Nick Sharatt
"Timothy Pope, Timothy Pope is looking through his telescope. He looks at the sky. He looks at the ground. He looks left and right. He looks all around. And this is what he sees…" Nick Sharratt, Shark in the park.

Nick Sharratt is a much-respected illustrator and author of children’s books. He was born in London in 1962 and spent his childhood in Suffolk, Nottinghamshire and Manchester.

From a very early age Nick loved to draw so it was no surprise that when he left school he decided to go to Manchester Polytechnic to do a foundation course in Art. He then attended St Martin’s School of Art in London, where he studied graphic design for three years. 

After graduating he started work as a freelance illustrator working mainly for magazines, he also designed packaging for cakes and confectionary. In 1987 he was given the opportunity to illustrate his first children’s book, Noisy Poems by Jill Bennett. In 1991 he illustrated The Story of Tracey Beaker for Jacqueline Wilson, this was the start of a partnership that has so far spanned 25 years and 50 books and has earned him stellar success.  

Nick Sharratt has created illustrations for a variety of other authors including Pippa Goodhart, Jeremy Strong and Giles Andreae. As well as illustrating other people’s books Nick has also written at least 40 books of his own including Shark in the Park, You Choose and Pants. He has won numerous awards for his picture books, including the Sheffield Children's Book Award and the 2001 Children's Book Award. He has also been awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal, which is given annually for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.

Fun facts

  • Nick has got a shop dummy that sits in the corner of his studio. 
  • He has been to juggling evening classes.
  • His lucky number is 37.
  • Gerbils, orchestras, boys aged about 16, and people winking are all things he finds very tricky to draw.
  • Cats, pirates, washing machines and cactus plants are all things he finds extremely easy to draw!
  • He likes going to car boot sales.
  • He has terrible problems pronouncing the word 'thief'.
  • His favourite sound is the noise at playtime at the school opposite his house.
  • He has got a small scar on his lip from over enthusiastic trampolining in PE one day.
  • His favourite sandwich is cheddar cheese and lime pickle.

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