WRITER, POET, PERFORMER AND AWARD-WINNING 'PRIVATE EYE' CARTOONIST Shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2019. Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2019 for Best Book with Facts. Shortlisted (twice) for the DeBary Book Awards. Shortlisted (twice) for the ASE Book of the Year. Cartoon Art Trust Strip Cartoonist of the Year 2013. DBS Checked.


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Hello and welcome to my website. I write and draw funny non-fiction and activity books for young people, many of which have been translated and published in over a dozen different languages!

I am also an award-winning cartoonist, with a regular slot in the satirical magazine Private Eye for nearly a quarter of a century.


In addition to all that, I am also a comic poet specialising in performing funny poems for children, with lots of laughs and audience interaction.

I also do school visits and workshops to encourage children to write their own poems and jokes and perform them with confidence.

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If all that wasn't enough, I also do funny family-friendly science shows suitable for all ages based on my Destroy This Book series of activity books, plus my very special SWAT! show, all about fly biology, where I dress as a giant housefly!

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This is my most recent book, published this Spring:


These two are coming out in early September 2020:

This title has all the drawings done by me.


This one has all the drawings done by the brilliant Jess Bradley, the Queen of Cute!


My funny and informative book The Element in the Room was illustrated by the equally brilliant Lauren Humphrey. It is all about the Periodic Table and has comics and facts about every known chemical element! It was shortlisted for both the Blue Peter Best Book with Facts and the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize in 2019. Look out for a sequel in 2021!


To find out more about my many books, cartoons and poems, please click on their pages shown in the menu.

I shall be adding more pages to this website in the months ahead, as new titles appear. In the meantime you can also check out my Author Page here.

You can also follow me on social media. I'm here on twitter and here on Facebook.

I hope you enjoy clicking around my site, and if you have any questions about my children's books, cartoons, school science shows and workshops or poetry performances and workshops, then please contact me through the GET IN TOUCH! page.