Mango & Bambang Superstar Tapir

    Out now in paperback - in sunset-orange foil and it is SHINY!     Although people who know me might suspect that for my orange-y accents...     I probably...

Dotty Detective The Birthday Surprise

  Put on your party hats – Dot and the gang are back with a brand new story! Dot is hugely excited about her birthday (although not half as excited as their teacher Mr Dickens is about HIS). There are present lists to write, invitations to make…     But there’s a new...

a year of Mary Plain

  In 2017 Mary Plain returned in style! You can read more about her journey – and mine – here. Four books were published (looking so smart and beautiful - Egmont really did us proud!), meringues were eaten, rosettes were worn.     Mary made new friends (who did a...

to my Grenfell art therapy heroes…

  Instead of banging on about what I did this year, I’m looking back to what we did. This was without doubt the absolute highlight, and has filled me with a toasty-warm feeling of pride and optimism ever since. In the weeks that followed the Grenfell Tower fire in...

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Dotty Detective The Birthday Surprise

0601
2018
  Put on your party hats – Dot and the gang are back with a brand new story! Dot is hugely excited about her birthday (although not half as excited as their teacher Mr Dickens is about HIS). There are present lists to write, invitations to make…     But there’s a...
2603
2015

Up Up and Away!

Dixie is airborne at last...   Up Up and Away! It's finally here - Dixie and Percy's third thrilling adventure! Hurry down to the Airshow... read more
2203
2015

James, Shirley, Polly and me

author-illustrator collaborations...   I've been thinking a lot about the very special pairing of author and illustrator since posting on it a little while ago. Though... read more
0803
2015

World Book Week

my best bits...   It’s been a very busy whistle-stop tour of schools and events. A huge special thank you to the Highgate Scientific and... read more
2802
2015

Dixie’s phone

  It's all gone very high tech in Didsworth as Dixie finally has a mobile phone. (more…) read more
2202
2015

Highgate event

on Saturday February 28th   I'll be starting my busy World Book Week in style. It's a great honour to be the guest at the... read more
0402
2015

writers and illustrators

 from the illustrator's point of view...   This week I'll be be posting about the creative chemistry of this most special relationship in children's books,... read more
0102
2015

Dixie and the Great Diamond Robbery

now out in paperback!   Dixie, Percy, Peaches Miaow; diamonds, cat burglars, getaway cars, caves at midnight, afternoon teas; games, maps, quizzes. Dixie O'Day and... read more
0101
2015

Happy New Year!

  Hoping it’s a really good one. I couldn’t post anything Christmassy because there were so many hits on my post about Polly and me... read more
1712
2014

Polly and me

have NEWS to tell!   All this year I've had a secret under my hat, and at last I can share it. (more…) read more
2811
2014

Dixie at Pickled Pepper Books

tomorrow!   Dixie, Percy and me are packing our things to visit Pickled Pepper Books in North London for some very special christmas-y fun, tomorrow... read more
1911
2014

deerstalkers and bobbles…

warm hats for Dixie and Percy!   By seasonal coincidence the artwork on my drawing board this week sees Dixie and Percy all wrapped up in warm... read more
1611
2014

treasures

and a sentimental afternoon...   Today I had a huge sort out of our enormous library of family books, now that our children are grown up.... read more
3110
2014

Halloween with Dixie

and the ghost of Didsworth Hall...   A Halloween sleepover at Dixie's house. Percy is scaring himself witless reading the tale of the ghost of Didsworth Hall,... read more
2210
2014

smooth and cheesy

  When you're shopping do you you play the game of what food best describes you? You don't? Oh but you MUST, not least so... read more
1910
2014

just my type

font geekiness - is it only me?   I do feel very strongly about different typefaces. Some make me recoil in horror, some lead me... read more
0910
2014

Illustrators for War Child

  Illustrators for War Child was an online auction of artwork, prints and books by over 70 illustrators, raising nearly £6000 for a cause that is... read more
0510
2014

Dixie competition gallery

  The competition, with Random House Children's Books and World Book Day, to create a new character for a Dixie O'Day story has ended and... read more
0309
2014

new beginnings

  New schools and back to school. School shoes, PE kits and pencil cases - nerves and excitement. From tiny tots to the friends with children... read more
3108
2014

illustrators for War Child

  Fabulous artwork by many different illustrators up for auction, raising money for War Child. It's a really good cause. So do have a browse here,... read more
3107
2014

on holiday

  And now, like Dixie and Percy, I'm on holiday too. Wishing you all a very lovely summer, and looking forward to catching up with... read more

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