love Steven Lenton's playful and inventive writing style. Genie and Teenie: Make a Wish is ideal for entertaining emerging readers during the summer holidays. There’s even a “draw your own genie” guide in the book, a space for readers to write their own wishes, and lots more free activities on Steven’s website. Just be warned – it may permanently change how you feel about purple!
About the author:
Steven Lenton is a multi-award winning illustrator, originally from Cheshire, now working from his studios in Brighton and London. He has illustrated many children's books including How to Grow a Unicorn by Rachel Morrisroe, Head Kid and The Taylor Turbochaser by David Baddiel, The Hundred and One Dalmatians adapted by Peter Bently, Octopus Shocktopus by Peter Bently, The Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam series by Tracey Corderoy, Frank Cottrell-Boyce's fiction titles and the Sainsbury's Prize winning The Nothing To See Here Hotel series by Steven Butler. Steven has also written and illustrated his own books, including Princess Daisy and the Dragon and the Nincompoop Knights. Follow Steven on Instagram and Twitter and see more of his work on his website.