I absolutely love children’s books! I am inspired by artists and writers such as Dr Seuss, Bill Peet, Hergé (Georges Remi) and Arthur Rackham, and am currently working on two children’s picture book series – Monkey’s Great Adventures and The Sketchies.
I also like to think a little differently 😉
Monkey’s Great Adventures combines my love of travel and adventure with my appreciation and respect for the traditional hand-made crafts, combining real life scenes with knitted characters in an imaginative series that plays with the idea of children believing their favourite toys are real.
The first two books in the series will be published by Wombat Books in 2020, with the first book due for release mid way through the year.
One Tentacle Publishing
My partner, Matt Ottley, and I have set up a small publishing house called One Tentacle Publishing, where we aim to help emerging authors/illustrators break into the market and re-print some classic children’s books. For our first collaboration we worked closely with author/illustrator Lisa Tiffen to produce a series of quirky children’s picture books that look at the emotional world of children. The first book in the series is “Grumps“, followed by “Lovelies,” “Sorrows,” and the soon to be released “Frights,” as part of the Murwillumbah Arts Trail.
It has been a pleasure mentoring Lisa through the production of these delightful books.
Matt Ottley’s classic children’s book, ‘Mrs Millie’s Painting,’ will be released in May 2019 in both hardcover and softcover versions. Stay tuned for more!