Thursday, 16 December 2010


ho ho ho happy christmas everybody!

what every christmas tree needs is a little angel
lucky for you there is an easy peesy one here
to make
just cut out and assembly. no glue needed
. (sticky finger free crafts are the way forward)

hope all your chrsitmas dreams come true (except the one about the scarey santa)

Monday, 13 December 2010

Sheffield childrens book awards 2010

Whoop whoop!
Don't Dip your Chips in your Drink Kate got Highly commended for the Picture Book catagory and the Community Library award!

here is a shakey movie of what the kids had to say about it....
(I wish i wasn't a sensitive little artist about the fact that the favourite page was one with hardly any illustration!)

piccy of Caryl Hart and me with important people (the one with the nice bit of bling is the Mayor of Sheffield i think!)

and of all the shortlisty people!
inc "Morris the Mankiest monster" illustrator
Sarah McIntyre
,"The Great Dog Bottom Swap" by Peter Bently and Mei Matsuoka and "Dear Miss" author and illustrator Amy Husband.
Well done to all... was so amazing to be amongst such a talented gaggle of authors and illustrators.

Caryl and I scoffing paper cakes after a busy crafty work shop in the Winter Gardens (brrrr)

mmmn.. a nice cup of tea to boo

Limelight Larry Crafts

larry (the show off)

bunnies (side kicks)

trees (props)

ooh what a lame blogger i am.
i blame it on the babay... sigh... yawn...
here are photos of some Limelight Larry crafts.
am pleased with the bunnies, but think larry is a bit fiddly and not so graphic and simple (that's peacocks for you i suppose).
Publish Post

will upload the cutout craftables for anybody and everybody to make in a day or two...

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

how to draw a PUFFIN

(well the way i do it anyhow)
I was asked by the PUFFIN POST people to do a little "how to draw a puffin" step by step thingy.
Not sure when it will be in the magasine- but there is a sneaky looky right here (shhh!)...

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

LIMEILGHT LARRY spotify playlist!

wonderful superlady at orchard (aka Emma O'Donovan) has created this
LIMELIGHT LARRY spotify playlist.

It takes you through the story of Limelight Larry via the medium of song. How good is that!

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Bookbag interview

Hot on the heels of the very amazingly nice review for LIMELIGHT LARRY from Bookbag...
there is an interview from me on their site HERE.
I do hope my answers aren't tooo silly (was a trifle sleepity when I answered them).

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Edinburgh book festival 2010

I was lucky enough to be invited to the Edinburgh book festival again this year.
It is the most amazing place at the best of times, but with the Book festival on, it is EVEN more magical... sigh..
anyway, I did a workshop about Sunny McClouds "SMILE!" story.
Here are a few snippysnaps and little facts of the day...

We read stories

We played games (stick the smile on the Sunny)

We made spare smiles incase our own smiles ever get lost (it does happen)

We made paper Sunnys

... all in an hour! (nice and jam packed).

Then I got excited about seeing a gaggle of my books perched on shelves.
(Especially the shiny new ones "SCRUMMY!" and "LIMELIGHT LARRY")

Then I signed some books (without making any smudgey mistakes thank goodness).

I hope everyone enjoyed it.
I did!


here is a teeny movie of the lovey little SMILE! flipbooks that we gave to the children in the workshop.

they have to animate the smile turning up on Sunny McCloud

Thursday, 9 September 2010

LOVELY Limelight Larry review from Bookbag

Keep it under your hat as if Larry catches wind of this super review from Bookbag his head will get even bigger
(and we can't be having that can we!)

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Larry is book of the week at Peters!

to have a look at it in the flesh, click here!

what lovely news for a dreary wednesday.

Monday, 6 September 2010

SCRUMMY! now in the shops!

Scrummy! is the new Sunny McCloud story.

It is all about families and sandwiches (two of my favourite things by the way).

mnnnn..... making this book made me PECKISH!


so limelight larry is out out OUT!
if you want to see a REAL show off, then this book is for YOU!

an additional treat is the little animation trailer i made for limlight larry...
(well i did say he was a show off!)

Limelight Larry from Beakus on Vimeo.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

doggie for mya jean

another speical little baby in the world... welcome mya jean
hope you like this doggie friend for you

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Larry is comming SOOOOON!

Limelight Larry (my book about a show-off peacock) is nearly nearly really out.... exciting stuff!
have a peep at the

Limelight Larry advert on Angels & Urchines weekly!

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Sunday, 8 August 2010


So, my new Sunny McCLoud book "SCRUMMY!" is out in september 2010
to celebrate this fact, Orchard have cooked up some scrummy sandwhichy fun.
mmmn... making me a little peckish....

Saturday, 17 July 2010

froggy picture for samuel

a lovely shiny new baby is in the world!...
hurrah for samuel!
here is a little present for him... i hope he like it.
i chose to do a froggy as his mummy and daddy like swimming and diving.
(splishy splashy)

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Annecy 50!

To help celebrate Annecy Animation Festivals 50th Anniversary I was asked to do an illustration.
Naturally I couldn't resist the BUNNIES!
A special book was made with all the illustrations that selected animation directors had done.... ooh lovely!

I couldn't make it over to the festival this year... but I bet it was even more fabulously fun and inspiring than usual for this special year.

Saturday, 12 June 2010


If you have a cup of tea to slurp and need something to read,
do have a look at article on the wonderful
Teach Often, Teach Well blog.
The artical is about BORIS (aka Colin in America) and guest author (aka me).

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Stockport Schools Book Awards 2010

My picture book SMILE has been nominated for the
Stockport Schools Book Award 2010

It is in the key stage 1 catagory... again, competing against some lovely books. (My favourite one is "The Troll"... i love david roberts illustrations)
so i will keep my ink stained fingers crossed!

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Sheffield Chlidren's Book Awards 2010

Great news for book "Don't Dip your chips in Drink Kate!"
(Written by Caryl Hart and illustrated by me)
It has been shortlisted for the Sheffield Chlidren's book awards 2010!

It has some stiff competition... "The Great Dog Bottom Swap" being a particular favourite of mine!

Shame though that they didn't spell my name right, or get the title of the book right on the website!

card for special scrummy mummy to be

this particular baby doesn't know it yet but is very lucky to have such a lovely mummy!

Saturday, 10 April 2010

mystery bunnies

Now i know easter has been and gone but this gaggle of bunnies (what is the collective noun for bunnies i wonder?) are for something rather special.
this isn't the finished artwork... and is just a little taster.
the real mcoy will be unveiled in june-ish.

Friday, 26 March 2010

don't dip your chips out in paperback!

yippee! and look at the lovely fun activity printables that my publisher Orchard have magically conjured up.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

HURRAH for nice shiny new animation company BEAKUS!

lots of great stuff in BEAKUS
and i am lucky enough to be able to be represented by them.
have a look at the BEAKUS website for lots of eyeball treats!

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

baby cards

sorry i have been all shush shush quiet of late.
i have met lots of new babies who have appeared into the world.
i made them all a simple card.
i hope they liked them.

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Scrummy end papers

here are the end papers of the new Sunny McCloud book "SCRUMMY" thati have just finished.
(All about food, sandwiches and families)
A bit of a shame as these end papers i LOVE - but we aren't going to use them.
Will have to come up with some new ones.
ah well...

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

exeter animation festival

Some of my designs which have been used fo the super flyer for
Exeter Animation Festival
It looks like there is some great stuff on there.
I went last year and it was very inspiring.

Here are the swimming in inspiration bunnies
They might look familiar as I gave a sneaky peek of one of them earlier last summer when i was working on it!