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I was born above a tobacconist shop in the High Street of a small market town, and the atmosphere of that cosy, pungent place still influences me today, especially in my writing. I can remember corridors and stairs, deep cellars and hidden rooms and the spicy smell of snuff and pipe tobacco. At the bottom of our garden was a brick built shed with a hidden door into my father's darkroom where there were bottles and jars of strange liquids and multi-coloured marbles. It was all pulled down a long time ago, but I still visit it in my mind's eye.
I've always loved books and book illustration, and after leaving school went on to study Graphic Design. By the time I finished the course, I'd had my first picture book accepted for publication and I've been producing picture and story books ever since.
I am married with two grown-up children, and live in a tiny village where I spend my time writing and drawing and painting away, from morning 'til night.

You can email me at: nickward.illustration@gmail.com

Here are details of my published books

Toby, Kestrel Books, 1979.
Giant, O.U.P. 1982.
Junk, O.U.P. 1983.
The Surprise Present, O.U.P. 1984.
A Bag of Tricks, O.U.P. 1984.
Ride The Black Horse, O.U.P. 1986.
Mr. Bunion, O.U.P. 1987.
Little Lord Wantitall, Blackie, 1991.
You Little Monster, Blackie, 1992.
Gran in Space, Blackie, 1992.
Shadowland, Hutchinson, 1993.
Don't Worry Grandpa, Hutchinson, 1994.
Don't Eat the Teacher! Scholastic, 1998.
A Word in a Pig's Ear, or, The Practically Perfect Pig, Scholastic, 1999.
Farmer George and the Lost Chick, Pavilion, 1999.
Farmer George and the Field mice, Pavilion, 1999.
Into the Woods, Red Fox, 2000.
You Can't Beat A Cheetah! Scholastic, 2000.
Farmer George and the Hungry Guests, Pavilion, 2000.
Farmer George and the Hedgehogs, Pavilion, 2000.
A Wolf At The Door, Scholastic, July 2001.
Farmer George and the New Piglet! Pavilion, Sept. 2001.
Farmer George and the Snowstorm. Pavilion, Sept. 2001.
Squash the Spider! David Fickling Books, July 2003
Who's Been Eating MY Porridge! Scholastic Books, January 2003.
The Tadpole Prince. Pavilion Books, March 2003
The Ice Child, Illustrated by Peter Bailey. Pavilion Books, March 2004.
Come on, Baby Duck! Little Tiger Press. 2004.
The Naughtiest Ever Fairy, Meadowside Books, 2004.
Don't Eat the Babysitter! David Fickling Books. 2005
The Terrible Troublesome Troll. Scholastic. Jan 2005.
The Biggest Baddest Wolf! Little Tiger Press, 2005.
I Wish, Chrysalis Children's Books. 2005.
The Naughtiest Ever Fairy's Naughty New Friend, Meadowside, 2005.
A Wolf at the Door! and Who's been Eating My Porridge? Bind Up.
Scholastic 2005.
Tinyrannosaurus! Meadowside 2005.
The Naughty Fairy's Naughty Surprise. Meadowside 2006
The Nicest Naughtiest Fairy. Meadowside 2006
Tinyrannosaurus and the Neversaurus. Meadowside 2006
A Rumpus In The Night. Meadowside 2007
Gorilla City! David Fickling Books 2007
Pirate Galleon. David Fickling 2007
The Puppet Master's Prison. David Fickling 2007
The Naughty Fairy's Naughtiest Ever Stories. Meadowside 2007
Tinyrannosaurus and the Bigfootosaurus. Meadowside 2008
Destiny Mountain. David Fickling Books 2008
Charlie In The Underworld. David Fickling Books 2008
Frostbite Pass. David Fickling Books 2008
The Biggest And Best Of Tinyrannosaurus Stories. Meadowside 2008
Baby Pie, written by Tom Macrae. Andersen Press 2009
The Mummy's Tomb. David Fickling Books 2009
Forest Of Skulls. David Fickling Books 2009
Valley Of Terrors, a World Book Day, in conjunction with a Dinosaur Cove book. David Fickling Books 2010
Planet Of The Gerks. David Fickling Books 2010
Land Of The Remotosaurs. David Fickling Books 2010
The Hawk's Nest. David Fickling Books 2011
The Final Showdown. David Fickling Books 2011
Gorillas vs The Leopard Men. Pearson 2011
Chasm of the Killer Bees. Pearson 2011
Pirates And Dragons. David Fickling Books 2012
Ug And The Dinosaurs. David Fickling Books 2012
Scarecrows And Serpents. David Fickling Books 2013
Captain Thunderbolt And The Jelloids. David Fickling Books 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: Shadowland was a Young Book Trust picture book of the year for 1994. Who's Been Eating MY Porridge? was chosen as a recommended read for World Book Day 2005 and is a follow up to A Wolf at the Door! which won the Stockport Schools Book Award for 2002. Gorilla City and The Perfumed Pirates Of Perfidy were selected as Waterstone's book of the month in March 2007. The Perfumed Pirates Of Perfidy was short listed for the
Red House Children's Award 2008. Charlie In The Underworld is currently short listed for the Colorado
Blue Spruce Book Award 2012.

Random House asked me to write a Charlie Small book for their World Book Day title for 2010. It was called
Valley Of Terrors! And sold over 120,000 copies. My book Don't Eat The Teacher! has sold over a million
copies worldwide.

My books have had coeditions published by: Lipokili; Minutos de Leitura; Sandviks; De Eekhoorn; Koala;
Good Books USA; Jangone; De Ballon; Mondadori; Politikens; Roca; Impala; Timun Mas; Werner Soderstrom Osakeyhito; Flachs; Livros Horizonte; Aykupa; Milan; Lies+Spiel; Makela; Egmont Boker; Lamberth and others.