Timothy Knapman

 Timothy Knapman writes plays, opera libretti, song lyrics, and children’s books. The Guardian called his first picture book, Mungo and the Picture Book Pirates, “a thrilling adventure.” The Bookseller said it was “laugh-out-loud funny!” Tim’s books have been translated in ten languages and are frequently red on CBeebies Bedtime Stories. He lives in London.

Books by this Author

Eleanor's Eyebrows
My Uncle Foulpest: Dinosaur Disaster
My Uncle Foulpest: Teacher Trouble

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. What would Billy Wilder do?

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Poisoning Pigeons in the Park (Tom Lehrer); the cannibal duet from the end of Act One of Sweeney Todd (Stephen Sondheim); Paparazzi (Lady Gaga); The Way You Look Tonight (Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields) and EVERYTHING from Guys and Dolls (Frank Loesser)

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. The easy ones first, eh? It's a terrible cliche but I think happiness is about finding the right balance: between solitude and company, for instance. It's very difficult to write a book surrounded by all your friends at a party, and it's very difficult to have a party if you're all on your own - even if you have got a paper hat and a balloon. Mind you, I do think some people find it easier to be happy than others, which has always struck me as being very unfair. I also think it's easier to be happy when you're a bit older and more relaxed about who you are.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Tom Stoppard's pretty blooming marvellous.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. That ant.

Author Voices

July 12, 2011

I don't know if Thursdays mean anything to you. You might have recently had a birthday on a Thursday, or you might like it because it's the day before Friday and so you can almost feel the weekend coming with all that expectation of fun and getting to do not very much.  Some of you - I will stop this soon, I promise - may be so into Norse mythology that you love Thursdays because they're named after the coolest Norse god, Thor the god of thunder.  I know that this particular Thursday, the 7th of July, means a lot to me this year because it's the day my new book - My Uncle Foulpest: Teacher Trouble - is published.  I've published... see more

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