The Lipstick

By Laura Dockrill
Illustrated by Maria Karipidou

They say they always know you’re up to something when the house goes quiet…

Exploring his mother’s dressing table, a little boy discovers THE LIPSTICK. It begins on his lips, where it looks very good – MWAH! But then it goes for a little walk … squiggle, squiggle … on the mirror … scribble scribble … on the shiny floorboards … smudge smudge. And even on the fluffy cat. Uh-oh! What will happen when Mum, Dad and big sister sees all this mess? From the team behind Angry Cookie comes a hilarious and joyous story all about artistic expression, self-confidence and supportive, accepting parenting.

  • A story about a little boy who delights in wearing his mummy's lipstick, celebrating artistic self-expression and being true to yourself.
  • There may be lots of scribble scribbling on the walls, but there is also plenty of scrub scrubbing to clean everything up – there are consequences to squiggly actions...
  • Maria Karipidou's brightly coloured and hugely characterful artwork perfectly complements Laura Dockrill's hilarious and imaginative storytelling.

About the author

Laura Dockrill, a graduate of the Brit School of Performing Arts, is a performance poet, an author and an illustrator. At the age of twenty-two, she was named one of The Times’ "Top Ten Literary Stars". She is the author of the bestselling Darcy Burdock series and Lorali. Her adult book, What Have I Done is an honest memoir about suffering post-natal mental illnessand is out in May 2020. Her debut picture book, and first collaboration with Maria Karipidou, was Angry Cookie. Find her online at and on Twitter and Instagram as @LauraDockrill.

About the illustrator

Maria Karipidou studied Communication Design, and has since illustrated a number of children's books, working mostly with French and German publishing houses. In 2015, she received the Leipziger Lesekompass Award at the Leipzig Book Fair. Her first picture book with Laura Dockrill was Angry Cookie. She currently lives and works in Karlsruhe, Germany. Find her online at and on Instagram as @marias_illustrations.

ISBN: 9781406389555
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: February 3, 2021
Dimensions: 270 x 250mm, 40pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $27.99
New Zealand RRP: $29.99
Stock Level: Not Yet Published

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