More About the Author
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. The first things I had published were poems - you might come across some of them in poetry collections for children. Here's one of my favourites:
I claim with confidence, I've met
Most creatures in the alphabet.
I've hunted them with noose or net,
From aardvark, ape and avocet,
Through musk-ox, moose and marmoset,
To xiphias and zebra, yet
It is to my intense regret
I haven't seen a Yeti ... yet.
I've trekked by mule with my machete,
Getting chilly, mucky, sweaty,
And, though you may call it petty,
Still I've never found a Yeti.
I've searched regions dry and wet.
I've scoured the plateau of Tibet.
I've studied Yeti etiquette,
Seen things I think a Yeti's ate,
And though I'm not the sort to fret,
I'm really getting quite upset
That I've not seen or smelt or met
Or found or caught a Yeti ... yet!
(First published in 'A Poetry Teacher's Toolkit - Book 2', published by David Fulton, 2002)
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 15 picture books published. I only write the words - if I drew the pictures nobody would buy them - but I get to work with some wonderful illustrators. I really love the illustrations by Ed Eaves in my latest book, 'Sam's Super Stinky Socks!'. You can find more details of my books and poems, together with a lot of fun activities, on my website www.paulbright.co.uk .