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Colin McNaughton - Author

About the Author

Colin McNaughton - as a child

Colin was born in Wallsend-upon-Tyne in Northumberland in 1951. As a child, Colin had little indication that he would one day become an author-illustrator. There were no books at all in his parents’ home, he recalls, but there were always comics. These were his formative literature and their slapstick humour has been a lasting influence. “I’ve been talking about the comic format for years,” he says. “It’s the modern way of telling stories for today’s children; it’s about movement, the step between film and the book.”

As an adult

Colin trained as a graphic designer at the Central School of Art and Design and subsequently took an MA in Illustration at the Royal College of Art. He now lives in London with his wife, Francoise, and has two sons, Ben and Tim.

As an artist

Since the publication of his first title in 1976, Colin has produced over 70 books, many of which he has both written and illustrated. As well as storybooks Colin is renowned as a humorous poet and is now recognized as one of Britain’s leading illustrators and authors. The greatest influences on his work are the comics, comic annuals and Saturday morning cinema serials of his childhood.

 

Featured books by Colin McNaughton

Other books by Colin McNaughton

We're Off to Look for Aliens

We're Off to Look for Aliens

Author: Colin McNaughton Illustrator: Colin McNaughton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

Experience comic close encounters of the alien kind in this innovative picture book. Dad's new book has just arrived and his children are sitting down to read his latest adventure... Blasting off into space, Dad's on the hunt for aliens. He meets lots of them - cute, hairy, bug-eyed and scary - and, strangest of all, he falls in love. But what will his family think of his far-fetched tale? A hilarious and innovative picture book from award-winning author and illustrator Colin McNaughton.

Giant

Giant

Author: Colin McNaughton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2013

A new edition of this witty but thought-provoking picture book by bestselling author and illustrator Colin McNaughton. Deep in the rainforest, a huge giant meets a small boy and tells him an amazing story: a tale of friendly giants, terrible ogres, and the most dangerous creatures of all: the giant-killers.

Not Last Night but the Night Before

Not Last Night but the Night Before

Author: Colin McNaughton Illustrator: Emma Chichester Clark Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2010

Beautiful illustrations bring charm and a new twist to this classic children's rhyme. Not last night but the night before, lots of folk knocked at the boy's door. They knocked him down when he let them in - but was there a big surprise for him? Meet all of your favourite nursery characters in this fabulous romp of a book!

The Aliens Are Coming!

The Aliens Are Coming!

Author: Colin McNaughton Illustrator: Colin McNaughton Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2008

Explore planet Earth and all its secrets in rhyme. This hilarious planet-shaped book will have children in stitches, particularly when they discover that Earth has a secret weapon! Renowned for his gleeful sense of humour and comic art, Colin McNaughton introduces, in rhyme, the weird and wonderful members of an alien fleet determined to conquer Earth.

Oops!

Oops!

Author: Colin McNaughton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2008

Preston sets off to take a basket of food to his granny's, wearing a red coat and hood, and looking very much like Little Red Riding Hood. As ever, Mister Wolf is in hot pursuit, but he can't think which story Preston's red coat and hood reminds him of, and consequently can't remember what he is supposed to do...

Boo!

Boo!

Author: Colin McNaughton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2008

Preston Pig (aka the Masked Avenger) is on a mission to frighten as many people as possible, shouting 'Boo!' and then disappearing into the night. But his mission is thwarted by the greatest villain in the universe - his dad. Preston's dad decides he must teach Preston a lesson, but it might just backfire on him...

Suddenly!

Suddenly!

Author: Colin McNaughton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2007

A little pig is walking down the street, unaware of the hungry wolf waiting around the corner, when SUDDENLY the pig remembers he has left something behind and turns away at the last second, leaving the wolf to fall flat on his face. The wolf pursues the little pig throughout the day, but each time, quite unaware, the pig evades him until in the end the wolf gets his come-uppance in an unexpected and hilarious way. SUDDENLY is an ideal book for young children, who will love the wicked humour and child-centred repetition.

Once Upon an Ordinary School Day

Once Upon an Ordinary School Day

Author: Colin McNaughton Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2005

It was an ordinary morning when the ordinary boy woke up, and it was an ordinary journey to school - but then Mr Gee bounced into the classroom and everything changed. Mr Gee plays rousing music which thunders around the classroom, and asks what it makes them think of. The dull grey world has been transformed into one of colour and excitement. 'Write a story about it!' laughs Mr Gee. And the ordinary boy began to write: the words just tumbled out of him pell-mell. And the places he went to, and the things he saw were extraordinary!

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