Steve Antony

Steve Antony

Steve unveils his latest book ‘I’ll Wait Mr. Panda’ at Upper Stratton Library.

On Tuesday 12th January we were very lucky to have Steve Antony, the very talented and lovely best-selling Swindon author and illustrator, come to visit Swindon Libraries.

His first stop was at West Swindon Library where he talked to  90 reception aged children from Oliver Tomkins CE Infants and Hazelwood Primary schools about his books.

Next in line was Upper Stratton Library where a group of 30 children from Beechcroft sat enthralled listening to Steve and excitedly pointing out characters in the scenes from his books. It was fantastic to see the children so engaged at both libraries. Steve’s books are a delight to read with children and our special treat was a sneaky peak at, and first reading of, his latest book ‘I’ll Wait Mr. Panda’ which was published on 14th January 2016.

We all had a go at drawing our own pandas under Steve’s expert instruction.

HE'S THERE!!! Children point out the butler

HE’S THERE!!! Children at West Swindon Library point out the butler in ‘The Queen’s Hat’!

If you haven’t tried one of Steve’s books yet, then what are you waiting for? They are fun and deceptively simple with lovely illustrations and lots of hidden details if you just look closely enough!…These books are brilliant to share together and although most suited to younger children, they do have a wider age appeal.

Find out all about Steve on his website…which even has handy lesson plans for teachers and activities for story times and at home!

You can reserve books for free from any Swindon library and have them delivered to your local library via our online catalogue. All you need to hand is your library card number and pincode. Just click on the titles below to check where they are and reserve from the comfort of your own home!

Steve’s Books

the queens hatThe Queen’s Hat. 

A sudden gust of wind sets off a marvellous London adventure for the Queen, the Queen’s men and one very special hat. So let’s follow one determined, daredevil queen through the zoo, over Tower Bridge and up Big Ben – just where will that hat land?

the queens handbagThe Queen’s Handbag.

A naughty swan steals the Queen’s handbag, so naturally, the Queen races after it. She follows it all around the United Kingdom in various modes of transport, including an Aston Martin car, a motorbike, a Red Arrow plane, a speedboat, a train and a horse. Taking in sights such as Stonehenge, Snowdonia, Giants Causeway, Edinburgh Castle, Oxford and then arriving back in London, this chase includes the Queen’s butler and an awful lot of policemen.

betty goes bananasBetty Goes Bananas. 

Betty is hungry. She sees a banana. She wants to eat it. But the banana will not open! Poor Betty – she just can’t cope and her frustration quickly becomes a big tantrum. Luckily, Mr Toucan swoops by to show Betty how to peel the fruit and the banana-drama finally comes to an end. But what will happen when Betty spots another banana?

betty goes bananas in her pyjamasBetty Goes Bananas in her Pyjamas. 

Meet Betty, a baby gorilla. When it’s time for Betty to go to bed she will do almost anything to stay up. Families everywhere will recognise and laugh out loud at Betty’s brilliantly observed bedtime antics in this hilarious picture book.

please mr pandaPlease Mr. Panda. 

Panda has a tray of doughnuts. Animal after animal tells him the one they want, but it’s only when Lemur says ‘please’ politely that Panda will give any out! A witty and stylish lesson that manners will get you EVERYTHING. Even a trayload of doughnuts


wait mr pandaI’ll Wait Mr. Panda. 

Mr Panda is making a big surprise. What is it? The animals must wait and see.
But waiting is BORING. Only one little penguin has the patience and politeness to stick around. Will he be rewarded? This delicious picture book combines stunning art, an unforgettable panda and a hilarious lesson in good manners.

green lizards vs red rectanglesGreen Lizards vs. Red Rectangles: A Story about War and Peace 

The green lizards and the red rectangles are at war. They fight and fight and fight – can there ever be a way to live peacefully together?




Panda by Rhonda Dempsie, Outreach Officer aged 46 1/2 – we are sure you can do better!