Tilly the Tadpole

Tilly The Tadpole is a collaboration between Tony as writer and Katie Brent as artist and sprang out of an experiment in writing poems for children. It was quickly apparent that Tilly was a character worthy of a book and would that this would need to have visual as well as verbal appeal. Katie Brent was the obvious choice of illustrator. Tony and Katie have worked together before – on ‘Bull Run’ and ‘From Cradle to Grave’ (see Poetry page).


Katie Brent at a book signing

Katie Brent at a book signing for Tilly the Tadpole

Tilly the tadpole is a sympathetic character – a youngster frustrated by the restrictions of youth and keen to explore further afield. As Tilly grows into a frog, a wider world becomes accessible, but the pond remains home. Told in rhyming couplets, Katie Brent’s wonderful realisation of Tilly at each stage of development will enable young readers to identify with our hero and understand both the tug of exploration and the security of home.

Tilly is available from Amazon and all good bookshops…

ISBN 9781780881300




Talented Artist

Katie BrentTony was delighted, as always, to have such a talented artist to work with. Katie has brought Tilly to life, in her various stages of growth. Katie’s background provides a good grounding for this project. She has produced many artworks for a London-based art consultancy as well as holding her first solo exhibition in Bridport last year. Katie has also had a number of private commissions working mainly in fast-drying oils. She has taught art at the local secondary school and is currently teaching art full-time at the secondary school in Beaminster.