Monday, 29 August 2011

Zambuko Community Library Project

I recently donated some of my books to a library project in Zimbabwe called the Zambuko Library Project. Friends of mine volunteered out there for a week and took quite a few of my books along! The aim of the project is to provide an educational resource for local villages in a rural area where there are virtually no books in the primary schools. Obviously it would be great if children could have books in their own language and work is being done to transcribe and photocopy books into Shona the local language. For the time being donations of books in English are appreciated. Primary schools in Bristol are linked with the primary schools in Zimbabwe and have also donated money and books to the project.

When my friends returned last week they showed me some really lovely photos of children with my books - these really made my day.








Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Badgers

Have you had your badger fix today? No? Here are some sketches to cheer you up.

Monday, 22 August 2011

The evil duke of Phartasia

I'm in the process of illustrating a very funny book for Walker, it's all about playing musical instruments using farts, yes farts or 'pharts!'. There's a taking parrot, a load of spoilt children and evil duke with a very long moustache (pictured). Of course there is a hero too, his name is Bruno and he becomes an expert at playing a 'Phartlehorn'. All will be revealed soon but in the meantime here's a little illustration to keep you from exploding with suspense! Parp!

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Big Chill and Bandit masks


Just back from The Big Chill where I had a very fun event in the rainbow tent(Little Chill area). My School for Bandits game went down a treat and I was mobbed at the end for chocolate coins!

The mask making session was also very successful too and you can see some pics here- glittery raccoons and a boy who did a lovely drawing for me.




Here's a photo of a butterfly installation which was amazing when you walked underneath it.


Thursday, 4 August 2011

Official SCHOOL FOR BANDITS publication day UK!


It's finally here! Get out your stripy tales and masks and go to your nearest bookshop and ask very politely for a copy of School for Bandits, the finest raccoon picture book they have. If they don't have it, please insist they get it in stock as soon as possible!

And remember niceness is most definitely allowed, I'd LOVE to hear your comments and feedback and see any drawings from children and adults alike.

If you can't make it out you can always order your copy here (it's only £5.99 Paperback and suitable for ages 4+)

Oh and please remember to rate it online from whatever bookstore you buy from.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

I don't believe it Archie!


For those discerning readers who love a classy hardback (yes they are lovely aren't they!)
'I don't believe it Archie' is out tomorrow. Andrew Norriss has written lots of books for children and this is one of his funniest! I've been busy illustrating it and I hope you'll love my characters.

Archie is a normal boy but very strange things keep happening to him EVERY DAY! Who else gets trapped by a live leopard, caught up in a robbery or mistaken as a kidnapped child every time they step out the house? Archie does!

Want to read more? Buy the book today here.

Published by David Fickling Books

Max and Molly's Guide to Trouble - How to be a genius!


The 4th of August is a big day for me as three of my books are being published.

Here is 'Max and Molly's Guide to Trouble - How to be a genius!' It's the second book in the series and is another crazy/ funny Max and Molly tale by Dominic Barker. This one involves a ill-fated bike ride, mending a puncture with Mud and a dog chase! Oh yes, it's action packed and you'll spot my illustrations throughout...



for ages 7+ published by Orchard books. PAPERBACK