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David Lucas - Author

About the Author

David Lucas - As a child

"I was born in Middlesbrough, where my Mum was a teacher and my Dad worked in the steel works. I am the third of six brothers, and as children we were all dressed the same - same haircut, same jeans, same jumpers. When I was five years old we came to London (my Dad had decided to go to Art College) and at first we lived in a tent before moving to a council flat in Hackney. My parents both loved nature so I often spent holidays exploring forests and wandering on the moors in Yorkshire or by the seashore. I loved ruins and castles too - magical, haunted places. I always enjoyed drawing and in my teens I became fascinated by mythology and fairytales and folklore and began writing stories and inventing imaginary worlds and characters."


As an adult

"I live in east London, close to where I grew up, beside Victoria Park. My home is full of strange old books - books of magic spells and secret alphabets and half forgotten legends. I collect old toys too, and colourful folk art and carvings of scary tribal gods with staring eyes. I've always liked fancy dress parties - it's fun pretending to be someone you're not - and I enjoy being on my own in nature - I love places where I can escape the modern world and imagine I'm living centuries ago. I just feel very lucky to be able to make my living from writing stories and making pictures and mostly I live a very quiet life."

As an artist

"I believe the world is alive with magic - and it's that feeling that really inspires my work. My drawing is picture-writing - I never draw from life - I make patterns, as if I were knitting with ink. Writing, for me, is pattern-making too - putting words together as if they were simple shapes, making story-patterns that are a mixture of autobiography and myth and fairytale. I spend the mornings writing, looking out onto the park, listening to the birds singing and the canal boats chugging past. I paint and draw in my studio near London Fields. As well as making picture books I'm also working on an illustrated fantasy novel."

Featured books by David Lucas

This is My Rock

This is My Rock

5+ readers

Author: David Lucas Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/03/2015

“This is my rock!” proclaims a young goat. “It’s not yours,” he bleats at Eagle. “Or yours,” he grumbles at Bear. “Nor yours!” he shouts at the other goats that dare to climb his rock. But standing atop a mountain all day and night can be lonely, especially when you have no one else to play with…

Other books by David Lucas

The Wonderbird

The Wonderbird

Author: David Lucas Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/10/2019

A breathtakingly beautiful gift picture book about togetherness, perfect for fans of The Fox and the Star. A flock of birds flew among the stars, twittering, chirruping, piping, hooting, all singing one wonderful song ...They sang to the Wonderbird, a million different voices all in harmony. But who IS the Wonderbird? wondered Piper. As the birds scatter to seek the mysterious Wonderbird, Piper travels to the edge of the Milky Way ... and, lost and alone, discovers the answer to his question. David Lucas's stunning picture book reminds us that there is nothing more powerful than togetherness. This sumptuous hardback cover edition includes sparkling holographic foil detail.

I Was Made For You

I Was Made For You

Author: David Lucas Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Cat was knitted by Mum out of the softest, fluffiest wool, and wrapped in shiny paper and a big, pink ribbon... but why was he made? When you are brand new, the world is full of questions, and if you are brave it can be full of answers too. Cat asks the wind, the stars and the trees for help, but it is only when he discovers love that he also finds his purpose.

This is My Rock

This is My Rock

Author: David Lucas Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2015

This is my rock! proclaims a young goat. It's not yours, he bleats at Eagle. Or yours, he grumbles at Bear. Nor yours! he shouts at the other goats. But standing atop a mountain all day and night can be lonely, especially when you have no one else to play with. With simple wit and beautifully detailed illustrations, David Lucas weaves a tale about sharing and friendship.

Grendel: A Cautionary Tale About Chocolate

Grendel: A Cautionary Tale About Chocolate

Author: David Lucas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/02/2014

A charming and clever tale of a little monster who loves chocolate. Grendel loves his mum and Grendel loves his dog, but most of all Grendel loves CHOCOLATE! When he is magically granted three wishes, what does he wish for? More chocolate of course! He gets rather more than he asks for when his whole world turns to chocolate and starts to melt... Whatever can he do? This fresh and fun re-telling of the Midas story has a message for us all - be careful what you wish for!

A Letter for Bear

A Letter for Bear

Author: David Lucas Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2013

As remarkable a writer as he is an illustrator. --Publishers Weekly Poor Bear, who will send him a letter? Come rain or shine, he works so hard delivering the post to all the animals of the wood but he never receives anything himself. Hardly surprising since he's never actually sent a message! One day Bear decides to write some mail of his own, inviting all the forest animals to a party. David Lucas is a well-loved British illustrator and writer whose fairy tales and folk stories have enchanted children and adults for years.

The Skeleton Pirate

The Skeleton Pirate

Author: David Lucas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2013

Shiver me timbers and swash me buckles - it's time for an adventure with the Skeleton Pirate! The Skeleton Pirate is the Terror of the Seas and he'll never be beaten! Until, that is, he gets beaten by an unruly bunch of pirates and thrown overboard. Down in the depths of the sea he embarks on an adventure with a beautiful mermaid, a whale with tummy ache and a golden ship full of treasure... Full of humour and irrepressible energy this is the perfect picture book for all would-be little pirates!

Cake Girl

Cake Girl

Author: David Lucas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2012

In this magical fairy tale, the Witch is alone AGAIN on her birthday, so she bakes a Cake Girl to sing, dance, and do all the housework for her. The Witch tells Cake Girl she is going to EAT her, but clever Cake Girl turns the tables on her captor and shows her instead how it is possible and EVEN fun to be a nice person. The finale is a cornucopia of magic tricks and laughter, and is the best birthday either of them have ever had.

The Lying Carpet

The Lying Carpet

Author: David Lucas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2012

Imagine a disused living room in a grand house. In it is a tiger rug and a statue of a little girl. But is the tiger a real tiger, a fake or a magical carpet? Is the little girl real but bewitched or just a stone statue and will she ever come to life? By turns comical and lugubrious, the tiger gives the little girl plenty of versions of the truth, but how will she decide what is true and will she be able to break free? A parable about outgrowing your childhood and becoming what you want to be, this is a book for anyone who has ever felt 'stuck' in their circumstances.

Lost in the Toy Museum An Adventure

Lost in the Toy Museum An Adventure

Author: David Lucas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2011

Join the adventure when the lights go out in the toy museum! One night, when the lights go out at the toy museum, everyone runs off and hides. Left all on his own, Bunting, the sensible old toy cat, sets out to look for them. As he follows the trail of clues through the museum, the normally reserved Bunting learns how to have fun in this affectionate picture book from one of Britain's brightest new talents.

Christmas At The Toy Museum

Christmas At The Toy Museum

Author: David Lucas Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2011

It's Christmas Eve at the Toy Museum and when the lights go out the magic begins! One very special Christmas Eve, Bunting and the rest of the toys in the museum are gathered around the tree - but what's this? There are no presents! What can they do? The normally reserved Bunting has a wonderful idea. Why don't the toys give themselves to each other as gifts? The toys learn about the true gift of giving in this gentle and affectionate picture book from one of Britain's brightest new talents. David Lucas is a rising star in children's picture books - in 2008 he was named as one of The Big Picture campaign's Best New Illustrators.

Lost In The Toy Museum: An Adventure

Lost In The Toy Museum: An Adventure

Author: David Lucas Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2011

Join the adventure when the lights go out in the toy museum! One night, when the lights go out at the toy museum, everyone runs off and hides. Left all on his own, Bunting, the sensible old toy cat, sets out to look for them. As he follows the trail of clues through the museum, the normally reserved Bunting learns how to have fun in this affectionate picture book from one of Britain's brightest new talents. David Lucas is an extraordinary new talent in children's picture books - in 2008, he was named as one of The Big Picture campaign's Best New Illustrators.

Cake Girl

Cake Girl

Author: David Lucas Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2009

The witch was alone on her birthday - again! So she bakes a Cake Girl, and tells her to sing 'Happy Birthday' and dance, and smile, and make her laugh - and do all the housework... And then, said the Witch, I'll eat you. What will Cake Girl do? A delicious new picture book from the creator of Halibut Jackson and The Robot and the Bluebird.

The Robot and the Bluebird

The Robot and the Bluebird

Author: David Lucas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2008

There was once a robot with a broken heart, good for nothing but expiring slowly on a scrap heap. Then one winter's day a migrating bluebird lands on his shoulder, too exhausted to go further. The robot offers her shelter in the place where his heart used to be, and her warmth and singing and companionship stir up the last glimmer of energy the robot has; he carries her across snowy wastes to the warm south, whereupon his strength dies out finally. And there he still stands today like an old hollow tree, home every year to singing birds.

Halibut Jackson

Halibut Jackson

Author: David Lucas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2005

Halibut Jackson is a very shy person. He prefers not to be noticed at all. So he makes himself clothing to match his surroundings. His library suit has a striped look to it to match the shelves. But when he is invited to a party at the Palace, he is flummoxed - what does it look like in the palace? At last, having researched hard, and sewn quickly, he is ready: only to discover when he gets there that the party is a garden party. A suit of silver and gold, covered in jewels, is definitely going to get noticed. But everyone admires it tremendously!

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