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AOI Inside Illustration Interview with Alex T. Smith

... about how his book series Claude moved to a children's animated TV series and his exciting new animation project, The Coop Troop...

The Grumpus by Alex T Smith

Get ready for stupid sparkly, twinkly, jingly-jangly, crinkly-wrapped-with-a-shiny-bow-Christmas with The Grumpus! Giddy with Christmas...

The Miraculous Sweetmakers - The Frost Fair illustrated by Alex T. Smith

Sparkling middle-grade debut by Natasha Hastings. When faced with danger the greatest MAGIC is friendship....

How Winston Came Home For Christmas by Alex T. Smith

Celebrating the publication of a brand new Winston adventure told in twenty four and a half chapters to read every day leading up to...

Alex T. Smith

Alex T. Smith

Graduating from Coventry University with a first-class honours degree Alex’s passion for gazing out of windows and people watching has strongly influenced the eclectic, diverse and fun filled characters that inhabit the pages of his books.

The Times have been quoted as referring to Alex's work as both elegant and filled with humour. With numerous award panels including the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, the Sainsbury's Book Award and the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize, UKLA Picture Book Awards and World Illustration Awards recognizing Alex's incredible talents. Alex was crowned World Book Day Illustrator in 2016 further building his publishing profile.

As a master of both storytelling and illustration Alex has created a clutch of best-selling and award-winning children’s books including the Claude series that has published worldwide in over 20 languages. Sixteen South lovingly adapted the books for TV, delighting ardent Claude fans and introducing this magical pair to a whole new audience. His recent successful book, How Winston Delivered Christmas has been picked up for a potential animated movie by Kelebek Media. Alex also works independently as a consultant creating new animated TV worlds and character designs.

Alex’s hilarious daily musings can be found on Twitter where you can find out about his adorable pack of dogs and his love of chickens.


  • Barrington Stoke
  • Book Start
  • Chicken House
  • Egmont
  • Harcourt Schools (US)
  • Hodder Children's Books
  • Macmillan Children's Books
  • Scholastic Children's Books
  • Sixteen South
  • Waitrose
  • Walker Books
  • World Book Day