Mike Smith (Illustrator)

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Book PUbliSHER


Digestive tract


Mr Pinkwhistle


In hot water over cold feet

Any Other Busness

My book, The Hundred Decker Bus, is published in one week!

In celebration here is one of my favourite pages.

Hundred Decker Bus swimming pool

All Aboard

Sorry for the lack of diary entries here recently. Been very busy organising lots of things all at once, which is a challenge for me.

In the meantime, here’s the first spread of Hundred Decker Bus, for something to look at. Notice the red double-decker bus! Macmillan deserve much thanks for letting that appear in a picture book in this homogenised world.

Hundred Decker Bus first spread

Book in Advance

Just the other day the postman delivered advance copies of my children’s book, due to be published in May by Macmillan. Forgive me if I plug it a bit here as it’s very exciting and has been years in the making.

In the next few weeks I’ll post some pictures from the book to get everybody whipped up into a frenzy of excitement.

Hundred Decker Bus books



Quick thanks

Just got back from holiday to find a wonderful book about bread sitting on my doorstep, sent by the mysterious Dot, a kind reader of this blog. One of the things I was particularly keen to read in the book was a rant on the horrors of the mass-produced loaf. I like a good rant as much as I like good bread. So, thanks Dot!

No scan do

Sorry about the lack of posts recently. I am without scanner. To make up for it I thought I’d post some details of images from a top secret* book I’ve been working on. I believe this is normal behaviour for illustrators anyway.

children's book illustration

children's book illustration

children's book illustration

children's book illustration

*It’s not really top secret, but it sounds more exciting that way.

Edward Hopper and the Carrot Crunch

Edward Hopper and the Carrot Crunch

A Tale of Greed, Financial Mismanagement and Rabbits

This was a children’s book I wrote at the end of 2009, when the collapse of the banks was big news. It went on to win the Macmillan Prize for Children’s Book Illustration, but never saw the light of day as a published book, partly because it was thought that the world financial turmoil would be ancient history by the time it reached print, after two years.

Well here we are, and it’s still big news, so it’s now available as an ebook, downloadable from the iBookstore. If you have an iPad then you might like to get it.

Here are a couple of pages to give you a flavour.

Edward Hopper and the Carrot Crunch page
Edward Hopper and the Carrot Crunch page


Fraternal fret chat