I was born on Thursday 30th June 1967 in Prague in Czechoslovakia. My childhood was great - I really enjoyed it.

When I was 15 I went to the High School of Art in Prague. It was good we did everything arty there - printing, photography, sculpture ... and painting. Ok so it was school but I have good memories of it.

For 2 years from the age of 19 I worked at a state advertising and design agency. It was a joke. In communist Czechoslovakia there was nothing much to advertise or design. But the experience was fun and rather inspiring after all. I met interesting people and it was an interesting time.

Then I went to study at the Academy of Fine Art. I worked hard there for 6 years drawing and painting from morning to evening. In 1989 there was a revolution - and a student strike. Great fun! It was an exciting time which resulted in new studios at the Academy, new professors and new inspirations. An English girl, Claire arrived in our studio and we have been together ever since.

In 1994 I got my Master of Fine Art degree and moved to England permanently. Soon after, we got married and had two daughters - Tereza and Cecilia. When I became a dad I made my first book. Walker Books published 'Strawberries are Red' and 'What is Black and White' in 2001 and I received the Books For Children 'Newcomer 2001' award.

Since then I have had many books published. I love what I'm doing - it's fun!

Grumpy Duck
Dutch edition Picture Book of the Year 2020 in Holland 

Song of the Wild: A First Book of Animals
2018 Award for Poetry For Children
Nacional Council of Teachers of English

A First Book of Animals
2017 Schools Library Association Information Book Award

The Greedy Goat
2017 Sheffield's Children Book Award (toddlers Category)

Choo Choo The
Myra Robertson Baby Book of the Year 2015
Best Everyday Book for 1 year olds

Animal Opposites USA
2013 "Parents" Best Book of the Year

Butterfly Butterfly
2008 Southampton Favourite Book to Share Award

A New House For Mouse – Dutch edition
Picture Book of the Year 2006 in Holland

Silly Suzy Goose
Child Magazine’s Best Children’s Book Award (USA)
Washington Post Book World Best Children’s Books of the Year (USA)
Parenting Books of the Year Awards (USA)
Cooperative Children’s Book Centre Choices List (USA)

Bird, Fly High and Run Mouse Run
Child Magazine’s Best Children’s Book Award (USA)

Strawberries are Red and What is Black and White?
Books For Children ‘Newcomer 2001’


Shortlisted:

A First Book of Animals
2018 shortlisted for "The Kate Greenaway Medal"
Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize

The Mouse who Reached the Sky
2016 The Independent Bookshop Week Book Award shortlist

The Mouse Who Ate the Moon
2015 The Independent Bookshop Week Book Award shortlist

Puffin Peter 2012
shortlisted for "The Kate Greenaway Medal"