Contes a Colorier Display

My 4 Contes a Colorier / Tales to complete and colour in – just out with Bayard Jeunesse, France- in a great display case they designed for bookshops.

It all started with an English pun. ‘Draw the curtains quick!’  I imagined this wolf leering, the piggies cowering inside the brick house  – and the joy you’d get scribbling black curtains over him with a  felt pen .

Wolf at the Window ©BridgetMarzo

Wolf at the Window ©BridgetMarzo

And now my 4 little doodly Tales (Goldilocks, The Three Pigs, Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel for kids to read, complete and colour in, are now on sale in France.  My French publisher,  Bayard Jeunesse bagged my idea first –  and helped me adapt and translate them into French. ( I hope they’ll be out in English one day).

If you’ve a few minutes to spare you can  listen to me being interviewed by Bayard about this and other books I’ve done for them – in French!

Here’s a 80 second  film of brilliant young artists from all over the world drawing at my  big draw event in Tate Britain.  After reading the story of how Tiz and Ott got carried away drawing and painting, kids from 3 to 11 grabbed brush pens and crayons and in less than an hour Tiz and Ott  had their own pop-up gallery in the museum.   Some kids’s works of art will also be popping up on the Kid’s Corner gallery slideshow.   Is yours there yet?

What a fantastic gallery from Tiz & Ott’s Big Draw today @Tate Britain pic.twitter.com/AHfQBK8ioH

— Tate Publishing (@Tate_Publishing) March 26, 2016

Print  your own free 3D Tiz pencil holder  @MyMiniFactory  (big thanks to 3D designer @evavoo  or you can buy your own Tiz to paint!  (stop motion © Ella Finch)

Tiz & Ott’s Big Draw by Bridget Marzo (Tate £9.99) captivates with its economy. It encourages children, with an unintimidating gaiety, to draw. Tiz is a marmalade cat (his stripes 18 strokes of an orange crayon, his mouth a single upturned black line). Ott is a cheerier donkey than Eeyore (though in possession of a blue tail). The two artists wield outsized equipment: multicoloured crayon and paintbrush. They learn about creativity: it is best not to sleep on the job; it is sometimes good to collaborate; if you paint a storm, you might get swept away. Adults will derive metaphorical mileage from the story and relish the remedy for a creative block as much as any child: out of a deep hole emerges a rainbow-coloured ladder. A joy of a book – all ages.”

Upcoming events

Saturday June 4

Bethlem Museum of the Mind, London

A family painting workshop inspired by a fascinating book on show in their current exhibition  Youtopia, called the Little Traveller.

Watch this space for a US book tour in October 2016!


Saturday March 26, 3PM –

Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG

FREE event for families at the Tate Britain Gallery, LondonTIZ and Ott’s Big Draw – a FREE drawing workshop for families

TuesdaY MARCH 15

Pop Up workshops,  Willam Read and Lubbins Park Schools, Canvey Island.

March 6

Pickled Pepper Books,  Illustration Showcase Launch  and live draw 2016


Campsbourne School, Alexandra Palace


Huddersfield University talk to final year  illustration students.


Alexandra Infants School, Beckenham


Kew College organized by  Pea Green Books

February 6

National Library Day – joining other CWISL authors at the  Minet Library, Brixton

for a day of  public events for children and families including a Tiz and Ott workshop at 2pm.


Join me at a  free drop-in family illustration workshop at

The South London Gallery First ever Children’s Bookfair from 12:45 – 1:15


School workshops with author Addy Farmer

(Go to the Events page for more details)


South Kensington Kids Festival at the French Institute, London

SKKF line up 2015

drawing to Jazz at the South Ken Kids Festival -artists l-r – Emily Hughes, Delphine Perret, Claude Ponti, Bruno Heitz, Barroux, Benji Davies, Marjolaine Leray, Bridget Marzo, Beatrice Alemagna, Axel Scheffler..and jazz trumpetist Airelle Besson and guitarist.

For more about the inspiring draw that is the  South Ken Kids Festival 2015  see my blog!


Chelsea Young Writers

Culture Shot Ruislip Manor Library


Launch of Tiz & Ott’s Big Draw  Tate UK – distributed in the USA by Abrams

OCTOBER 19 – 23

Pop Up Education Peterborough


The Isle of Wight Literary Festival


The Guardian Education Centre’s Cartoon & Art Family Day at Kings Place, London

August 8

Dédicace de Bridget’s Book of English a la Librairie de Bulles et des Lignes, Pernes-Les Fontaines, France

JULY 22, 10-1PM

An Aventure in Words and Pictures at Fulham Palace.  A Chelsea Young Writers Holiday workshop for 7-11 year olds  Book here

JUly 9, 10-11AM

Draw Tiz and Ott and more with me at my Southwark Reading festival workshop organized by Tales on Moon Lane,  Inspire Me and the Dulwich Picture Gallery.

June 11-13, 2015

 ShoutSouth Festival at the London Southbank university. Check out my blog post about getting over 100 adults and children drawing stories out of characters at Shoutsouth.

JUNE 4, 2015

The official Tate launch party of Tiz & Ott’s Big Draw at the wonderful Tales on Moon Lane. Check out Ella Finch’s 1 minute film of my  invitation drawn to music here

May 7, 2015

Official publication date of my next book Tiz & Ott’s Big Draw  by Tate Publishing UK – hooray!

April 14 – April 15, 2015

I will  be giving two holiday workshops for Chelsea Young Writers in London.

March 24 – April 1, 2015

I’m very excited to have been invited to the China Bookworm Festival. I will be giving talks and workshops for children and adults in Beijing and Suzhou.

March 21

Masterclass for the SCBWI at the House of Illustration, London