Mini Grey studied sequential design at Brighton University before launching her first picture book, Egg Drop, in 2002. Trained in puppet making, set design, welding and carpentry, Mini’s style has an unconventional flare and instantly recognizable quirkiness.
Her picture books include Traction Man is Here, Traction Man Meets Turbo Dog, Biscuit Bear, Egg Drop and The Pea and the Princess. Amongst numerous nominations & prizes, Mini has won the Smarties Book Award and the Kate Greenaway Prize for The Adventures of the Dish & Spoon. 2010 saw the launch of the delightful Three by the Sea and an adaptation of Hillaire Belloc’s cautionary tale Jim. Hermelin the Detective Mouse (Random House) was longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2014.
Mini’s more recent titles are The Bad Bunnies’ Magic Show (Simon & Schuster) and The Last Wolf (Penguin Random House). She illustrated Money-Go-Round for Roger McGough (Walker Books), The Book of Not Entirely Useful Advice by A. F. Harrold (Bloomsbury) and worked with OUP relaunching 15 classic Astrid Lindgren titles, beginning with three Pippi Longstocking titles.
Mini’s latest work, The Greatest Show on Earth, a non-fiction book that gives children a whistle-stop tour from of earth’s history from birth of Earth, to the age of bacteria, the era of dinosaurs . . . to the moment of people (blink and you’ll miss it). Narrated by a friendly troop of insects and with mind-blowing, lively illustrations from Mini, it has been featured as The Times Children’s book of the week, and has been selected as one of the Top 50 Books Every Child Should Read, as chosen by the National Literacy Trust in association with Good Housekeeping Magazine.
Praise for The Greatest Show on Earth
“In the running for the greatest children’s picture book about Earth . . . Grey’s jokes and wild imagination elevate this far above the many non-fiction science titles for children” – THE TIMES
“Mini Grey’s book is a tour de force, introducing a complex topic in an accessible and engaging way.” – BOOKS FOR KEEPS