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Alex T. Smith

  • 5 stars across 39 books
Alex T. Smith has drawn and written stories since he could hold a pencil. After considering several career options (space traveller, cake maker, professional rabbit), Alex decided to train to do the job he'd wanted to do since he was five - an illustrator specializing in the world of children's publishing.


 Alex graduated with a first-class degree in Illustration in 2006 and also won second place in the Macmillan Prize for Illustration  in his final year. Since then Alex has gone on to work for a wide variety of clients, not just in the publishing industry, as well as writing and illustrating his own picture books, many of which have won prizes and have been read on TV during the Bedtime Hour on the CBeebies channel. Alex is also the creator of the bestselling Claude series for early readers, which are soon to appear in their own TV series on Disney Junior.


 When not working, Alex enjoys doodling in his sketchbook, reading, people-watching and eavesdropping. He is also a big fan of cake and a nice cup of tea. He lives with and under the constant `supervision' of his canine companions in Warwickshire.  How Winston Delivered Christmas  is his first title for Macmillan.

27th October 2022

The Miraculous Sweetmakers: The Frost Fair

An amazing and captivating, curl-up-on-the-sofa debut about a magical frost fair and the lasting power of f... MoreThe Miraculous Sweetmakers: The Frost Fair

(19 reviews) Review
4th May 2017

The Tale of Angelino Brown

A warm and witty tale from a master storyteller, author of Carnegie Medal-winning Skellig and internationally be... MoreThe Tale of Angelino Brown

(18 reviews) Review
7th May 2015

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion

Little Red sets off to visit her auntie who is poorly. She walks under the giraffes, over the sleepy crocodiles, past th... MoreLittle Red and the Very Hungry Lion

(6 reviews) Review
5th January 2012


Ella is a little ladybird with big dreams. Her ugly wasp stepsisters make her do all the housework, all of the tim... MoreElla

(6 reviews) Review
9th October 2014

The Secret of Platform 13

Under Platform 13 at King's Cross Station there is a secret door that leads to a magical island . . . It appear... MoreThe Secret of Platform 13

(6 reviews) Review
6th June 2013


"Once there was a house, a house that was a home..." When four best friends decide they want to try living somewhe... MoreHome

(6 reviews) Review
10th September 2015

Dial a Ghost

With beautiful cover illustration by Alex T. Smith, creator of the Claude series, Dial a Ghost is a wonderfully spooky y... MoreDial a Ghost

(4 reviews) Review
5th October 2017

The Adventures of Egg Box Dragon

From the author of Watership Down , Richard Adams, comes an enchanting picture book about the adventures ... MoreThe Adventures of Egg Box Dragon

(4 reviews) Review
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