Mick Inkpen: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Mick Inkpen, the children’s book author and illustrator.

  • Mick Inkpen was born in 1952 in Romford in Essex, England.

  • He is good friends with the children’s author Nick Butterworth.
  • Mick Inkpen’s is best known for his Kipper the Dog series and his Wibbly Pig series.
  • His books have sold more than 4 million copies.
  • Before he became a writer and illustrator of children’s books, he was a graphic designer.
  • He used to write a comic strip The Blue Balloon (with Nick Butterworth) for the Sunday Express newspaper.
  • He loved English lessons when he was at school.
  • When he was a child he enjoyed painting, but he wanted to be a railway signalman when he grew up.
  • He has collaborated with his daughter, Chloe Inkpen. She is also an illustrator and author of children’s books.
  • He has 2 children.
  • He enjoyed reading Jenning’s Little Hut by Anthony Buckeridge when he was at school.
  • He loves London and says it is his favourite city.
  • He has won many awards for his books, including, The Red House Children’s Book Award for Threadbear and The Smarties Award for Kipper’s A-Z.
  • His earliest memory is watching blue butterflies flying as he ran through a meadow.

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