Hello. I write and illustrate books for children. Sometimes I write the words and other people do the illustrations. Sometimes I illustrate words that other people have written. Sometimes I do both the writing and the illustration. It's complicated.
I've had books published by lots of companies including Orchard, MacMillan's Children's Books, Oxford University Press, Scholastic, Piccadilly Press, Bloomsbury and more. Some of them have even won awards.
Among other things, I write the best-selling TEN LITTLE series, and Simon Rickerty illustrates them. This year Orchard brought out a special, anniversary edition of the very first Ten Little book - TEN LITTLE PIRATES. Amazingly, it's been ten years since PIRATES was published, and to celebrate, our excellent designer, Grahame Lyus, has added a beautiful, glittery gold cover, very reminiscent of pirate treasure! Go Pirates! AARRRRR!
The latest Ten Little book of mine to be published is TEN LITTLE BUGS. Written by me and wonderfully illustrated as ever by SIMON RICKERTY, it's the thirteenth in our best-selling Ten Little series. I hope you enjoy the adventures of the Jitter Bugs as they run into all kinds of problems putting together the spectacular Moonbeam Ball.
P.S. It's just been announced that TEN LITTLE BUGS has been chosen as one of Waterstones' Best Books of 2023! It's currently featured on their website under Best Books 2023: Baby and Toddler. There is much delighted jitterbugging in the undergrowth at the news!
I've always had a bit of a thing about robots. One of the first books I wrote and illustrated was Little Robots. It went on to become an animated TV series, shown in the UK on CBeebies. There were 65 episodes made and it was shown in over 70 countries. I wrote some of the episodes and was involved in the development and design. You can read more on the Little Robots TV Series page.
I'm represented by the excellent Caroline Walsh and Clare Israel at David Higham Associates.
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I live and work in the beautiful county of Somerset. I'm very lucky to have a wonderful family of whom I'm inordinately proud. Apart from my family and books, I do a lot in the world of local politics. I'm a member of the Green Party and am proud to have been voted the NALC Local Councillor of the Year 2017.