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Steve Smallman

  • 5 stars across 223 books
    Steve Smallman Biography
    Steve Smallman has been illustrating children's books for over 30 years and began writing children's stories 10 years ago, now having written over 50 books. He also teaches illustration and mural-painting workshops in schools. The first picture book he wrote was The Lamb Who Came To Dinner which was shortlisted for the Red House Book Awards and Commended in the Sheffield Children's Book Awards. It's been translated into several different languages and turned into a theatre play in Sweden. The singer Meatloaf even read the story on TV.

    As a child Steve loved drawing cartoons especially involving animals and it was while he was studying at the Cambridge College of Art and Technology that he was inspired to become a children's book illustrator; he was commissioned to illustrate four books while he was still at college. He has since illustrated for books, comics, magazines, licensed products and for television programmes.

    Steve lives with his wife and has four children and seven grandchildren.

    Our favourite Steve Smallman Book Characters
    Pip - from Astromouse!
    Crumpet - from Too Hot To Hug!
    Armadillo - from The Wishing Stone
    The Vikings - from Dragon Stew
    6th July 2015

    Poo in the Zoo

    "There was tiger poo, lion poo, prickly porcupine poo, Plummeting giraffe poop that landed with a splat. D... More

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    8th March 2018

    Cock-a-doodle-poo!

     Oh dear! Someone's done a doo-doo on Farmer Jill's new hairdo! Who on earth could it have been? Cock-a-doodle-POO!   ... More

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    6th September 2018

    Itchy, Scritchy, Scratchy Pants

    Five nippy Vikings set out hiking, off on an adventure to find some yeti fluff. As in the chilly weather, no underpant... More

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    19th May 2008

    The Monkey with a Bright Blue Bottom

    When a mischievous monkey discovers a paintbox, he has a brilliant idea, but things don't go quite as Monkey has planned... More

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    1st August 2011

    Dragon Stew

    `Five bored vikings went out hiking, Looking for adventure, for something bold and new. So they thought th... More

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    7th June 2010

    Don't Wake the Bear, Hare!

    From deep in the woods came a rumbling sound. So grumbly and loud it was shaking the ground! The animals crept up and wh... More

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    7th July 2014

    Storytime: Batmouse

    When Pip the mouse sees a bat flying over his home, he has a big idea - when he grows up, he's going to be a BAT! Pip ma... More

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    1st April 2013

    Dr Duck

    Elephant's feeling sneezy, Hyena's lost his laugh, and Gorilla's got a terrible case of super-stinky bottom burps! Oh, n... More

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    1st January 2008

    The Very Greedy Bee

    Greedy Bee won't share his nectar with anyone. While the other bees work hard, Greedy Bee spends all day guzzling pollen... More

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    1st July 2010

    Too Hot to Hug!

    When Rupert finds a golden egg, he takes it home to show to Mum and Dad. Then suddenly: Tap! Tap! Crack! out hatches a b... More

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    6th April 2015

    Hippobottymus

    Plinkety-plonk! Tweetily-tweet! The jungle animals are making music to the sound of the bubbling creek! But - goodness... More

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    2nd August 2010

    Gruff the Grump

    One morning, Gruff the Grump meets a little rabbit clinging to a branch, clutching a fallen star. The little rabbit is t... More

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    3rd January 2011

    Little Stinker!

    Percy the fish is a little stinker! He loves blowing stinky botty bubbles, and all the other fish are fed up! Can they t... More

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    1st July 2013

    Bear's Big Bottom

    Bear was friendly, Bear was sweet, The nicest bear you'd ever meet! With little paws and little feet, ... More

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    17th August 2015

    Fairytales Gone Wrong: Get Some Rest, Sleeping Beauty!

    Learn the importance of rest in this hilarious story all about sleep! In Get Some Rest, Sleeping Beauty! Aurora never wa... More

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    7th May 2012

    My Dad

    All dads are different. They are clever, funny, brave, silly or simply wonderful. But none is as special as your own! Th... More

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    1st January 2009

    Smelly Peter: The Great Pea Eater

    Young Peter Pod, was a little bit odd: he ate nothing but peas, fresh or tinned, for breakfast and brunch, for dinner an... More

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    24th December 2012

    Storytime: My Friend the Weather Monster

    When the Weather Monster is sad it rains - and it has been raining for days! Desperate for some sunshine, the villagers ... More

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    21st July 2016

    Fairytales Gone Wrong: Snow White and the Very Angry Dwarf: A story about anger management

    A fairytale with a twist! In Snow White and the Very Angry Dwarf, Snow White meets the seven dwarves, whilst hiding in t... More

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    1st August 2013

    The Wishing Stone

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    13th July 2015

    Fairytales Gone Wrong: Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Wash Your Hair!

    Learn the importance of clean hair in this hilarious story about dirty, tangled locks. In Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Wash Your ... More

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    14th April 2007

    The Lamb Who Came for Dinner

    When a hungry old wolf gets an unexpected visit from a little lamb, he starts planning a delicious lamb hotpot. But the ... More

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    13th July 2015

    Fairytales Gone Wrong: Don't Pick Your Nose, Pinocchio!

    Learn the importance of good hygiene with this hilarious story all about bogies! In Don't Pick Your Nose, Pinocchio! eve... More

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    2nd July 2012

    Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Bunny?

    Four very hungry bunnies have run out of carrots! One by one they hop off to the vegetable patch. But someone is lying... More

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    21st April 2016

    Storytime: Monty the Hero

    Monty the mole's favourite bedtime story is about a hero, a monster and a magic wand. Monty wants to be a hero too so he... More

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    1st September 2012

    Super Pants!

    When little Lola gets a pair of SUPER PANTS for Christmas she is so excited! When her daddy gets a matching costume, he ... More

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    1st February 2007

    A Hug for Humphrey

    No-one is quite sure what sort of toy Humphrey is or what he can do. And when the toys decide to help him find out, Hump... More

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    16th February 2015

    Fairy Tales Gone Wrong: Blow Your Nose, Big Bad Wolf: A Story About Spreading Germs

    It's your favourite classic fairy tales...with a twist. QED delivers an encouraging message about good health and hygien... More

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    1st September 2010

    BC Orange A/1A Dino-soaring

    This title is part of Pearson's Bug Club - the first whole-school reading programme that joins books and an online readi... More

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    23rd February 2017

    Fairytales Gone Wrong: Who's Bad and Who's Good, Little Red Riding Hood?: A Story about Stranger Danger

    In Who's Bad and Who's Good, Little Red Riding Hood? our red-cloaked heroine is ready to set off with a basket of delici... More

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    9th February 2017

    The Very Greedy Bee

    The very Greedy Bee won't share his nectar with ANYONE. While all the other bees work hard, the Greedy Bee spends all da... More

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    6th March 2014

    Scaredy Bear

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    Trumpety Trump

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    30th October 2017

    There's No Such Thing As Monsters

    Tom doesn't like going to sleep in his room. He can hear scary noises and see creepy shadows as they lurk in the wardrob... More

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    1st July 2013

    The Storytime: The Not-So-Perfect Penguin

    All of the penguins are smart and sensible. All except, Percy, who is...well...not so perfect. Each day is a constant st... More

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    1st June 2006

    Father Who Waited

    Children relate to stories and there is was never a better storyteller than Jesus. With bright colourful illustrations, ... More

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    2nd April 2008

    Bible Animal Stencil Book

    Children will love to draw and create their own original pictures and play scenes. It features six stencil sheets each w... More

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    1st July 2005

    All Safe in the Stable

    The Story of Mary and Joseph's journey as told by Donkey. This re-telling of the nativity story will be a popular addit... More

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    6th March 2006

    David's Dream Team and Zini's All-Stars

    David was a football nut. He played it night and day, until he smashed the greenhouse and mum took his ball away. David ... More

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    7th April 2014

    Big, Bad Owl

    Big, Bad Owl is a fabulously funny, tongue-in-cheek picture book from best-selling author and master of comedy, St... More

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    17th August 2015

    Jack and the Beanstalk

    Learn the importance of being clean with this hilarious story about smelly Jack! In Stinky Jack and the Beanstalk Jack r... More

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    28th February 2010

    A Hug for Little Bunny and Other Toy Tales

    A collection of toy tales which features Toy Ted, Tootle the Train, Hooter the Elephant and many other friends.... More

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    1st October 2008

    Noah's Fantastic Boat

    March all of the animals onto Noah's fantastic boat! This unique book opens out to reveal the bright and colourful insid... More

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    6th August 2012

    My Monster Dumper Truck

    What is better - a great big chunky dumper truck or a massive monster crane? A sleek and shiny sports car or a supersoni... More

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    1st March 2015

    The Special Guest

    Zebra can hardly contain his excitement when he receives a dinner party invite from Lion - the king of the jungle! Eleph... More

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    6th May 2013

    My Dad!

    Some dads will run up and down by your side, Holding your bike till you learn how to ride. All dads are different, but... More

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    6th February 2011

    Icky Little Duckling

    One day, Mr Rabbit finds a smooth, speckly, perfect thing in the woods, and takes it back to his neat, tidy burrow. But ... More

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    1st February 2011

    Daisy Dinosaur Gets Lost

    When Rex has to watch over his little sister Daisy he isn't very happy about it. He starts telling Daisy what to do - si... More

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    31st March 2015

    Spot A Lot Animals: Storybook and Jigsaw

    This boxed set includes the picture book Spot A Lot Animals and a 36-piece double-sided jigsaw puzzle with large, sturdy... More

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    1st March 2005

    Duck's Loud Quack: The Baby in the Bulrushes

    Read how Duck's loud quack helped the princess find a baby, in this retelling of how Moses was kept safe in his basket. ... More

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    1st March 2004

    Raven Delivers Food

    Read how Raven delivers food in this retelling of how Elijah survived in the desert. It has bright illustrations and eas... More

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    3rd September 2012

    Puppy's First Christmas

    "Something weird is happening," cries Puppy. "Mum's going bonkers in the kitchen, and there are socks on the wall and ... More

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    6th October 2014

    Fairytales Gone Wrong: Give Us a Smile Cinderella: A Story About Personal Hygiene

    Learn the importance of brushing your teeth in this hilarious twist of the classic fairytale! Every day Cinderella brush... More

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    15th April 2015

    Storytime: The Special Guest

    Zebra can hardly contain his excitement when he receives a dinner party invite from Lion - the king of the jungle! Eleph... More

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    2nd June 2015

    Spot A Lot Vehicles Board Book & 20-Piece Puzzle

    This boxed set includes the award-winning picture book Spot A Lot Vehicle Adventure in a compact board book format and a... More

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    29th August 2014

    Spot A Lot Animal Escape: And Count a Little, Too!

    There's trouble at the zoo today--the animals have run away! Gibbons swinging and playing on the jungle gym, zebras camo... More

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    17th June 2015

    Pilgrim's Progress

    Share the adventures and perils of Christian as he sets out on the journey of his life. On the road he meets terrifying ... More

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    1st March 2012

    Storytime: If the Wind Changes

    Alfie loves looking grumpy...until one day his face freezes into a smile! Will Alfie ever be able to frown again? Will h... More

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    1st February 2013

    Storytime: Listen Up, Pup!

    Toby is a happy dog...until a new puppy comes along! Toby decides to teach Snoop some lessons and soon learns that havin... More

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    6th October 2014

    Fairytales Gone Wrong: Keep Running Gingerbread Man: A Story About Keeping Active

    The Gingerbread Man has to run as fast as he can - or he'll be eaten! Follow the Gingerbread Man as he runs away from th... More

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    1st September 2007

    Super Ben: Band 02b/Red B

    This patterned picture story follows Ben on his trip to the park. The text describes the park visit, while the illustr... More

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    20th May 2016

    Fairytales Gone Wrong: Jack and the Beanstalk

    Learn the importance of being clean with this hilarious story about smelly Jack! In Stinky Jack and the Beanstalk Jack r... More

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    21st July 2016

    Fairytales Gone Wrong: You're Not Ugly Duckling: A Story About Bullying

    A fairytale with a twist! In You're Not Ugly, Duckling! Mother Duck is shocked to discover that one of her ducklings loo... More

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    24th September 2010

    Learn to Read at Home with Bug Club: Turquoise Pack (Pack of 6 reading books with 4 fiction and 2 non-fiction)

    Bug Club is the first phonics-based school reading programme that joins books with an online reading world to teach chil... More

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    1st September 2010

    Dino-Sitting

    This title is part of Pearson's Bug Club - the first whole-school reading programme that joins books and an online readi... More

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    1st September 2010

    BC Turquoise A/1A Dino-splashing

    This title is part of Pearson's Bug Club - the first whole-school reading programme that joins books and an online readi... More

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    6th March 1998

    New Way Pink Level Platform Book - Two Short Stories

    New Way is a series of carefully graded phonic readers, providing a wide reading experience at similar levels of languag... More

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    9th February 2017

    A Hug for Humphrey

    There's a new toy in the bedroom. He's called Humphrey, and he's small, soft and stripy, with a big squidgy tummy. But w... More

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    22nd February 2018

    Fairytales Gone Wrong: The Girl Who Cried Wolf: A Story about Telling the Truth

    Demanding Princess Arabella is bored of living in the castle and decides to swap roles with Tom, the lowly shepherd boy,... More

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    1st September 2011

    If the Wind Changes

    Alfie loves pulling grumpy faces and doesn't care about scaring other cats or making his mum unhappy. But when his Great... More

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    1st March 2003

    Story Street Beginner Stage Step 2: Stinker (Pack of Six)

    Story Street for ages 4-7: * Ensures children progress at the right pace with supportive, gradual porgression through ca... More

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    1st February 2003

    Step 1 Tea and Cake Story Street KS1

    Story Street for ages 4-7: * Ensures children progress at the right pace with supportive, gradual porgression through ca... More

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    21st June 2018

    Storytime : Astromouse

    When Pip the mouse learns that the moon is made of stinky cheese, he has a big idea - he's going to be an Astromouse! ... More

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    1st January 2018

    Super Pants!

    When little Lola gets a pair of SUPER PANTS for Christmas she is so excited! When her daddy gets a matching costume, he ... More

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    12th July 2018

    The Lamb Who Came for Dinner Book & CD

    When a hungry old wolf gets an unexpected visit from a little lamb, he starts planning a delicious lamb hotpot. But the ... More

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    12th July 2018

    Scaredy Bear

    There's a monster in the forest and Little Bob is out to find him . . . but instead, he finds a very scaredy bear! Will ... More

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    12th July 2018

    Bear's Big Bottom Book & CD

    Bear was friendly, Bear was sweet, The nicest bear you'd ever meet! With little paws and little feet, ... More

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    3rd April 2018

    Muddypaws' New Friends

    Ben is Muddypaws' best friend, but when Ben goes to school, Muddypaws has to stay at home. Then one day, Ben takes Muddy... More

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    1st August 2018

    Bad Bunny

    The perfect book for children who love to laugh. WARNING: READING THIS BOOK WILL RESULT IN EXTREME LAUGHTER. ... More

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    23rd August 2019

    Noah and his Animals: Step by Step with Steve Smallman

    Have fun with this fantastic step-by-step guide to drawing Noah and his whole arkful of animals. Based on expert illustr... More

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    7th March 2019

    The Wolves Who Came for Dinner

    One little lamb. Four hungry wolves. And a forest full of animals out to save the day. But sometimes thi... More

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    23rd August 2019

    The Nativity: Step by Step with Steve Smallman

    Have fun with this fantastic step-by-step guide to drawing Bible characters and animals from the nativity story. Based o... More

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    2nd May 2019

    I'm Not Grumpy!

    At the edge of the forest lives one grumpy mouse. He's the GRUMBLIEST and GROUCHIEST mouse for miles around. Until he ... More

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