Authors & Illustrators

Sam Zuppardi

I used to draw cartoons at school when I was supposed to be doing work. Since then I’ve had a number of different jobs, including working in a book warehouse, as a student (twice), as a nursery worker (twice), a bookshop assistant, a toyshop assistant, and a care worker (also twice). At the moment I’m working with children and I’m also a student (again).

I still draw cartoons. I’ve always liked drawing and making stories and have cleared space for makeshift studios in a number of rooms over the years. Mostly I draw wherever there is space. I live in York, England, with my partner, Jade.

When making pictures I work mostly in acrylic, watercolor, pencil, ink, and collage. I like to create pictures that look a little homemade and write stories that deal with the kinds of things that preoccupy you when you’re little. My first picture book, The Nowhere Box, was inspired by a childhood love of hide-and-seek. I was trying to imagine the best hiding place ever and Nowhere seemed perfect. My second picture book, Nobody’s Perfect, is written by David Elliott and features a very noisy little sister.

Three Things You May Not Know About Me:

1. When I was little I had a cat, two hamsters, four gerbils, and lots of fish. In the place I live now we are not allowed pets, so I just have a potted plant.
2. I used to sleepwalk quite regularly but have settled down lately. Now I just talk in my sleep every so often.
3. I asked Jade to marry me in the acknowledgments section of one of my books—luckily she said yes!

Books written by Sam Zuppardi

  • Jack's Worry

    By Sam Zuppardi
    Illustrated by Sam Zuppardi

    Hardback, AUS $24.99, NZ $27.99
    An inspiring and reassuring story about the jitters associated with first experiences – and the satisfaction that comes with conquering your fears.

  • Things to Do with Dad

    By Sam Zuppardi
    Illustrated by Sam Zuppardi

    Paperback, AUS $16.99, NZ $18.99
    Can a young boy figure out how to turn an obstacle into an opportunity in this nearly wordless picture book?

  • Things to Do with Dad

    By Sam Zuppardi
    Illustrated by Sam Zuppardi

    Hardback, AUS $24.99, NZ $27.99
    Can a young boy figure out how to turn an obstacle into an opportunity in this nearly wordless picture book?

Books illustrated by Sam Zuppardi

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