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Mick Inkpen - Author

Mick Inkpen was born in Romford in 1952 and still lives in Essex with his wife Debbie and their two children. Mick is one of the most popular author/illustrators in the world, his stories have been translated into over twenty different languages and his books have sold over 4 million copies. Kipper, perhaps his most popular character of all, is now the star of his very own TV series while Wibbly Pig, Penguin Small and Threadbear continue to delight young readers - and their parents!

He began his career as a graphic designer, declining a place to study English at Cambridge University. During this period he worked with Nick Butterworth, a fellow children's author, from whom he learned design and typography. Together they developed a cartoon strip for the Sunday Express magazine, later to become a first series of children's picture books. They also worked in children's television.

In 1989 The Blue Balloon established him as a truly original voice in children's picture books, by which time Mick and his wife Debbie had two children of their own. "Without the experience of having children of my own I doubt that I would have been capable of writing effectively for children. And yet it's true that good work really springs from trying to please yourself"

Mick has won numerous awards world-wide including The British Book Award for Penguin Small, The British Book Award for the best illustrated book, for Lullabyhullabaloo, The Children's Book Award for Threadbear, The Parents and Munch Bunch Play and Learn Award and The Right Start Petit Filous Best Toy Award for Where, Oh Where is Kipper's Bear? Kipper won a BAFTA for best animated children's film in 1998, and Kipper's A to Z won the silver medal in the 2001 Smarties Prize.

Fo most of Mick Inkpen's published work he is both author and illustrator. However, there is one title - WONDERFUL EARTH - that we rate highly, which he illustrated whilst Nick Butterworth provided the words.

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The Blue Balloon
Mick Inkpen
This was the book that introduced the lovable Kipper to millions of children the world over. A truly wonderful story to share and to be treasured and loved time and time again. Written in a single afternoon by the author,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2015
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Wibbly Pig Has 10 Balloons
Mick Inkpen
Learn to count with Wibbly Pig! Wibbly Pig has ten balloons but not for very long! As he gives them away, he holds on tightly to his favourite teddy bear balloon. But then Big Pig's shouting sister comes along...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/09/2012
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Wibbly Pig Has 10 Balloons
Mick Inkpen
The irresistible Wibbly Pig has 10 beautiful balloons. Of course, everyone else wants one! One by one, kind Wibbly Pig lets Scruffy Pig, Tiny Pig, Pig Ears, the Pig Twins and even some pigs he doesn't really know have one....
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2011
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Hide Me Kipper
Mick Inkpen
All the fun of play is captured in this most recent story about Kipper, the loveable dog who has delighted readers for 18 years. When a mouse suddenly appears in Kipper's life he promises to hide him from the cat...
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Format: Paperback | Released 17/09/2009
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We Are Wearing Out The Naughty Step
Mick Inkpen
Good fun for all in this story about too much naughtiness! The children are endlessly on the naughty step, everyone is misbehaving and Mummy is nearing the end of her tether… In fact, she snaps! Even she ends up on...
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Format: Paperback | Released 18/06/2009
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Hide Me Kipper
Mick Inkpen
All the fun of play is captured in this most recent story about Kipper, the loveable dog who has delighted readers for 18 years. When a mouse suddenly appears in Kipper's life he promises to hide him from the cat...
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Format: Hardback | Released 18/09/2008
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We are wearing out the naughty step
Mick Inkpen
Good fun for all in this story about too much naughtiness! The children are endlessly on the naughty step, everyone is misbehaving and Mummy is nearing the end of her tether…In fact, she snaps! Even she ends up on the...
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Format: Hardback | Released 19/06/2008
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Kipper
Mick Inkpen
A heart-warming puppy, Kipper's domestic adventures have enchanted both parents and children. Now celebrating eighteen years, Kipper's first adventure tells how he attempts to improve his old basket by throwing out the smelly blanket, soggy ball and bone and tired...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2008
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Kipper's Beach Ball
Mick Inkpen
Kipper is a household name, loved by millions of children the world over. There's a wonderful comic charm about Inkpen's words and illustrations that you can't help but enjoy. Kipper has touched a chord with parents and children everywhere since...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2008
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Kipper's Monster
Mick Inkpen
Kipper is a household name, loved by millions of children the world over. There's a wonderful comic charm about Inkpen's words and illustrations that you can't help but enjoy. Kipper has touched a chord with parents and children everywhere since...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2008
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Kipper And Roly
Mick Inkpen
Kipper is a household name, loved by millions of children the world over. There's a wonderful comic charm about Inkpen's words and illustrations that you can't help but enjoy. Kipper has touched a chord with parents and children everywhere since...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2008
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Kipper's Toybox
Mick Inkpen
Kipper is a household name, loved by millions of children the world over. There's a wonderful comic charm about Inkpen's words and illustrations that you can't help but enjoy. Kipper has touched a chord with parents and children everywhere since...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2008
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Kipper's Birthday
Mick Inkpen
Kipper is a household name, loved by millions of children the world over. There's a wonderful comic charm about Inkpen's words and illustrations that you can't help but enjoy. Kipper has touched a chord with parents and children everywhere since...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2008
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Lullabyhullaballoo (Book and CD)
Mick Inkpen
A bedtime story on a royal scale. The sun has set, the moon is up. Everyone wants to go to bed. Everyone - except for the princess. She is still making the most terrible hullaballou. How can she be quietened...
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Format: Audio | Released 21/02/2008
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Baggy Brown
Mick Inkpen
Well illustrated with a touching plot comes Mick Inkpen's book on the bear that is promised to a princess but ends up in the arms of someone else. Whilst perhaps not everlasting as the Kipper stories, Baggy Brown still...
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Format: Hardback | Released 20/09/2007
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Billy's Beetle
Mick Inkpen
October 2011 Guest Editor Roddy Doyle. When my kids were kids – if that makes sense – Mick Inkpen's books were all over the floor and on every bed – but never up on a shelf. Kipper felt like a...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2007
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Wibbly Pig's Silly Big Bear
Mick Inkpen
Big Bear is a wonderful new friend for Wibbly Pig and bestselling author Mick Inkpen has been incredibly skilful at showing off a bear so big with a pig so small in the confined space of a book page, whilst...
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Format: Paperback | Released 21/06/2007
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The Blue Balloon
Mick Inkpen
This was the book that introduced the lovable Kipper to millions of children the world over. A truly wonderful story to share and to be treasured and loved time and time again. Written in a single afternoon by the author,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 20/07/2006
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Wibbly Pig is Happy
Mick Inkpen
This heart-warming board book celebrates all the little things that happen to the loveable Wibbly Pig. Above all, it shows that even when things go wrong, a hug and a lick from his very best friend can make Wibbly Pig...
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Format: Hardback | Released 16/03/2006
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