Confessions: Chris Haughton reveals five work habits

We warmly welcome Chris Haughton to My Little Bookcase as part of his global blog tour. Chris is enthusiastically promoting his latest book,and we think Oh No, George! is simply wonderful. Read our glowing review here. He is also the author of A Bit Lost.

Chris has been busy visiting some international blogs and answering many insightful questions.  We don’t have any questions for Chris at My Little Bookcase though. Instead, he has bravely agreed to be the first author/illustrator to step inside the My Little Bookcase Confessional and declare some secrets (well at the very least, some facts YOU may not know about him).

1. I live in my work studio (as opposed to working from home!)

2. I work quite erratically. I usually work quite frantically for a few weeks or months and then take a while off in one go.

3. I studied graphic design because it was the only art department with computers.

4. I probably need to work on my life/work balance!

5. I have about 300 owls and 20 monkeys under my bed.

(Available for purchase at along with other prints and products designed by Chris. )

I’m sure Chris has left you intrigued and wanting to find out more.  We’ve been following his blog tour so far, and think Chris is incredibly talented and socially astute.

I encourage you to pop by some of these blogs to find out more about this picture book genius.  Here are some of the highlights from the tour:

  • Playing By the Book- Chris describes the unique places he has lived, and talks a bit about his next book.
  • Wahm Bam!-  Chris discusses the colour scheme for his illustrations, and how he goes about writing stories that everyone can relate to.
  • There’s a Book-A sweet interview with a four year old interviewer, and you’ll find out some of Chris’ favourite things.

And more will be revealed in the coming days at:


With thanks to Walker Books Australia, My Little Bookcase is pleased to offer a copy of Oh No, George! to one lucky reader.

To enter:

Read our book review of Oh No, George! and leave a comment below telling us what you find most appealing about the book.

The winner:

One winner will be randomly selected with the assistance of to win a copy of Oh No, George!

Terms and conditions:

1. Each reader may enter only once.

2. Entrants must live in Australia to be eligible for this give-away.

3. All entries must be received by 8pm (EDT) Sunday 25 March 2012 to be eligible.

4. The winner will be selected using

5. The winner will be notified via email and will  also be announced on, facebook and Twitter.

6. The winner is asked to respond to the email with a delivery address.

Good luck!

P.S. My Little Bookcase has a signed print to giveaway shortly too. So make sure you visit again.

Confessions: Chris Haughton reveals five work habits


  1. Judging by your review what appeals to me most is the depiction of normal human tendencies to give in to temptation now and again and the fact that it is illustrated in a manner which is understood by young children. Perhaps also a great tool to teach children that it’s ok to make a mistake and what really matters is you learn from them and move on to being a better individual, and that this world is full of temptations but to be focused and committed to achieving what you set out to achieve will reap better rewards in the long run.

  2. I love the concept of orange signalling alarm and a cue for the audience to say ‘Oh no George!’ I just love the cover! Very inviting to open and turn pages- a real secret to great picture book writing.

    By the way Jackie can you email me- you won over on my blog- words into writing- ‘Do not forget Australia’.

  3. I actually left my comment in the wrong spot…..but what I do love about George is that he sounds so much like my old beagle and just a little bit like me!

    • It’s cool Erica. It can be confusing when I ask you to cross over to another post. I’m accepting comments left in both places.

  4. This sounds like our dog!! He keeps getting into the compost bin!! He’s also decided he would rather go to the toilet on the pavers as he doesn’t want to get his paws wet on the grass!! He still has time to give kisses to my daughter!! This book would be a great family book for us and our dog!!

  5. Thanks to all who entered. Nichole was selected as the lucky winner to receive a copy of Oh No, George!

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