Mini Grey

IntroBritish children’s illustrator and writer
Is Writer 
Illustrator 
Author 
Children’s writer 
From United Kingdom 
Type Arts 
Creativity 
Literature 
Genderfemale
Birth  
South Wales

Mini Grey is a British illustrator and writer of children’s books, especially picture books for young children. She won the annual Kate Greenaway Medal from the professional librarians, recognising the year’s best-illustrated children’s book published in the UK, for The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon, published by Jonathan Cape in 2006.

WorldCat reports from participating libraries that her most widely held work is Traction Man is Here, about the household adventures of a boy’s action figure; published in 2005 by Cape and in the US by Random House (Alfred A. Knopf).

Life and work

Mini Grey was born in a Mini car in Newport, a city in southern Wales. She uses only her nickname, after the automobile model. She was raised in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, England.

As of 2007 she lives in Oxford with her partner Tony and a baby son.

Career

As a professional school project Grey created a pop-up version of Gulliver’s Travels.

Egg Drop (Cape, 2002; Knopf, 2009) – Egg Drop at WorldCat

The Pea and the Princess (Cape, 2003); US title, The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-to-be (Knopf, 2003)

Biscuit Bear (Cape, 2004); US title, Ginger Bear (Knopf, 2007) – Biscuit Bear/ Ginger Bear at WorldCat

Traction Man

  • Traction Man is Here (2005)
  • Traction Man Meets Turbo Dog (2008)
  • Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey (2011; Knopf, 2012)

The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon (2006; Cape, Knopf) – The Adventures at WorldCat

Works

As author and illustrator

All these books have been published by Jonathan Cape in the UK and by the Random House imprint Alfred A. Knopf in the US Where one date is given, the American edition appeared in the same calendar year.

  • Egg Drop (2002; US 2009)
  • The Pea and the Princess (2003); US title, The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-to-be
  • Biscuit Bear (2004); US title, Ginger Bear (2007)
  • Traction Man is Here (2005)
  • The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon (2006)
  • Traction Man Meets Turbo Dog (2008)
  • Three by the Sea (2010)
  • Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey (2011; 2012)
  • Toys in Space (US edition: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013) —forthcoming

As illustrator only

  • The Crocodile is Coming! (2005)
  • Into the Woods (2006), by Lyn Gardner —400-page fantasy novel
  • The Twin Giants (2007), by Dick King-Smith —a picture book
  • Jim, Who Ran Away from His Nurse, and Was Eaten by a Lion (2009)
  • Out of the Woods (2010), by Lyn Gardner —350-page sequel to Into the Woods

    Awards

    Grey has won three annual book awards.

    • Biscuit Bear won the 2004 Nestlé Smarties Book Prize, ages category 6–8 years
    • Traction Man is Here won the 2005 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Picture Book
    • The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon won the 2007 Kate Greenaway Medal
    • The Pea and the Princess made the 2003 Greenaway Medal shortlist
    • Biscuit Bear made the 2005 Blue Peter Book Award shortlist
    • Traction Man is Here made the 2005 Greenaway shortlist, the 2006 Blue Peter shortlist, and the 2007 Hampshire Illustrated Book Award shortlist
    • The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon was bronze runner up for the 2006 Smarties Prize, ages 0–5 years
    • Jim, Who Ran Away from His Nurse, and Was Eaten by a Lion made the 2011 Greenaway shortlist
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