Little Grey's Birthday Surprise

It's Little Grey's birthday, but why are his friends all too busy to play? Join Little Grey as he opens his big birthday present and discovers that friendship really is the greatest gift of all. 

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Illustrated by Louise Pigott

Published by Parragon on 20th February 2018 - click here to for the publishing page

'Open up this celebratory picture book to find Little Grey's birthday surprise! This wonderful, rhyming story to celebrate special days is written by Karl Newson with joyful illustrations by Louise Pigott.'


Little Grey's Birthday Surprise is available in all good book shops!  It can also be ordered online: AmazonWaterstonesFoylesHiveWHSmith

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A poster to save / download and print / share... everywhere! Hip Hop Hooray, for Little Grey!

A poster to save / download and print / share... everywhere! Hip Hop Hooray, for Little Grey!

Behind the Book!

Little Grey's Birthday Surprise was initially an entirely differently worded story, but, following a slight editorial change in the direction of the storytelling, I took the decision to completely re-write it rather than edit the original version to make it fit. I have just re-discovered my notebook from this period, which shows that this new version was written all in one go (which even for me, is quick!). Here are the pages from my notebook, showing all my thoughts and all the crossings-out I made, written on 16th May 2017...

Here's a sneak peek behind the scenes at some of Louise's rough drawings for Little Grey's Birthday Surprise - aren't they fantastic!? For me it's such a treat to see these as often it's the first time I get to see the characters I've been writing about and the world in which the story takes place. It's when the story first begins to look like a book...