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David Roberts

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David Roberts was born in Liverpool, loved his primary school, and would make his own toys after his grandmother taught him to sew. He also loved music and played the double bass in the school orchestra.

David hated high school, however, and left aged 16 to go to Art School and then went on to college in Manchester to study fashion design. While there, he shared a house with two children's book illustrators: Gillian Tyler and Dominic Mansell, which sewed the seeds for his own career in book illustration.

Before that, he lived in Hong Kong for a year after graduating and found a job as a Milliner. It was while he was making hats that he started to do some fashion illustration for local newspapers and fashion magazines. After returning to England in 1996 and re-working his portfolio towards children's illustration, he illustrated his first book in 1997 - a story called Frankie Stein's Robot by Roy Apps - and has illustrated over 70 books since.

Books he has illustrated include Chris Priestly's Tales of Terror; retellings of popular fairy tales including an Art Deco Cinderella and a 1970s Rapunzel; and Julia Donaldson's Tyrannosaurus Drip and other books by her.

Best known titles

Suffragette: The Battle for Equality
Ada Twist, Scientist
Rosie Revere, Engineer
Tyrannosaurus Drip