Mike Brownlow

Children's author, Author/Illustrator, Scriptwriter

Available for:

Website: http://www.mikebrownlow.com

Contact: email:
Tel: 01749 812288
Mob: 07929 513822

Ten Little Pirates has won the Nottingham Children's Book Awards, 2014, and the Lancashire Share a Story Award, 2014. Short-listed for the Sheffield Children's Book Awards and the Evening Standard Picture Book Awards, Oscar's First Book Prize. Picked for the Guardian's Best Children's Book Guide, Time Out's Children's Book of the Week and World Book Day UK's Best Christmas Books for 0-5s.

Adults, 5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2)


A bit about me: 

I write and illustrate picture books for children, and have over 30 titles to my name. One of these books, 'Little Robots', was made into a 65 episode  animated TV series for the BBC, and has been shown in over 70 countries. I helped to develop and design the series, and wrote several of the shows.

'Ten Little Pirates', which I wrote, was published to great acclaim in July 2013 by Orchard. The Pirates were soon joined by 'Ten Little Princesses', 'Ten Little Dinosaurs', 'Ten Little Monsters','Ten Little Elves', and most recently 'Ten Little Superheroes', which went straight to the top of Waterstone's Best Selling Picture Books list on its release in August 2017.

School Visits: 

As both a writer and an illustrator, my talks include live drawing, and school visits can contain any of the following: exuberant book readings with audience participation; drawing sessions which can include how to draw a particular character and how to draw different facial expressions; craft sessions; a Powerpoint/Keynote talk about how a book can develop from a simple doodle to a book and a TV series; developing your own characters and writing your own picture books. 

I have several activity sheets for younger children that I've developed over many visits, which can prove popular for follow-up classroom sessions.

Talks can be for individual classes or whole year groups, and mainly range from Reception age through to Year 3, though I give talks up to Year 6 as well.

I will need:

A flipchart.

An empty table near the flipchart for the display of artwork and other objects to show the children.  

For the Powerpoint element, I'll bring a memory-stick, but will need you to provide the usual Audio/Visual equipment.  

Book signings:

It's nice to do book signings (complete with individual drawings!) at the end of sessions, if feasible. I can provide instructions on how to involve local, independent bookshops and template letters to inform parents of the event. But provided I can drive to your school I can also bring my own supply of books to sell if that would be your preferred option.


I live in Somerset, but am happy to travel to other parts of the country. I usually adhere to the Society of Authors guidelines on pricing -- £250 for a half day and £350 for a full day, plus travel expenses and accommodation where necessary. 

I've written and illustrated many books for children. These are just some of them.
Ten Little Dinosaurs (isbn:9781408334010)
Ten Little Dinosaurs hatch from their eggs and go exploring. But their prehistoric world is rather more dangerous than they expect!
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Ten Little Monsters (isbn:9781408334034)
A super-spooky rhyming monster adventure!
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Ten Little Pirates (isbn:9781408320037)
Picture Book. Ten Little Pirates sailing out to sea, looking for adventure, happy as can be. But what will the pirates do when they meet a hurricane? And a giant squid? And a HUNGRY SHARK?!
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Ten Little Princesses (isbn:9781408330104)
Ten Little Princesses set out for the Grand Ball. But there are trolls and dragons and witches between them and happy ever after...
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Make It! Rocket (isbn:9781407115375)
Hugo's inventive family decide to make him a very special birthday present - his very own rocket ship! With press out pieces so you can build your own rocket.
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Little Robots (isbn:9781929927050)
A colourful book with a rhyming text, full of humorous, loveable robots. Made into the TV Series, 'Little Robots'.
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Dinosaurs of Doom! (isbn:9780230741799)
Evil genius Tempus Fugit wants to take over the world with his army of destructive dinosaurs. Can the Time Pirates stop him before it's too late? A story with a GIANT pop-up!
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Bad Manners, Benjie! (isbn:9781848122352)
Boris the Troll loves to poke his nose and fart. But Boris has a new friend called Benjie, and Benjie doesn't act like your normal troll!
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Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Society of Authors, National Association of Writers in Education

Other search criteria:

Crime/Thrillers, Humour, Novelty Books, Sci-fi and Fantasy

Book Type:
Fiction for children (any age), Picture books, Fiction 5-9, Fiction 8-13, Educational books

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