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Helen Nicoll - Author

About the Author

Helen Nicoll was born in Natland, Westmorland, in 1937. She was educated at schools in Bristol, Devon and London. Helen Nicoll married Robert Kime in 1970 and they had one daughter and one son.

Helen Nicoll was a television producer with the BBC for many years. It was here, as Producer of the children's educational series Watch, that she first met Jan Pienkowski. After working together for four years, they decided it was time to preserve their creativity in book form for future generations of children to enjoy. The result is the immensely popular Meg and Mog series.

In addition to the Meg and Mog series, Helen had a long and varied association with Puffin - as editor of the Junior Puffin magazine The Egg from 1977 - 1979, and as compiler of the popular children's poetry anthology Poems for Seven Year Olds and Under, illustrated by Michael Foreman. She owned and ran the audio company Cover to Cover for many years which produced the popular series of Puffin story tapes.

Helen lived in Marlborough, Wiltshire. She died on September 30, 2012.

Featured books by Helen Nicoll

Other books by Helen Nicoll

Meg & Mog: Three Terrific Tales

Meg & Mog: Three Terrific Tales

Author: Helen Nicoll Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2012

Meg's Veg, Mog at the Zoo and Meg up the Creek feature in this great-value, bumper collection in the 40th anniversary year of Meg and Mog. With their simple text and boldly graphic pictures the Meg and Mog picture books are perfect for sharing or reading alone, and children love exploring the colours, shapes and sounds.

Meg at Sea

Meg at Sea

Author: Helen Nicoll, Jan Pienkowski Format: Spiral bound Release Date: 03/11/2011

Meg, Mog and Owl are becalmed in a boat. Meg makes one of her spells and gets more than she bargained for!

Meg Comes To School

Meg Comes To School

Author: Helen Nicoll Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2011

Meg Comes to School is a classic Meg and Mog tale by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski When Meg attends Owl's school sports day in a very unusual hat, everyone is in for a big surprise! Previously published as Owl at School, this humorous Meg and Mog story is reissued with a bright new cover and in a larger, brighter format. Perfect for sharing or reading alone, children will love exploring the colours, sounds and shapes. Helen Nicoll worked with Jan Pienkowski for over forty years, first at the BBC and then on the Meg and Mog stories. She owned and ran the audio company Cover to Cover for many years. Helen lived in Marlborough, Wiltshire. She died on September 30, 2012. Jan Pienkowski is a celebrated illustrator of children's books. He has won the Greenaway Medal twice - for his illustration of Joan Aiken's The Kingdom Under the Sea and for Haunted House. Jan lives in London. Look out for all the Meg and Mog stories: Meg and Mog; Three Favourite Stories; Meg, Mog and Og; Meg and Mog; Meg and Mog Play Hide and Seek; Three Terrific Tales; Mog's Missing' Mog in the Fog; Mog at the Zoo; Mog Goes to Bed; Meg Comes to School; Meg on the Moon; Meg's Veg; Meg's Castle; Meg up the Creek; Meg on the Moon; Meg's Car; Meg at See; Meg's Eggs

Meg and Mog: Three Favourite Stories

Meg and Mog: Three Favourite Stories

Author: Helen Nicoll Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2011

Three spellbinding Meg and Mog stories - by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski There are surprises galore for Meg, Mog and Owl in these three classic Meg and Mog stories: Meg's Eggs, Meg at Sea and Mog in the Fog. As ever, Meg casts her spells with the best of intentions but always with hilarious results. Children will love exploring the colours, sounds and shapes in this bumper volume, perfect for sharing or reading alone. Helen Nicoll worked with Jan Pienkowski for over forty years, first at the BBC and then on the Meg and Mog stories. She owned and ran the audio company Cover to Cover for many years. Helen lived in Marlborough, Wiltshire. She died on September 30, 2012. Jan Pienkowski is a celebrated illustrator of children's books. He has won the Greenaway Medal twice - for his illustration of Joan Aiken's The Kingdom Under the Sea and for Haunted House. Jan lives in London. Look out for all the Meg and Mog stories: Meg and Mog; Three Favourite Stories; Meg, Mog and Og; Meg and Mog; Meg and Mog Play Hide and Seek; Three Terrific Tales; Mog's Missing' Mog in the Fog; Mog at the Zoo; Mog Goes to Bed; Meg Comes to School; Meg on the Moon; Meg's Veg; Meg's Castle; Meg up the Creek; Meg on the Moon; Meg's Car; Meg at See; Meg's Eggs

Meg's Eggs

Meg's Eggs

Author: Helen Nicoll Format: Spiral bound Release Date: 03/03/2011

Meg's spells continue to surprise her and the eggs she makes for supper are even more strange than usual. Before she can cook them they start to hatch, and out come . . . DINOSAURS!

Meg Goes to Bed

Meg Goes to Bed

Author: Helen Nicoll Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/2010

The bestselling MEG and MOG stories have been casting a unique spell for more than thirty-five years. They are perfect for sharing or reading alone and children love exploring the colours, sounds and shapes. Meg Goes to Bed is the latest of the iconic MEG and MOG picture books that continue to delight children up to the age of 3 with the brightly coloured and spellbinding antics of Meg the witch, Mog her cat and Owl. Mog and Owl are hungry, so Meg makes a spell. It goes wrong and they all go to bed without any supper, but Mog and Owl are still hungry... Praise for Meg Goes to Bed: 'Bold and irresistible' Guardian 'Dazzling, graphic artwork and simple, quirky stories' Financial Times 'Meg and Mog are the perfect couple' Times Literary Supplement Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski have worked together for over forty years, first at the BBC and then on the MEG and MOG books. Jan Pienkowski is a celebrated author of children's books, he has won the Greenaway Medal twice for his illustration of Joan Aiken's The Kingdom Under the Sea and Haunted House. Want more MEG and MOG? The complete series of MEG and MOG books, including Meg and Mog, Meg's Eggs, Meg on the Moon, Mog in the Fog and the pop-up book Meg and Mog Play Hide and Seek, is available from Puffin.

Mog's Missing

Mog's Missing

Author: Helen Nicoll, Jan Pienkowski Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2007

It's Midsummer Eve and Meg and Mog fly off to meet their friends, but naughty Mog is messing around and falls from the broom. Meg and friends form a search party, but however hard they look, Mog just can't be found! It takes a special spell to reveal Mog's hiding place and when they find him curled up in the cauldron, he receives a firm telling off from Meg before being flown home in time for breakfast.

Meg and Mog

Meg and Mog

Author: Helen Nicoll, Jan Pienkowski Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2007

Meg the witch and Mog her cat go off to a wild Hallowe'en party with all the other witches. The spell they cast goes off with a BANG!

Meg and Mog Touch and Feel Counting Book

Meg and Mog Touch and Feel Counting Book

Author: Helen Nicoll, Jan Pienkowski Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/09/2006

Meg, Mog and Owl are looking for things to make a spell. They find 1 slimy worm, 2 rough red boots, 3 furry caterpillars, 4 glittery dragonfly wings and 5 shooting stars to go in the cauldron. Meg makes a spell and Flash Bang Wallop! Something very surprising comes out! What do you think it could be?

Meg on the Moon

Meg on the Moon

Author: Helen Nicoll Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/01/2006

A board book version of this classic Meg and Mog story. It's Mog's birthday and he decides he'd like to go in a space ship for his birthday treat. One quick spell later and Meg and Mog are zooming off to the moon! They eventually land and have a great adventure with two friendly astronauts, jumping around in zero gravity and even sampling some tasty space food. But all birthday treats must come to an end and Meg and Mog set off home where they are greeted by Owl and a delicious birthday tea.

Meg's Mummy

Meg's Mummy

Author: Helen Nicoll, Jan Pienkowski Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2005

Meg and Mog fly off on an adventure to Egypt. As they land on top of a pyramid, Meg accidentally lets go of her cauldron and poor Mog falls out, so she has to bandage him up. While Meg is getting help, Mog is mistaken for a cat mummy and put inside the pyramid. Luckily Meg manages to rescue him and makes a spell to take them home.

Meg and Mog

Meg and Mog

Author: Helen Nicoll, Jan Pienkowski Format: Board book Release Date: 14/04/2004

This is a board book edition of the bestselling MEG AND MOG story.

Meg, Mog and Og

Meg, Mog and Og

Author: Helen Nicoll Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2003

Crom the caveman has caught Og the woolly mammoth for his tea but Meg is a vegetarian! She persuades him to eat her delicious bubble & squeak. Og is rather partial to it too and follows Meg home for another trunkful.

Mog in the Fog

Mog in the Fog

Author: Helen Nicoll, Jan Pienkowski Format: Spiral bound Release Date: 27/03/1986

Climbing up a mountain, Meg and Mog run into thick fog and then bump into something very strange ... Children will love exploring the colours, sounds and shapes in the magical Meg and Mog stories, which are perfect for sharing or reading alone.

Mog at the Zoo

Mog at the Zoo

Author: Helen Nicoll, Jan Pienkowski Format: Spiral bound Release Date: 27/09/1984

Would you mistake Mog for a tiger? The zoo keepers did and tried to catch him, but it wasn't as easy as they had thought! The bestselling Meg and Mog stories are perfect for sharing or reading alone. Children will love exploring the bright colours, sounds and shapes. 'A brilliant coordination of text and pictures' Sunday Times.

Meg's Veg

Meg's Veg

Author: Helen Nicoll, Jan Pienkowski Format: Spiral bound Release Date: 25/02/1982

Meg and Mog plant their vegetables, but will they grow? Meg's helpful spells have some surprising results! The bestselling Meg and Mog stories are perfect for sharing or reading alone. Children love exploring the colours, sounds and shapes. 'A brilliant coordination of text and pictures' Sunday Times.

Meg's Castle

Meg's Castle

Author: Helen Nicoll, Jan Pienkowski Format: Spiral bound Release Date: 05/04/1979

Meg, Mog and Owl stay in a castle. They meet ghastly ghosts and spooky white knights, fight brave battles and tuck into a big feast. The bestselling Meg and Mog stories are perfect for sharing or reading alone. Children will love exploring the bright colours, sounds and shapes. 'A brilliant coordination of text and pictures' Sunday Times.

Meg's Car

Meg's Car

Author: Helen Nicoll, Jan Pienkowski Format: Spiral bound Release Date: 26/10/1978

A car is all very well if you know how to drive it, but if you're Meg or Mog, in a hurry to go on a picnic, you really are safer on a broomstick. Children will love exploring the colours, sounds and shapes in the magical Meg and Mog stories, which are perfect for sharing or reading alone.

Meg on the Moon

Meg on the Moon

Author: Helen Nicoll, Jan Pienkowski Format: Spiral bound Release Date: 27/05/1976

Mog wants to go in a spaceship for his birthday treat... so Meg makes a spell, and off they go!

Meg and Mog

Meg and Mog

Author: Helen Nicoll, Jan Pienkowski Format: Spiral bound Release Date: 28/08/1975

Meg and Mog go to a wild Halloween party with all the other witches... and the spell they cast goes off with a bang!

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