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Liz Pichon

Liz Pichon

British artist and children's writer
Liz Pichon
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Intro British artist and children's writer
Is Writer Children's writer Illustrator
From United Kingdom
Type Arts Creativity Literature
Gender female
Birth 16 August 1963, London, UK
Age 57 years
Star sign Leo
Residence Brighton, United Kingdom
Camberwell College of Arts
Middlesex University
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Liz Pichon (born 16 August 1963) is a British illustrator and children's writer. She is best known for her Tom Gates series of "satirical realist comedy fiction", which have been translated into 43 languages, and sold more than eight million copies worldwide.

Early life

Pichon was born on 16 August 1963 in London, England. She studied graphic design at the Camberwell School of Art. Her first job was as an art director for the music label Jive Records.

Her best-selling and multi-award-winning Tom Gates series was first published in 2011. There are currently 15 books in the Tom Gates series, as well as a special £1 book produced for World Book Day in 2013, and a Tom Gates Annual.

In 2016 Pichon created the "Kid's Tapestry", a child's version of the Bayeux Tapestry, featuring historical events to the mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.

In 2017 Pichon, Horsenden Primary School and her publisher, Scholastic Children's Books, broke the World Record for the Largest Disco Dance.

It was announced in 2017 that Pichon has begun working on a new standalone series to be published by Scholastic Children's Books.

Personal life

Pichon is dyslexic (like her character Tom Gates). She lives in Brighton with her husband Mark, their three children.


Outside of Tom Gates

(London: Little Tiger Press, 2004)

  • My Big Brother, Boris (Scholastic, 2004)
  • Bored Bill (Little Tiger, 2015)
  • Penguins (London: Gullane Children's Books, 2008)
  • The Three Horrid Pigs and the Big Friendly Wolf (Little Tiger, 2008); US title, The Three Horrid Little Pigs (Tiger Tales, 2008)
  • Shoe Wars (Harpercollins, 2020)

As illustrator only (selected)

  • Twilight Rhymes Moonlight Verse, compiled by Mary Joslin (Oxford: Lion Children's Books, 1997)
  • Spinderella, written by [Julia Donaldson][Egmont UK], 2002)
  • Beautiful Bananas, Elizabeth Laird (Oxford, 2003)
  • The Three Billy Goats Fluff, Rachael Mortimer (Hodder Children's Books, 2010)
  • Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf, Rachael Mortimer (Hodder, 2012)

Tom Gates series

  • The Brilliant World of Tom Gates (2011)
  • Tom Gates: Excellent Excuses (And Other Good Stuff) (2011)
  • Tom Gates: Everything's Amazing (Sort Of) (2011)
  • Tom Gates: Genius Ideas (Mostly) (2012)
  • Tom Gates Is Absolutely Fantastic (at Some Things) (2013)
  • Tom Gates: Best Book Day Ever! (so far) (2013)
  • Tom Gates: Extra Special Treats (not) (2013)
  • Tom Gates: A Tiny Bit Lucky (2014)
  • Tom Gates: Yes! No (Maybe... ) (2015)
  • Tom Gates: Top of the Class (Nearly) (2015)
  • Tom Gates: Super Good Skills (Almost...) (2016)
  • Tom Gates: DogZombies Rule (For Now) (2016)
  • Tom Gates: Family, Friends and Furry Creatures (2017)
  • Tom Gates: Epic Adventure (kind of) (2017)
  • Tom Gates: Totally Brilliant Annual (2017)
  • Tom Gates: Biscuits, Bands and Very Big Plans (2018)
  • Tom Gates: What Monster? (2018)
  • Tom Gates: Mega Make and Do (and Stories Too!) (2019)
  • Tom Gates: Spectacular School Trip (really!) (2019)
  • Tom Gates: Ten Tremendous Tales (2020)


  • 1998 National Parenting Publications Award, Twilight Rhymes Moonlight Verse, poetry compiled by Mary Joslin and illustrated by Pichon, 1997
  • Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2011
  • Red House Children's Book Award 2012
  • Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2012 for Best Fiction for 5-12 Year Olds
  • Blue Peter Award for Best Story 2013


  • 2004: Silver Award, Nestlé Smarties Book Prize (0–5 years), My Big Brother Boris
  • 2008: Finalist, Red House Children's Book Award and the Stockport Schools Book Award, The Three Horrid Pigs and the Big Friendly Wolf
  • 2012: Shortlisted for the Specasvers National Book Awards Children's Book of the Year, Genius Ideas (Mostly)
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 24 Jun 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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