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Meet Mr Mustachio Illustrator Abi Tompkins!

I always knew when I wrote Mr Mustachio he would be a darling, but when Maverick Books appointed Abi Tompkins as illustrator I had no idea what magic was about to commence. He’s tall. His coat is made from camel hair (it’s like wool, but camel wool). And my, look at that moustache. Abi’s joining us in Top Secret News today to give us a sneaky peek and talk to us about Mr M. Our picture book won’t be out until next year, but work is well under way and it’s looking great! Our editor Kimara Nye (who’s got her own picture book out too!) keeps forwarding beautiful sketches to my inbox. Abi’s work is full of dreamy characters and fizzy colours. I could look at it all day long. Her website’s here if you want to have a look around. Abi, this is your debut book too isn’t it? Tell us a bit about how it’s going. Hello! Yes, this is my first book and I’m very excited about it all. As soon as I got …

A Win at Winchester!

Really excited to announce that my picture book BOO-KIN, MORE MILK, AND THE MISSING MUMMY! received ‘Highly Commended’ from the judges at Winchester Writers’ Festival 2015. The Picture Book Category was judged by the lovely bunch at Little Tiger Press and I’m thrilled that they liked my manuscript. They said I had, “fresh narrative voice… fantastically fun moments… great characterisation” Looking at the titles in the final 6, there were clearly some fab entries. Well done to everyone and an especially big congratulations to Alice Vinten for winning 1st prize!


Wow. It’s like Christmas has arrived early. I’ve been awarded an ‘Honorary Mention’ for MR MUSTACHIO in the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Margaret Carey Scholarship. More info here.