Babette Cole is the award-winning author/illustrator behind such children’s classics as Princess Smartypants and Doctor Dog. Her zany, lively artwork is instantly recognisable and she is a household name in the world of picture books.
"Hello, My name is Babette Cole and I write and illustrate children's picture books.
I was born on a little island called Jersey in 1950. I went to school in a convent where I spent most of my time drawing pictures and writing stories.
I got fed up with school so I left and went to Art School at Canterbury in England. I left there in 1973 with a first class honours degree.
I made friends with Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate who were making Children’s TV programmes for the BBC. They gave me my first proper job drawing for Jackanory and TV comics.
Then, since I had some work published by the BBC. I could go to other publishers with my own books and finally got one published in 1976.
It did very well so it wasn't difficult to get books published after that because publishers knew I could make money for them. Since then I have written over 70 books! The most famous one is called "Mummy Laid An Egg". It sold a million copies!
I have lived in different parts of the world like Africa and the West Indies. At present I live in Dorset in England..
I have a stud farm in England and I breed Show Hunters which I ride myself. I have been riding show ponies and horses since I was seven years old. I do a lot of side saddle riding - My little horse, Hot Tip, (Scrappit) and I have been the National Champions for the past three years."
Shortlisted for the Pre-School Award, Early Year Awards 2009 This book is completely wacky but kids, both girls and boys, and parents too, will delight in Babette Cole’s humorous illustrations and Richard Hamilton’s lively text. Daisy and her father swap their lives and Dad, dressed in a tutu, is taken off to the park and to the zoo among other places by Daisy. Wow, what a story! Would you dare do that to your dad?
Meet Doctor Dog, he's the Gumboyle family's favourite pet and their very own trusty physician. When Doctor Dog jets off to a medical conference in Brazil the Guimboyles decide they can't survive without him and so he returns to rescue them from all sorts of ailments: itchy nits, tickly tonsils and worms to name but a few...
Princess Smartpant's long lost Fairy God Mother Doris needs her help... In Fairy tale land, Fairy God Mothers are being made redundant, and replaced by Fairy Geek Mothers. All traditional Fairy God Mothers grant everyone three nice wishes. But the Fairy Geek Mothers have their own website where people can buy wishes online... what could possibly go wrong? Well, in Fairy Tale Land, it's the fairy tales which are suffering. For example, Princess Beatrice has bought a wish: to magic an ugly wart on her sister's nose, and her sister is annoyed, to say the least. Meanwhile, Goldilocks has a sore tummy because certain bears have wished for her porridge to go bad. If the fairy tales don't get fixed, children will never know the real ones! Can Princess Smartpants help Doris find a way to make fairy tales good again?
When the Queen packs off Princess Smartypants to finishing school, it seems that our favourite royal might become a perfect princess after all . . . huh, no chance! Instead, Princess Smartypants makes her own school rules and teaches those other do-goody princesses just exactly how to have fun.
Girls and boys are always curious and sometimes even alarmed by the behaviour of their bodies as they grow up. Puberty being a particularly unsettling time, Babette Cole has made this the subject of the fifth title in her bestselling series of 'family dilemmas'. Who else but Babette would have the temerity to tackle this subject in a picture book and the genius to carry it off! In Hair in Funny Places her artwork is without exaggeration some of the best she has ever done: it is brilliant. The text takes the form of a conversation between a small girl and her teddy bear, and is ingenious and funny. It is the behaviour of Mr and Mrs Hormone (wonderfully depicted) which is responsible for and plays havoc with the physical and emotional states of girls and boys throughout puberty. This book is bound to be controversial but Babette has never taken the conventional path and her readers love her for her outrageous approach to little mentioned topics.
Prince Cinders leads a very hard life. Bullied by his three hairy brothers about his less-than-perfect looks, he spends all his time cleaning and tidying up after them. One Saturday night Prince Cinders' luck changes as a small, dirty fairy falls down the chimney and promises that his wishes shall come true. Not all the fairy's spells turn out as planned in this zany twist of a traditional story.
Babette Cole's riotously funny picture book, Princess Smartypants. Princess Smartypants does not want to get married. She enjoys being a Ms. But being a rich and pretty princess means that all the princes want her to be their Mrs. Find out how Princess Smartypants fights to preserve her independence in this hilarious fairy-tale-with-a-difference. 'Babette Cole is ... funny, unrestricted and totally unforgettable' Independent on Sunday. Babette Cole graduated from Canterbury College of Art in 1973 and has been a writer and illustrater ever since. She has produced animated storyboards for the BBC, illustrated numerous greetings cards and books by other authors as well as her own. Babette won The Kurt Maschler Prize for DROP DEAD!. She lives in Lincolnshire with a menagerie of animals. Other books by Babette Cole: Princess Smartypants; Long Live Princess Smartypants; Prince Cinders; Bad Habits!; Princess Smartypants Breaks the Rules!; Doctor Dog; The Smelly Book; The Hairy Book; The Slimy Book; The Silly Book; Drop Dead; Nungu and the Hoppopotamus
Just how are babies made? Erm Well...they're delivered by dinosaurs squidged out of tubes and found under stones! In this story the kids put their embarrassed parents straight and dispel the myths surrounding baby-making, growth and birth. Babette Cole careers through the facts of life with her no-nonsense text and funny illustrations.