Nick Sharratt Biography
Nick Sharratt is a much-respected illustrator and author of children’s books. He was born in London in 1962 and spent his childhood in Suffolk, Nottinghamshire and Manchester.
From a very early age Sharratt loved to draw so it was no surprise that when he left school he decided to go to Manchester Polytechnic to do a foundation course in Art. He then attended St Martin’s School of Art in London, where he studied graphic design for 3 years.
After graduating he started work as a freelance illustrator working mainly for magazines, he also designed packaging for cakes and confectionary. In 1987 he was given the opportunity to illustrate his first children’s book, Noisy Poems
by Jill Bennett
. In 1991 he illustrated The Story of Tracey Beaker
for Jacqueline Wilson
, this was the start of a partnership that has so far spanned 25 years and 50 books.
Nick Sharratt has also created illustrations for a variety of other authors including Pippa Goodhart
, Jeremy Strong
and Giles Andreae
(who is also known as the Poet Purple Ronnie). He has also collaborated with Stephen Tucker
to produce a series of books of traditional fairy tales with a humorous twist. He has illustrated around 200 books to date and won numerous awards for his artwork including the Sheffield Children’s Book Award, and the Red House Children’s Book Award. He has also been awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal, which is given annually for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.
As well as illustrating other people’s books Sharratt has also written at least 40 books of his own, his most recent book Vikings in the Supermarket
, is his first poetry collection and was published in 2016.Nick Sharratt Facts
- He is the oldest of four children, his father worked in the Brewing industry making beer and his mother was a teacher.
- Nick Sharratt was chosen to be the official illustrator for World Book Day 2006.
- He is the proud owner of a Gold Blue Peter badge.
- He produces all his illustration in his very messy studio, and he has a shop mannequin called Joan who keeps him company.Our Favourite Nick Sharratt Book Characters
- Greedy Goose in Julia Donaldson’s Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose
- Tracy Beaker in Jacqueline Wilson’s Tracy Beaker series