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Tom Percival - Author

Tom Percival studied Graphic Design in South Wales. His illustration career has seen him design Halloween merchandise for a major supermarket, create the character 'Hector' for an Aardman-animated road safety campaign and his book illustration work includes the artwork for the phenomenally successful Skulduggery Pleasant series. As well as illustrating fiction covers, Tom has also written and illustrated three picture books: Tobias and the Super Spooky Ghost Book, A Home for Mr Tipps and Jack’s Amazing Shadow. Herman’s Letter is Tom’s first picture book for Bloomsbury..

He lives in Stroud with his partner and their two sons.

Q&A WITH TOM PERCIVAL

The Magic Toyshop. Angela Carter.

The Devil on the Road. Robert Westall

It was never really the ‘stories’ as such that engrossed me so much in her books as the portraits of her characters that were all so vivid and alive I would often think about something that one of them had done and think that it was someone I actually KNEW who had done it.

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

Jon Klassen. I have a huge amount of time for Jon Klassen’s hyper-minimal style, it’s SO stark and yet so full of character and humour. Very impressive.

Dave McKean

Who is your favourite hero in a book? This might get a few eye rolls, because it’s from a series that I illustrate, but as far as Children’s book hero’s go, you can’t get much better than Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. He’s just everything that you would want a hero to be, immensely powerful, over confident, full of humour, and immaculately dressed.

If you could recommend just one book for everyone to read what would it be? Bad Blood by Lorna Sage. It’s an incredibly vivid account of her past, and a great reminder that life doesn’t follow any set patterns - you just NEVER know where it’s going to go. I also love the way that the author deals with any negative or bleak aspects of her past with such humour and grace. A valuable lesson for anyone to learn.

Who or what was your biggest influence in deciding to become a writer? I just love making up stories and drawing pictures – it was inevitable. Not that I’d get published of course, but even if I hadn’t got published I’d still sit there coming up with ideas and writing them down. It’s just what I do.

What's the best thing you've ever written? A poem I wrote about a badger when I was six. It included the phrase, ‘He dragged his lumbering frame across the leaves’ which I MUST have stolen from a book I’d read that day. Sadly it was never photocopied and is now lost FOREVER. I even drew a scratchy pen and ink picture of the said Badger – we learnt to write with italic metal nibbed pens at my frankly archaic primary school.

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

Normally it involves a long train journey, because that’s the only time that I’m not having to do some of my other work, or look after the kids, or do the washing up, or tidying up the house, or chopping logs for the fire, or putting out the rubbish or any one of the myriad things I have to do in my actual house on a day-to-day basis

Featured Books, with extracts, by Tom Percival

Reader ReviewedThe Magic Looking Glass
Tom Percival
Hansel and Gretel, The Three Bears, Jack the Giant Killer and many more favourite characters are all jumbled together in this roller coaster adventure stuffed full of goodies and baddies. The Story Tree in Tale Town can only be trimmed...
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Format: Paperback | Released 08/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Genie's Curse
Tom Percival
Spells and enchantments of all kinds are flying around in the latest instalment of Tom Percival's sparky series Little Legends, which cleverly creates new adventures for favourite fairy-tale characters. Rapunzel finds herself in trouble when she accidentally upsets a genie,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 28/07/2016
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The National Trust: 50 Things to Do Before You're 11 3/4
Tom Percival
It's four years since the National Trust challenged young children to get off their sofas and do something more exciting outside, and this handy guide/scrapbook is just the thing to encourage exactly that this summer. Most of the fifty things...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/03/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Great Troll Rescue
Tom Percival
This easy to read new series is set in Tale Town, a magical place inhabited by fairy tale characters. It stars Red, Anansi, Rapunzel and Jack, a distinctive, pint-sized gang of superheroes. The plot in this adventure concerns Anansi's mum,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 11/02/2016
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Herman's Letter
Tom Percival
October 2013 Book of the Month Friendship and its importance lie at the heart of this touching story of how Herman and Henry keep in touch after Henry moves home. Herman loves getting Henry's letters but they also make him...
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Format: Paperback | Released 26/09/2013
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Jack's Amazing Shadow
Tom Percival
A wonderful exploration of friendship, Jack and his amazing magical shadow are the VERY best of friends. But sometimes even best-friends fall out...A lively story that's perfect for anyone who's ever wondered what their shadow gets up to when they're...
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Format: Paperback | Released 18/04/2013
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A Home for Mr Tipps
Tom Percival
A touching story about a special friendship between a boy and the cat he finds. Mr Tipps is a frightened stray cat. He is timid and lonely until, one day he finds a lovely bowl of milk put out for...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2011
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Tobias and the Super Spooky Ghost Book
Tom Percival
A lonely ghost finds an unexpected friend in this fantastically atmospheric story which marks the debut of an exciting new picture book talent. A delightfully energetic book, full of fun! Percival's second picture book is A Home for...
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Format: Paperback | Released 30/09/2010
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