After taking redundancy from a call-centre, I pursued my dream job. Five years later, I've published 11 picture books, won numerous awards and toured around the world. I mostly write and draw all my books.
My 2014 debut THE QUEEN'S HAT won the Oscar's Book Prize, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal. It was adapted into a musical LSO concert, and my Shaun the Sheep sculpture (based on the book) raised £15,000 for charity. The book was simply inspired by a photo that made me chuckle. It was followed by THE QUEEN'S HANDBAG, THE QUEEN'S PRESENT and the forthcoming THE QUEEN'S LIFT-OFF.
The popular MR PANDA series, now in many languages, began with PLEASE MR PANDA which was read in 645 US bookstores simultaneously for Barnes and Noble's 1st nationwide Story Time.
I made a picture book about war called GREEN LIZARDS VS RED RECTANGLES which the Wall Street Journal thinks is 'comically unorthodox'. The New York Times said BETTY GOES BANANAS 'speaks to foot stamping the toddler in all of us'.
I recently illustrated Tim Minchin's WHEN I GROW UP from his hit musical MATILDA. I also illustrated the cover of The Famous Five series: FIVE HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME..
I'm red-green colourblind. I wrote an article about it for Foyles: http://www.foyles.co.uk/Public/Biblio/Detail.aspx?blogId=1713
I used to live in New Mexico, but now I live in Swindon, England.
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.
When I'm not eating doughnuts, jogging in the gym to work off the doughnuts or getting lost on my way to events, I'm in my Swindon studio working on Zibbo, a picture book inspired by my time as a part-time Special Needs Support Worker at Swindon College (out in 2019). I'm also creating more Mr Panda books and procrastinating on YouTube.
I am represented by Elizabeth Roy.
Here is a list of picture books I've written and illustrated:
THE QUEEN'S HAT - Won the Oscars Book Prize, Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Prize, Nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal, Shortlisted for the 'Read it Again' Award, Shortlisted for the Sheffield's Children's Book Award, Shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards, Adapted into a LSO concert
THE QUEEN'S HANDBAG
THE QUEEN'S PRESENT
PLEASE, MR PANDA - Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2016, Winner of the Oxfordshire Book Awards (picture book category), Winner of the Early Years Niagara Literary Award, Longlisted for the UKLA (UK Literary Association) 2016 Award, Shortlisted for the Nottingham Children's Book Award 2016, Gold Star Award from NAPPA (National Parenting Publications Awards), Picture Book of the Month at Barnes & Noble, Honoured by Society Of Illustrators
I'LL WAIT, MR PANDA
THANK YOU, MR PANDA
GREEN LIZARDS VS RED RECTANGLES - Nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2017, Longlisted for the UKLA (UK Literary Association) 2017 Award
BETTY GOES BANANAS - Shortlisted for the Nottingham Children's Book Award 2015
BETTY GOES BANANAS IN HER PYJAMAS - Shortlisted for the Dundee Book Award
MONSTER IN THE HOOD - Nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2017, Shortlisted for the St.Helens Schools Library Service Book Awards 2017
Here are the books I've illustrated:
FAMOUS FIVE: FIVE HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME (COVER)
TIM MINCHIN'S WHEN I GROW UP
GOODNIGHT, MR PANDA
THE QUEEN'S LIFT-OFF
MR PANDA'S COLOURS
MR PANDA'S FEELINGS
ZIBBO (WORKING TITLE)