I’m a children’s author and illustrator.
I create picture books and middle-grade fiction for children across the primary school age range.
As a storyteller, I love to visit schools, libraries and festivals to promote reading for pleasure and visual literacy.
I failed my English O Levels, at 15 and 16, three times, so I have developed a very visual approach to writing and telling stories, which often chimes with the reluctant readers and writers in the audience. I’m not a teacher – I’m a storytelling illustrator – but I do like to share my experience, explaining how I approach the hard job of writing.
Currently I’m in pre-launch mode for a KickStarter, crowd-funding project to make a signed, numbered, limited edition of 100 copies of my new picture book, “Special Delivery,” the first in a new series that takes a funny look at family life in the digital era.
Where did I get the name Shoo? My parents named me Hugh. As my dad was in the army, we went to Pakistan when I was about three months old. My Aiah, who looked after me for two years, couldn’t say Hugh – she could only say Shoo… the name stuck! In the end, I changed my name legally because it became so confusing being two different legal entities. Urdu was actually my first language – I wish I could still speak it now.
You can find out a bit more about my early years from the Drawing My Life Videos I made that you can see below!
https://youtu.be/wzB2wQzO5d0 https://youtu.be/quo6MaKgGAk https://youtu.be/0RHMtvQiMeA Please click here for my GDPR Statement of Compliance