My kids' books
I had my first children's book published in 1998 and since then I've authored and illustrated over fifty products.
My motivation has always been to bring alive the Bible and the things of God to children in a way that they can understand and for them to have some fun in the process.
The early years
It was a book called 'What Shall We Pray About?' that got the ball rolling and featured colourful double page, illustrated spreads designed to stimulate ideas of what to pray.
If my memory serves me correctly the book was produced in eight language editions including one which had a rather nice padded cover.
The publisher was Angus Hudson.
Having developed a few books for John Hunt publishing already
I was on my way to a meeting where I was planning to present to John the latest fruits of my fertile imagination when I came across the ubiquitous 'Horrible Histories' series and an idea was born.
Over lunch I put to one side my pre-prepared presentation and asked John if he'd take a punt and commission me to produce a range of kids books about the Bible (in the style of the 'Horrible Histories'). Fortunately for me he agreed and the rest is history (but in this case, not of the horrible variety).
Six months later I had delivered the first six books in what became a twelve book series and a spin-off range of Instant Lesson Material books with publisher Kevin Mayhew Ltd.
And just to prove they did the trick, here's one of the many nice reviews we received for the Boring Bible series...
'I think this book is pretty good and makes the Bible fun to read. I like the way it has cartoons and is set out in different ways, including newspaper articles and reports. It also has jokes but tells you a lot about the kings. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes any of these types of books (e.g., Horrible Histories, etc.).'
Having had an initial meeting with CWR sometime around 2007 it soon became clear that we on were on same page when it came to communicating biblical truth and God's life through media.
I was keen to introduce a book series that helped children get their teeth into God's word and to find out how good it was for themselves.
The '50' series presented kids with fifty Bible stories
(re-told by yours truly) and accompanied by a cartoon image. The added element was the hook at the end in which the story was left hanging, awaiting the reader to dive into the Bible and to discover for themselves how things panned out.
There are eight titles in all and I was thrilled when '50 Weirdest Bible Stories' was awarded Children's Book of the Year 2010 (u12) by the UK Christian book industry.
In 2012 CWR also placed a copy of this book in every library in the UK.
The whole kit and caboodle...
The '50' series:
50 Craziest Bible Stories
50 Weirdest Bible Stories
50 Wildest Bible Stories
50 Goriest Bible Stories
50 Jammiest Bible Stories
50 Barmiest Bible Stories
50 Juiciest Bible Stories
50 Wackiest Bible Stories
50 Christmasiest Bible Stories
50 Zappiest Bible Stories
Boring Bible Series:
Hyper Holy Happenings
The Big Boss
Boring Bible Instant Lesson Material series:
Abraham to Jacob
The Life of Jesus
The Book of Acts
New Testament Heroes
Bonkers Book on God
Bonkers Book on Jesus
Bonkers Book on Creation
Bonkers Book on Bible Heroes
Bonkers Book on Parables
Bonkers Book on Prayer
Absolutely Bonkers Champions comic
Absolutely Bonkers Easter comic
Absolutely Bonkers Halloween comic
Absolutely Bonkers Christmas comic
Amazing Agents of God:
The Detective Dudes:
Where's God Gone?
Walk Through the Bible
40 OT MINI Bible Stories
40 NT MINI Bible Stories
Books for younger children:
Who Made the World?
What Shall We Pray About?
The Bigger and Bigger Book of Bible Stories
Kids say, "Thank You God"
Kids say, "Praise God"
Big Truth Bible Stories:
Big Truth Bible Stories (compilation)
And for grown-ups...
A Year at St Cliff's - Derek the Cleric
The Derek the Cleric Yearbook
How do you deal with meaty themes relating to God in a way that doesn't turn kids off before they've even been turned on?
This book series (which had that worthy aim) began its life with the working title of 'Just About Everything You'll Ever Need To Know About...' but before very long the central character who I had devised to present the books had taken on a life of his own and thus the Professor Bumblebrain series was created.
The books are peppered with cartoons, humour and facts and take the reader on a journey through the subject, arming them with information but leaving them to come to their own conclusions.
The Bible is full of amazing people who undertake megatastic missions (and awesome assignments) for God – just like special agents. In these books I portray Bible characters such as Joseph, Esther, Peter and Mary (as well as Abraham, Daniel, Ruth, Paul and Priscilla) as agents on a mission from God.
In reading the agents' reports, the imaginations of young readers can be transported to the middle of thrilling life-changing episodes. These men and women from the Bible (or The God Files as agents of God call it) come to life as inspiring and exciting role models. I tap into the desire for many young people to hear about courageous people who made a big difference. This series hopes to reignite the curiosity within young minds to learn more about Old and New Testament characters, why they accepted their missions, how it led to amazing adventures and a deeper faith in their boss (God).
These books are published by CWR.
Follow the investigation of the Detective Dudes – Kool Kat and Hot Dog – as they try to find God!
This cartoon, graphic novel is a fantastic tool for helping to explain the overall story of God to children aged 7-11.
A great book for holiday clubs/VBS, prizegiving or just individual use.
This book is published by CWR
These books are the fruit of an exciting collaboration between myself, Walk Through the Bible UK and CWR.
They repackage 80 stories from my '50 series' into two books to give away to 20,000 school children linked to the Walk Through the Bible presentations in UK schools.
The illustrations are those I produced for the classroom presentations and the design style of the books is in synch with the rest of the WTTB products.