Saturday, 25 February 2017



I don't always remember to mention when the new issues come out but Eco Kids planet magazine's current issue is all about the Island of New Guinea (and two of my articles are on the cover: Birds of Paradise Trumps and Matschie's Tree kangaroos - who knew kangaroos lived in trees?!)

This is such a great kids' nature magazine - so much great stuff to read, make, discover and learn, but perfect length and detail for 7 -  10 year olds.



Are you keeping up with Okido magazine? It's only gone MONTHLY!

Issue 46 is all about DESIGN - and includes all the usual favourites; Squirrel Boy, Messy Monster, Zim, Zam and Zoom, Find Foxy plus Okidoodles-a-plenty, a fantastic story by the talented Robert Paul and there's even an original story/activity by the brilliant Benji Davies (yep, the writer/illustrator of The Storm Whale!)
My poem in the issue is called Look at All the Shapes! and doubles as a fun shape-locating activity!
Look...(at all the shapes)

PS Okido magazine's Facebook page ran a competition to WIN one of three copies of If I had a dinosaur and is currently running a competition to WIN one of five copies of A Roller-coaster Ride Around the Body. 

Click on the pic above - follow the link to enter - Good luck!


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