Thursday, 21 December 2017

What a Christmas Cracker!

It is with barely-contained excitement that I announce this piece of news:

Eddie Redmayne will read If I had a dinosaur on CBeebies Bedtime Stories, Christmas Day!
TUNE IN TO CBEEBIES on 25th December 2017, because...

  If I had a dinosaur  is the CBeebies 'Bedtime Stories' book at 6.50pm on CHRISTMAS DAY! 

As if this weren't thrilling enough, it's being read by none other than Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne (AKA 'Newt Scammander' from the film adaptation of JK Rowling's Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them)


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Thursday, 14 December 2017


This has made my day/week/year! This little guy chose to go to Book Day as Samuel Drew - possible the coolest costume EVER?! That cheeky grin is just the BEST. Thank you for posting #dulwichdad

Samuel Drew - the real thing!


Monday, 4 December 2017

POLAR BEAR ENDANGERED CREATURE FEATURE in the new-look Eco Kids Planet magazine...

Endangered Creature Feature 1 - POLAR BEAR
The new Eco Kids Planet issue is here and it's rather appropriately - given the season - all about Greenland...
Here's one of my features as a little taster. Click on the link above to find out more.


'Walking on thin ice...' poem from issue 38 EKP


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