I’m a Brit who was born in Kampala, Uganda, and raised in East and West Africa and at a boarding school in England’s New Forest (which is nothing of the sort—it’s very old).
I came to the United States in 1989. Just for a year. I’m still here.
The first book I ever read all the way through was The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear. Things have not been the same since.
I am very grateful.
About My Work
I get to do the best job in all the world—tell stories. (You mostly get in trouble for that when you're little, but when you grow up you can get away with it. Even get paid to do it.)
And I get to work for the best bosses in all the world—children.
I am so excited about my new picture book for Candlewick, His Royal Highness, King Baby: A Terrible True Story. I wrote it because I’m a big sister and I know what it feels like to have a tiny tyrant kick you off the throne. So this story is the story of the wicked rule of King Baby and his poor beautiful princess sister. And then the incredible David Roberts took my words and created the most beautiful and funny pictures ever. We are so eager for you to read it. (SPOILER: it all works out happily ever after in the end.)
And have you read my previous picture book for Candlewick, Skip to the Loo, My Darling! A Potty Book? It's terribly silly (which is good for my bosses) and terribly practical (which is good for their parents). And when it’s all said and done— let’s be honest— who of us doesn’t, at some point, need to go? And if you’re going to go, why not skip? Coming soon in a new durable board book edition!
I've written some other books for my bosses as well, which you can read about on my website!
Three Things You Don't Know About Me
1. I've performed at Carnegie Hall. (Not singing, you’ll be relieved to know —but reading!)
2. I have a couple of music albums (Really. It’s true.)
3. I've lived in five different countries (not including the Land of Make Believe and Narnia, which would actually make it seven).