Sunday, 26 June 2016

A gift...

Probably the most dizzying high you can experience as a writer and illustrator is getting a good review from people you really respect and admire. I've been avidly following Picture Books Blogger over the past few years and have been entranced by their great reviews and the gorgeous books they shine a light on. So imagine my surprise and delight this morning to be given a beautiful review for 'Midnight at the Zoo'! Good reviews feel like Christmas morning to me, and if you'd like to see it, it can be read here. Squee!


Sunday, 12 June 2016

Midnight at the Zoo and the Edinburgh Festival


Midnight at the Zoo is out on the 14th August this year (you can pre-order your copy here!) And I'll be holding a Midnight at the Zoo safari at the Edinburgh Book Festival in August - we'll be making animal masks, jumping like lemurs and roaring like lions! The event is suitable for ages 4-7 and it would be great to see you and your little ones there. I'm also giving a talk called 'Dream Spaces - Drawing on the Imagination' with the amazing Debi Gliori on the 18th of August (Debi Gliori! Wow!) It promises to be a magical evening so do drop by and say hello! You can order tickets here

Tuesday, 8 March 2016



It's been really lovely to work with the Biscuit Factory Gallery again on illustrations for their beautiful new menu - and thrilling to see them in situ!   

Saturday, 9 January 2016

A little peek at some work for 'Midnight at the Zoo'...


Very excitingly, my next picture book - Midnight at the Zoo - is out on the 1st June this year! Here's a peek at the endpapers for the book, they're a map of the zoo our little protagonists get lost in. They were lots of fun to work on and it was lovely to research the animals (I'd never even heard of a Golden Crowned Sifaka!)

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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Midnight at the Zoo!

I'm very lucky to be working on a brand new picture book with Templar. It's called 'Midnight at the Zoo' and is due for publication in the UK and USA next year! This is a little work-in-progress peek at the title pages for the book... (this photo was taken at my local library in Northumberland - note the gorgeous Gothic ironwork in the background. It's SUCH a beautiful library!)




Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Things are very busy here but I'm absolutely delighted to say that 'The Wonder' is one of the titles nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal! The list is spectacular a always, and it's an absolute privilege to be included. The lovely people at Templar even made this super picture to celebrate!

 

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

U.S reviews for The Wonder!

Very excitingly, The Wonder will be published in the States by Candlewick on the 8th of September this year. And even MORE excitingly, it has managed to gather a couple of lovely reviews ahead of its U.S launch. 

First, from the marvellous people at Kirkus (this is my favourite review EVER - love the bit about the rollercoaster!)

And second from Publishers Weekly!

Well done little Daydreamer Boy...