Karl Newson is a children’s book author and illustrator from London. He is the writer of the picture books A Bear is a Bear (except when he's not), Here Comes the Sun, Fum, and Little Grey's Birthday Surprise. Karl is a big fan of nonsense poetry and also an illustrator of other people’s books. He grew up in Norfolk, making dens and running amok; but on rainy days he would stay indoors and draw until his pens ran out of colour. He was inspired to write a story when his children were small, and he has been so ever since... When Karl isn't writing he enjoys reading adventure stories, watching science fiction films, and listening to music from the 1960s. He loves to gaze at the stars and wonder... and he always gets his best ideas just before bed.
When one sleepy bear wakes up early from his winter sleep, he's confused. Is he a bird? Or a moose? A fox perhaps? Or even a squirrel? No! He's definitely a bear, and it's time this bear went back to sleep .
Open up this celebratory picture book to find Little Grey's birthday surprise! It's Little Grey's birthday, but why are his friends all too busy to play? Join Little Grey as he opens his big birthday present and discovers that friendship really is the greatest gift of all. This wonderful, rhyming story to celebrate special days is written by Karl Newson with joyful illustrations by Louise Pigott.