Liz Pichon

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Liz Pichon
Liz Pichon 20171207 04.jpg
Liz Pichon, 2017
Born (1963-08-11) 11 August 1963 (age 54)
London, England
Residence Brighton, England
Nationality British
Alma mater Camberwell School of Art
Occupation illustrator and children's writer
Known for Tom Gates series
Spouse(s) Mark Pichon
Children 3

Liz Pichon (born 11 August 1963) is a British illustrator and children's writer. She is best known for her Tom Gates series of "satirical realist comedy fiction", which have been translated into 42 languages, and sold more than four million copies.


Liz Pichon was born on 11 August 1963 in London, England.[1] She studied graphic design at the Camberwell School of Art in London.[2]


She worked as art director in the musical label Jive Records.[2] Afterwards she started working as a freelance illustrator and writer of children's books.[2]

Her work most widely held in WorldCat libraries is The Very Ugly Bug, a children's picture book.[3]

As of 2016, her Tom Gates series of eleven books of "satirical realist comedy fiction" have been translated into 42 languages, and sold more than four million copies.[2]

Personal life[edit]

She is dyslexic (like Tom Gates), and lives in Brighton, with her husband Mark, a music lecturer, and their three children.[4][2]


  • The VERY Ugly Bug (London: Little Tiger Press, 2004)
  • My Big Brother, Boris (Scholastic, 2004)
  • Bored Bill (Little Tiger, 2015)
  • Penguins (London: Gullane Children's Books, 2008)
  • The Three Horrid Pigs and the Big Friendly Wolf (Little Tiger, 2008); US title, The Three Horrid Little Pigs (Tiger Tales, 2008)
  • Tom Gates series

As illustrator only (selected), won a 2011 Roald Dahl Funny Prize (7–14 years),[4] a 2012 Red House Children's Book Award (younger readers), and a 2012 Waterstone's Children's Book Prize (ages 5–12). The fourth volume Tom Gates: Genius Ideas (mostly) won a 2013 Blue Peter Book Award (best story).[5] Liz is having some visits to Salford lately, for the BBC.



  1. ^ "FAQ's / Liz Pichon". 
  2. ^ a b c d e Lambert, Victoria (10 August 2016). "Liz Pichon on how dyslexia inspired her Tom Gates children's books - and made them a global phenomenon". Retrieved 9 December 2017 – via 
  3. ^ "Pichon, Liz". WorldCat. Retrieved 2014-12-10.
  4. ^ a b "Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2011". Prizes Archive: Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Booktrust. Retrieved 2014-10-15. With more information linked, including 17 November 2011 interview of Pichon.
  5. ^ "Blue Peter Books Awards 2013". Prizes: Blue Peter Book Awards. Booktrust. Retrieved 2014-10-15. With more information linked.

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