Jonathan was born in Leicestershire, the son of a rig-fitter and a primary school teacher. It was while he was at college that he first developed his skills as a writer and illustrator, creating detailed illustrations to accompany poems and lyrics that he had written. After leaving college, he worked as an architect for several years, before pursuing a full-time career in children’s books.
In addition to writing young fiction and picture books, Jonathan has also written and paper-engineered a number of pop-up books, including Pirate Pussycat and Tyrannosaurus Rocks for Simon & Schuster. Other titles include his hugely popular Mole series: Bringing Down the Moon, A Diamond in the Snow, A Secret Worth Sharing (Walker), and The Princess and the Pig (Macmillan).
The Pig’s Knickers won the Sheffield Children’s Book Award (voted for by children) as Best Picture book and Overall Winner. Here Be Monsters and The Santa Trap are being adapted for theatrical performance and will be touring the UK Autumn/Winter 2015.
Jonathan lives in Nottingham with his wife Rachel, and his two children. His hobbies include walking, reading, furniture design and tinkering with his website.
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