Oxfordshire Book Award winner!

Oxfordshire Book Award winner!

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in books | No Comments

The really, really,really big dinosaur has won the picture book category of the Oxfordshire Book Award 2013. I’ve been nominated for several awards in the past but this is my first award and it feels really, really, really fantastic. The Oxfordshire Book Award was originally set up as the West Oxfordshire Book Award in 2007 and then expanded […]

The really, really, really big jelly bean jar

The really, really, really big jelly bean jar

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in fun stuff | No Comments

As part of their preparations for entering the BBC Radio 2 ‘500 Words’ story writing competition the teacher of Year 4 at Saint Mary’s Junior School in Bognor Regis asked me to make a short visit to talk about my children’s books. To generate a little anticipation I sent a jar of jelly beans to […]

This Aye-Aye belongs to me

This Aye-Aye belongs to me

Posted by on Nov 9, 2012 in books, fun stuff | No Comments

Before you go running off down to the nearest toy shop (or onto amazon) to buy one of these delightful Aye-Ayes I’d better tell you that they are not available in shops, online or anywhere else. He is a one-off, hand-made by Helen, my editor at Oxford University Press when Aye-Aye was still just a […]

Flopsy wins the ‘best hat’ competition

Flopsy wins the ‘best hat’ competition

Posted by on Sep 23, 2012 in fun stuff | No Comments

‘Raining again! Come on kids, let’s make some paper hats,’  said Dad excitedly, ‘I’ve found lots of different styles during my research for the Aye-Aye book!’ A select few of my daughter’s cuddly toys stepped in as models at the last minute. We all decided Flopsy (she’s the one on the left) looked most comfortable […]

Millicent and Meer on cBeebies

Millicent and Meer on cBeebies

Posted by on Mar 19, 2012 in books | No Comments

Here is the wonderful Anna Maxwell Martin reading ‘Millicent and Meer’ as the Bedtime Story on cBeeebies last night. Beautifully read. If 7pm wasn’t just a little too early for my bedtime I would of happily dozed off to her warm tones. Find out more about Millicent and Meer.

It’s always nice to be noticed…

It’s always nice to be noticed…

Posted by on Nov 23, 2011 in other stuff | No Comments

I’m a little late in breaking this news (as the week is nearly over) but I’ve been nominated ‘website of the week’ by Peters Bookselling Services – which is very nice. For those who don’t know, J S Peters & Son Limited are the UK’s principal and probably the best children’s library supplier in the country […]

Two nominations for the 2012 Kate Greenaway Medal

Two nominations for the 2012 Kate Greenaway Medal

Posted by on Nov 9, 2011 in books | One Comment

My first two children’s picture books Millicent and Meer and This book belongs to Aye-Aye have been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2012. The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people. The initial list of 50 nominations are assessed before a […]

Wellies not required

Wellies not required

Posted by on Nov 9, 2011 in illustration | One Comment

Having been too indicisive to grab a ticket for Glastonbury 2011 when they originally went on sale I decided to have a go at the ‘Design a t-shirt for Glastonbury’ competition as the prize included a couple of free tickets. Unfortunately I didn’t win but having been to a couple of muddy Glastonburys in the […]

How to make a paper hat like Aye-Aye

How to make a paper hat like Aye-Aye

Posted by on Nov 9, 2011 in books, fun stuff | No Comments

Aye-Aye and his friends make some lovely paper hats in my book This book belongs to Aye-Aye. If you’d like to have a go at making your own here are the instructions they use to make them. This is only one style – paper hats come in all sorts of designs. You can see my […]