|About the Book|
Steve Smallman lives in Staffordshire with his wife, two dogs and two cats. He has four children and a grandchild. Steve has been illustrating children’s books for almost 30 years and writing his own stories for slightly less. He also teaches illustration workshops in schools, including mural-painting. Steve is the author of Smelly Peter the Great Pea Eater (Winner of the Sheffield Childrens Book Award 2009) and The Lamb Who Came for Dinner (Shortlisted for the Red House Childrens Book Award and read by Meatloaf on CITVs Bookaboo). When he’s not working, Steve enjoys films, television, gardening and walking in the countryside.Steve Smallman on Steve Smallman:I started working as an illustrator when I was in my final year at Art College and now, over 28 years later I still havent got a proper job! Ive illustrated literally hundreds of books, predominantly in educational publishing. A few years ago I was main illustrator for Longmans Story Street reading scheme, illustrating 79 titles and writing 5.Ive worked in childrens television, specifically in character development and most notably in the Raggy Doll series in the mid to late 1980s. I have also done a certain amount of licensed work, illustrating characters such as Postman Pat, Bill and Ben and Sesame Street.Ive been described as an Animal Artist, not I hasten to add because Im wild and hairy but because I love to draw animals and especially like to give them human characteristics.Ive been writing childrens books for about 6 years and have already had several picture books published with more in development.Ive got 4 great children and although theyre all adults now, my memories of them growing up inspire and inform my writing.