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Jess Stockham

Book and Illustrations 

Hi! My name is Jess Stockham and I wrote and illustrated the picture book story The Big Red Rock.

As far back as I can remember I think I’ve always wanted to write and illustrate my own picture book story. As a child I loved drawing and painting, making stuff, riding my bike and generally messing about. I later went on to become a full-time illustrator, starting out doing cartoon drawings for magazines and ending up illustrating over 40 books for children! The Big Red Rock was written in less than a week, mainly on the bus while travelling to a picture book summer school! It took a bit longer to illustrate! The main character, Bif, was inspired by my nephew Fred who is the youngest, and at the time possibly the loudest, of 6 boys! I still love painting and drawing, making stuff and generally messing about. I also have a bike which I ride sometimes!

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Drawing of Bif by Fred!