The follow-up to Man on the Moon, featuring Bob's cousin Dougal, who shares the family trait of being unable to see what's going on behind his back. Count the hidden mermaids and mermen guiding Dougal on his search for the lost city of Atlants. Man on the Moon was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award in 2003
Simon Bartram graduated from Birmingham Polytechnic with a First Class degree in illustration in 1990, and his art style is heavily influenced by such artists as Peter Blake, Peter Howson, Stanley Spencer and Reg Cartwright.
Simon has produced work for ES Magazine, The Independent on Sunday and Faber & Faber. His stylised drawings, which rely on exaggerated proportions, distortion and strong lighting, are proving popular with modern advertising.
His retelling of the children's classic Pinocchio was runner up for the 1999 Mother Goose Award.
Titles for Templar include a fun-packed poetry title Watch Out for Sprouts and the hugely successful Dougal's Deep-Sea Diary and Man on the Moon , winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. Bob, the Man on the Moon, has also appeared in The Alien-Spotter's Handbook and in the picture book sequel Bob's Best Ever Friend.
Bob & Barry's Lunar Adventures is a new series for young readers by Simon. The first title, The Disappearing Moon, published in September 2009, and the second, A Right Royal Disaster in February 2010 and The Heartless Robots in September 2010. Clone Chaos published in April 2011.
Bob:Moon Tree Mystery is Simon's new picture book, out late 2012.
Simon lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne with his wife and their young son.