Tony is a graduate of Queens’ College, Cambridge and went into journalism after university. He published his first book in 1984, went freelance in 1987, and since then has produced more than 200 children’s books of different kinds across a wide age range - from babies to teenagers. One of his notable successes are the Dilly the Dinosaur books that were made into a popular BBC animation. Tony has also written for the educational sector, taught creative writing, appeared at all the major literary festivals and visited hundreds of schools to meet his readers. He has been a reviewer of children's books throughout his career - for The Daily Telegraph, The Times Educational Supplement, The Guardian, The Guardian Children’s Books Website and several specialist journals. Tony is married with three grown-up children, four grandchildren and a dog ('Betty, The World's Cutest Border Terrier').