Monday, 29 July 2013

Wonderful JUMP! magazine has just published the second in my series of Curious Creatures...

The visitor in our garden 

Read it here: THE STAG BEETLE

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Finally watched this gorgeous gem of a film -  magical despite hyperbolic ending. Hypnotic soundtrack - addictive title song. Beautiful performances led by magical Eloise Lawrence and anchored by gentle, understated turn from Tim Roth.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Hooray! The latest OKIDO has arrived and I know I say this every single time, but it really IS the best one yet! My daughter read through the entire magazine this morning; we laughed out loud at Squirrel Boy's adventures with Squirrel Girl, coo-ed over Messy Monster's tiny new pal "Yellow Mellow" and all joined-in with reading the different voices in: ROBOT'S FIRST DAY AT SCHOOL.

The Zim Zam Zoom pages were particularly entertaining/informative in this issue (esp. holding the page up to the light - always magic) and I believe will genuinely help some parents explain the tricky questions kids have about growing up.

My poem went down well, too...

We are, however, being driven slowly mad by the number of times daughter is asking us all to do the chatterbox. You CAN have too much of a good thing, it seems...

Sunday, 14 July 2013

URBAN ART 2013 in Josephine Avenue, Brixton, really got urban this year...

A specially-commissioned tube train (which will be exhibited in Windrush Square, Brixton next week) and loads of giant hoardings were transformed by a crew of top graffiti artists: read more about them... 

This guy is surely an Essex boy? (Braintree)

THIS is what I LOVE about Brixton! If you're intrigued, match the images to the artists

Monday, 8 July 2013

If you happen upon this post, you may not know who Michael is.
It doesn't matter - he's a bloke on a bike cycling a long way for a great kid and a great cause. 
No money required, just your vote please...

Thank you xx

(The kid being Silas and GOSH being Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, specifically the potentially life-saving Immunotherapy Trials it runs. Your vote could mean he'll win an extra £5,000 for these woefully under-funded trials and research) 

BACKGROUND information...

My first picture book - called A Possum's Tail - is a collaboration with brilliant illustrator Alex Barrow and came out 6th February 2014. A second book called London Calls! is a whistle-stop tour of London, led by a Pearly grandma and her granddaughter. London Calls! came out on 4th September 2014 and is my second book with Alex Barrow. A Possum's Tail was nominated for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal.
Both books are by Tate Publishing.

Please see my CURRICULUM VITAE for more details & updates.

As well as writing children's books, for children's television and two award-winning children's magazines, I do both private and commercial art commissions, a selection of which you can see here.

The children's shoes are part of an ongoing series of "first shoes", including several cards commissioned by the Almanac Gallery.

Hand-drawn, bespoke invitations, announcements, portraits and menus, such as the examples here are also available upon request..

Any enquiries please email:


I've been a regular contributor to children's art and science magazine OKIDO since 2007. HAPPY 10th BIRTHDAY (WOW) beautiful Okido!

An Okido animated kids tv show, based on characters from the magazine is currently in production with Doodle/Squintopera The original adaptation of the show (co-created/adapted by myself, producer Ceri Barnes and Doodle Productions) was acquired by CBeebies. 52 x 11 minute episodes will be coming to a screen near you soon in 2015.......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .............................
N E W S F L A S H! MESSY GOES TO OKIDO Series TWO is now in production, following a super-successful 52 episode first series!



Cartoon Forum 2011 Okido booklet

Cartoon Forum 2011 Okido booklet
Okido Cartoon Forum 2011

Happy Birthday OKIDO!

Happy Birthday OKIDO!
Okido was 5 years old this issue...the wonderful art and science magazine for kids I've been lucky enough to have worked on for the past - 8 - years now