Mark Sperring - Author

About the Author

Mark Sperring studied at Bath Academy of Art and Camberwell College of Art before working as a printer and a bookseller, and later becoming a children's book author. Mark is the author of The Shape of My Heart, Snappy Birthday, Dino Mummy, Dino Baby, Dino Daddy, My Little Star, Four Silly Skeletons and I’ll Love You Always. He lives in Bristol.

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Featured books by Mark Sperring

Dino-Baby

Dino-Baby

3+ readers 5+ readers

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/05/2013

It's not easy being a big sister - especially when your new baby brother is a roaring dino baby. There are just SO many things to remember ...Be quiet in the morning, when you first get up. Because crashes, bangs and thuds will wake our dino pup. Shhhhhhhh! Don't play rough and tumble with a little thing like this. Instead be soft and gentle. We all LOVE a dino kiss. Mwaah! But, before long, this big sister grows to love teaching her brother all the grown-up things she knows and, very quickly, life in the dino family is as fun (and chaotic!) as ever.

Other books by Mark Sperring

The Astro Naughty Naughty Baddies

The Astro Naughty Naughty Baddies

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/2019

The Naughty Naughty Baddies are wickedly wicked, awfully awful and diabolically dreadful, and they have just come up with a mischievous plan to blast off to the moon and to stitch up the President. But will our fiendish fraudsters come undone? Aliens, badmobiles, rockets . . . Mwa-ha-ha! Be part of the intergalactic impishness in this astronomically funny adventure. It's out of this world! With illustrations by the bestselling illustrator of You Can't Take an Elephant on the Bus - over 150,000 copies sold in the UK.

The Astro Naughty Naughty Baddies

The Astro Naughty Naughty Baddies

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/03/2019

The Naughty Naughty Baddies are wickedly wicked, awfully awful and diabolically dreadful, and they have just come up with a mischievous plan to blast off to the moon and to stitch up the President. But will our fiendish fraudsters come undone? Aliens, badmobiles, rockets . . . Mwa-ha-ha! Be part of the intergalactic impishness in this astronomically funny adventure. It's out of this world! With illustrations by the bestselling illustrator of You Can't Take an Elephant on the Bus - over 150,000 copies sold in the UK.

Princess Scallywag and the No-good Pirates

Princess Scallywag and the No-good Pirates

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2019

Princess Scallywag and the Queen are back in a brand new rollicking adventure, taking on no-good pirates on the high seas in their hilarious, take-no-prisoners style! Everybody's favourite Queen and not-so-princessy Princess are setting sail on the royal yacht today, but beware... stinky, sweaty, no-good PIRATES are on the horizon... Yo Ho me hearties! Whatever are a Queen, and a Princess, to do? Luckily, they've still got their trademark tricks up the royal sleeves... This brilliant picture book will make unconventional princesses everywhere laugh until they snort! A laugh-out-loud funny, subversive princess book for girls and boys age four and up - perfect for fans of Princess Smartypants and The Paper Bag Princess!

Mince Spies

Mince Spies

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2018

Who or what is destroying all the Christmas treats in the supermarkets? Santa sends his Mince Spies on a secret mission to uncover the culprits. With puff-pastry jetpacks, shortcrust walkie-talkies and squirty whipped cream they foil the villains - with a bit of help from Santa. A hilarious rhyming romp of a story with a festive message for all baddies: it's better when you're nice!

Norman the Knight Gets a Fright

Norman the Knight Gets a Fright

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/07/2018

Meet Norman the Brave: He's in need of some knaves to help him get ready for royal parades. Can you protect Norman? Can you polish his armour? Darn his socks? Feed his horse? Could this be the job for you? Or is being a knave more difficult than it seems? Fire-breathing dragons, trusty steeds, bandits, brigands and ... a pair of medieval pants - you'll find them all in this fun adventure for brave knights everywhere.

Norman the Knight Gets a Fright

Norman the Knight Gets a Fright

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/07/2018

Meet Norman the Brave: He's in need of some knaves to help him get ready for royal parades. Can you protect Norman? Can you polish his armour? Darn his socks? Feed his horse? Could this be the job for you? Or is being a knave more difficult than it seems? Fire-breathing dragons, trusty steeds, bandits, brigands and ... a pair of medieval pants - you'll find them all in this fun adventure for brave knights everywhere.

The Littlest Things Give the Loveliest Hugs

The Littlest Things Give the Loveliest Hugs

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2018

This glorious rhyming celebration of love and hugs introduces baby animals from the jungle to the Antarctic, the forest to the ocean - along with their adoring parents! From ducklings to seal pups, from penguins to tiger cubs . . . every mummy and daddy knows that the littlest things give the loveliest hugs! With the feel of an instant classic, this lyrical book is perfect for cuddle time - and the ideal gift for a new baby, Christening or birthday celebration. Mark Sperring is the bestselling author of Father Christmas on the Naughty Step and How Many Sleeps Till Christmas.

The Littlest Things Give the Loveliest Hugs

The Littlest Things Give the Loveliest Hugs

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/02/2018

This glorious rhyming celebration of love and hugs introduces baby animals from the jungle to the Antarctic, the forest to the ocean - along with their adoring parents! From ducklings to seal pups, from penguins to tiger cubs . . . every mummy and daddy knows that the littlest things give the loveliest hugs! With the feel of an instant classic, this lyrical book is perfect for cuddle time - and the ideal gift for a new baby, Christening or birthday celebration. Mark Sperring is the bestselling author of Father Christmas on the Naughty Step and How Many Sleeps Till Christmas.

We're All Works of Art

We're All Works of Art

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2018

Our bodies might all differ in shape, and form, and frame, but think how dull the world would be if we were all the same... Celebrate difference and diversity with this wonderful and beautiful book that tells children it's OK to be different - in fact it's perfect to be different. Told from the perspective of works of art, the book illustrates different styles and movements and demonstrates that there is no single masterpiece in galleries, or with people - we're all works of art in our own special way. Illustrated by the artist Rose Blake, and packed with different types of art on every page, the book also includes a handy beginners' guide to the various styles of art - from prehistoric to cubist, ancient Egyptian to contemporary. Written by bestselling author, Mark Sperring, the text is lyrical, funny and perfect for reading aloud. Don't forget - we are all works of art. Every one of us is an original!

I Love You Dino-Mummy

I Love You Dino-Mummy

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/01/2018

It's not easy being a dino-mummy - especially when you have two roaring little dinos to take care of. But somehow Dino-Mummy makes everything look so easy ... Do you know a secret? I'm sure you dino-do! It's something rather special about a certain `you know who'! From the moment that you wake up, she's a sing-song superstar, Singing out `Good morning!' with a dino `Tra la la!' Dino-Mummy is AMAZING, and whether it's morning, noon or night, she's always on hand. After all, life in the dino family is just as fun (and chaotic) as ever. Tell your dino-mummy just how much you love her with his special gift edition, perfect for Mother's Day!

Princess Scallywag and the Brave, Brave Knight

Princess Scallywag and the Brave, Brave Knight

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/01/2018

Meet Princess Scallywag - a feisty new heroine with more than a few tricks up her royal sleeve! From brand-new picture book pairing Mark Sperring and Claire Powell comes this hilarious, subversive fairy tale for girls and boys alike. What's a queen to do when she wakes up to find a huge bothersome dragon ransacking her kingdom and terrorising the villagers? By a stroke of luck, the bravest knight in the land happens to be skipping by at just the right moment. If he can rid the land of the dragon he can have her daughter's hand in marriage - but who would want to marry pond-bathing, stinky-footed Princess Scallywag?! But maybe there's more to this brave knight than meets the eye... This brilliant picture book will make unconventional princesses everywhere laugh until they snort! A laugh-out-loud funny, subversive princess book for girls and boys age four and up - perfect for fans of Princess Smartypants and The Paper Bag Princess!

Princess Scallywag and the Brave, Brave Knight

Princess Scallywag and the Brave, Brave Knight

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/01/2018

Meet Princess Scallywag - a feisty new heroine with more than a few tricks up her royal sleeve! From brand-new picture book pairing Mark Sperring and Claire Powell comes this hilarious, subversive fairy tale for girls and boys alike. What's a queen to do when she wakes up to find a huge bothersome dragon ransacking her kingdom and terrorising the villagers? By a stroke of luck, the bravest knight in the land happens to be skipping by at just the right moment. If he can rid the land of the dragon he can have her daughter's hand in marriage - but who would want to marry pond-bathing, stinky-footed Princess Scallywag?! But maybe there's more to this brave knight than meets the eye... This brilliant picture book will make unconventional princesses everywhere laugh until they snort! A laugh-out-loud funny, subversive princess book for girls and boys age four and up - perfect for fans of Princess Smartypants and The Paper Bag Princess!

How Many Quacks Till Christmas?

How Many Quacks Till Christmas?

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/10/2017

'How many quacks till Christmas?' the ducklings want to know. 'How many quacks till Christmas?' and 'Quack, will there be snow?' Puppy is pouncing round the farmyard one evening, when he is assailed by various animals wanting to know how many quacks, moos, baas or neighs there are until Christmas. Luckily, the answer is - only one! With lashings of Christmas joy, and much fun to be had with animal noises, this is the perfect funny Christmas gift. By a super-commercial author and illustrator pairing with combined sales of over 230,000 copies in the UK alone.

Never Take a Bear to School

Never Take a Bear to School

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/07/2017

A delightfully funny story that will reassure every child anxious about starting a new school or nursery. Bears are clumsy. They don't sit still. They're much, much bigger than teachers - and they eat SUCH a lot of lunch! Yes, taking a bear to school is a BAD idea. But will this little boy find the courage to face the first day of school alone? With so much to do, like painting, dressing up, storytime, and making new friends, he just might! And Bear? He'll always be waiting at the end of the day, with a great big hug!

Daddy Lion's Tea Party

Daddy Lion's Tea Party

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/07/2017

Feeding time at the zoo has never been so much fun! A hilarious new picture book from the creators of `Mabel and Me' and `Max and the Won't Go to Bed Show'. Daddy Lion is having a polite and genteel tea party for his cubs. They want to invite all their friends but Daddy says no; he doesn't want the pot-bellied pigs hogging the cream buns or Skunk pooh, pong, stinking the place out! But things do not go quite as planned... A laugh-out-loud story full of noise and chaos!

Never Take a Bear to School

Never Take a Bear to School

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/05/2017

A delightfully funny story that will reassure every child anxious about starting a new school or nursery. Bears are clumsy. They don't sit still. They're much, much bigger than teachers - and they eat SUCH a lot of lunch! Yes, taking a bear to school is a BAD idea. But will this little boy find the courage to face the first day of school alone? With so much to do, like painting, dressing up, storytime, and making new friends, he just might! And Bear? He'll always be waiting at the end of the day, with a great big hug!

The Naughty Naughty Baddies

The Naughty Naughty Baddies

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/03/2017

Once there were four Naughty, Naughty Baddies. And each one was as naughty as the next. They liked nothing more than being diabolically dreadful. But best of all, they loved creeping ... When Four suggests a cunning plan to STEAL all the spots off the Queen's Little Doggy Woof-Woof, they all grin fiendishly and chuckle evilly as they creep, creep, creep ... WHAT will the Queen do when she sees her spotless Little Doggy Woof-Woof? WHERE is the King sitting as they creep, creep past? (Clue: a throne of sorts.) WILL the Naughty, Naughty Baddies get away with it? A very funny, deliciously naughty story that will have children and adults alike laughing with glee. From the bestselling pen of Mark Sperring and the bestselling brush of David Tazzyman.

Beauty and the Very Beastly Beast

Beauty and the Very Beastly Beast

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/03/2017

A fun and feisty picture book retelling of a classic fairytale by bestselling author Mark Sperring. With a double dollop of bravery, Beauty leaves her darling Popsey and beloved sisters behind to live with the dreaded Beast. He has terrifying horns and even scarier table manners. but is the Beast really so very beastly, after all?

I'll Love You Always

I'll Love You Always

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/01/2017

How long will I love you? A second is too short. A second is no time for a love of this sort. A minute is no better, for minutes fly by! They're gone in a moment like a sweet butterfly. Moving through the day, the seasons and then the years, this ode to everlasting love will reassure children and bring a lump to the throat of parents. Moving and heartfelt, this is the perfect gift for new parents, experienced parents - and even sweethearts. For fans of Guess How Much I Love You, from the bestselling author and illustrator Mark Sperring and Alison Brown.

Cinderella and Her Very Bossy Sisters

Cinderella and Her Very Bossy Sisters

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

A fun and feisty picture book retelling of a classic fairytale by bestselling author Mark Sperring. Once upon a time there was a girl called Cinderella who lived with her two VERY bossy sisters. When she was not cooking or cleaning, Cinderella could be found mending her sisters' shoes, or even fixing the car! One day, an invitation arrives to a ball at the palace. But Cinderella is kept so busy helping her bossy sisters get ready - squeezing their pimples and finding their spotty bloomers - that she has no time to get ready herself, until a visit from a fairy godmother changes her luck forever!

Dino-Daddy

Dino-Daddy

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

It's not easy being a Dino-Daddy, but it's definitely a lot of fun! And whether it's a trip to the park or playing games at home, Dino-Daddy always has time for his two roaring dinos . . . The park would never be such fun without him standing by. No one can spin you faster - weeeeeeee! - or swing you quite so high! And though he has a list of jobs he has to dino-do, He always seems to have the time to play a game . . . or two! Morning, noon and night, Dino-Daddy is the best, and life in the dino family is just as fun (and chaotic) as ever. The perfect present for Father's Day!

I'll Catch You If You Fall

I'll Catch You If You Fall

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

The message in this book is that we all need someone to watch over us. Through beautiful watercolour paintings that flood the pages with colour and atmosphere we follow a little boy, his mother, and grandfather on a boat trip and their return to the safety of the harbour and home. The pictures are so evocative that they transport us onto the deck of the little fishing boat on the ocean, they let us taste the salty spray of the waves, hear the rumble of the storm, and see the guiding brightness of a star that shines as darkness falls. But the book is more than the depiction of a journey, it's a lyrical exploration of what it means for us to be loved and nurtured and how each of us wants to feel safe and secure, even at those times when we crave adventure and independence. This is an unashamedly lyrical book. With powerful words and beautiful illustrations, it is bound to become a favourite at bedtime.

I Love You Daddy Grizzle

I Love You Daddy Grizzle

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

A follow-up to the gorgeous How Many Sleeps till My Birthday and How Many Sleeps till Christmas. Today is a very special day - if only Little Pip could remember why! With Daddy Grizzle's gentle help, Little Pip works out exactly why today is a day to be celebrated - it's Father's Day! - and they spend a glorious day doing all their favourite things. And the best thing? That's easy - spending time together! A heart-warming story celebrating the relationship between fathers and their children - with a wonderful message.

Your Hand in My Hand

Your Hand in My Hand

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2015

A beautiful, lyrical picture book about the love between a parent and child. And a celebration of the natural wonders of our world. Your hand in my hand is where it belongs, Your hand in my hand as we walk along. The world's full of wonders, there's so much to see. I'll find them with you if you find them with me. Follow two little mice as they discover the world together, hand-in-hand, through the seasons. Splashing through puddles, gathering acorns and gazing at rainbows . . . Before finally snuggling up together in their cosy home. This special story is perfect for sharing together at bedtime, or as a gift for a new baby.

Snappy Birthday

Snappy Birthday

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/12/2014

One day an invitation Came to number 24. It was from a next-door neighbour Who they'd never met before. The children can't wait - a birthday party? What fun! But their next-door neighbour is not all he seems. For starters, there's his large snout and very sharp teeth. Not to mention his scaly skin . . . Yes, there's no two ways about it, he's definitely a CROCODILE. Erm, crocodiles don't eat children, do they? A riotous romp of a picture book, superbly written by Mark Sperring and brilliantly illustrated by Laura Anderson. Snappy Birthday is the perfect present for any child - whether it's their birthday, or not!

My Little Star

My Little Star

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/10/2014

When the day is done and sleep draws near, When the moon's aglow and stars appear. I'll whisper something crystal clear - Words meant just for you to hear. As nighttime falls and the moon starts to shine, parents and children across the world snuggle up together. So cuddle close, because it's time for a bedtime story. With a gentle message and beautifully tender illustrations, My Little Star is the perfect way to end the day with your own little star.

Max and the Won't Go to Bed Show

Max and the Won't Go to Bed Show

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2014

A fabulously funny extravaganza conjured up by dynamic duo Mark Sperring and Sarah Warburton. Perfect for bedtime! Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls! Roll up, roll up, for Max the Magnificent and his world famous show: putting off bedtime for as long as possible! Cheer as he makes a cookie disappear (very slo-o-o-wly)! Gasp as he asks for ten bedtime stories (yes, ten)! Will the show go on all night, or will Max finally go to sleep?

Dino-Mummy

Dino-Mummy

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/02/2014

It's not easy being a Dino-Mummy - especially when you have two roaring little dinos to take care of. But somehow Dino-Mummy makes everything look so easy . . . Do you know a secret? I'm sure you dino-do! It's something rather special about a certain 'you know who'! From the moment that you wake up, she's a sing-song superstar, Singing out Good morning! with a dino Tra la la! Dino-Mummy is AMAZING, and whether it's morning, noon or night, she's always on hand. After all, life in the dino family is just as fun (and chaotic) as ever.

Sunflower Sword

Sunflower Sword

Author: Mark Sperring Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2014

In a land filled with fire and smoke and endless fighting, where knights fight dragons, there lives a little knight who wants to be big like the others, and fight like the others, and have a sword like the others. But his mother won't let him. Instead of a sword, she gives him a sunflower, which, as it turns out, can be mightier than a sword.

How Many Sleeps till my Birthday?

How Many Sleeps till my Birthday?

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2013

How Many Sleeps till my Birthday is the perfect birthday countdown book! It's hard to be patient when you're only a very little bear, and Little Pip cannot wait until his birthday. And he's driving Papa Grizzle nuts! Every day he wakes up and asks the same question. Poor Daddy Grizzle . . . and poor Pip! How will he be able to wait until the big day? Luckily, Pip has his big Daddy Grizzle there to help. An hilarious and endearing story that every parent will recognise! Mark worked in printing and as a bookseller before turning his hand to writing. He has now written a number of picture books including the fabulously funny Captain Buckleboots on the Naughty Step and Father Christmas on the Naughty Step. From quirky to lyrical, Mark has a real talent for capturing the familiar moments in children's everyday lives with warmth and humour. Mark lives in Bristol. Sebastien is French and studied fine and applied arts at Strasbourg University before becoming a freelance illustrator. He moved to London in 2000 and has since worked exclusively on children's picture books.

Father Christmas on the Naughty Step

Father Christmas on the Naughty Step

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2012

The naughty step is the place Sam has to sit when he has done something he knows he REALLY shouldn't have. And Sam isn't alone. Captain Buckleboots is sitting on the naughty step too and so is Father Christmas - uh-oh, oh no! What's going to happen on Christmas Eve now?!

Big Bad Bill on the Naughty Step

Big Bad Bill on the Naughty Step

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/06/2012

Perfect for naughty pre-schoolers, it's time for Captain Buckleboots and Sam to show Big Bad Bill how to say sorry . . . The naughty step is the place Sam has to sit when he has done something he knows he REALLY shouldn't have. And Sam isn't alone. Captain Buckleboots is on the naughty step too, and this time so is Big Bad Bill, the naughtiest cowboy in the Wild, Wild West... Another warm and witty take on learning to say sorry, from the creators of Captain Buckleboots on the Naughty Step.

The Sunflower Sword

The Sunflower Sword

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2011

The little knight wants a sword to whoosh and swoosh in the air. His mother gives him a sunflower instead. The sunflower sword whooshes and swooshes very well. 'But,' says the little knight, 'it won't be any good for fighting dragons.' Or will it?

Captain Buckleboots on the Naughty Step

Captain Buckleboots on the Naughty Step

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2011

Captain Buckleboots on the Naughty Step is all about learning to say sorry. The naughty step is the place where Sam has to go when he has done something he knows he really shouldn't have. There is nothing to do there except think, and normally he has the step all to himself. Then one day someone else sits down bedside him. It's Captain Buckleboots - a pirate who has been very very naughty indeed and needs some help to work out how to say sorry. After studying illustration at Falmouth College of Arts Tom McLaughlin worked as a full-time political cartoonist before he stumbled into the world of animation when he won a bursary to direct his short animated film, The Girl With The Pink Shoes, as part of the Animated Exeter festival. Since then he has gone on to design and create a number of animated TV concepts with Honeycomb Animation, including the Molly Little Mysteries, which has just been picked up by CBeebies and is due to be aired in 2010. Tom lives in Devon with his wife, two sons and a scruffy cat. Mark Sperring is a former Waterstone's bookseller and brings all his considerable experience and knowledge to this, his first picture book. Mark lives in Bristol. Look out for the other books in the series: Big Bad Bill on the Naughty Step; Father Christmas on the Naughty Step

How Many Sleeps till Christmas?

How Many Sleeps till Christmas?

Author: Mark Sperring Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/11/2005

How Many Sleeps till Christmas? is the perfect festive countdown! This wonderful story by Mark Sperring, and illustrated by Sebastien Braun, is a follow-up to the adorable How Many Sleeps till my Birthday? It's hard to be patient when you're only a very little bear, and Little Pip cannot wait until Christmas! Every day he wakes up and thinks the day has finally come - it's driving Daddy Grizzle nuts! Poor Daddy Grizzle... and poor Pip! How will he be able to carry on waiting - there are still so many sleeps to go! This is a hilarious and endearing story about patience that every parent will recognise! Mark worked in printing and as a bookseller before turning his hand to writing. He has now written a number of picture books including the fabulously funny Captain Buckleboots on the Naughty Step and Father Christmas on the Naughty Step. From quirky to lyrical, Mark has a real talent for capturing the familiar moments in children's everyday lives with warmth and humour. Mark lives in Bristol. Sebastien is French and studied fine and applied arts at Strasbourg University before becoming a freelance illustrator. He moved to London in 2000 and has since worked exclusively on children's picture books.

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