Mike Smith

Mike Smith, author

Mike graduated with an MA in Children's Book Illustration from Cambridge School of Art in 2011. In 2010 he won the Macmillan Prize for children's book illustration, having been a runner-up the year before.

His picture book The Hundred Decker Bus was published by Macmillan in May 2013, and he is currently working on a second. He has also produced strips for The Phoenix comic, including the long-running Planet of the Shapes. For over six years he has drawn a diary-comic blog.

Mike is happiest writing and drawing stories where humour grows from character and where the serious spills over into the ridiculous. His main influences and childhood favourites were Richard Scarry, Hergé and Charles Schultz.

Mike lived on a narrowboat for seven years, in Cambridge. He is now in a proper house in Wales, with a bit more room for a family, two dogs and a growing collection of pencils.