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Mark (M.P) Robertson was born in Parsons Green, London in 1965.
At an early age he moved to a dormitory town where he did his best to sleep through most of his education.
He narrowly managed to acquire the minimum number of 'O' levels to study graphic design at Hounslow Borough College.
After three years he left disillusioned, took a year to ponder his own navel, then returned to take a degree in illustration at Kingston polytechnic.
After leaving in 1988 he was amazed to find people willing to pay him money to do what he enjoyed. He has been capitalizing on this ever since.
His first picture book Seven Ways to Catch the Moon was published in 1999.
He currently lives in Bradford on Avon, near Bath, with his partner Sophy Williams (Also an illustrator) and two boys. He works in his garden shed where he worries about losing his hair.
When I first saw the cover of this title it evoked many happy memories of beach holidays and of building sandcastles. August is the perfect time of year for such happy times and this story is so cleverly yet simply told that every child or adult reading it will be transported into an amazing magical seaside adventure coupled with some wonderfully detailed and colourful illustrations. A perfect addition to this summer's holiday.
If anything needs fixing, CH1P can mend it. From Crusher Bots who can crush, Cleaner Bots who clean to Flyer Bots who can fly - they all depend on CH1P to keep them going. Suddenly CH1Ps world falls apart when his best friend P1N is whisked away to another planet. Devastated, he hatches a plan to rescue her and helped by his friends, he blasts off on an adventure into the unknown ... Packed with amazing robots and space creatures this is a captivating story which will grip children with excitement as they are swept along with their hero on his quest to save his friend. CH1P is a captivating gift to read with any child or for them to share with other close friends and family.
George knows something isn't right when he finds more than he bargained for under his mother's favourite chicken....but when the egg hatches he finds himself looking after a baby dragon! George takes his job as a parent seriously, teaching the hatchling all sorts of 'dragony' ways, but the dragon begins to pine for his own kind, and one day he disappears...
George, the hero from M. P. Robertson's The Egg, has returned in this brand new dragon adventure. George is bored. When it comes to fighting, chickens aren't nearly as much fun as dragons. But when George's dragon returns, he whisks him off to a fairytale land on a rescue mission. A wicked witch has captured a baby dragon and George realises that he must outwit the witch in order to free the dragon and prevent himself from being turned into a toad for the witch's barbecue.
There is nothing in the whole world that Jack likes better than building sandcastles. But however strongly he builds them, he can't stop the sea from stealing them away. Then one night he is awoken by the gulls outside his window, calling him to come down to the beach. To his amazement, the sandcastle he built the day before now towers above his head. Jack marches across the drawbridge, and embarks on a magical adventure filled with jesters and musicians, feasting and dancing, a beautiful girl and a magic shell. M.P. Robertson weaves a wonderful tale of fantasy and excitement, with magical illustrations, capturing the wonder of a little boy's imaginary adventure.