Pirates, Boats, Whales and Buses!

Nick Sharratt and Katrina Charman


Tuesday 1st December

Streamed live on Kirklees Libraries’ Facebook, YouTube and Twitter channels and available to watch again whenever you like on catch up via our website.

Pirates, Boats, Whales and Buses!!! Join award winning illustrator/author Nick Sharratt for a storytime and fun-filled draw-along based around his and Katrina’s books. Nick will be sharing some useful drawing tips and telling you a bit about what it’s like to be an illustrator, too!

Nick collaborated with author Katrina Charman to produce “Go, Go, Pirate Boat”, “The Whales on the Bus” and “Car, Car, Truck, Jeep” and we are really excited that we’ll also be hearing from Katrina during the session too. She’ll be telling us all about her writing.

The session is aimed at under 7s, but can be enjoyed by children (and adults!) of all ages, as Nick’s illustration career spans many age groups and a whole generation of young people have grown up with him. Plus…who doesn’t love a draw-a-long?!

Nick would LOVE to hear from you and answer your questions, so please either e-mail in advance to: lal@kirklees.gov.uk

or contact us during the session via Facebook, YouTube or Twitter.

“Car, Car, Truck Jeep”, “Go, Go, Pirate Boat” and “The Whales on the Bus” are all hilarious re-workings of classic children’s nursey rhymes from the wonderful mind of Katrina Charman and brilliantly brought to life with Nick Sharratt’s instantly recognisable bold, strong, colourful illustrations! Once you’ve got them in your head, you’ll be singing them all day and each time you look at the pictures you’ll find something new, a cheeky whale here, a worried seahorse there…and watch out for the parrot who’s lost his hat!


Meet Nick:

Nick has been a keen illustrator ever since he was a primary school, when a school teacher pinned his picture of a market up in his school hall. From then on, Nick never looked back. After going to art school, he drew pictures for newspapers and magazines before illustrating books for real-life-famous authors such as Julia Donaldson, Jeremy Strong, Michael Rosen and Dame Jaqueline Wilson! Not to mention his recent illustration projects with author Katrina Charman! Nick has also written nearly 50 books of his own now too.

He’s won loads of awards and to top it all off, Nick has now been awarded his very own GOLD(!!!!) Blue Peter Badge!!

Head over to Nick’s website to find out loads more about him and take a look at some of his seemingly infinite number of books!


Or follow him on Twitter to see what he’s up to: @nicksharratt1

Question and Answer

We had such a great time hearing from Nick and Katrina and doing Nick’s draw-a-longs that we didn’t have time to ask Nick all the question we had been sent in. So, superstar Nick has answered them for us here!

Us: Who is your favourite illustrator?

Nick: Janet Ahlberg

Us: Do you prefer to illustrate animals or people?

Nick: I like both but if I had to choose – animals, but not hamsters or gerbils because I find them really difficult!

Us: What exciting books do we have to look forward to?

Nick: There are a few in the pipeline. One about museums, one about dinosaurs and maybe even one about sharks! 

Us: How do you convert your drawn illustrations into a digital format?

Nick: I always draw in the traditional way, on paper, with a pencil, pen or charcoal. Then I scan my drawings onto my computer and I colour them using Photoshop.

Us: How long have you been writing your own books for?

Nick: The first book I wrote came out in 1991, so it will soon be thirty years!

Us: Thanks Nick!!!!!!



Meet Katrina:

Award winning author and school Librarian Katrina Charman has dreamed of writing children’s books since the age of 11, when a teacher sent her work about Roald Dahl’s Matilda to the man himself! That belief from her teacher spurred her to go for a career in writing and we are soooo glad she did. Katrina writes for pre-schoolers through to upper primary age, specialising in high-action, and excitement packed animal tales.

Catch up with Katrina on Twitter:



Watch Nick’s introduction here:


Watch Nick and Katrina’s adventure here:



We love seeing your drawings, so please e-mail  your buses full of passengers, parrots, goats, trains and dragons to us at: lal@kirklees.gov.uk and we’ll share them here for everyone to enjoy.