I’ll have fish and chips please

A man went into a library. He walked up to the woman at the desk and said,
“I’ll have fish and chips, please!”
The woman whispered back, “This is a library!”
“Oh…I’m sorry,” said the man. Then he added, very quietly, “I’ll have fish and chips please.”

If you’d like to get hold of my books, you’ll find details of some of them below…



Illustrated by Emily Hughes

Published in 2016 by Walker Books

What is the bravest thing in the world? A brave bear. And who knows how to help a little bear be brave? His dad. A gentle, poetic tale about two bears on a hot day, magically illustrated by Emily Hughes.

…a delightful account of a father/son relationship. The Observer

Taylor’s concise narration is resonant with authenticity and psychological insight…Hughes brings it home with instantly endearing characters  Publishers Weekly

This is without doubt one of the most heart-warming reads of the year… Picture Books Blogger

This is one of those books that leaves you with a warm inner glow.  A truly felicitous author/illustrator partnership if ever there was one and a picture book to be read over and over and … Red Reading Hub




Illustrated by Kate Hindley

Published in 2016 by Walker Books

Kate Hindley’s brilliant and comical illustrations bring to life a story full of fun, dogs and silly names!  I might be little, but I’m not one of those silly, frizzly dogs you get. I want to be an ordinary, stick-chasing, puddle-jumping dog! And I don’t want to be called CHOOCHIE POOH! Guaranteed to get 3-6 year olds giggling.

A blisteringly howlingly funny laugh-out-loud book from start to finish! We couldn’t get enough of it! Read It Daddy Blog




Illustrated by Hannah Shaw

Published in 2015 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books

There it was, between the Greengrocer’s and the Underwear Boutique. THE CHEESE SHOP. It was stuffed full of cheese stinkier than old socks. And Daddypops said just what I knew he was going to… “We are about to carry out the World-Famous Cheese Shop Break-In.”

A laugh-out-loud new picture book for 3-6 year olds. Follow the rat family on a comic adventure which ends with them getting the surprise of their lives!

Taylor has the magic touch when it comes to picture book writing. Books for Keeps

Tremendous fun, each page is packed with the hilarious antics of these loveable characters cleverly realised with witty and bright illustrations. Carousel

…deliciously daft…The words and pictures are full of jokes and the surprise ending will have everyone laughing. Lovereading4kids




Illustrated by Neal Layton

Published in 2015 by Walker Books

Brilliantly illustrated by Neal Layton, this is an interactive, which-way adventure for 6 – 9 year olds which can be read again and again. Floyd asks his older sister why they can’t play down in the valley. She explains that scary things live there, and the scariest of all is THE BUGABOO! But when Floyd’s ball rolls into the valley the pair pluck up courage to go after it. So they find themselves among all sorts of  creepy and freaky creatures. At each stage the reader chooses which path to take and what dangers to overcome…though, in the end, all paths lead only to one thing!

The big, brilliant format will delight youngsters and their nostalgic parents in this choose your own adventure style story… The monsters are mad, the illustrations are fantastic and the book will be browsed again and again to find out which twists and turns can be taken next. Great fun indeed!’ Books for Keeps

I foresee family fights ensuing over this book and one copy in a classroom will definitely not be enough to cope with the demand.
Gloriously ghoulish, amazingly awesome and eminently re-readable; it’s brimming over with visual and verbal delights. Jill Shanti, Red Reading Hub




Illustrated by Chris Garbutt

Published in 2015 by Walker Books

A goofy and warmhearted new picture book. Alfredo is invited to a party with disco lights and groovy dancing. He wants to go, but he has a problem. He can’t dance. No matter how hard he tries, all he ever does is…JUMP! JUMP! JUMP!

A great story about how an outsider becomes an unexpected star. Julia Eccleshare Lovereading4kids (Book of the Month, June 2015.)

It is an unlikely smash hit – but it knows how to to rock’n'roll. The Guardian

A very enjoyable picture book. Books for Keeps


HOOT OWL master of disguise

Illustrated by Jean Jullien

Published in 2015 by Walker Books

 A funny adventure for 3 – 6 year olds, featuring a hungry owl, the animals he wants to eat and some very silly costumes.

By far the most fun read aloud of the year so far. Huffington Post

Hoot Owl cuts a very comic figure, and his extravagant similes are hilarious. He’ll have children and adults alike laughing out loud. Lovereading4kids (Book of the Month, March 2015.)



Illustrated by Laurent Cardon

Published in 2014 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books

What do you do when a hippopotamus comes to visit? Find out in this warm, funny, rhyming picture book for 2-5 year olds.



Illustrated by Sally Anne Garland

Published in 2014 by Simon & Schuster

Mouse is ever so pleased with his little house. But…FIDDLESTICKS!…he notices it isn’t quite as perfect as he thought it was. When he asks a friend for help, things just seem to get worse…and worse…and worse. A bright and lively story for 3-5 year olds, about living with life’s imperfections…



Illustrated by Caio Vilela

Published in 2014

An uplifting celebration of the game that unites children all round the world. Features photographs of children playing football in 15 different countries. Where there’s a ball…there will always be someone who wants to play football.


Robot Rumpus!

Illustrated by Ross Collins

Published in 2013 by Andersen Press

A picture book for 3-6 year olds, hilariously illustrated by Ross Collins. Join in the fun when Mum and Dad decide it’s a clever idea to buy robots to look after their daughter.  ”I thought they must be joking./But Dad switched the robots on./Mum said, “They’re the latest models./What could possibly go wrong?”


This brilliant idea is guaranteed to amuse parents and children. The Guardian

…snappy rhyme and short text give the fabulous illustrations plenty of room to shine in this hilarious picture book. Books For Keeps

A glorious story and illustrations from this award winning duo. Julia Eccleshare Lovereading4kids

What a refreshingly original fun and friendly story! Eye Magazine