David Melling

Imagination is a wonderful thing - it's never ending.  When I was a small cowboy I was ready for trouble, whenever it came.  It could be bandits, bears or broccoli and if I didn't think I could win, I'd run away. Of course stories have always helped my imagination.  After all, you don't get to be sheriff without a little help.

David Melling became a freelance illustrator in 1986 drawing for magazines and advertising agencies.  In 1993 he illustrated his first children’s book.

He first wrote and illustrated his own picture book The Kiss That Missed, in 2002, which was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway award. To date he has illustrated over 60 books, writing and illustrating around 15 of them.

He lives near Oxford with his Croatian wife and their two children.