Welcome to my site. Here you'll find all my books, plus school activities, Mr Panda projects, lesson plans, events, book news, contests and more.
After taking redundancy from a call-centre, I pursued my dream job. Five years later, I've written and illustrated 11 picture books, won numerous awards and toured the UK, USA, Italy and Taiwan. I also illustrated Tim Minchin's When I Grow Up from his hit musical Matilda and illustrated a cover of The Famous Five. I'm a proud patron of Swindon Libraries and recently designed a new children's library card for them. I am red-green colourblind, which has influenced the way I work.
From making hats to 'baking' doughnuts, teachers from the UK to Australia have invented fun lesson plans and creative activities based on my books. I have dedicated much of this website to sharing their fantastic lesson ideas. I have indicated a recommended age group next to each lesson based on my experience from school events, but you can tailor them for just about any age group. These ideas might also be useful for librarians and booksellers, too!
As Patron of Swindon Libraries Children's Reading Services I regularly meet with my local librarians to brainstorm fun and creative ways to help encourage children to engage with their local library. In 2017, I held two art contests across all 15 libraries. I am currently planning more with Swindon Libraries. Above is the children's library card I recently designed for Swindon Borough. I will post upcoming events in due course.
A link will be added here soon.
When I Grow Up
Collaborating with Tim Minchin and adapting his song, When I Grow Up from Matilda the Musical, into a picture book was a dream and It was my first time illustrating a book I hadn't written. For the launch Tim and I performed at Leicester Square Theatre and posed in window at Waterstones Piccadilly (above). Press the link below to see all related blog posts (lots of behind the scenes stuff) or visit Tim Minchin's When I Grow Up webpage.
A disabled boy teaches his pet dragon, Zibbo, how to laugh, sing, fly, and swing. They are good, bad, happy and sad together. They are just like everyone else. This is the premise for the book I'm working on. I'm incredibly passionate about this one because I feel there isn't enough 'incidental inclusion' in picture books. The story was inspired by my time working as a Special Needs Support Worker. Book title to be confirmed.