Thursday, July 31, 2014

Digby Dog Delivers Publication Day!

My new book, published by Macmillan Children's Books, is out today!

Digby Dog Delivers is a story with search-and-find activities inside. Every other spread is a big scene, with jokes and lots of jolly things to find. Digby goes to a greenhouse, a dinosaur museum, a scientists' laboratory and more!

It was a joy to draw, and thank goodness for Photoshop and being able to move things around - hiding objects in the pages was a lot harder than I thought it would be...

After the busier style I was getting more comfortable with on Showtime and The Toucan Brothers, it felt like it'd be good to try paring back the story, and focus on making the pictures as fun to look at as possible. So that was the aim, and I hope it's worked out and that Digby will be a really enjoyable book for children!

Below are some of my favourite small bits from inside... If I ever get to illustrate a dinosaur book, it looks like all my Jurassic characters will be a bit socially needy - the ones on the left are especially eager to please I think! They've turned up 15 minutes early to your dinner party, and you didn't even mean to invite them in the first place.

Digby is in bookshops from today, and hopefully not very well hidden at all! I hope you can find him...

With thanks again to the super duo at Macmillan, Emily and Emma! As always, it was a real joy to be working with them.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Risos from Hato Press

I just went to Hato Press to collect my and Marta's risos for our book launch! It's the first one I've done, and I definitely feel that I want to do more, and that much more is possible with the process than my print allowed for. It was good to look at some examples on their walls to see. 

We will be giving away limited edition signed risographs with our books on the night!

Hato walls above - imagine the possibilities!

Digby Dog, 4 colour risograph, signed edition of 100.

Delivering this August 31st!! In fact, in two days!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Cut it up one time!

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I had a lovely time at the Pop Up Festival on Saturday. I'd not been to one of Pop Up's festivals before, but I will definitely go again - there was a great and creative mix of activities, shows and installations for children. I met fellow spinners Shirin Adl, Andy Stanton and Dave Cousins (sadly I wasn't there in time to meet Lynne Reid Banks, though I'd carried my very-loved copy of the L-Shaped Room with me in case). AND the sun came out. 

Here I am being DJ Tee Frizzle (apparently DJing for the Betty Ford Clinic).

Monday, July 7, 2014


Fun stuff! I'm going to be DJing (playing my soon-to-be-made iPod playlist) at the Pop Up Festival of Stories this Saturday, July 12th in Swiss Cottage. The festival is free and has lots of great story-based activities, events and art for children. It's on all day from 11am till 6pm, on both the Saturday and the Sunday. My slot is from 3.30-4.30pm on Saturday - so if you want to come and GET DOWN to some brilliant, child-friendly, BANGING TUNES - please do come along!

Disclaimer - that cat below has NO taste - I will not, of course, be playing any Phil Collins...