Karl Newson

Children's Author/Illustrator

Add to shortlist


Assistant: Emily Talbot
Assistant: Molly Jamieson


Karl began drawing from an early age; filling sketchbooks at home, at school, and on the go. He found a liking for words when he began writing songs to the three chords he could play on his guitar. The pace and rhythm planted a seed, which one day, when matched with a doodle, made everything make sense.

Karl enjoys stargazing, and is rather fond of biscuits, elephants and the moon (in no particular order). He lives in the far-away land of Norwich, Norfolk.

Latest Publications:

THE AMAZING SUPERCHIMP (21st October 2016, Quarto)

Superchimp is the hero of the rainforest. He  spends his days rescuing baby parrots from  trees and hippos who are stuck in the mud –   no job is too big or too small for Superchimp.  He even wears a cool cape, and rides around  in a chimpmobile!

But despite his bravery, even Superchimp gets  scared sometimes... although the person he is  most afraid of is not as terrifying as you might  think! When Mum bellows at Superchimp to  tell him it's time to come home, he obediently  obeys. It seems Superchimp can be a  superhero just as long as he doesn't upset his  Mum and is home in time for tea – which is a  lesson any child should know!  A tounge-in-cheek way to introduce the  topics of helping others, overcoming your  fears and understanding rules.

Upcoming Publications:

HERE COMES THE SUN (2nd March, Nosy Crow)

While all the other animals sleep through the night, Little Owl has work to do - she needs to blow the stars out one by one to make way for morning. A reassuring picture book that will have little ones ready for a peaceful night's sleep.