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Nicola O'Byrne

  • 5 stars across 22 books
When Nicola was 5 years old her parents banned Saturday morning television, and she has been drawing ever since. Born in Swaziland, Nicola grew up in Singapore and has lived in Papua New Guinea, Kenya, Edinburgh, London and Cambridge. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Sjoerd, and their invisible dog, Chewbacca. Nicola has a Bachelor's degree in Illustration from Edinburgh College of Art and an MA (Printmaking) from Camberwell College of Art. In her spare time she enjoys weightlifting and baking.
7th February 2013

Open Very Carefully

Watch out! A crocodile is eating his way through your favourite bedtime picture book! What would you do if you were set... MoreOpen Very Carefully

(31 reviews) Review
14th January 2016

The Last Book Before Bedtime

Favourite fairy tales are turned upside down in this laugh-out-loud bedtime story, where everyone wants to be the hero. ... MoreThe Last Book Before Bedtime

(19 reviews) Review
7th April 2016

Gorilla Loves Vanilla

A deliciously funny new picture book by Scottish Children's Book Award winner Chae Strathie and Waterstones Childr... MoreGorilla Loves Vanilla

(18 reviews) Review
5th January 2017

Dear Dinosaur

The first in the bestselling interactive picture book series about a dinosaur and his best friend Max - ... MoreDear Dinosaur

(7 reviews) Review
6th July 2017

Dread Cat

Once there was a very fierce cat. Not just fierce: totally, terrifyingly, stupendously fierce. Everyone was afrai... MoreDread Cat

(5 reviews) Review
11th June 2020

Poo! Is That You?

A stinkingly funny story, featuring a whole range of REAL stinky animals! Lenny the Lemur is on holiday in the ... MorePoo! Is That You?

(5 reviews) Review
9th October 2014

My Little Star

When the day is done and sleep draws near, When the moon's aglow and stars appear. I'll whisper something crystal clea... MoreMy Little Star

(4 reviews) Review
14th July 2016

The Great Dragon Bake Off

At the Ferocious Dragon Academy, dragons-in-training learn the arts of bone crunching and teeth sharpening. But there is... MoreThe Great Dragon Bake Off

(4 reviews) Review
1st April 2021

Wee? It Wasn't Me!

Following on from Poo! Is that you? , Wee? It Wasn't Me! is the second title starring Lenny the ring-tailed lem... MoreWee? It Wasn't Me!

(4 reviews) Review
5th March 2015

Use Your Imagination

Imagination knows no limits in this fairy tale with a twist by award-winning picture book creator, Nicola O'Byrne. Rab... MoreUse Your Imagination

(2 reviews) Review
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