Friday, 26 September 2014


How do you top Vogue Paris?
Got it: here's A Possum's Tail in Korean.
It comes with the story narrated by a melodious lady's voice and cool jazzzy music - just scan the barcode.
#magic #cool #love

Korean edition of A Possum's Tail

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Vogue Paris

Ooh-la-la!! A Possum's Tail has made it into the October issue of Vogue Paris, no less...
Vogue Paris, October 2014

Sunday, 14 September 2014


Getting ready for The Brixton Book Jam…for kids!
Alex and I are excited and honoured to be part of this hugely popular, Brixton-based, rock-n-rolling-n-reading event! 

(Here's hoping the little hecklers will treat us gently... )

Read more about it here: BRIXTON BOOK JAM

Thursday, 11 September 2014


Great magazine 'for curious kids' aged 8-12 called STEW and I have a piece about Laughter (What's so funny?") in this issue...

It looks like this (nice illustrations)…


Sunday, 7 September 2014

You wait for one book...

Because you can never get too much of a good thing….!
Thank you Ceri and thank you to all my lovely friends and family for such great support.


London Calls! still doesn't appear to be in the Tate online bookshop - although you can find it in the actual Tate shops. 

(Or here, of course)
Please leave a review if you can!

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

London Calls!
My favourite page
It's arrived…!
You wait for one book and then two arrive…

"From the creators of A Possum's Tail comes another rollicking rhyming adventure. Taking in all the major sights and sounds of the British capital, London Calls zooms past parks and palaces, monuments and museums at a pace that readers of all ages will find exhilarating. 

In this thrilling tour, led by two of the city's best-dressed residents, a pearly grandma and her granddaughter, we make the acquaintance of the Gherkin, the Shard and the Eye, not to mention a whole host of other characters who make London the rich and diverse city that it is today. Expressing all of the energy, history and excitement that London has to offer, London Calls is both the perfect introduction to and memento of an unrivalled city."

London Calls is the second children's picture book collaboration between illustrator Alex Barrow and me and even comes with a wonderful range of accompanying merchandise designed by Alex.

Find your copy in the Tate shops (although it doesn't seem to be on their online shop yet), all good bookshops or on Amazon

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