It could be said that Tom Percival had an unconventional childhood in a remote and beautiful part of South Shropshire. But you can just as easily rephrase that by saying that he grew up in a ramshackle and freezing-cold caravan with no electricity or heating in the long shadow of the Stiperstones. Whichever way you look at it, these formative years are almost certainly what first got him interested in creating imaginary worlds.
After trying a few different cities (and a few different jobs) on for size, he decided that deep down he had always been a country boy that liked to draw pictures and make up stories. He now he lives on the edge of Rodborough Common in Gloucestershire with his partner Liz and their two (not-so-young-now) children.
As an illustrator, Tom has produced covers and internal illustrations for the Skulduggery Pleasant series, the Chronicles of Egg series and Shiverton Hall by Emerald Fennell. He has illustrated titles by Anthony Horowitz, Pete Johnson, and Alexadro Adornetto among others.
He has written and illustrated picture books for Harper Collins, Simon and Schuster and Bloomsbury, including the bestselling coedition hit, Perfectly Norman.
Tom’s first middle-grade series, Little Legends, co-created with Made in Me and written and illustrated by Tom, is published by Macmillan.
Tom’s recent titles include: Ruby’s Worry (Bloomsbury), nominated for the Greenaway award, and The Sea Saw (Simon and Schuster)
He is currently working on more picture book, middle grade and YA projects.
Tom loves to create all sorts of things. He is also a songwriter, guitarist and vocalist for the band Grasscourt and also makes animation and electronic music in his (limited) free time.
'A poignant yet uplifting story about individuality, with stunning artwork' Good Reads on Perfectly Norman
'Exquisite artwork is paired with an assured, moving text in this very special picture book.' LoveReading4Kids on The Sea Saw
'A gorgeous, delicate story to share, which feels as warm and soothing as a hug.' Booktrust on Ruby’s Worry
'A masterpiece which I’ll be sharing and recommending for many years to come' ChildCareExpo on Ruby’s Worry
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