Dougal's Deep-sea Diary by Simon Bartram

Dougal's Deep-sea Diary

Written by Simon Bartram
Illustrated by Simon Bartram
Part of the Bartram, Simon Series Series

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Shortlisted for 2005 Kate Greenaway Medal. Meet Dougal, who’s off on holiday doing what he likes best – deep-sea diving. He’d really love to see a mermaid or find the Lost City of Atlantis, and he doesn’t mind helping out with the odd dolphin show. This is his diary . . .


Dougal's Deep-sea Diary by Simon Bartram


"This book is as colourful and surprising as a coral reef, and children will want to explore it again and again." Nicola Bevan, Junior Education

About the Author

Simon Bartram

Simon was our Guest Editor in September 2010. Click here to see all his selections.

Simon Bartram is one of the most talented picture book illustrators and authors working today. He realised very early on that he wanted to be an illustrator as he always loved drawing and was an avid consumer of comics. His  first illustration was for Roy of the Rovers when he was eleven. He graduated from Birmingham Polytechnic with a  first class degree in illustration in 1990, and his art style is heavily in uenced by artists such as Peter Blake, Stanley Spencer and Reg Cartwright. Simon has been shortlisted for several major illustration awards including The Mother Goose in 1999 and the Kate Greenaway Award twice.

This is what the Art Director at Templar, his publisher, has said about him:

'Simon is wonderfully bonkers, and as British as a mini pork pie. he is a unique voice in children's publishing and his books have a refreshingly 'real' heart and natural character. He's one of the best British illustrators in the universe!'

Simon is a mad keen football fan and supporter of Sunderland. He lives in
Newcastle with his wife Nicola and their son. Simon’s other books for Templar include: Pumpkin Moon, A Winter’s Tale, Dougal’s Deep-Sea Diary, The Alien Spotters Guide and Watch Out for Sprouts.

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32 pages
Interest Age: 3+ years


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Templar Publishing

Publication date

1st April 2005




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