Humour has always been top of Fred’s list when it comes to drawing. 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 – 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 next author/illustrated Santa Clause Vs The Easter Bunny is due for release September 2018 (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.
“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’