Karl Newson is a children’s book author and illustrator from London. He is the writer of the picture books A Bear is a Bear (except when he's not), Here Comes the Sun, Fum and Little Grey's Birthday Surprise.
Karl is a big fan of nonsense poetry and also an illustrator of other people’s books. He grew up in Norfolk, making dens and running amok; but on rainy days he would stay indoors and draw until his pens ran out of colour. He was inspired to write a story when his children were small, and he has been so ever since... When Karl isn't writing he enjoys reading adventure stories, watching science fiction films, and listening to music from the 1960s. He loves to gaze at the stars and wonder... and he always gets his best ideas just before bed!
Clients include: Macmillan Children's Books, Nosy Crow, Walker Books, Stripes, Parragon, Maverick, Quarto.
For school visits, author events, and workshops, please see my Events page.
For private commissions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some QUESTIONS & ANSWERS, asked by Ben (aged 9) and Jack (aged 6)...
What is your favourite colour? Red
What is your favourite food? I'm a big fan of cake and biscuits. Chocolate fudge cake is the best cake in the world!
What do you like doing? Drawing, painting, writing, and listening to my record collection. I enjoy watching David Attenborough's documentaries too, and all things space related. And walking and exploring. And adding to my picture book collection. And discovering new illustrators and authors. And of course, dunking biscuits.
If you could travel to anywhere, where would you go? The moon! I've gazed up at it in wonder ever since I was a boy. I'd love to visit one day... a rocket ride would be preferable, but I would definitely have a go at climbing a ladder if there was one.
What is your favourite picture book? That's a tough one and it changes all the time. If I had to choose just one I think it would be Julia Donaldson's and Axel Scheffler's The Snail and the Whale. The idea of a tiny sea snail hitching a ride on the tail of a whale is nothing short of brilliant. Beautiful illustrations. Wonderfully told.
What is your favourite animal? An Elephant. One of my most favourite days was the day I fed an elephant. It curled its long winding trunk around the small leaf of lettuce I held out to it, and I was, for a moment, in a world of my own. I have a little-big elephant collection at home, everything from cards to coat hooks, wood carvings to candles. You could say I'm an elephant keeper (which would be my other dream job).
Where do you get your ideas from? Anywhere and everywhere, but mostly when I don't have a pen! My head tends to wonder off down all sorts of avenues, shopping around for ideas while I'm busy dunking my third biscuit, usually in the middle of another project. Sometime ideas are fully formed, sometimes its just a word or a doodle that will sow the seed. Either way, I'm happy for them to keep on coming.
What do you dislike? Mashed potatoes! Bleurrgh! I'm not so keen on sleep either. Nor my chances of going to the moon...
What do you like? Biscuits! Drawing, painting and writing, and the exciting feeling that accompanies a new idea.
Thank you, Ben & Jack!