David Roberts

David Roberts

  • 5 stars across 201 books
David Roberts Biography
Born in 1970 in Liverpool, David Roberts is an illustrator who has produced many picture books for younger children including collaborating with authors Julia Donaldson, Julian Clary and his sister Lynn Roberts who is also a writer. He has also worked with Alan MacDonald to create a series for older readers including titles such as Burp, Fetch, Kiss and Pants.

While studying fashion design at college in Manchester, David shared a house with two children's book illustrators and he became very inspired by their work. He then lived and worked in Hong Kong for a year where he started doing fashion illustration for local magazines and newspapers. On returning to England an agent advised him to recreate his portfolio geared towards children's illustrations and his first book, Frankie Stein's Robot was published in 1997. He has since illustrated over 70 books.

David Roberts Facts
David's first job after graduating was as a milliner - someone who makes hats.

As a child David loved reading The Faraway Tree, The Wishing Chair and Fantastic Mr Fox.

Our favourite David Roberts Book Characters
Mr and Mrs Bolds - from The Bolds series
Emily Vole - from The Fairy Detective Agency series
Berties - from the Dirty Bertie series


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30th July 2015

The Bolds

Mr and Mrs Bold are just like you and me: they live in a nice house (in Teddington), they have jobs (like writing Christ... MoreThe Bolds

(59 reviews) Review
4th July 2008

Tyrannosaurus Drip

A brilliantly funny story all about celebrating difference, from the stellar picture-book partnership of Julia Donal... MoreTyrannosaurus Drip

(35 reviews) Review
3rd October 2019

The Wind in the Willows

'There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.' From picnics by the... MoreThe Wind in the Willows

(35 reviews) Review
1st July 2021

The Bolds Go Green

Give a hoot and don't pollute! The Bolds have decided to do their bit for the planet and go green. They're reducing, re... MoreThe Bolds Go Green

(31 reviews) Review
7th March 2019

The Bolds Go Wild

It's time for monkey business in this fifth outing for Teddington's wildest family, the Bolds! The Bolds are very surpr... MoreThe Bolds Go Wild

(26 reviews) Review
5th April 2018

The Bolds in Trouble

The Bolds are back for another hilarious tale! This time, Teddington's wildest family have decided to stay at home and ... MoreThe Bolds in Trouble

(24 reviews) Review
3rd September 2013

Rosie Revere, Engineer

From the powerhouse author/illustrator team of Iggy Peck, Architect comes Rosie Revere, Engineer, another charming, witt... MoreRosie Revere, Engineer

(22 reviews) Review
13th July 2017

The Bolds on Holiday

It's the summer holidays, and the hairiest family in Teddington decide to take a holiday by the seaside. But it's neve... MoreThe Bolds on Holiday

(22 reviews) Review
2nd July 2010

The Troll

A laugh-out-loud pirate adventure from the stellar picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and David Roberts. ... MoreThe Troll

(20 reviews) Review
1st July 2011

Jack and the Flumflum Tree

Set sail with Jack for an adventure on the high seas in this wondrous story from the stellar picture-book partnershi... MoreJack and the Flumflum Tree

(20 reviews) Review
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