Hello! It's a pleasure to meet you! I'm a professional word-herder, colourer-inner and eternal optimist. I am the author/illustrator of more than 30 books for children, published by Harper Collins, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Puffin and Walker Books, including the Love Monster Classic Collection (now a major animated TV series too!) and the multi-award winning Lion Inside Collection (illustrated by the genius, Jim Field), which includes titles: The Lion Inside, The Koala who Could, The Squirrels who Squabbled, The Way Home for Wolf and The Whale who Wanted More. I'm flabbergasted to say that (becasue of amazing bookshops and you - the amazing readers of stories), my books have sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide and been translated into 41 languages. Most of all though, I spend every day pinching myself that I get to gallop about in my over-crowded imagination for a living and I spend alot of my time appreciating (and shouting about) the power of stories - to open our minds to new possibilities and our eyes to new ways of seeing and ultimately, to change the world for the better. I have an enormous collection of picture books that I enjoy as much as my beautiful young daughters. When not scribbling away in my studio, you'll find me running about in the forest, swimming about in the sea or doing anything that gets me out in nature, living my story, as best I can - one magical day at a time. Thank you for being a fellow Book Lover. I salute you!