My new picture book, published by Macmillan, will be in the shops from April 18th 2019.
The idea for the book came into being one day on the way to school with my youngest daughter. She started to wonder what the tweeting of the birds might mean and worried that if we tweeted along with them we might accidentally say something very rude seeing as we didn’t know their language.
Not long after, I came across a collection of true stories about unlikely friendships between animals. One in particular caught my attention: the story of Owen and Mzee - a baby hippo and an elderly giant tortoise who became friends after the hippo was separated from its herd during the Tsunami of 2004.
My daughter and Owen and Mzee reminded me that animals might just have a way of communicating that none of us understand fully. We humans can be very quick to justify our actions towards animals by dismissing their feelings and understanding. I’d love my story to change that - even if just a tiny bit!
Rose Too is a picture book that was inspired by my younger daughter's deeply felt desire to be just like her sister.
Philomena Bentley and Her Infernal Questions
This is a picture book in development that I have been working on collaboratively with the author. A storm takes a little girl and her family on a tumultuous, life-lifting adventure.
Time for Tea
This is a narrative sequence based on observational drawing of my two daughters.
This is a narrative sequence inspired my fidgety daughter.
These are a few images I have selected from my sketchbooks.