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Jo Lodge is an illustrator and a paper engineer and was greatly influenced by her artistic parents – her mother Maureen Roffey, an illustrator and her father Bernard Lodge, a graphic designer.

In 1988 Jo graduated with a fashion degree from Kingston Polytechnic and worked for a knitwear company designing their main collection and consulting on projects for Next, Marks and Spencer and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Jo produced her first six books in1996 which were published by Rod Campbell. Her boldly coloured animal characters have been used across a range of books. Jo was nominated for the Sainsbury’s Baby Book Award in October 2001 and was shortlisted for the Booktrust Early Years awards in 2010. In 2013 she won the Sheffield Baby Book Award for her book – Icky Sticky Monster.

She is probably best known for her Mr Croc books that have sold over a million copies worldwide.

She lives in West Sussex with her husband and two sons.



Monday: five-year-old Matthew Faraday is abducted. His face is splashed across newspaper front pages. His parents and the police are desperate. Can anyone help find their little boy before it is too late?

Psychotherapist Frieda Klein just might know something.

One of her patients describes dreams of seizing a boy who is the spitting image of Matthew. Convinced at first the police will dismiss her fears out of hand, Frieda reluctantly finds herself drawn into the heart of the case. A previous abduction, from twenty years ago, suggests a new lead – one that only Frieda, an expert on the minds of disturbed individuals, can uncover.

Struggling to make sense of this terrifying investigation, Frieda will face her darkest fears in the hunt for a clever and brutal killer.


Follow Little Cow around the farm, and watch her as she swishes her tail, chews the grass and . . . splat!

Sweet and funny, SPLAT! is stuffed full of brilliant interactive pull tabs and pops. Guaranteed to delight small children everywhere!


Follow Little Owl as he takes his first wobbly steps, spreads his wings and learns to fly . . . but it might be harder than it looks – bump!

Sweet and funny, BUMP! is stuffed full of brilliant interactive pull tabs and pops. Guaranteed to delight small children everywhere!

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