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Mark Sperring - Author

MARK SPERRING studied at Bath Academy of Art and Camberwell College of Art before working as a printer and a bookseller, and later becoming a children's book author. Mark is the author of The Shape of My Heart, Snappy Birthday, Dino Mummy, Dino Baby, Dino Daddy and My Little Star. He lives in Bristol.

An Interview with Mark Sperring

What are your 5 favourite books, and why?

Moominland Midwinter by Tove Jansson for combining two of my favourite things Moomins AND snow!

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak for its perfection.

The Little Prince for the fox who wanted to be tamed.

To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee for much too many reasons to list.

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates for inducing a tear.

Who are your 5 favourite authors/illustrators, and why?

Maurice Sendak for writing and illustrating the ultimate picture book

Tove Jansson not only for her amazing black and white line drawing but for her strange and beautiful stories.

Toon Telegen for creating a world populated by letter writing creatures.

Paul Auster for his ability to turn a story on its head in one breath taking sentence.

Richard Yates for creating characters that still linger in my mind.

What was your favourite book when you were a child?

Gobbilino the Witches Cat by Ursula Moray Williams.

Who is your favourite hero in a book?

Little My from the Moomins.

Who is your favourite villain in a book?

Little My from the Moomins!

If you could be a character from a book who would you be?

Mr Nilsson so I could hang out with Pipi Longstocking.

If you could recommend just one book for everyone to read what would it be?

To Kill a Mocking Bird.

What book do you wish you had written?

The Dictionary, if only to be better at spelling and a world champion scrabble player.

Who or what was your biggest influence in deciding to become a writer?

Words and how they fit together.

What inspired you to write your latest book?

The Shape of My Heart was inspired whilst drawing around my hand!

What's the best thing you've ever written?

I don't know about best, but the one I have a special connection to is a story about a girl and a mouse, there's a lot of 'Me' in it.

When did you start writing?

In earnest about 20 years ago.

If someone wanted to be a writer what would be your number one tip for them?

Don't give up!

Is there any particular routine involved in your writing process (favourite pen, lucky charm, special jumper)?

I'm an early bird writer-mornings are best!

Do you have any abandoned stories in your ‘bottom drawer’ that you would like to revisit?

None of them are abandoned, they're just biding their time and only appear to be collecting dust...

Featured Books, with extracts, by Mark Sperring

Four Silly Skeletons
Mark Sperring - illustrated by Sue Hendra
Lots of laughs as Fred, Sid, Belle and Bill, the four silly skeletons who love to dance, get themselves in all kinds of predicaments as they cavort about – especially at night. Luckily, their resourceful Auntie June is on hand...
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Format: Paperback | Released 08/09/2016
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Daddy Lion's Tea Party
Mark Sperring - illustrated by Sarah Warburton
June 2015 Book of the Month Daddy Lion has decided it's the perfect day for a tea party – a quiet little tea party, just him and his cubs. The cubs want to invite the other animals but Daddy Lion says...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/06/2015
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Daddy Lion's Tea Party
Mark Sperring - illustrated by Sarah Warburton
June 2015 Book of the Month Daddy Lion has decided it's the perfect day for a tea party – a quiet little tea party, just him and his cubs. The cubs want to invite the other animals but Daddy Lion says...
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Dino-Daddy
Mark Sperring - illustrated by Sam Lloyd
With Father's Day approaching, this could be the perfect gift for the dino-daddy in your life! Mark Sperring's jolly rhyming text details all the fun the dino-kids have with their daddy, from trips to the park to a bit of...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/06/2015
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Mabel and Me - Best of Friends
Mark Sperring - illustrated by Sarah Warburton
Mabel and Me are an unlikely couple of friends to outsiders but that doesn't matter because they just are each other's very bestest, bestest of friends. It is hard to define exactly why but, when they meet first a Famous...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/07/2013
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Dino-Baby
Mark Sperring - illustrated by Sam Lloyd
It's not easy being a big sister - especially when your new baby brother is a roaring dino baby. There are just SO many things to remember ...Be quiet in the morning, when you first get up. Because crashes, bangs...
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Format: Paperback | Released 09/05/2013
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The Shape of My Heart
Mark Sperring - illustrated by Alys Paterson
One of our Books of the Year 2013 - January 2013 Picture Book of the Month Bright images offer loads to look at for young readers to think about the shape of all the things around them in the world....
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Format: Paperback | Released 17/01/2013
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Green (Mini Board Book)
Mark Sperring - illustrated by Leo Timmers
This is a brilliantly witty, familiar and well-observed depiction of sibling relationships. Clive is a boy who absolutely loves green. In fact, so much so that he wears no other colour but his sister is always laughing and teasing him...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/02/2012
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Green
Mark Sperring - illustrated by Leo Timmers
This is a brilliantly witty, familiar and well-observed depiction of sibling relationships. Clive is a boy who absolutely loves green. In fact, so much so that he wears no other colour but his sister is always laughing and teasing him...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2010
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Green
Mark Sperring - illustrated by Leo Timmers
This is a brilliantly witty, familiar and well-observed depiction of sibling relationships. Clive is a boy who absolutely loves green. In fact, so much so that he wears no other colour but his sister is always laughing and teasing him...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/03/2010
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