Rodney Peppé

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Rodney Peppé
Born (1934-06-24) 24 June 1934 (age 84)
Eastbourne, England
Occupationauthor, illustrator
Period1934 - Present
Genrechildren's fiction, crafts
SpouseTatjana Tekkel (1960–present)
ChildrenChristen Rodney, Jonathan Noel

Rodney (Darrell) Peppé[1] (born 24 June 1934 in Eastbourne, England)[2] is a British author and illustrator in the children's fiction and crafts genres. He is the author and illustrator of more than 80 children’s books, publishing his first children’s book in 1968 The Alphabet Book with Constable Young Books. His craft books teach how to build mechanical toys and automata.

While he creates toys and automata, Rodney Peppé does not sell his creations; his works have been on display in various museums and on tour in his one-man show The Wonderful World of Rodney Peppé.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Born on 24 June 1934 in Eastbourne, England, Rodney Peppé is the twin brother of Mark and son of Lionel Hill Peppé and Winifred Vivienne (Parry). Although born in Eastbourne, due to the career of Lionel in the British Royal Navy and Royal Indian Navy the family lived in India near the Himalaya Mountains during the children's early years. In 1942 when Vivienne returned with the twins to Eastbourne, Rodney and his brother Mark were enrolled in boarding school at St Bede's School, Sussex.[2]

After achieving a National Diploma in Design in 1958 from the Eastbourne School of Art, and a Diploma in Illustration in 1959 from the London County Council Central School of Arts and Crafts,[2][5] Rodney Peppé was soon employed and married.

Early career[edit]

Before publishing his first children's book The Alphabet Book in 1968, Rodney Peppé was employed as an art director for S. H. Benson and J. Walter Thompson in 1960 (ending in 1965), a consultant designer for Ross Foods Ltd. in 1965 (ending in 1973), and as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator in 1965 (lasting to the present day).[2]

Personal life[edit]

Rodney Peppé married textile artist Tordis Tatjana Tekkel on 16 July 1960.[2][6] They have two sons, Christen Rodney and Jonathan Noel.[2] After marriage and children, Rodney Peppé and his family have lived in various locations in England including Surrey,[7] Whiteway,[2] and Torquay.[8]


This is a partial list of works by Rodney Peppé.

Huxley Pig series[edit]

  • Here Comes Huxley Pig (1989)
  • The Adventures of Huxley Pig (1989)
  • Huxley Pig at the Beach (1989)
  • Huxley Pig at the Restaurant (1989)
  • Huxley Pig's Aeroplane (1989)
  • Huxley Pig the Clown (1989)
  • Huxley Pig in the Haunted House (1989)
  • Huxley Pig at the Circus (1989)
  • Huxley Pig's Dressing Up Book
  • Huxley Pig Makes a Movie
  • Huxley Pig's Motor Car
  • Huxley Pig on a Desert Island

Angelmouse series[edit]

  • Cloud Nine (1999, Storybook 1)
  • Windy Weather Day (1999, Storybook 2)
  • Lost Thingamajig (1999, Storybook 3)
  • An Important Message (1999, Storybook 4)
  • Angelcake (2000, Storybook 5)
  • My Friend Angelmouse (2000, Storybook 6)
  • Missing Skates (2000)
  • Rainbow Paint (2000)
  • Be Good Angelmouse (2002)
  • You're a Good Friend Quilly (2002)
  • What Do You Like Baby Ellie? (2002)
  • Be Careful, Oswald (2002)

Angelmouse series novelty and activity books[edit]

  • The Special Package (1999, Activity Book)
  • Baby Ellie's Presents (2000, Novelty Peep-Through Window Book)
  • Angelmouse Coloring Book (2002)
  • Fun With Angelmouse Sticker Book (2002)

My Surprise Pull-out Word Book series[edit]

  • Indoors (1980)
  • Outdoors (1980)

Mice series[edit]

  • The Mice Who Lived in a Shoe (1981)
  • The Kettleship Pirates (1983)
  • The Mice and the Flying Basket (1985)
  • The Mice and the Clockwork Bus (1986)
  • The Mice on the Moon (1992)
  • The Mice and the Travel Machine (1993)

Little Toy Board Books series[edit]


  • Little Circus (1983)
  • Little Dolls (1983)
  • Little Games (1983)
  • Little Numbers (1983)
  • Little Wheels (1983)


  • The Alphabet Book (1968)
  • Circus Numbers: A Counting Book (1969)
  • The House That Jack Built (1970)
  • Hey Riddle Diddle: A Book of Traditional Riddles (1971)
  • Cat and Mouse: A Book of Rhymes (1973)
  • Odd One Out (1974)
  • Puzzle Book (1977)
  • Block Book. Animals (1985)
  • The Magic Toy Box (1996)


Two of Rodney Peppé's children's book series have been adapted for animated television.

In a 1982 episode of The Friendly Giant Circus Fun, the Giant reads aloud from the book Circus Numbers.


  1. ^ Ferrara, Miranda H. (2004). The Writers Directory 2005, Volume 2 (20 ed.). St. James Press. p. 1325. ISBN 978-1-558-62528-0.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Something about the Author, Volume 74. Gale Research Company. 1993. p. 186. ISBN 978-081-032284-4.
  3. ^ "The Wonderful World of Rodney Peppe". Torre Abbey. 21 November 2009 – 18 April 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-12-25. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
  4. ^ "The Wonderful World of Rodney Peppé". Museum in the Park. 17 September – 13 November 2011. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
  5. ^ "University of the Arts London Magazine: autumnwinter 2005" (PDF). London, England: University of the Arts London. 2005. p. 37. Retrieved 19 July 2012. Rodney Peppe (Illustration, 1959) I have written and illustrated over 80 books for children and four books on automata and mechanical toys. Two series of Huxley Pig for ITV and two series of Angelmouse for BBC.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Peppé, Rodney (2003). Automata and Mechanical Toys. Crowood Press. p. 4. ISBN 978-1-861-26510-4.
  7. ^ Peppé, Rodney (1985). Circus Numbers. Delacorte Press. p. 32. ISBN 978-0-385-29424-9.
  8. ^ "Rodney D Peppe (at) UK Electoral Roll" Ltd. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  9. ^ Maas, Dorothy (28 May 1985). "Books for babies are made for the youngster's hand". Lodi, California. Lodi News-Sentinel. p. 18. Retrieved 19 July 2012. Another group of board books are by Rodney Peppe. The titles are Little circus, Little dolls, Little games, Little numbers, and Little wheels. These all have big pictures with easily recognizable objects.
  10. ^ "WorldCat Search". Retrieved 19 July 2012. se:"Little Toy Board Books" au:"Rodney Peppé"

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