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Fred Blunt

Humour has always been top of Fred’s list when it comes to drawing and writing.

Right from those early (rather unflattering) portraits of teachers, Fred knew he wanted to entertain with his work. Now writing and illustrating his own, very silly picture books and children’s fiction – Fred couldn’t be happier.

Fred has illustrated dozens of books. His own Captain Falsebeard series was published in 2015 (Puffin), in addition to author collaborations with; Will Mabbitt This is Not A Bedtime Story series (Puffin), Michelle Robinson The Forgetful Knight (Dial USA) / Grandmas from Mars (Bloomsbury), Julia Jarman Fussy Freda (Hodder), the Knightmare fiction series, Peter Bently (Stripes).

Fred’s latest author/illustrated title Santa Clause Vs The Easter Bunny published with Andersen Press. Clients include: Penguin Random House, Andersen Press, Bloomsbury, Hodder, Dial USA, Little Tiger Press, Usborne, Collins, Kingfisher, Blue Apple USA…and many others.

Fred lives in Wiltshire, with his wife Clare, two children Bonnie and Sonny, and their retired Greyhound, Olive.

Fred Blunt is represented by Arabella Stein — to work with Fred please email Arabella


‘Kes Gray has enthralled thousands of children… Now he has teamed up with Fred Blunt to produce “The Diddle That Dummed”. Flinty Bo Diddle, a wild-looking character with bright red hair and a crazy beard, is busy composing a tune for his fiddle. It’s all going brilliantly - until one of the notes he has created does a “dum” instead of a “diddle”. Wonderfully original.’ Review by Charlotte Heathcote, Sunday Express.

“Clever and catchy . . . Kids will love this quirky quest and its uproariously unreliable narrator.” — Kirkus Reviews for ‘The Forgetful Knight’

“Bedtime stories go bonkers in this inventive, subversive version of a traditionally restful night-time tale. Funny illustrations accompany the witty text, packed with humour and adventure, to amuse children and parents alike.” — Book Trust for ‘for ‘The Forgetful Knight’

“A deliciously subversive tale” — The Guardian for ‘This Is Not a Bedtime Story’


Shortlisted for The Queen’s Knickers Awards 2021 for ‘The Diddle That Dummed’. Written by Kes Gray, published by Hodder Children’s Books.

Shortlisted for The Stockport Childrens Book Award 2021 in the ‘Best Picture Book’ category for ‘The Diddle that Dummed’, written by Kes Gray and published by Hodder Children’s Books.

Finalist in the Cybils Awards: Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards for ‘Cat Has A Plan’, published by Simon Spotlight.

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Selected for BookTrust’s Great Books Guide 2020 with ‘Gnome’ by Andersen Press

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Shortlisted for the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award 2020 with ‘The Diddle That Dummed’, written by Kes Gray, published by Hodder Children’s Books.

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Winner of the Inspire Education Library Service (ELS) Primary Book Award InspiREAD 2020 with ‘Gnome’, published by Anderson Press

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‘The Diddle That Dummed’ was selected by the Booksellers Association’s Indie Book of the Month for July. Written by Kes Gray and published by Hodder Children’s Books.

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