A really lovely, witty story by Rick Walton, about a little girl and her best friend setting out for the park. I can't wait for this book to come out - I really think it needs to be published in the UK too. Ahem.
to be published by Harper US, 2015
A fabulous text by the one and only Tim Knapman, and a bit of a tear-jerker if you're a soppy dad like me. Due out just in time for next Father's Day, I believe.
published by Nosy Crow, 2015
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
A series of three new books featuring the eponymous flying car, written by Frank Cottrell Boyce, with illustrations by me
I love these stories, and working with Frank and the Flemings has been a joy. My focus going into the project was the Tooting family, Frank's modern take on the Potts, as I'm not very into cars. But I did enjoy designing the car too.
I also had the chance to illustrate Ian Fleming's original book, as it was re-released to coincide with the Chitty Flies Again.
Published by Pan Macmillan 2011-13
Dot is a picture book I did with RandI Zuckerberg in 2013, to tie in with her grown-up book Dot Complicated.
Published by Harper US, 2013
Tracey and I have created three Hubble Bubble books for Nosy Crow. The first, Hubble Bubble Granny Trouble, defines the lovely relationship between Pandora, and her Granny, who's just a little bit 'different'. She makes froggy-poo stew, and flies everywhere on her motorised broomstick. I really enjoy the fact that Pandora never comes right out and says 'my granny's a witch' - it's all in the sub-text. Of course 'Hubble Bubble' doesn't translate as a title, so the French edition is called "Ma Chere Grande-Mére est une Sorciére". Ha!
Published by Nosy Crow, 2011 - 13
Hubble Bubble fiction
Following the success of the Hubble Bubble picture books, Nosy Crow commissioned three 'young fiction' books featuring Araminta (granny) and Pandora. Each book features 3 stories, and is illustrated throughout by me in two-colours.I love working with limited colour, and these have been hugely enjoyable to do. The third book is going to be in orange!
published by Nosy Crow, 2013-14
Iggy and Me
The four Iggy and Me books were my first interior illustrating job. I love Jenny's stories, they really remind me of the My Naughty Little Sister books we read growing up. I did one book a year for four years, and I think I can detect a bit of development going on in my work - that said, most of the pictures I've chosen here are from the last two books I think.
Published by Harper Collins, 2009 - 2012
Princess in Training
This was the second US children's book I illustrated (after Clunk). When I read the manuscript I immediately said yes, being keen to invent some castles, princesses and dragons. When I came to actually tackle it, it dawned on me that I might have bitten off more than I could chew - the heroine visits Princess School, so I had 10 princesses to deal with in most of the drawings! And Princesses tend to dress flamboyantly . . . I also drew the whole book in pencil, a change from my usual pen and ink style.
Published in the US by Harcourt, 2012
Earth to Clunk
My first US picture-book illustration job, and my first to feature a boy. "I seem to specialise in little girls," I said on This Morning on the BBC after winning a Booktrust award - which my wife pointed out afterwards sounded faintly dodgy. I find green quite a difficult colour to work with, and for some reason I made a conscious decision to do so with this book.
Published by Dial, 2011
Hattie the Bad
The first picture-book I illustrated that I didn't write - I had to take the job because my big sister is called Hattie. I love this book, and it really taught me a lot about how to write for children after I took it on school visits; it is brilliant fun to read aloud to an assembled, and when Hattie turns bad (again) and shouts 'Knickers!', the children cheer and the teachers gasp and look faintly horrified, which is always a good sign.
Published by Puffin, 2010
Michael Rosen's A to Z
I've always loved working with type, despite feeling like I don't know what I'm doing most of the time. This was a great opportunity to combine type and illustration, with each letter being home to several children.
Published by Puffin, 2010
Bridget Fidget and the sequel, Bridget Fidget Hold on Tight, were my first foray into children's books, and up to this point (2014) they're the only books I've written and illustrated. I still occasionally get letters or emails from people who've enjoyed them, and I may return to Bridget some day . . .
Published by Puffin, 2008/2010
A single illustration I did for an US picture-book called Manners Mash-Up - each spread illustrated by a different artist.