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Nick Sharratt

  • 5 stars across 275 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... MoreYou Choose

(75 reviews) Review
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... MoreChocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose

(52 reviews) Review
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 ... MoreWave Me Goodbye

(38 reviews) Review
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 ... MoreClover Moon

(36 reviews) Review
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 Ground jus... MoreThe Story of Tracy Beaker

(32 reviews) Review
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... MoreGoat Goes to Playgroup

(31 reviews) Review
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... MoreRent a Bridesmaid

(31 reviews) Review
7th January 2013

The Worst Thing About My Sister

Marty and her sister Melissa couldn't be more different."That's the worst thing about my sister. She NEVER misses a chan... MoreThe Worst Thing About My Sister

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Lily Alone

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

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One Mole Digging A Hole

All the animals are busy lending a hand in the garden in this lively numbers book! The parrots are pulling up carrots, t... MoreOne Mole Digging A Hole

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