Martin Baynton

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Martin Baynton (born 13 February 1953)[1] is a British Author, Illustrator, and TV producer. He is a children’s book writer, he has also written fiction for adults and a selection of his short stories have been anthologised. He is well known for his children’s book Jane and the Dragon (1988), which has since been adapted for television and produced by Weta Workshop. His books have been widely published in the UK, US, New Zealand and Australia, and he has illustrated books written by authors such as Russell Hoban and Kenneth Grahame.

Born in London,[1] Baynton was educated at Hereford Cathedral Prep School and Ledbury Grammar School, and studied electroencephalography at Great Ormond Street Hospital. In the 1970s, he joined St Bartholomew's Hospital developing biofeedback technology, and as a therapist working for biofeedback pioneer Dr Ann Wooley-Hart.[2]

In addition to writing and illustrating children's books, Baynton has been a Producer, writer and director for the stage and TV. In 2002 he teamed up with Richard Taylor of Weta Workshop to create and produce children's television. They created the award winning Jane and the Dragon (based on Baynton's book series of the same name), and more recently The WotWots (for pre-schoolers).

Baynton and Taylor are founding partners and owners of Pukeko Pictures a New Zealand based IP development company creating children's properties for film and TV.

Baynton moved to New Zealand in 1987 with his wife Diane and his children Theo and Terri. His son Theo Baynton who is also a writer and illustrator, was the art director on Jane and the Dragon. In 2009 Baynton and Theo developed The WotWots along with Richard Taylor for Pukeko Pictures and Weta Workshop.

Baynton has also worked as actor for the stage and for TV.

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Martin is a writer and illustrator of many books, and anthologies.[3]

Title Role Year Notes
Jane and the Dragon writer & illustrator 1988 inspired Jane and the Dragon (TV series)
Jane and the Magician writer & illustrator 2000 A Jane and the Dragon series book
The Dragon's Purpose writer & illustrator 1989 A Jane and the Dragon series book
Daniel's Dinosaurs illustrator 1991 Written by Mary Carmine [4]
Fifty Saves His Friend writer & illustrator 1985
Fifty and the Fox writer & illustrator 1986
Fifty and the Great Race writer & illustrator 1986
Fifty Gets the Picture writer & illustrator 1986
Fifty's Christmas writer & illustrator 1987
Why Do You Love Me? writer & illustrator 1990
Baby Floats writer & illustrator 1991
Under The Hill writer & illustrator 1996
Little Red Riding Hood illustrator 1982 Written by Brothers Grimm
Goldilocks and the Three Bears illustrator 1982 Written by Brothers Grimm
Hansel and Gretel illustrator 1982 Written by Brothers Grimm
The Three Little Pigs illustrator 1982 Written by Brothers Grimm
Big John Turkle illustrator 1983 Written by Russell Hoban
Jim Frog illustrator 1983 Written by Russell Hoban
Charlie Meadows illustrator 1984 Written by Russell Hoban
Lavinia Bat illustrator 1984 Written by Russell Hoban
Mousewing illustrator 1987 Written by William Mayne
Welcome to the Wonderful World of The WotWots writer & illustrator 2009 From The WotWots TV series
Three's a Crowd writer & illustrator 2008 A Jane and the Dragon series book
A Dragon's Tail writer & illustrator 2008 A Jane and the Dragon series book
Wind In The Willows illustrator 1995 Written by Kenneth Grahame
Up and Down writer & illustrator 2009 From The WotWots TV series
Over and Under writer & illustrator 2009 From The WotWots TV series
Fast and Slow writer & illustrator 2009 From The WotWots TV series
Out and In writer & illustrator 2009 From The WotWots TV series

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