“There is nothing more awakening than seeing the world through a child’s eyes. As adults we can become blinkered to the wonders of our planet. This charming story by Julia Johnson follows a growing group of puzzled animals trying to find out where all the people have gone during the 2020 pandemic lockdown. It is an innocent but poignant story that cleverly highlights human impact on the natural world. I think it will resonate with every young person and hopefully help effect a change in our respect and treatment of animals and nature.” Gavin Thurston, award winning wildlife cameraman and author of ‘Journeys in the Wild – The Secret Life of a Cameraman.’
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Where is Everyone?
Curious wild animals roaming through the empty streets around the world whilst people stayed at home to keep safe during lockdown was the inspiration behind Where is Everyone? – the latest children’s story by award-winning author Julia Johnson.
Click here to download the free Where is Everyone teaching pack for teachers and parents which may help children explore their feelings about the events of Covid-19.
Emily Styles was born in Dubai and spent her childhood there. She now lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and their young children, Alice and William. Working from home, Emily combines her illustrating with being a full-time mother.
Julia Johnson is a drama teacher turned children’s author, storyteller and performer who first came to Dubai in 1975. She has appeared on stage, TV and radio in the UK and in Dubai, has toured Theatre-in-Education productions to schools and has recorded over 100 audio books.
Julia’s stories frequently focus on the history and culture of the Arabian Peninsula. She has written over a dozen stories for children including The Camel That Got Away, Humpy Grumpy's Mission Improbable and Ubuntu: Summer of the Rhino, which was produced in partnership with Rhino Revolution. The Turtle Secret won the Best International Children’s Book Award at Sharjah International Book Fair 2014 and The Secret of the Cave in 2018.
She has toured schools and colleges in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the Northern Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia with talks and workshops. Commissions have included a story for Qatar’s National Day 2009, an interactive student pack for the Kremlin exhibition for the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) and a series of five short stories for Kraft (Middle East).
She is a regular speaker at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (EAFOL) and her books have twice been chosen for the Chevron Readers’ Cup.