Kate Petty was an outstanding editor and author of children's books, who tragically died of cancer in 2007. Kate was the author of both fiction for children and a number of novelty and pop-up books, including the ground breaking The Great Grammar Book, illustrated by Jennie Maizels, the first in an innovative non-fiction series which was translated into 12 languages.

Nosy Crow will reissue Kate’s celebrated gardening series, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, beginning with Sam Plants A Sunflower in 2022.

Kate had an extraordinary ability both to create characters and to present facts and complicated principles to children in a way that continues to be accessible and fun. Alongside her own writing she commissioned fiction and non-fiction titles for the Eden Project.

  • "Squeezing all the possible fun out of commas and semi-colons." The Sunday Times on The Perfect Pop-Up Punctuation Book
  • Winner of The Royal Society’s Award for Children’s Science Book 2006
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