David McPhail

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David McPhail

David has been a passionate artist since the age of two. He grew up in Massachusetts and travelled with a band before enrolling in the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

He discovered a love for children's books while working as a shipping clerk for a book clearinghouse and published his first, The Bear's Toothache in 1972.

Since then he's created dozens of wonderful books, including the celebrated Mole Music, which was a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year. David lives in New Hampshire.


2009: Arts Council supported Retrospective at Stroud Museum hailed as their most successful exhibition ever.

2001: Royal Mail weather stamps voted the most popular British stamps. 1998: Honorable mention at the Bologna Book Fair for ‘Remarkable Animals’

1993: D&AD gold award for the most outstanding illustrations for ‘The Key To The Kingdom’

1984: Italian Francobollo d’Oro award for the world’s most beautiful stamp.

1976: The V&A acquire a collection of his work.

1975: ‘The Witch’s Hat’, nominated the most beautifully illustrated book by The Listener

1972: One old, two silver awards from The Designers & Art Directors Association (D&AD)


Penguin Books, Sunday Times Magazine, Radio Times, Crabtree & Evelyn, Winsor & Newton, The Royal Mail. Books: The Witch’s Hat, 1975; The Key to the Kingdom, 1993; Remarkable Animals, 1997.