After taking redundancy in 2010 from a Swindon call-centre, I pursued my dream job by applying for a Children's Book Illustration MA at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.
My 2014 debut, THE QUEEN'S HAT, was a Uni project simply inspired by a photo I chanced upon. It won the Oscar's First Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. My Shaun the Sheep sculpture, based on the book, raised £15,000.00 for the Wallace and Gromit Children's Charity; and the book was adapted into a concert by the London Symphony Orchestra. A sequel and a three-quel have since published.
I've since written and illustrated several other books, including the popular MR PANDA series. I've illustrated a cover of the FAMOUS FIVE series and adapted Tim Minchin's WHEN I GROW UP into a picture book. My books have been translated into many languages.
I often don't use many colours mainly because I'm red-green colourblind, but I am slowly stepping out of my comfort zone with books like UNPLUGGED and WHEN I GROW UP.
I am a proud Patron of Swindon Libraries Children's Services.
I am represented by Elizabeth Roy.
Here are a list of picture books I've written and illustrated:
THE QUEEN'S HAT
THE QUEEN'S HANDBAG
THE QUEEN'S PRESENT
PLEASE, MR PANDA
I'LL WAIT, MR PANDA
THANK YOU, MR PANDA
GOODNIGHT, MR PANDA (COMING SOON)
BETTY GOES BANANAS
BETTY GOES BANANAS IN HER PYJAMAS
MONSTER IN THE HOOD
GREEN LIZARDS VS RED RECTANGLES
UNPLUGGED (COMING SOON)
Here are the books I've illustrated:
FAMOUS FIVE: FIVE HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME (COVER)
TIM MINCHIN'S WHEN I GROW UP (COMING SOON)