Call Me Gorgeous

Call Me Gorgeous was inspired by a trip to Hampton Court Palace, where I first learned about King Henry VIII's fondest for eating magical creatures specially created in the palace kitchens. 

Mismatching animals parts would be stitched together and then roasted in the Tudor ovens. King Henry VIII was most amused by the end result.

My wife produced the beautiful illustrations for this comic book. Her artwork was long-listed for the Kate Greenaway Award. Her website, with lots more extraordinary animals, is

Call Me Gorgeous: Reviews

The Bookseller said of the book: 'Here is a debut picture book that not only deserves to be examined closely, but also stood well back from and gazed at in awe.' 

The Bookseller Childrens Buyers Guide said: 'This husband and wife team have created a truly original creature, one that will puzzle and delight the family. Stunning collage effects and cover will make sure that this stands out. Definitely one to watch out for.'

Publishers Weekly said: 'It will have kids in stitches... this unique book is as fun and brassy as it is visually striking.'  

According to Books for Keeps, 'This book is a delightful puzzle for a small reader and it ends in a good joke. On the way, there is much to marvel at in the intricate beauty of the animal world so intensely conveyed in Alexandra Milton's stunning illustration.'