Grumpy Duck

It’s just over a year since I published the blog – DUCK, DUCK and DUCK

Everything is written there and it made me smile reading it again. I remember the lovely time we had with Joyce at The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre at Lumb Bank and  how much I enjoyed working on the book.

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Joyce is a great writer and and she seems to carry hundreds of ideas with her everywhere she goes.


‘Grumpy Duck’ is one of them. It was written for me and it did feel as if I’d written it myself. Perhaps that was the reason why I enjoyed working on the illustrations so much.

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 Thank you Joyce and thank you Walker Books for giving us the opportunity of working together and for making such a lovely book.


I hope you will enjoy reading it!


The Czech Republic has no sea and no puffins. Being born in Prague I’ve lived almost 30 years without knowing what a puffin is.

The very first time I heard about puffins was when I was asked to draw one for a charity auction. Lots of writers and illustrators did a drawing of a puffin. The drawings were auctioned and the raised money was used for the protection of these beautiful, interesting and rapidly disappearing birds.

This was my very first drawing of a puffin.
I’ve enjoyed drawing puffins ever since.

A couple of years later I wrote and illustrated a picture book called ‘Puffin Peter’.

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The book was published in 2011.PUFFIN-PETER12

PUFFIN-PETER16Today I am drawing and painting puffins once again.
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This time the book is written by the excellent writer and conservation biologist Martin Jenkins. Here are some of the finished illustrations.

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I love working on the book. I’ve learned a lot about puffins I didn’t know.9. Puffins
The illustrations for this book are a bit more realistic than I am use to doing but that is part of the fun. I like a challenge.

The birds are arriving in the mist of the morning.2. PuffinsThere are quite a few of them.

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It is a little puffin chick leaving his nest for the very first time.
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In the dark of the night of course.