Sunday, 12 February 2017

And they're off...TWO NEW BOOKS OUT!

 A Roller-coaster Ride Around the Body and If I had a dinosaur are both  OUT!

(Click on the titles above to see them on Amazon)

Alex (needs to update his blog!) did a quick-draw response to the photograph of Sir David Attenborough taken by David Levene for the Guardian Best Photographs of 2016. Because how perfect was that to tie-in with the launch of the dinosaur book, along with Dippy's travels across the UK this year?!

We will be visiting various schools and bookshops in the coming weeks, starting with beautiful children's bookshop Ottie & the Bea this half term, on Wednesday 15th February.

Hot off the press!

Snot Spread - our Editor looks excited!

And some ace stuff on the BookTrust website, including a blog piece written by me talking about how the book came to be, inspirations and how Alex (Barrow, illustrator) and I work together.

Read the blog here and read the BookTrust info here
And there's even a COMPETITION here!

Hot off the press!

More more more on these books anon, including decorated windows at legendary Tales on Moon Lane bookshop and a very special guest this space!


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