Julia Patton

Julia Patton is an award-winning author and illustrator who works from a rustic woodshed in the wilds of rural Northumberland, UK. Her work includes The Very Very Very Long Dog and Snail Mail.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Swiss Family Robinson by Johan David Wyss 

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“Some people are much more…

oh, ever so much more…
oh, muchly much–much more
unlucky than you!” 


 Dr.Seuss’s Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?


Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Delphine Durant, Barroux, Germano Zullo & Albertine  

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I was inspired by an Aunt who bought me the very best birthday present one year: a cardboard box filled with paper, scissors, celotape, glue, and the most glorious rainbow coloured pencils I’d ever seen!

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Never stop, keep scribbling, work hard and love every moment. “Blessed are those who see beautiful things in humble places where others see nothing.” —Pissarro