Dinosaurs, Trolls and Dunderheads. Childrens book illustration by David Roberts

David Roberts was born in Liverpool. He has always loved drawing from an early age and couldn’t wait to escape high school and go to Art College. After working as a shelf stacker, egg fryer, hair washer, film extra and coffee-maker, David finally realised his dream of becoming a children’s book illustrator when his first book ‘Frankie Stein’s Robot’ written by Roy Apps, was published in 1998. This book was shortlisted for the ‘Mother Goose Award’ for emerging illustrators. Since then he has illustrated works by some fantastic authors such as Philip Ardagh, Daren King, Julia Donaldson, Jacqueline Wilson, Tom Baker and Chris Priestley.


His most recent works include ‘Iggy Peck, Architect’ by Andrea Beaty, ‘The Troll’ by Julia Donaldson and ‘The Dunderheads’ by Paul Fleischman, which was shortlisted for the 2010 Kate Greenaway Award. David is also the creator of the ‘Dirty Bertie’ character about a little boy with bad habits such as picking his nose and trumping loudly!


David now lives in London. This exhibition is in collaboration with A Squash and a Squeeze: Sharing Stories with Julia Donaldson at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, 28 June - 9 November 2014.

  • Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 - Sun, 23 Nov 2014
  • Location: Manor House
  • Type: Exhibition
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