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Steve Smallman

  • 5 stars across 246 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. ... More

    (34 reviews)
    8th March 2018


    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

    (15 reviews)
    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

    (15 reviews)
    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

    (11 reviews)
    14th April 2022

    The Eyebrows of Doom

    As read by Steve Carell on CBeebies Bedtime Stories An outrageously funny and bonkers adventure story ... More

    (11 reviews)
    1st September 2015

    Jack And the Beanstalk

    The classic English fairytale, specially rewritten for young children and brought to life with stunning illustrations. J... More

    (11 reviews)
    7th January 2010

    My Dad

    My dad can wrestle with giants, eat like a horse, swim like a fish ...Can yours? This is a brilliant, humorous look at f... More

    (10 reviews)
    1st September 2022

    Poo in the Zoo: The Island of Dinosaur Poo

    The third instalment in the bestselling Poo in the Zoo series by dream duo Steve Smallman (Bear's Big Bottom and The Eye... More

    (9 reviews)
    1st August 2011

    Dragon Stew

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

    (8 reviews)
    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

    (7 reviews)
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