Sue Hendra

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Suzanne Francis Hendra (born 15 August 1973) is a British writer and illustrator of over seventy books for children,[1] including Barry the Fish with Fingers[2] and Supertato.[3] Her book Wanda and the Alien[4] has been adapted for television.[5]


Hendra graduated from the University of Brighton in 1994[6][7] where she received a bachelor's in technology for graphic design.[8] She currently lives in Brighton[9] where she works in a shared artists' studio.[7] Hendra has worked as an illustrator for Bloomsbury, Walker Books, Oxford University Press, Macmillan and others.[10] Hendra has one daughter named Wanda.[11]


Hendra had been working as an illustrator for several years before she changed her style due to the persuasion of Vicki Willden-Lebrecht of Bright Agency.[8]

Hendra's book, Barry the Fish With Fingers was considered colorful and cheerful by Publishers Weekly.[12] Hendra used goauche paint and deliberately created bright, flat compositions for the book, which Kirkus Reviews says introduced an "impossibly endearing little fish."[13] The New York Times wrote that "Hendra's bright and cheerful undersea characters make the ocean seem like a great place to be."[14] The Daily Mail called Norman the Slug With the Silly Shell a "hugely endearing addition to picture book silliness."[15] No-Bot, the Robot With No Bottom won the Picture Book Award in the 2014 Oxfordshire Book Awards.[16]

The television adaptation of Wanda and the Alien was produced for the United Kingdom's Channel 5 Milkshake programming by Random House Enterprises and Komixx Entertainment.[17] "Wanda and the Alien" also appeared on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. channels in most countries.[18] "Wanda and the Alien" was shortlisted for the 17th Big Chip Award in 2015.[19]

Along with Paul Linnet, Hendra has written a book for 2016's World Book Day titled Supertato: Hap-Pea Ever After for pre-school children.


  1. ^ "Barbara Jean Hicks, and Sue Hendra". Baker & Taylor Author Biographies. Literary Reference Center. 3 January 2000. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  2. ^ Barry the fish with fingers published 2009 by Simon & Schuster ISBN 1847385168
  3. ^ Supertato published 2014 by Simon & Schuster ISBN 0857074474
  4. ^ Wanda and the Alien published 2011 by Random House ISBN 1849410186
  5. ^ Fisher, Daniela (27 August 2014). "Channel 5 Lands Wanda and the Alien". Kidscreen. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Notable alumni". University of Brighton. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Sue Hendra - Author". Love Reading 4 Kids. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  8. ^ a b Jones, Nicolette (9 July 2010). "Talking Pictures at Random House". Book Brunch. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Sue Hendra". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  10. ^ "Sue Hendra". Scholastic Book Clubs. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  11. ^ "Five Fun Facts About Sue Hendra". Scholastic Book Clubs. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  12. ^ "Barry the Fish With Fingers". Publishers Weekly. 257 (21): 51–52. 24 May 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  13. ^ "Barry the Fish With Fingers". Kirkus Reviews. 78 (10): 464. 15 May 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  14. ^ "Children's Bookshelf". The New York Times. 13 August 2010. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  15. ^ Morris, Sally (3 February 2011). "Children's Books". Daily Mail. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  16. ^ "Previous Winners". Oxfordshire Book Awards. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  17. ^ Jenkins, Bob (2013). "A Bold Debut". License! Global. 16 (5): 80–81. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  18. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (17 October 2013). "Nick Picks 'Wand and the Alien'". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  19. ^ Roue, Lucy (29 April 2015). "17th Big Chip Awards shortlist announced". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 3 December 2015.

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