Splish, splosh, splash! It’s Splash Day and everyone is ready for a water fight! They’ve got their trunks and wetsuits, some wellies and rubber rings, and Mrs Rose even has a great big hose! Join in with all the splashing fun in Nick Sharratt’s beautiful debut Little Gem. Bursting with lots of rhyme, rhythm and energy for little ones to enjoy, it’s the perfect book for a young reader’s first steps on the path to reading independence.
Information for Grown-Ups: This book has a dyslexia-friendly layout, typeface and paperstock so that even more readers can enjoy it. Recommended age: 5-8.
Paperback: 80 pages
Dimensions: 16.8 x 1 x 12.7 cm
Written & Illustrated by: Nick Sharratt
About the Author:
Nick liked drawing from an early age. “When I was nine,” he says, “a picture that I’d drawn at school was pinned up in the hall, and the husband of one of the teachers saw it and offered me five pounds to do a similar picture for him. That’s when I decided I was going to be a professional artist one day! I nearly always drew in felt tip pens then, and I liked drawing big crowd scenes. I’d start in the bottom left-hand corner of the paper and just let the picture grow, telling myself stories about each of the characters in turn as I drew them.”
On leaving school Nick went to art college in London to study graphic design. After that, he drew humorous illustrations for magazines and for packaging, such as cake boxes, sweet packets and Easter egg wrappers – “But sadly I never got any sweeties, and the eggs they sent were all made out of plaster!” He illustrated school textbooks, before going on to write and illustrate, and then write his own picture books. The first book he wrote and illustrated was What Do I Look Like?
Nowadays, Nick spends about half his time illustrating other writer’s stories and half illustrating his own. He works in a variety of media. The pictures for My Mum and Dad Make Me Laugh, for example, were done in wax crayon, “then I dipped cotton buds in white spirit and used them like little brushes to smudge and paint the wax.” For Caveman Dave he used waterproof ink and watercolour paints, while Once Upon a Time and Rocket Countdown were drawn in black line with charcoal, and then coloured in by computer. “I find drawing and colouring the easy bit,” he says, “it’s thinking up the stories that’s hard!”