Mini Grey

Mini is an award-winning writer and illustrator. She is well known for her three Traction Man books and her books such as Biscuit Bear and The Pea and the Princess. 

Mini’s first picture book for children was Egg Drop, a surreal story about an egg that dreams of being able to fly. Her second book, The Pea and the Princess, was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award. Biscuit Bear, her third book, won the Nestle Smarties Gold Prize in 2004. The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon won Nestle Bronze in 2006 and the Greenaway Award in 2007. Mini has made three books featuring Traction Man: Traction Man is Here, which won the Boston Horn Book Award for 2005, and was shortlisted for the Greenaway Award and the Blue Peter Book Award in 2006; Traction Man Meets Turbodog (2008) and the latest adventure: Traction man and the Beach Odyssey (2011). Mini’s version of Hilaire Belloc’s cautionary tale of Jim (who runs away from his nurse and gets eaten by a lion) was shortlisted for the Greenaway Awards 2011. Three By The Sea (2010) was shortlisted in 2012 for the Sheffield Children’s Book Award. Mini was selected as one of Booktrust’s Best New Illustrators in 2008. Mini’s latest story, Toys In Space, beamed down to bookshops in Autumn 2012. It tells the story of a group of toys left outside at night for the first time. The Last Wolf was published in March 2018. Mini lives in Oxford (UK) with her partner Tony, son Herbie, and cat Bonzetta. She likes walking along the river and up hills, running down corridors, and playing with her food.

Teaching Sequences and further resources.




Mini Grey - Reading Aloud

Traction Man Meets TurboDog read by Mini Grey

Mini Grey - Illustration

Mini Grey: Illustrating a character from Traction Man Meets Turbodog

Mini Grey - Introduction

Mini Grey - Introduction

Mini Grey - Writing Process

Mini Grey - Writing Process