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Nick Sharratt

  • 5 stars across 271 books
    Nick Sharratt Biography

    Nick Sharratt is a much-respected illustrator and author of children’s books. He was born in London in 1962 and spent his childhood in Suffolk, Nottinghamshire and Manchester.

    From a very early age Sharratt loved to draw so it was no surprise that when he left school he decided to go to Manchester Polytechnic to do a foundation course in Art. He then attended St Martin’s School of Art in London, where he studied graphic design for 3 years. 

    After graduating he started work as a freelance illustrator working mainly for magazines, he also designed packaging for cakes and confectionary. In 1987 he was given the opportunity to illustrate his first children’s book, Noisy Poems by Jill Bennett. In 1991 he illustrated The Story of Tracey Beaker for Jacqueline Wilson, this was the start of a partnership that has so far spanned 25 years and 50 books. 

    Nick Sharratt has also created illustrations for a variety of other authors including Pippa Goodhart, Jeremy Strong and Giles Andreae (who is also known as the Poet Purple Ronnie). He has also collaborated with Stephen Tucker to produce a series of books of traditional fairy tales with a humorous twist. He has illustrated around 200 books to date and won numerous awards for his artwork including the Sheffield Children’s Book Award, and the Red House Children’s Book Award. He has also been awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal, which is given annually for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.

    As well as illustrating other people’s books Sharratt has also written at least 40 books of his own, his most recent book Vikings in the Supermarket, is his first poetry collection and was published in 2016.

    Nick Sharratt Facts

    - He is the oldest of four children, his father worked in the Brewing industry making beer and his mother was a teacher.
    - Nick Sharratt was chosen to be the official illustrator for World Book Day 2006.
    - He is the proud owner of a Gold Blue Peter badge.
    - He produces all his illustration in his very messy studio, and he has a shop mannequin called Joan who keeps him company.

    Our Favourite Nick Sharratt Book Characters

    - Greedy Goose in Julia Donaldson’s Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose
    - Tracy Beaker in Jacqueline Wilson’s Tracy Beaker series
    1st July 2004

    You Choose

    Imagine you could go anywhere, with anyone and do anything. Where would you live? Where would you sleep? Who would be yo... More

    (69 reviews)
    7th April 2006

    Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose

    Join in the fun at this delicious dinner party, where good manners aren't on the menu! Duck won't eat his carro... More

    (50 reviews)
    15th May 2017

    Wave Me Goodbye

    September, 1939. As the Second World War begins, ten-year-old Shirley is sent away on a train with her schoolmates. She ... More

    (36 reviews)
    6th October 2016

    Clover Moon

    Clover Moon's imagination is her best escape from a life of hardship in poverty-stricken Victorian London. When tragedy ... More

    (34 reviews)
    7th May 2015

    Goat Goes to Playgroup

    There's a commotion in the classroom as Goat and the other animals spend the day at playgroup. The musical instruments... More

    (31 reviews)
    5th May 2016

    Rent a Bridesmaid

    Tilly can't believe it when her best friend Matty is asked to be a bridesmaid. In Tilly's favourite daydream, she's kitt... More

    (28 reviews)
    7th March 2013

    The Story of Tracy Beaker

    STRICTLY PRIVATE. KEEP OUT ON PAIN OF DEATH. I'm Tracy Beaker - have you heard of me? I'm stuck in The Dumping Grou... More

    (28 reviews)
    2nd January 2012

    Lily Alone

    Lily isn't home ALONE - but she sort of wishes she was; looking after her three younger siblings is a lot of responsib... More

    (27 reviews)
    17th May 2018

    Rose Rivers

    A wonderful story starring old friends and new from the much-beloved Victorian world of Hetty Feather. Rose ... More

    (27 reviews)
    19th October 2017

    Hetty Feather's Christmas

    Are you longing for Christmas? Can't wait to warm yourself by the fireplace, drinking hot cocoa and toasting marshma... More

    (26 reviews)
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