About the Author
Michael has illustrated many children 's books over the last few years, his first picture book was The Selfish Crocodile which has become a best seller and The Wide-Mouthed Frog came third at the Bishops Stotford Children 's Book Award 2010. Crunch Munch Dinosaur Lunch has been short listed for the Red House Children 's Book Awards 2010.
Michael studied graphic design and illustration at art school before moving to London as a graphic designer. In1972 he went freelance as an illustrator producing work for advertising, editorial and publishing and quickly gained a reputation in these fields and won awards for his illustration.
Also he has worked for clients in the USAsuch as Readers Digest Children 's Books,
Golden Books [Random House] and Schoolastic.
Michael has given talks about his work in schools and bookshops in his area.
He now lives and works by the coast in Kent.
Captain Wag and the Polar Bears', 'Crunch Munch Dinosaur Lunch' and 'The Wide Mouthed Frog' all published in 2009.
A school visit consists of three one hour sessions in which the process of illustrating a picture book is explained showing rough drawings and artworks together with the children participating in a workshop to produce their own illustrations for a story written previously by the class.
Demonstration drawings by Michael are left with the school.
"Thank you so much the fantastic session we had with you during your visit to
Hythe Bay. We all had such a wonderful time throughout the morning; our
only regret was that the session wasn't longer, as I 'm sure we could've gone
on to do lots more!
We had read lots of your books and seen many illustrations and so to have
you with us to ask questions and learn how you get your ideas and do your
illustrations was a real eye opener to us all.
The children also loved showing you the pictures they had drawn and getting
you to autograph them. The time where they were able to speak to you
individually was one of their favourite parts as they even got to ask you even
more questions! ( I think one of the girls managed to have an almost full length interview with you along with a number of books she asked you to
sign!). You were very patient and we really appreciated the time you gave at
the end to do that."
Teacher, Hythe Bay School, Kent
Published by Bolomsbury Children's Books:
The Selfish Crocodile [best seller]
The Lonely Giraffe
The Wide-Mouthed Frog
Published by Little Tiger Press:
Here comes the Crocodile
Chameleon 's Crazy Colours
...and numerous Dick King-Smith books published by Puffin Books.
Written and Illustrated Publications:
Captain Wag the Pirate Dog series
|Prices:||£380 full day
£230 half day
+ travel expenses/ accommodation expenses as necessary (no VAT)