Not Me! by Nicola Killen

Not Me!

Written by Nicola Killen

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This is an utterly delightful picture book from a bright new talent found by a publisher who seeks out new talent from the MA Illustration course in Cambridge. The clever interaction of the illustrations with some very simple text make it perfect for the smallest toddler and each and every one of them will relate to the ‘not me’ antics of four little children and little dog Jess.


Not Me! by Nicola Killen

A group of very young children have been making a mess. But when they are asked who did it they all reply innocently, 'Not me!' The reader will know the truth straight away though as the clues are there for all to see. A friendly puppy bounces through the pages, getting caught up in all the chaos, and when the question comes, 'Who will clean and tidy up?' She hops into her basket, closes her eyes and thinks, Not me! An irresistibly charming book for the very young. Don't miss it!

About the Author

Nicola Killen

Nicola has always loved drawing and still likes nothing better than taking her sketchbook to the zoo to draw her favourite animals – rhinos and penguins of course! Nicola was designing Christmas cards before she started an MA in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. Her final show won Egmont's Best New Talent Award and since then she has been working on her own picture books. In her spare time Nicola enjoys cooking for friends, visiting museums and singing (but only in private!). She lives and works in Cambridge, England.

A Q&A with Nicola

Where & when were you born?

Barton, Cambridge 25/2/1971 (my parents still live in the house I was born in)

Where do you live & who with?

I live in Cambridge in a house I share with 3 friends I met on my MA course

How did you first start writing/illustrating?

I've always loved drawing. I did a degree in Graphic Design but specialized in illustration. I spent 18 months training to be an accountant after university but following a holiday to Cornwall decided to try and make a living from illustration. I started making handmade cards, then designing cards for publishers. After working in-house at a couple of design companies for 7 years I decided to apply for the MA in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge. When doing the course we were encouraged to come up with our own ideas to illustrate and that's how I started writing.

What inspires you?

I tend to be inspired by little things that people say or do. I love visiting galleries, watching films and drawing for visual inspiration.

Have you won any awards for your work? The Egmont Award on my MA course A Blue Peter badge and expandable sponge! - When I was about 12 I was a runner up in a competition for ideas for a computer graphics sequence for Children's BBC. My sequence of a sardine can opening was made and used for several months!

How would you describe yourself in three words?

I don't know.

What do you do to relax?

Going to the cinema, reading (quite a new discovery for me), visiting friends, drawing at the zoo.

Where do you write?

If you have a photo, feel free to include it! I write anywhere - I make notes in a notebook or sketchbook if I get an idea so I don't forget it! When I have an idea, I'll start to develop a sequence of pictures to go with it and this usually happens in my "studio" which is a small office I share with a friend. Sometimes it's hard to find any space on my desk!

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Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont Childrens Books

Publication date

2nd May 2010




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