Monday, 19 December 2016


A good way to start the year!

Storytime at Tate Britain!
In the TOP TEN!


Sneaky peak...

What's Alex been working on..?
Mouse on the move...


Wednesday, 9 November 2016


As usual, lots to read, make and do - all about our beautiful planet and its myriad of animals.

READ Eco Kids, WATCH Planet Earth II & forget about the seismic turn of world events...

Planet Earth II


Tuesday, 1 November 2016



'Oh you'd better listen when next London Calls!'



How cool is this?!  Watch the new film from Amazing London about the wonderful Bus King Theatre creators, Athena and Cesare...

Athena & Cesare of BUS KING THEATRE

And you can hear the soundtrack written specially for the London Calls show by Bobby Paul of cult band The Severed Limb if you click on the bus below!


STORYSTOCK at the Lyric Hammersmith, Autumn Half Term 2016

LONDON CALLS! at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith as part of STORYSTOCK
We ran a couple of London Calls workshops as part of this wonderful event! As usual, the kids were the stars, with an amazing knowledge of all things London, super-active imaginations and superb drawing skills...

Fantastical magic bus no. 1

Fantastical magic bus no. 2
Beautiful Tales on Moon Lane books were there!

Thank you for inviting us STORYSTOCK!


Sunday, 2 October 2016


The latest Okido magazine is all about EMOTIONS

The latest Eco Kids Planet is all about SPOOKY SCIENCE!


Thursday, 15 September 2016

Monday, 22 August 2016


Amazon page done.

Check it out here... AUTHOR

Out 9th February 2017 (Franklin Watts/Hachette)
Out 9th February 2017 (Thames & Hudson)
Out November 2016 (Tate Publishing)

Okido magazine SPACE issue 

Messy Goes to Okido DVD (with my Balloons episode)
ECOK KIDS planet magazine

ECO KIDS planet magazine AMAZING OCEANS issue
ECO KIDS planet magazine SPOOKY SCIENCE issue
Published September 2014 (Tate) 
Messy Goes to Okido (CBeebies)

Published February 2014 (Tate) 
London Calls/Possum merchandise at Tate shop


Tuesday, 26 July 2016

And came across: Radical Storytime

Radical Storytime is a great little Tumblr site by an...

"aspiring youth services librarian with a heart for revolution"

Her featured letter last week was 'Z' and the kids read books about zoos. Zoos, the author says, are not places that make her feel very happy - but nevertheless, they provide an excellent way for young children to learn about animals. And A Possum's Tail was one of the books she read.

The zoo in A Possum's Tail is not a sad place - Alex's illustrations are too joyful, inclusive and lively. And the story is too 'wild' and silly and fantastical (although I still feel that the possums and Samuel Drew should have flown to the moon...ahh, but that's another 'tail'...)

But this is what we like to see: books being read, discussed and USED.

Thank you Stephanie!



Child and Cat drawings

Child and cat 1
Child and cat 2
Child and cat 3
Trying to decide which works best; I like the face in left version, but I like the wash in the second. The third is possibly the most solid landscape. 

All are an 'homage' to the wonderful, inspirational teaching of the very beautiful and extraordinarily talented Emily Haworth-Booth. I attended Emily's amazing course on graphic novel drawing last week, in the heat and dust of the hottest week of the year/decade/millennium (?!) in an attempt to clarify and develop both my drawing and writing. We learnt so much in five days - and so much more to learn. It did confirm the Herculean task that lies ahead if I am ever, ever going to turn 'Pictures & Leaves' into a graphic novel.

What I do need to do is draw draw draw much more in the meantime...


ps oh the excitement of working with dip pens on the smooooothest Bristol paper. So exciting in fact, that I was afraid to do it. But I did.

FISH and ME illustrated by Rachel Ortas

Water issue of OKIDO

Thanks for the re-gram buttercupwhitstable

So beautiful, Rachel - thank you for bringing my words to life!


Friday, 22 July 2016

Thursday, 14 July 2016


Oh hey, you can now buy my Messy Goes to Okido Lost Balloon episode on DVD!

Click HERE!

And these little beauties: "Made in soft furry fabrics and includes embroidered facial features"
as well as Adam Buxton's brilliant voice!

SMALL Messy...

 Available to pre-order HERE!
...and LARGE Messy!

The good news is that BOTH plush Messy toys TALK and come with 'batteries included'!


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 AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE or 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 has now finished production, and will be coming to your screens S O O N ...! (Autumn 2018, to be exact)



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