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January’s Author of the Month is Liz Pichon

January’s Author of the Month is Liz Pichon

Liz Pichon is an English children’s book author and illustrator. She is best known for the Tom Gates series of books. The series was translated into many languages.

Pichon was born in LondonEngland. She was encouraged to write and draw from a very young age. Pichon studied graphic design at Middlesex Polytechnic (now Middlesex University) and at the Camberwell School of Art (now Camberwell College of Arts). Afterwards, she worked as a designer and art director for Jive Records. There she designed album covers. Pichon then began working as an independent artist.

Pichon became involved in children’s literature by illustrating other people’s books. However, she soon began to write and illustrate her own picture books. Her first book, Square-Eyed Pat, was published in 2003. It was followed by My Big Brother, Boris (2004), The Very Ugly Bug (2004), and Bored Bill (2005).

Pichon targeted an older audience with the Tom Gates series. The main character, Tom, enjoys avoiding his homework, annoying his older sister, and playing in his band. The books are made to look like Tom’s personal notebooks, full of doodles and short bursts of text about his daily life. The first book, The Brilliant World of Tom Gates (2011), won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the Red House Children’s Book Award, and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. The second Tom Gates book, Excellent Excuses (And Other Good Stuff), came out in 2011. Everything’s Amazing (Sort Of) and Genius Ideas (Mostly) were released in 2012. The following year saw the publication of the fifth book in the series: Tom Gates Is Absolutely Fantastic (At Some Things).

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