Friday, 13 April 2018

Dino on BookTrust's #BathBookBed 2018 list!

If I had a dinosaur has been picked by the brilliant BookTrust for their excellent #bathbookbed 2018 list of bedtime storybooks! 

This campaign is close to my heart as about the only consistent bit of routine we stuck to bringing up our three kids was 'bath book bed'. And just this morning, my 17-year-old son told me how much he loved it when his dad (and me, I had to remind him...) read to him (and his older brother) when they were little. He also remembers moving on to longer non-picture books, which they read together as they got older, Greeks myths and the like... 

Then he said, 'I wanna make sure I do the same with my kids...I wanna make sure they grow up surrounded by books an' art an' shit.' 

Finally, I thought, I've got something right in this parenting malarky... 


Saturday, 7 April 2018


I hope a good time was had by all at the roaring dinosaur workshop in beautiful Foyles Bookshop on Charing Cross Road, yesterday!

Here's some of the fantastic artwork by the kids - and their parents, grandparents and even godparents who came along...

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