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Russell Ayto

Russell Ayto

Best known for his wonderfully anarchic humour and stylish artwork, Russell's brilliantly funny illustrations feature in over 60 titles. He has won many prizes including the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the Booktrust Early Years Award and the Nestle Children’s Book Prize Gold Award, and has twice been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

His Captain Flinn picture book series, written by Giles Andrea and published by Puffin, is now a prime time TV animation series, and The Cow That Laid an Egg series by Andy Cutbill and published by HarperCollins, was recently the basis of a BBC Christmas special animation on which Russell was Art Director.

In an exciting new move, Russell is now also writing, with his first self-authored picture book, Henry and the Yeti, picked as The Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week and described as 'elegant, stylish and deliciously comic.' 2018 will see publication of two more self-penned picture books; Cats and Robbers and The Match, both published by Bloomsbury, with more picture books and fiction ideas in the pipeline.

Recent titles include The Wolf Who Cried Boy by James O'Neill (Puffin) and Whoops! by Suzi Moore (Templar).

Russell lives with his family near Penzance in Cornwall.

'Hugely original and fun' ReadItDaddy on Henry and the Yeti.

'The quirky drawings and totemic characters are ... wonderful.' Publishers Weekly on Whoops!

Roaringly well designed ... A dream come true for readers of 2-6...
The Sunday Times on Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs


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