Charlie and Lola, first seen in I Will Not Ever NEVER Eat a Tomato, are set to be stars of the screen and page. A major animation acquisition for the BBC and first airing on prime time children's TV in October 2005, Charlie and Lola are set for superstardom! Lola loves dogs. So when Charlie takes Lola and her friend Lotta to the park with his friend Marv and Marv's dog Sizzles, Lola is thrilled. Marv lets her and Lotta look after Sizzles on the promise that they don't let him off the lead. But Lola and Lotta are so over-excited that, of course, they let Sizzles go and then have a panicky search for him all round the park. Imagine their relief when Sizzles appears until he's followed by an identical dog. They know that Sizzles is extremely very clever and so can tell which dog is the right Sizzles - he's the one that he sits down when they tell him. Yet another crisis averted for Lola!
Lauren Child grew up in Marlborough, Wiltshire. She is the middle of three sisters and both her parents are teachers. She has had a variety of jobs from waitressing to designing exotic, elegant lampshades and working as an artist's assistant to Damien Hirst.
Lauren Child is considered one of the most talented children's book author/illustrators working today and has won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, the Nestle Gold Book Award for That Pesky Rat and the Nestle Bronze Book Award for Beware of the Storybook Wolves. Utterly Me, Clarice Bean, Lauren's first fiction title, was a runaway success all over the world. Lauren has now sold over 3 million books in 19 countries across the globe.
Notable events in Lauren's career include selection for Quentin Blake's Magic Pencil Exhibition (British Library) in 2005; the Charlie and Lola TV series winning a BAFTA in 2007; In 2008 Lauren was appointed Artist for Peace by UNESCO and has been spearheading a project to raise money for UNESCO's Programme for the Education of Children in Need, called My Life is a Story. All profits from the sale of a special edition of That Pesky Rat will go to UNESCO. A retrospective of Lauren's work starting at the Manchester Art gallery toured the country from 2008 to 2010.
Lauren loves designing and making things and finds it exciting to see her drawings turned into objects. Other favourite things include the cinema, TV matinees, small Italian cars, handbags, cardigans, travelling and being picked up from the airport.