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1. I'm rubbish at this!

Just realised it's a year and a day since my last blog post - that's totally rubbish and I need to be more disciplined! I've had a very busy year and have been working on lots of lovely book projects - too many to mention here!! So, after a wonderful holiday in Corsica, it's back to the drawing board with a cluster of new projects and a full diary now till the end of the year. This is the cover of I Want My Daddy - more adventures with Arthur Mouse who loves dressing up and learning all about the big wide world - just so long as his Mum (or Dad) is within cuddling distance!

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2. July update, and it's hot hot hot...

... but my studio is nice and cool and there's lots of work going on in here! I've just started a new book for Caterpillar Books and I'm really enjoying working on the roughs this week. Here's a sneaky preview - it'll no doubt all change before publication but I like this little chap on his pirate ship!

Last Youth Club for the summer tomorrow night as well and I'm planning to make fruity lemonade sodas with ice-cream for the kids, complete with old-fashioned stripey paper straws (wow, they're a lot more expensive than the plastic ones!) for a retro feel!
I've been painting this summer as well (pictures and the peeling window frames) So enjoying indulging my longing to paint my beautiful surroundings here in South Wales and finally I've made time to do it. This is with a view to exhibiting later in the year or early next year but I have a lot to do to get a body of work together in the meantime. Will post some pictures later - very different style for me!
After and alongside this book will be my next one for Little Tiger Press, the title still to be revealed to me! This will be ready for Frankfurt Book Fair in October. And my fourth trip to Edinburgh Festival in August to do an event based on I Want my Mummy. I'm designing a craft activity based on dragons and have found a great way to upcycle shower scrunchies to make smoke!!

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3. Illustration Friday - Egg

What a lovely Easter theme for Illustration Friday. This one is from An Easter Prayer, published by Thomas Nelson. Happy Easter!

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4. Illustration Friday - Snow

Another post for Illustration Friday - couldn't resist this one as I've just received my draft copy of a new book that I illustrated for Little Tiger Press called Dear Snowman which will be published next year. It's by Kathryn White and I'm excited about it because it's a lovely story - a real twist on the usual snowman books - and there are little extras such as postcards and stickers as well.
Here's one of the illustrations and a tiny bit of the story - a sneak preview for you!

That night, as Little Rabbit slept, the snow fell faster and faster. And something wonderful happened...

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5. Illustration Friday - Zoom!

Ah, couldn't resist this one - this is from 'Just One More' by Tracey Corderoy - fits the bill perfectly!

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6. Illustration Friday - Tree

This is the first time in ages I've had a chance to update my blog - sorry for being remiss but I've been happily working away on another book for Little Tiger Press called 'Dear Snowman' and I just finished it yesterday - hurrah! Starting a sweet new one for Franklin Watts next week so I'm squeezing in a post for Illustration Friday's subject this week - Tree

This is an illustration I did for Red House Children's Book Awards last year after my book 'Yuck!That's Not a Monster!' won the Younger Reader prize in 2011. It was used in the publicity for last year's prize.
I thought it fitted the bill perfectly!

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7. On a Starry Night

Just had my copies of On a Starry Night delivered - I love to see books that I have illustrated for the first time in the flesh! This is one of a number of books that I've done for Stripes Publishing - it has 10 great little stories all on a wintery theme by different authors. I illustrated the cover and all the drawings inside too!

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8. Edinburgh Book Festival 2012

Just back from Edinburgh - this is the third year I've done an event up there and this year I did two! The festival was wonderful as usual and the weather was warm and sunny!! We had full houses at both events. The first one I did was with Tracey Corderoy, the author of 'Just One More' and we did storytelling, made our own book from scratch and all the children made beautiful rockets - all in under an hour!

The next day I did an event on my own - the story I read (voted for by the children) was 'Yuck! That's not a Monster!' and we made another brilliant book and then all the children made their own Little Rabbits to take home.

I love Edinburgh - fingers crossed they ask me to go back next year!

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9. Narwhals?

Who knew they were so cute! I love my job :o)

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I've not had much time to keep up with my blog lately - things have been busy, busy, busy with lots of projects on the go at once - it's all good! I've been working on new books for a couple of months - here are sneak previews of the ones I'm doing for Igloo Books and Thomas Nelson.

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11. Hay Festival 2012

I did three events at Hay this year - Just One More (with Tracey Corderoy), A Little Fairy Magic and Yuck! That's not a Monster! and lots of fantastic children came along to help us make sparkly rockets, furry mice and scary monsters! We had stories, made our own book from scratch, invented monsters and did magic tricks with fairy spells! In spite of the mud and rain we had lots of fun. Apologies to anyone who tried to get signed copies of my books as there were some gremlins in the supply chain and the bookshop supply ran out a bit early. 

wearing a fairy costume as a shameless publicity stunt!

lots of concentration to do drawing magic (and I wasn't the only one wearing a fairy costume!)

With Tracey Corderoy, author of Just One More

I think I've got their attention!

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12. Just One More!

Hurrah - just published is Just One More, written by Tracey Corderoy and illustrated by me! Here's where you can read all about it and buy a copy. It comes with it's own little colouring in book!

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13. Merry Christmas Everyone!

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14. Illustration Friday - 'Hibernate'

Yikes - I'm really too busy working on two new books for the Frankfurt Book Fair to post to my blog, but couldn't resist popping this one up for Illustration Friday this week as it's just perfect for the topic of 'hibernate'. It's an illustration from 'When Will it Snow' by Kathryn White, and just published, so very good timing I think! Back to work now...

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15. Edinburgh Book Festival 2011

Last weekend I went to Edinburgh Book Festival where I did an event in the RBS Imagination Lab with a fantastic big group of little girls ( and one boy ) accompanied by lots of mums ( and about one dad! ). We had story time, drawing and an ambitious craft session where the children all made fabulous furry mice, adding their own personal touches which never cease to amaze me! It was based on a book that I did the illustrations for - 'A Little Fairy Magic' by Julia Hubery . (USA)

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16. I won something!

Fantastic news - Yuck! won the Younger Children category in the Red House Children's Book Awards at yesterday's award ceremony in Birmingham! The overall winner was Michael Morpurgo's Shadow so we were in great company! Had a wonderful day and we were pampered by all the wonderful people from the Federation of Children's Book Groups. Thank you to all the children who voted for us and for the opportunity to meet the author of Yuck! for the first time, the lovely Angela McAllister! All the shortlisted authors and illustrators were presented with portfolios containing letters and drawings from lots of the children who had enjoyed our books - they were so lovely and it's something I will always treasure. As category winners, we also received beautiful engraved silver bookmarks - I shall put mine in my trophy cabinet alongside my only other award for illustration (so far!!) my pewter plate from Highlights High Five magazine which I won in 2009. We were even on the BBC news - definitely a first for me!

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17. Illustration Friday - 'Shadows'

This weeks Illustration Friday topic reminded me of a lovely book by Cat Weatherill that I Illustrated for Caterpillar Press, called By Lantern Light. It had a lantern that lit up when you pressed it and which appeared throughout the book - hence the shadows! Another book in the series, My Little Night Light had a similar feature, only with a lighthouse on each page. They were great fun to illustrate. It's quite timely as I'm just starting a new book in the same series, this time with party candles as the feature, so it's nice to look back at this one after not seeing it for a while!

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18. May Update

It's been a busy month and I've managed to squeeze in a short trip to beautiful Majorca which was wonderful! I've done some new card designs for American Greetings, some magazine illustrations for Highlights High Five magazine, a commission for a watercolour of a friend's dog ( a rare treat these days, but I promised to do it as they had paintings of their other two from years ago and wanted their new pooch to join them in the hall!)
This week I'm doing some school visits in the run up to the Red House Children's Book Award ceremony to promote Yuck! Had a wonderful day yesterday in Sandford Primary School in Somerset, and tomorrow it's off to Wolverhampton to visit two more schools. Then it'll be time to start my next new book for Little Tiger Press - very exciting as I don't know what it is yet!
This photo was taken after my monster workshop yesterday - I think they liked it!

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19. Illustration Friday - 'Dessert'

This week's Illustration Friday topic is dessert - yum! Thought this picture would fit the bill - it's a sneaky preview from a magical mousey fairy book that I illustrated which won't be published till later on this year - hope you like it!

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20. Illustration Friday - 'Proverb'

It Never Rains but it Pours

This week's Illustration Friday topic is Proverb, so I chose "It never rains but it pours" or in other words when troubles come they come together. Bit miserable now I think about it! But I think this illustration fits the bill.

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21. Illustration Friday - 'Acrobat'

This is my entry for this week's Illustration Friday topic of Acrobat. It's from a book I illustrated a few years ago for Brainwaves called Manic Math which was full of animals doing bizarre things to encourage children to practice adding and subtracting. It included a calculator gadget inside the back cover to help with the sums - very clever!

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22. October Update

It's been a hectic few weeks here and I've not had time even to post entries for Illustration Friday :o( but I've finished a new book called 'When will it Snow' which is off at Frankfurt Book Fair with Little Tiger Press getting it's first airing! I did a local school visit with Lauren from Stripes publishing yesterday and in spite of having twice as many children as I expected (75!!) we had a great story and craft session and the kids made lots of little monsters - each one unique! I love how creative they are and how some love to make them neat, some colour co-ordinated and some just go wild with their imaginations!
Anyway that's it and we're off to Spain now for a lovely holiday so bye bye blog for a couple of weeks !

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23. Latest news!

Oh, I'm such a hopeless blogger! I know I should be blogging regularly but I get distracted, so here's a quick update on what's happening. A few weeks ago I finished my latest book for Little Tiger Press and I think (not very modestly) that it's looking pretty good! It's a lovely story with a theme of changing seasons and friendship. It'll be a while before it's published - it's probably off in China being printed at the moment! I'm just about to start another new book with them and I'm so excited because the author is the lovely Tracey Corderoy (Star Friends) and the storyline is fab! I'm also working on a lovely new book for Caterpillar Books (My Little Night-Light, By Lantern Light) and doing the illustrations for two new anthologies for Stripes Publishing (Winter Tales series) so I'll be busy with my favourite sort of work over the coming months! In the meantime I've been doing artwork for some new greetings cards which makes a nice change for a while. And I made this for the Village Autumn Bazaar - it was a late entry and came first in the adult category because no-one else had bothered to make one!!

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24. Illustration Friday - 'Burning'

This week's Illustration Friday topic is Burning and it's been a while since I've submitted an illustration due to holidays and other distractions so I'm so pleased I was able to find something to fit! It's from Silly Goose by the lovely Marnie McGee

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25. Illustration Friday - 'Warning'

This is my first blog post in ages - oops! It's been manic here since November - lots of lovely work and new books to look forward to and I'm very excited that 'Yuck' has been shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Awards as well! Fingers crossed...
This week's Illustration Friday topic is Warning, so I thought this one would be ideal. It's from Star Friends or Ooogle-Doogle and the Boogle by Tracey Corderoy, and the story reads..

But one day, the Boogle raced out of the gate! "No!" gasped Ooogle-Doogle. He never ever went out there! WHAT IF THERE WERE SCARIES? But he couldn't let anything happen to his friend, so nervously he followed.

I'm happily working on a lovely new book by Tracey at the moment, so watch this space!

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