BABETTE COLE was born in Jersey and was encouraged to draw at both primary school and the convent she attended later. She went on to study at Canterbury College of Art, graduating in l974 with a BA First Class Honours in Illustration and Film. She worked on projects for the BBC and through this gained access to the publishing world. She is one of Britain best-selling author/illustrators and is loved for her unconventional approach and her willingness to tackle any subject. With more than thirty books to her name her stories have been translated into over seventy different languages, including Urdu and Xosa.
Probably her best-known and most popular titles are her `family’ series, published by Jonathan Cape, which began with Mummy Laid an Egg. Highlighted by the Observer in a recent feature on telling children the facts of life, Harriet Lane said about it … `for many families it (Mummy Laid an Egg) has been a reassuring ally, making the business of explaining biology both simpler and more fun…Ten years after its first publication, it still leads the field, and its madcap tone has influenced an entire genre.’
Other titles by Babette Cole include Dr Dog, Drop Dead, Two of Everything, Hair in Funny Places, Princess Smartypants, The Bad Good Manners Book, The Silly, Slimy, Smelly Hairy Book, Lady Lupin`s Book of Etiquette, Truelove, My Mother Never Told Me.
Babette lives in Dorset where she runs a stud farm. When not hunting side-saddle or eventing there, she spends time sailing in the Caribbean.