Michael is without doubt one of the foremost children's book author/illustrators of the last 100 years. In 2010 we celebrated the 50th anniversary of his illustrious career. His first book was published while he was still a student at Art School and since then he has gone on to write and/or illustrate over 250 children's books, as well as working on magazines, book jackets, animated films, and even television adverts. Many of his books are about his own childhood and history and this very personal source of inspiration has brought a transparency to his story telling which immediately connects with the reader. His personal friendship and collaboration with Philip Moran and Ron Johns (M.D. of Mabecron) has led to the creation of six Soggy Bear titles published by Mabecron Books. In 2012 Michael again teams up with Mabecron to publish a lovingly re-coloured and expanded version of Cornish Tales.