Ruby Flew Too! Background



Jonathan Emmett was born in Leicestershire in 1965, the son of a rig fitter and a primary school teacher.

Jonathan loved books from an early age and some of his earliest memories are of visiting his local library. The picture books that he borrowed then, including Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss and Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson have had a great influence on the picture books that he now writes.

It was while Jonathan was at college, studying architecture, that he first started developing his own illustrated texts, illustrating poems and lyrics that he’d written. Pleased with the results, he found himself spending more and more time on writing and illustration. Although he qualified as an architect, he found the job unsatisfying and began pursuing a career in children’s books in his spare time, eventually going full-time in 1995, a few months before his thirtieth birthday.

As well as writing picture books such as Bringing Down the Moon, Someone Bigger, Pigs Might Fly and Ruby Flew Too!, Jonathan also writes and paper-engineers pop-up books. His books have won several awards including the Red House Children’s Book Award “Book for Younger Children” for Pigs Might Fly and the Kiekeboekprijs for Bringing Down the Moon.

He now lives in Nottingham with his wife, Rachel, and children, Max and Laura.

You can visit Jonathan’s website at


Ruby-button-pic-292x300Rebecca Harry is an illustrator. She lives in Cardiff, South Wales with her husband and two lovely children. When she used to draw as a child, she never knew she’d be lucky enough to do it as a job when she grew up. She studied graphic design/illustration in Exeter, Devon and her first creations after that were in the form of greetings cards for her own business plus a large card company in Bristol. She produced hundreds of designs in this form. The first book that she illustrated was for Egmont and was a Key words reading book called “The Enormous Turnip” and from there on her books have been published by Macmillan Children’s Books. She works in a little studio above her friend’s busy jewellery shop. There, she has worked on a number of baby books for Campbell (an imprint of Macmillan). Her most successful works to date are her Picture Book collaborations with writers Jonathan Emmett and Pamela Duncan Edwards. These include the ‘Ruby’ duckling series. She is currently working on another story by Jonathan Emmett and a number of her own stories.”

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