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 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. 

A brilliant introduction to the world’s best-loved sport. I found it really fascinating. Carousel Magazine


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


We Have Lift-Off!

Illustrated by Hannah Shaw

Published in 2013 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books

A lively adventure for 3-6 year olds on an ecological theme. Watch the trailer here.  To escape from the smog and smoke of Mr Tanner’s farm, a group of brave animals build an intergalactic rocket. Do they manage to boldly go where no farm animals have gone before? Find out in this latest picture book illustrated by Hannah Shaw. Narrated by the first chicken in outer space.

The whole thing is hilarious… With its wacky way of getting across the pollution message this one will assuredly appeal. Books For Keeps



Illustrated by Edel Rodriguez

Published in 2013

Meet Robomop, a slightly dented but hardworking robot, who spends his days cleaning a public toilet in a basement. He longs to escape, see the world, feel the sunshine and fall in love. But Robomops can’t get up steps. A poignant, funny new picture book for 4-7 year olds…in which Robomop discovers that finding your place in the world means never giving up.
This one should hit the top of many bedtime stacks. Publishers Weekly
Offers up a happy ending that involves friendship, love, and, well, honky-tonk music. Booklist

A Waste of Good Paper

Published in 2012 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books

Pete says this is a writing book that he’s only giving me. And it’s so I can write in it every day. But SORRY PETE there’s nothing I want to write.

A novel for teenagers. Jason loses it at school. He’s been in and out of care because his mum has a drugs problem. And now Jon is back, with his violence and sinister errands. A storyteller and a drummer are visiting Jason’s school. Last time they came, everything fell apart for him. If he tries to write a journal, is it going to be a waste of good paper?

A very funny yet moving novel. School Librarian

A moving, first person story that captures the frustrations and pent-up fury of a boy with a lot of problems…Jason’s journal portrays a journey from despair to hope for a better life ahead. Julia Eccleshare Lovereading4kids – May 2012 Featured Book of the Month


Nominated for the 2013 Carnegie Medal.



Who Ate Auntie Auntie Iris?

Illustrated by Hannah Shaw

Published in 2012 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books

A picture book for 3-5 year olds which has been described as deliciously suspenseful. Where Auntie Iris lives, there are bears on the first floor, a crocodile on the second floor and wolves on the third floor. And one day Auntie Iris goes out…but doesn’t come back. So it’s up to a small, brave niece to find out what has happened to her.

Funny and silly with just the right amount of danger to make little ones squeal. The Bookseller


The World Champion of Staying Awake

Illustrated by Jimmy Liao

Published in 2011 by Walker Books

A bedtime story for 3-5 year olds, magically illustrated by Jimmy Liao. Stella’s toys are very wide awake. So she has to use all the powers of her very special imagination to get them to sleep…

Pairing a witty narrative with rich illustrations, The World Champion of Staying Awake is destined to become a treasured bedtime classic. Seira Wilson, Amazon Best Books of the Month July 2011

This isn’t the first book to subvert conventions by giving a child the responsibility of ushering others to bed, but it’s easily one of the more lovingly executed and designed. Publishers Weekly


Huck Runs Amuck!

Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

Published in 2011 by Dial Books for Young Readers

A pacy picture book adventure for 3-5 year olds, featuring Huck – the goat who’ll do anything to get a mouthful of flowers. Illustrated by best seller Peter H. Reynolds.

Hilarious, laugh-out-loud fun. Kirkus Reviews

The repeated exclamations are sure to have young readers joining in. Publishers Weekly