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Mick Inkpen - Author

About the Author

Mick Inkpen was born in Romford in 1952 and still lives in Essex with his wife Debbie and their two children. Mick is one of the most popular author/illustrators in the world, his stories have been translated into over twenty different languages and his books have sold over 4 million copies. Kipper, perhaps his most popular character of all, is now the star of his very own TV series while Wibbly Pig, Penguin Small and Threadbear continue to delight young readers - and their parents!

He began his career as a graphic designer, declining a place to study English at Cambridge University. During this period he worked with Nick Butterworth, a fellow children's author, from whom he learned design and typography. Together they developed a cartoon strip for the Sunday Express magazine, later to become a first series of children's picture books. They also worked in children's television.

In 1989 The Blue Balloon established him as a truly original voice in children's picture books, by which time Mick and his wife Debbie had two children of their own. "Without the experience of having children of my own I doubt that I would have been capable of writing effectively for children. And yet it's true that good work really springs from trying to please yourself"

Mick has won numerous awards world-wide including The British Book Award for Penguin Small, The British Book Award for the best illustrated book, for Lullabyhullabaloo, The Children's Book Award for Threadbear, The Parents and Munch Bunch Play and Learn Award and The Right Start Petit Filous Best Toy Award for Where, Oh Where is Kipper's Bear? Kipper won a BAFTA for best animated children's film in 1998, and Kipper's A to Z won the silver medal in the 2001 Smarties Prize.

Fo most of Mick Inkpen's published work he is both author and illustrator.  However, there is one title - WONDERFUL EARTH - that we rate highly, which he illustrated whilst Nick Butterworth provided the words.

Featured books by Mick Inkpen

Other books by Mick Inkpen

Kipper: One Year With Kipper

Kipper: One Year With Kipper

Author: Mick Inkpen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/01/2021

A classic Kipper picture book about the changing seasons and the months of the year. Kipper has a new camera. He puts it to good use, recording all his adventures with Tiger. Together they throw snowballs in February, catch tadpoles in April, pick blackberries in September and collect conkers in October. Until Christmas time... when Kipper makes a special memory book for Tiger with a photo for each month of the year! Little ones will love learning all about the changing seasons and the months of the year with this charming story. Kipper has been a much-loved picture book character for over 25 years. The charmingly comical Inkpen, as always, hits the spot - Guardian You simply cannot fail to win smiles with a new book about Kipper - Daily Mail

Kipper

Kipper

Author: Mick Inkpen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/11/2020

The very first classic Kipper picture book, perfect for sharing together at cuddle time. Kipper's basket is old and worn, so he decides to look for a new place to sleep! Maybe he could build a nest like the squirrels, stand on one leg like the ducks ... Or sit on a lily-pad like the frogs? But, eventually, Kipper realises that there's nowhere quite like his cosy basket, surrounded by all his favourite toys. With a special gold cover, this charming story will make the perfect gift. Kipper has been a much-loved picture book character for over 25 years. You simply cannot fail to win smiles with a new book about Kipper. - Daily Mail The charmingly comical Inkpen, as always, hits the spot. - Guardian

Mrs Blackhat and the ZoomBroom

Mrs Blackhat and the ZoomBroom

Author: Mick Inkpen, Chloe Inkpen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2020

Mrs Blackhat returns in this hilarious rhyming picture book. Perfect for Halloween! Mrs Blackhat has a new broom. And it's not just any broom: it's a whizzy new ZoomBroom, with buttons, bleeps and its very own app! But what will Mrs Blackhat do when the battery runs low? Maybe it's time for some old-fashioned magic ... A wickedly funny Halloween tale, with a timely message about embracing technology and good old-fashioned magic.

Mrs Blackhat

Mrs Blackhat

Author: Mick Inkpen, Chloe Inkpen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2019

Mrs Blackhat the witch likes everything to be black. So what will she do with an GINGER cat? A hilarious rhyming picture book, perfect for Halloween! Meet Mrs Blackhat, a witch who just loves the colour black. Black broom, black boots, black wand, black chair, black crow, black toad, black bat . . . GINGER cat?! What on Earth can Mrs Blackhat do to fix this problem? Find out in this hilarious rhyming story! Mick Inkpen is the creator of the much-loved Kipper series. A true modern classic, Kipper has been delighting families for more than 30 years.

Kipper: Kipper's Monster

Kipper: Kipper's Monster

Author: Mick Inkpen Format: Board book Release Date: 05/09/2019

Cuddle up with Kipper! A classic Kipper story about being afraid of the dark, now in a sturdy board book, perfect for little hands. Where's the best place to try out the most powerful torch there is? Kipper and Tiger decide that it must be in the middle of the woods at the bottom of Big Hill. But just what is that big animal with horns that they can see on the other side of the tent? Perhaps it would be safer to camp in Tiger's room . . . The perfect book to soothe night-time fears. Kipper has been a much-loved picture book character for over 25 years. 'The charmingly comical Inkpen, as always, hits the spot.' Guardian 'You simply cannot fail to win smiles with a new book about Kipper' Daily Mail

Mrs Blackhat and the ZoomBroom

Mrs Blackhat and the ZoomBroom

Author: Mick Inkpen, Chloe Inkpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Mrs Blackhat returns in this hilarious rhyming picture book. Perfect for Halloween! Mrs Blackhat has a new broom. And it's not just any broom: it's a whizzy new ZoomBroom, with buttons, bleeps and its very own app! But what will Mrs Blackhat do when the battery runs low? Maybe it's time for some old-fashioned magic ... A wickedly funny Halloween tale, with a timely message about embracing technology and good old-fashioned magic.

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