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Nick Sharratt

  • 5 stars across 90 books
    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
    1st September 2016

    The Cat and the King

    Nick Sharratt's fabulously funny debut novel, THE CAT AND THE KING, tells the story of a gentle, unworldly King an... More

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    2nd July 2015

    Shark In The Park

    Timothy Pope, Timothy Pope, what can you see through your telescope? Join a little boy on a trip through the park. Is th... More

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    20th February 2006

    Don't Put Your Finger In The Jelly, Nelly

    A great reissuing of a classic children's die-cut picture book to tie in with Nick Sharratt's position as official... More

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    2nd February 2017

    Ouch! I Need a Plaster!

    Have you ever bashed your nose? Scraped your knee? Stubbed your toe? Then this story is just for you! Come ... More

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    20th February 2006

    Ketchup on Your Cornflakes?

    A great reissuing of a perennially popular split-page book inviting children to howl with laughter at the fantasti... More

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    7th February 2013

    Socks

    Laugh your socks off! Stripy sharks and woolly crocs, Purple dogs with polka dots! What can you see made from Socks? Kid... More

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    2nd April 2015

    Fancy Dress Jungle

    All the jungle animals love wearing fancy dress - but who's hiding under each disguise? Children will love lifting... More

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    5th January 2017

    Supermarket Zoopermarket

    Everyone loves a trip to the Zoopermarket, and this one is stocked with all kinds of strange treats. From fangtast... More

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    25th March 2004

    Red Rockets and Rainbow Jelly

    A unique look at colours and friendship, now available in paperback. This very simple text is about two friends, Sue an... More

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    4th August 2008

    Elephant Wellyphant

    Yum! A Fruit Jellyphant! Pooh! A Rude Smelliphant! Wow! A Magic Spellaphant! Who'll be your favourite ... More

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    7th March 2002

    Eat Your Peas

    It was dinner time again and Daisy just knew what her mum was going to say, even before she said it. 'Eat your peas,' sa... More

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    1st May 2009

    The Shark in the Dark

    Will the flustered fish become saltwater snacks, or can they come up with a plan to teach the mean, greedy shark a les... More

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    6th April 2009

    Octopus Socktopus

    Pull the tabs and lift the flaps - who will be your favourite octopus? Will it be the Cuckoo Clocktopus, the Scary... More

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    25th February 2016

    Daisy: Really, Really

    Here comes trouble! A super-dooper picture book featuring the one and only Daisy! When Daisy gets left with a babysitter... More

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    1st February 2006

    I Went To The Zoopermarket

    A great reissuing of this lift-the-flap book from the endlessly popular author / illustrator, Nick Sharratt. Come and sh... More

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    6th September 2012

    What's in the Witch's Kitchen?

    Britain's most popular artist presents a brilliantly original format that very young children will delight in time and a... More

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    1st July 2010

    The Foggy, Foggy Forest

    Who's lurking in the foggy forest? Look through the trees and guess the shapes to find out! What can that be in the fog... More

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    5th April 2012

    Fancy Dress Farmyard

    There's a party at the farmyard, and it's going to be fancy dress. Children will love lifting the flaps to discove... More

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    1st October 2015

    How to Draw

    Learn how to draw Tracy Beaker, Hetty Feather, and all your other favourite Jacqueline Wilson characters - plus the worl... More

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    27th August 2015

    Shark in the Park on a Windy Day!

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the park . . . Timothy Pope is blown this way and that way in the windy... More

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    3rd March 2005

    One to Ten and Back Again

    A wonderful and unique look at counting and friendship. This very simple picture book is about two friends, Sue and Nick... More

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    1st June 2007

    Caveman Dave

    Meet the brave Caveman Dave in this hilarious, rhyming beginner story.He's smelly, but he's brave, Caveman Dave is all t... More

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    3rd November 2005

    Noisy Poems

    Yickity yak, yickity yak, the yak has a scriffily, scraffily back! This charming collection is packed with noises and rh... More

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    12th June 2014

    Shark in the Dark

    Timothy Pope is looking out into the night with his telescope. Is that really a shark he can see? Turn the page and find... More

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    5th April 2010

    Moo-Cow Kung-Fu-Cow

    Pull the tabs and lift the flaps - who will be your favourite Moo-Cow? Will it be the Glitter-Glue-Cow, the Kangar... More

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    26th July 2016

    The Three Little Pigs

    In Lift-the-Flap Fairy Tales:The Three Little Pigs , the traditional fairy tale is retold in irreverent, playful rh... More

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    10th January 2017

    The Three Billy Goats Gruff: Book and CD Pack

    In Lift-the-Flap Fairy Tales: The Three Billy Goats Gruff , the traditional fairy tale is retold in Stephen Tucker'... More

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    2nd March 2017

    The Big Book of Magical Mix-Ups

    Would you like to turn your nosy brother into an inflatable rabbit? Or transform your bossy babysitter into a gian... More

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    4th August 2008

    What Do I Look Like

    In 'What Do I Look Like?', a boy's face expresses a number of different emotions, reacting to a variety of situations: h... More

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    1st June 2007

    Green Queen

    The green queen lies in her red bed looking at the grey day. What can she do to brighten it up? With colourful pictures ... More

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    1st March 2003

    Animal Orchestra

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    20th February 2006

    Ouch! I Need a Plaster!

    Have you ever bashed your nose? Scraped you knee? Stubbed your toe? Then this story is just for you! Come and meet Paul,... More

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    1st October 2014

    Fancy Dress Christmas

    There's a fancy dress Christmas party, and everyone's in their best costumes. Children will love lifting the flaps to di... More

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    27th July 1990

    Look What I've Found!

    A shaped board book describing bulbs and what they do.... More

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    1st December 2003

    Pirate Pete

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    5th May 2008

    The Big Book of Crazy Mix-ups

    Have you ever driven a birthday car? Or met a multi-storey baby? Children will have hours of fun creating hundreds of wa... More

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    1st August 2011

    Pirate Pete

    A piratical pop-in-the-slot picture book where the reader gets to decide the story! Ahoy there! Pirate Pete is about to... More

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    1st August 2011

    Once Upon a Time...

    Spot all your favourite nursery story characters in this lively rhyming tale! "Nothing much happened round here," says ... More

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    1st February 2012

    My Mum and Dad Make Me Laugh

    Brimming with glorious patterns of stripes and spots, an award-winning picture book favourite by Nick Sharratt. In this... More

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    4th March 2006

    Faster, Faster, Nice and Slow

    A third title in this superb series by award-winning best friends, Sue Heap and Nick Sharratt. Here is the perfect way ... More

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    3rd January 2014

    Tiger and Spies (Daisy Colour Reader)

    Join Daisy in this Double Daisy adventure perfect for new readers! 006 and a Bit: Daisy is on a mission - to be the best... More

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    6th August 2009

    The Icky, Sticky Snot and Blood Book

    Everyone knows where snot comes from but why's it there and what's it for? Dig deep (inside this book, of course!) and d... More

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    1st June 2012

    Toddle Waddle

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    6th September 2012

    Billy Bonkers: It Wasn't Me!

    There's a Secret Prankster wreaking havoc all around town. No one knows for sure whodunnit, but all fingers are pointi... More

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    1st April 1996

    Magic Mummy

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    4th September 2006

    Muddlewitch on the Farm

    Muddlewitch is back and this time she's ready to wreak havoc on the farmyard. You thought sheep baa-ed and cows moo-ed? ... More

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    26th April 2002

    The Three Little Pigs

    "To build a house," the third pig said, "I know the thing to choose. Not straw or sticks, but solid bricks. Yes, they're... More

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    1st October 2015

    Vikings in the Supermarket

    Six Vikings on a shopping trip, one tartan-patterned cat, a clever little mermaid, a naughty vampire bat, the queen who'... More

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    31st May 2003

    Daisy: Really, Really

    When Daisy gets left with a babysitter for the first time, she eats up her mum's note and tells Angela that she usually ... More

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    1st April 2016

    Socks

    Laugh your socks off! Stripy sharks and woolly crocs, Purple dogs with polka dots! What can you see made from socks? Kid... More

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    22nd December 2011

    Jamboree Storytime Level A: Classroom Pack

    Jamboree Storytimeis an exciting, interactive and play-based series designed to introduce the English language to childr... More

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    19th January 2006

    Shark In The Park

    A funny picture book from the talented illustrator and writer Nick Sharratt, following Timothy Pope on a trip through th... More

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    1st October 2005

    Christmas Poems

    This is a delightful first poetry book in a picture book format, illustrated in colour throughout by award-winning artis... More

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    2nd September 2010

    Shark in the Dark

    Timothy Pope is looking out into the night with his telescope. Is that really a shark he can see? Turn the page and find... More

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    4th August 2008

    One By One

    Suitable for reading aloud or for children just learning to read, this colourful book has lots to talk about on the subj... More

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    3rd March 2007

    Once Upon A Time

    In this choose-your-own adventure novelty book, each double spread has six different cutouts to choose from, so that chi... More

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    1st April 2003

    My Mum And Dad Make Me Laugh

    Mum is crazy about spots - spotty clothes, spotty wallpaper, spotty games like dominoes; Dad loves stripes - stripy suit... More

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    5th June 2006

    Pirate Pete

    Sail with Pirate Pete and create your own buccaneering adventure. What does he see in the sky and in the sea? What's in ... More

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    4th August 2008

    Crazy ABC

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    1st August 1999

    Mouse Moves House

    Mouse Moves House is part of the Maths Together series, an early numeracy programme for parents and children to share. T... More

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    1st June 2007

    Smart Aunties

    Auntie Sue wears blue. Auntie Dots wears spots - here are seven of the smartest aunties you could ever wish to meet! Wit... More

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    1st June 2007

    Pointy Hatted Princesses

    Princess Trudy is really moody and the other princesses are feeling gloomy too. Can anything brighten their day? With co... More

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    1st June 2007

    Monday Run Day

    Sunday bun-day, Monday run-day, Tuesday snooze-day. Everyday's a fun day with this little dog and his friends. With colo... More

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    1st June 2007

    Mrs Pirate

    An apple pie and a patch for her eye. See what else Mrs Pirate buys when she goes shopping! With colourful pictures and ... More

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    1st July 2005

    The Three Billy Goats Gruff: A Lift-the-Flap Fairy Tale

    "Oh, please let me cross," said the middle-sized goat But the troll only snapped, "What's your hurry?" With some herbs... More

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    23rd April 1999

    Croc with a Clock

    Fun rhyming books which your toddler can't lose! Each spread has an animal with a household object - helping your toddle... More

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    1st April 1999

    Bear with a Pear

    Fun rhyming books which your toddler can't lose! Each spread has an animal with a household object - helping your toddle... More

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    23rd April 1999

    Giraffe with a Scarf

    Fun rhyming books which your toddler can't lose! Each spread has an animal with a household object - helping your toddle... More

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    23rd April 1999

    Kangaroo in a Canoe

    Fun rhyming books which your toddler can't lose! Each spread has an animal with a household object - helping your toddle... More

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    1st July 2002

    Lift-the-flap Fairy Tales: Jack and the Beanstalk

    As Jack scurried down the beanstalk, The hen squawked anxiously, "If that giant gets his hands on us, he'll eat us for h... More

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    1st September 2004

    Mixed Up Fairy Tales

    What would happen if Goldilocks had two horrid stepsisters and fell asleep for a hundred years? Would she be woken by a ... More

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    1st March 2009

    Really Really: Book and CD

    When Daisy gets left with a babysitter for the first time, she eats up her mum's note and tells Angela that she usually ... More

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    1st January 2007

    Tom and the Tinful of Trouble

    Take a tin of bright red paint. Take a boy called Tom. Mix the two together. How long before the trouble starts...?... More

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    20th May 2004

    My First Picture Dictionary

    Illustrated by award winning artist Nick Sharratt, this fabulous dictionary is designed to teach young children simple w... More

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    31st October 1996

    Plane

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    30th June 1997

    Come and Play!

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    18th April 2007

    Rigby Star Shared Rec/P1 Fiction: Shark in the Park Shared Reading Pack Framework Edition

    Part of the Rigby Star Shared series which is a fantastic collection of fiction and non-fiction Big Books, each containi... More

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    1st November 2011

    Jamboree Storytime Level A: Arabic Classroom Pack

    Jamboree Storytimeis an exciting, interactive and play-based series designed to introduce the English language to childr... More

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    12th June 2000

    Star Shared: Reception, Shark in the Park Big Book

    Bring Shared Reading to life! Rigby Star Shared (formerly known as Rigby Red Giant) brings you a fantastic collection of... More

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    5th January 2009

    Rocket Countdown

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    4th April 2011

    One Fluffy Baa-Lamb, Ten Hairy Caterpillars

    Count from one to ten and back with Nick Sharratt's irresistible parade of batty baa-lambs and crazy caterpillars. Lift ... More

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    2nd August 2010

    One Fluffy Baa-Lamb, Ten Hairy Caterpillars

    Count from one to ten and back with Nick Sharratt's irresistible parade of batty baa-lambs and crazy caterpillars. Lift ... More

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    6th September 2018

    What's in the Witch's Kitchen?

    Britain's most popular artist presents a brilliantly original format that very young children will delight in time and a... More

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    16th July 2018

    Splash Day!

    Splish, splosh, splash! It's Splash Day and everyone is ready for a water fight! They've got their trunks and wetsuits, ... More

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    6th September 2018

    Nice Work for the Cat and the King

    Alas and alack! The Royal Money Box is almost empty.The king has to get a job - but what kind of job would be fit for a ... More

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    7th March 2019

    Octopus Socktopus

    "Simple yet wonderful" Waterstones Books Quarterly A BRILLIANT BOARD BOOK FROM BESTSELLING AUTHOR-ILLUSTRATOR, NI... More

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    1st September 1998

    The Best Pop-Up Magic Book...Ever

    Nick Sharratt is a popular children''s illust rator, known for his novelty books such as the bestselling K etchup on You... More

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    7th March 2019

    Elephant Wellyphant

    "Simple yet wonderful" Waterstones Books Quarterly A BRILLIANT BOARD BOOK FROM BESTSELLING AUTHOR-ILLUSTRATOR, NI... More

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