Guy Parker-Rees

Guy Parker-Rees

One of my earliest memories is of a huge Kudu antelope sticking his neck in the car window to try and gobble up our sandwiches.

I was born in Zimbabwe and I can still remember the smell of the huge, hot granite rocks. My older sister, my two brothers and I came back to a cold grey England when I was three.

I spent a lot of my time at school doodling and painting, then did a degree in English and Philosophy at York University, where I spent a lot of time painting and doodling.

I worked as a mural painter, an arts and crafts teacher and as an art therapist, among other things, before finding out that I really wanted to illustrate children's books.

I've been lucky enough to work with some of the best writers of children's books. When a story is good, ideas just leap into my head and all I have to do is scribble them down.

Books by Guy Parker-Rees featured in Pop Up Education programmes

Twist and hop