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Mike Byrne

  • 5 stars across 91 books

   Claire Freedman   is the internationally bestselling author of over 100 books for children. Claire is probably best-known for her award-winning  Aliens Love Underpants   picture book series (Simon and Schuster).  There's A Spider In This Book  is her first picture book with Macmillan, with more titles in the pipeline. Claire lives by the coast in Essex with her husband and lots and lots of books - but thankfully no hairy spiders!
   Mike Byrne  grew up on the Wirral near Liverpool before moving to Wales to study illustrations at Glyndwr University. He began his career as a designer for a greetings card company and then became a studio manager for a licensed stationery designer, before leaving to fulfil his dream of illustrating children's books. Mike now lives in Surrey with his wife, cat and two sons, and spends his days doodling and drawing illustrations fuelled only by tea and biscuits. Mike illustrated the bestselling   Jack's Mega Machines  series for Simon & Schuster and the hugely successful  Sproutzilla v. Christmas  , which was his first book for Macmillan. In addition to illustrating Claire Freedman's texts for Macmillan, he is also working on a new Sproutzilla title.

7th March 2019

Ducktective Quack and the Cake Crime Wave

There's a crime wave in the town and Ducktective Quack needs your help to solve the mystery. Follow the clues in the pic... MoreDucktective Quack and the Cake Crime Wave

(17 reviews) Review
25th January 2018

My Colourful Chameleon: A Fun Rhyming Story About a Silly Pet

A funny, rhyming story about a girl who keeps losing her beloved yet troublesome pet chameleon. It's not her fault tho... MoreMy Colourful Chameleon: A Fun Rhyming Story About a Silly Pet

(9 reviews) Review
28th September 2023

Dinos Love Numbers: Maths is easy with dinosaurs!

Introduce young readers to the magical world of numbers with this fun, dinosaur-themed picture book!Packed with amazing ... MoreDinos Love Numbers: Maths is easy with dinosaurs!

(9 reviews) Review
5th October 2017

When I Grow Up

Inspired by Tim Minchin's hit song WHEN I GROW UP from MATILDA THE MUSICAL, the book takes a humorous ye... MoreWhen I Grow Up

(8 reviews) Review
22nd September 2016

Sproutzilla vs. Christmas

Jack loves everything about Christmas. Except for one thing: he does not like Brussels sprouts. When Jack's parent... MoreSproutzilla vs. Christmas

(7 reviews) Review
5th September 2019

There's a Troll on my Toilet

From award-winning TV correspondent Catherine Jacob, and bestselling illustrator of Sproutzilla vs Christmas Mike ... MoreThere's a Troll on my Toilet

(4 reviews) Review
7th October 2019

Butterflies for Grandpa Joe

A heart-warming tale of empathy, affection and dealing with grief across generations, from award-winning author Nicola D... MoreButterflies for Grandpa Joe

(4 reviews) Review
15th October 2020

Who Pooed in my Loo? (PB)

  With fun by the bag-load, if you love Wonky Donkey, Unicorn and the Rainbow Poop or I Need a New B... MoreWho Pooed in my Loo? (PB)

(4 reviews) Review
4th October 2018

The Dog that Saved Christmas

The heart-warming tale of one boy and the dog that changes his life from a much loved and award-winning author. ... MoreThe Dog that Saved Christmas

(3 reviews) Review
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