Sunday, 17 June 2018

Oh happy happy joy joy - PREVIEW COPIES OF A HOUSE FOR MOUSE!!

Oh happy happy joy joy! Preview copies of our new book just arrived! 

They look absolutely GORGEOUS. Such beautiful colours, paper, design - hey, I’d buy this book 😂 Illustrated by brilliant Mr Alex Barrow  

Thank you thank you to the team at awesome Thames & Hudson 
✨🙏✨particularly our wonderful, talented, creative and kind editor Anna Ridley


EPIC INSECT MIGRATOR - the globe-skimmer dragonfly...


Globe-skimmer dragonfly
Have finally finished this mighty mini-beast! Smallest, bravest, long-distance globe-trotter, the globe-skimmer dragonfly - 18,000 km every year, from southern India to Africa and back again! It takes 4 generations to complete this epic migration...

#ink #watercolour #pencil 
#longestinsectmigration #migration#epicmigration #globeskimmer#globeskimmerdragonfly #ecokids#ecokidsplanet #ecokidsplanetmagazine 


Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Ruby-throated hummingbird...


Ruby-throated hummingbird
This pint-sized migrator weighs slightly less than a 5 pence piece.

Ruby-throated hummingbirds travel 5,600 km between the eastern US and Central America. Some cross the Gulf of Mexico - that’s over 800 km in just a few hours…!

These exquisite little birds are constantly on the edge of starvation because they have such a fast metabolism. During migration, their hearts beat 1,260 times a minute and wings flap 15 - 80 times a second. They need to eat every 15 minutes to survive.

So they seriously bulk-up before making their gigantic journey and gain 25-40% of their body weight.


I didn't see it coming...

I am so fantastically excited about working with the utterly brilliant Lesley Barnes on not one but TWO new books!

Here's an animated taster of her beautiful, inspiring and in this case, animated work.

More anon...

Here's the poem of mine Lesley illustrated for Okido Magazine a while back...


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