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Mini was given her name after being born in a mini car in an icy car park in South Wales. After school, Mini did a Foundation Course in Art, but knew she wasn’t cut out to be a fine artist, so did an English degree at University College London.
Mini worked in a theatre for several years and then trained to be a teacher and worked for six years in South London. Mini had always done bits of illustrating in her spare time and had an ambition to have a book published someday. She did a two year MA in illustration at Brighton University and made a strange pop-up book.
There was no stopping Mini after that and her books include Egg Drop, The Pea and the Princess (shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal), Biscuit Bear (winner of the Nestlé Children's Book Prize Gold Award), Traction Man is Here (winner of the Boston Horn Book Award and shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal), The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon (winner of the Nestlé Children's Book Prize Bronze Award and winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal), and Traction Man meets Turbodog.
Mini says, “I think story time with my son is my favourite time of day. As long as there is plenty of scope for funny voices, I’m happy. When you read books, the book doesn’t do all the work, your own imagination does lots of work too. You imagine being in amazing situations, and you feel what someone else would feel in those situations.
“But books are also the doors to finding out so much about the world. Every child should have the chance to explore the wonderful world of books! I’m pleased to be a Reading Ambassador for Quest for Learning and support the work they do instilling a lifelong love of reading for the most disadvantaged.”