Turbo Monkey Tales is a group blog focusing on the craft, production, marketing and consumption of Children's Literature. We are illustrators, writers, animators and media mongrels. We are readers! We are published, unpublished and self-published; agented and searching, and 100% dedicated to our Kid Lit journey, no matter where we are on the path. Join our Tribe and grab a vine. The more the merrier!


Hazel Mitchell is an award winning illustrator and writer. Her most recent books include How to Talk to an Autistic Kid by Daniel Stefanski (pub Free Spirit) (Foreward Reviews Gold Medal, Finalist Books for a Better Life Awards), Hidden New Jersey by Linda Barth (pub Charlesbridge) and the All-Star Cheerleaders series by Anastasia Suen (pub Kane Miller). Originally from England, she now lives and works from her studio in Central Maine, USA. She still misses fish and chips and mushy peas, but is learning to love lobster. She has two dogs, two horses, one cat and several snow shovels.

Available for school and library visits, or just a chat ... email hazel-mitchell@hotmail.com 

Favorite writers, illustrators, artists:  Jane Austen, Bronte Sisters, Alan Garner, Philip Pullman, Isaac Asimov, JRR Tolkien, JK Rowling, CS Lewis, Emily Gravett, Quentin Blake, The Pre-Raphaelites, Beatrix Potter, Atkinson Grimshaw, Cecil Aldin, Edward Ardizzone, Carl Larsson,  Paul O Zelinsky, Ashley Bryan, Dan Santat, E H Shepard, AA Milne, David Small, Loren Long .... oh so many. And my Turbo Monkey buddies of course!


How I monkey around:  Loves to be near (or on) the ocean. Grows things. Travels a bit. Addicted to BBC Radio 4. When she's not busy drawing, she is usually to be found, er, drawing.
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  1. Woohoo, Hazel! So glad to see my favorite Wee Girlie with her orange gracing this post! Love your illustrations, and I'm looking forward to seeing what the Turbo Monkeys will be up to in the future.

  2. Thanks Beth .... this is definitely an interesting mix of writers!