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David studied Art in London and Photography in Blackpool. In the mid 80s he started out as a freelance editorial and advertising illustrator but soon found himself working in London based animation studios: drawing backgrounds, assisting animators and rendering painted cells (the old fashioned way). The work was mainly for commercials and a handful of TV films including Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs, Grandpa by John Burningham and Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter.

In the early 90s and David turned his attention to children’s books. His first book Brilliant the Dinosaur by Richard Stilgoe was published in 1993 and was shortlisted for the Smarties Book Award. For nearly 10 years he illustrated many children’s books. Then, in1999 he wrote and illustrated The Kiss That Missed which was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award. In 2004 his picture bookThe Tale of Jack Frost was made into a half hour TV film, narrated by Hugh Laurie. Since then he writes and illustrates most of his books but does collaborate with authors on occasion. To date he has illustrated around 100 books, of which he has written approx 30. These are mainly picture book titles but also includes his series of the young fiction GOBLINS series.

In 2011 he created Hugless Douglas, a endearing small bear in need of the perfect hug who represents what it’s like to be a small child learning about the world. A hugely popular character with global appeal, Douglas books have sold one and a half million copies to date (Sept 2014), in 30 countries and the first book has been adapted for a theatre production which is currently touring the UK. Hello, Hugless Douglas was the bestselling 2014 World Book Day title and number one in the children’s chart.

David and his wife and two children live near Oxford.


This bright, bold, rhyming story from the creator of Hugless Douglas is a wonderfully funny introduction to weather for the very young and great to read aloud.

Follow the hilarious pogo-stick loving bunnies through rain, wind, ice and snow. Whatever the weather, the funny bunnies always play together!


This bright, bold rhyming story from the creator of the bestselling Hugless Douglas is a wonderfully funny introduction to opposites for the very young and great to read aloud.

Follow these hilarious pogo-stick loving bunnies through their crazy day. These bunnies go up and these bunnies go down. Sometimes they’re funny and sometimes they frown!


The fifth Hugless Douglas adventure in this bestselling series with over 900,000 copies sold to date in 26 languages. Douglas is very excited about his birthday surprise. But when the surprise turns out to be his over-excited twin cousins, Douglas is sure this will be the worst birthday ever! David Melling is one of the UK’s best-loved author-illustrators and his fifth book about Douglas the brown bear is as funny and compelling as the first. It combines brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world.

I feel that I have more focus and confidence now.