Hailing from the town of Farnborough (the one with the Airshow), Jim drew from a very early age with a burning ambition to 'make cartoons'. He studied animation at Hull School of Art and Design, graduated in 2002, gradually paved his way into the animation industry working as a director for Partizan in London.
Meanwhile, he was also penning his way as a freelance illustrator working for editorial publications...
His first children's book commission came about from a self promotional mail-out of five stinky fish landing on the right desk at the right time at Macmillan (fortunately they were illustrated fish not actual fish). Jim illustrated the two book series Quentin Quirk's Magic Work's written by Kelly McKain. Since then, he has illustrated a series of books for Pearson Education entitled 'Pete's Peculiar Pet Shop' and 'The Exchange'.
His first picture book CATS AHOY! written by Peter Bently won the Booktrust Roald Dahl Funny Prize in 2011 and was nominated for the Kate Greenaway award.
The hilarious sequel to the bestselling Oi Frog! will have children rolling around with laughter.
Shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award 2016.
Frog's had enough, he's the changing the status quo! Cat insists that there are rules - only mules sit on stools, no one but hares should sit on chairs and however irritating, dogs MUST sit on frogs.
'Well, I'm changing the rules,' said the frog.
'From now on, dogs sit on logs, not frogs!'
And everyone else is going to have to sit somewhere else too. Will Cat want to sit on gnats instead of cushy mats? Will spiders like sitting on gliders? Will whales be happy to sit on nails? And, most importantly, where is FROG going to sit?
Praise for Oi Frog!:
'An absolute treat.' - Daily Mail
'Everyone will love it.' - The Guardian
Two greedy squirrels learn to share in the third hilarious rhyming adventure from the bestselling creators of THE LION INSIDE.
Greedy squirrels Cyril and Bruce both have their sights on a very special prize: THE VERY LAST NUT OF THE SEASON! As the nut bounces crazily though the forest, the squirrels race after it, between the trees, over boulders, down the river and - ARGH! - right to the edge of a waterfall! Working together might be the only way to save themselves now ...
A laugh-out-loud tale about friendship and sharing from the bestselling creators of THE LION INSIDE and THE KOALA WHO COULD. Perfect for competitive friends and sibling rivals!
"From the duo who won last year's Roald Dahl Funny Prize comes an energetic contemporary adventure...the illustrations are a riot of colour and the animals' expressions delightful, while the verse bounces along. Look out for the pop-singing twin goats who bear an uncanny resemblance to Jed-Ward" - Daily Mail