"You can see why I'm King of the Jungle," said Pa Lion. "It's because I'm the best." But what is he best at? Each time he thinks of something, he sees another animal who does it better. As Cheetah, Monkey, Snake and Elephant try to control their giggles, Pa Lion gets more and more cross because Nobody laughs at a lion!
I originally trained as an engineer - which is rather unusual for a children's author - and spent many years working for companies making and using plastics, in England, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and, more recently, Spain. I used to make notes for stories when I was sitting in boring meetings, or travelling on trains and planes. Now we live in Kent and I'm trying to spend a lot more time writing. I started writing stories for my children, when they were small, but it was a long time before I had anything accepted for publication. They have now grown up and left home, so I've been working on my writing for a long, long time. The first things I had published were poems - you might come across some of them in poetry anthologies for children. Here's one of my favourites(just to fill up the page!):
A tyrannosaur in Tesco's came stomping down the aisle,
Searching for the dental floss and practising his smile.
Did the stegosaur in Sainsbury's want a trolley or a basket?
No one knew, and no one really had the nerve to ask it.
A megalosaur in M&S was trying something frilly,
But checking in the mirror just to see if she looked silly.
The dinosaurs, all loaded down with boxes, bags and bits,
Then jumped into a taxi to take coffee at The Ritz.
My first picture book, Under the Bed, was published in 2003. The second book, Quiet! was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award - in the end it didn't win the award, but I did get a Blue Peter badge and was on the telly for about 5 seconds! I now have about 10 picture books published, with more on the way. I only write the words - if I drew the pictures nobody would buy them - but I get to work with some wonderful illustrators. You can find more details of my books and poems, together with a lot of fun activities, on my website www.paulbright.co.uk .