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Mike Byrne

  • 5 stars across 77 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 p... More

    (16 reviews)
    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... More

    (9 reviews)
    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... More

    (8 reviews)
    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 ... More

    (4 reviews)
    7th October 2019

    Butterflies for Grandpa Joe

    Grandpa Joe is butterfly bonkers. There's nothing he loves more than photographing the fluttering, colourful creatures... More

    (3 reviews)
    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 Bum... More

    (3 reviews)
    30th August 2012

    Jack's Mega Machines: The Rocket Racing Car

    Jack is an awesome mechanic whose workshop is unlike any other, when he drives through its magic doors he has thrilling ... More

    (2 reviews)
    4th October 2018

    The Dog that Saved Christmas

    Jake is different from the other kids at school. He struggles when routines change and people's emotions are so hard t... More

    (2 reviews)
    19th August 2013

    Jack's Mega Machines: Supersonic Submarine

    Jack is an awesome mechanic whose workshop is unlike any other, when he drives through it's magic doors he has thrilling... More

    (1 review)
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