Michelle Cartlidge

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Michelle Cartlidge
Born Hampstead, London
Occupation Writer and Illustrator
Nationality British
Education Hornsey College of Art, Royal College of Art
Genre Children's literature
Notable works Pippin and Pod, Teddy Trucks
Notable awards Mother Goose Award

Michelle Cartlidge is an English writer and illustrator.

Early life and studies[edit]

Cartlidge was born in Hampstead, London to a British father and a German Jewish refugee mother.[1] Her sister Katrin Cartlidge was an English actress who died in 2002.[2][3]

She trained in ceramics at Hornsey College of Art and the Royal College of Art. After leaving the Royal College of Art, Michelle decided to concentrate on drawing and started developing ideas for children's books.


She won the Mother Goose Award for the most exciting newcomer to British Children's Books in 1979, for her first book ‘Pippin and Pod’.[4] Since then she has had over a hundred books published world wide in over ten languages,[5] and her "Teddy Trucks"[6] books have been made into a popular animated cartoon series for Children's BBC.[7] Her work is also included on the Signed Stories web site where books are performed in sign language for hearing-impaired children.[8] Best sellers include ‘Mouse Ballet’[9] and ‘The Cornish Cats Who Went To Sea’.[10][11]

Apart from the books that Michelle writes and illustrates herself, she has illustrated two collections of poetry for young children with Brian Patten.[12][13] She has also designed a twenty-nine-piece bone china gift range for Wedgwood,[14] and greetings cards, tins and wrapping paper.

Personal life[edit]

Michelle lives in Cornwall, in the aptly named fishing village of Mousehole.

She is a patron of the Katrin Cartlidge Foundation.[15]


  1. ^ "Barbara Cartlidge". 
  2. ^ "IMDB Katrin Cartlidge Bio". 
  3. ^ Williams, Faynia; Holyer, Andy (13 September 2002). "Guardian Letters: Katrin Cartlidge". The Guardian. London. 
  4. ^ Cartlidge, Michelle (1978). Pippin and Pod (1st American ed.). New York: Pantheon Books. ISBN 0394838459. 
  5. ^ "WorldCat Identities - Cartlidge, Michelle". 
  6. ^ "IMDB - Teddy Trucks (TV series 1994)". 
  7. ^ "BFI - Film & TV Database - TEDDY TRUCKS". 
  8. ^ "Signed Stories". 
  9. ^ Cartlidge, Michelle (2006). Mouse ballet. London: Campbell Books. ISBN 1405089032. 
  10. ^ Cartlidge, Michelle (2004). The Cornish cats who went to sea. Bradfield: Happy Cat. ISBN 1903285925. 
  11. ^ "We Love Stories". 
  12. ^ Cartlidge, text by Brian Patten; illustrated by Michelle (1998). Mouse poems. London: Scholastic. ISBN 0590199668. 
  13. ^ Cartlidge, text by Brian Patten, illustrations by Michelle (2000). A year of mouse poems. London: Scholastic. ISBN 0590114093. 
  14. ^ "Margaret - Wedgwood Specialist". 
  15. ^ "Katrin Cartlidge Foundation".