Dupasquier, Philippe 1955-

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DUPASQUIER, Philippe 1955-


Born September 27, 1955, in Neuchâtel, Switzerland; son of Fernand (an engineer) and Christiane Dupasquier; married Sylvie Grandin (a teacher), June 16, 1979; children: Timothy, Sophie. Education: Attended art school in Lyon, France, 1976-79.


Home Hambledon, Spring Hill, Punnetts Town, Heathfield, East Sussex TN21 9PE, England.


Author and illustrator of books for children. Freelance illustrator in London, England, beginning in 1979.

Awards, Honors

Smarties Prize, and Carnegie Medal commendation, British Library Association, both 1989, and Oak Tree Award, Nottinghamshire Libraries, 1990, all for Bill's New Frock, written by Anne Fine.



Dear Daddy, Bradbury (New York, NY), 1985.

Robert and the Red Balloon, Walker (London, England), 1985.

Robert the Great, Walker (London, England), 1985.

Robert the Pilot, Walker (London, England), 1986.

Jack at Sea, Andersen (London, England), 1986.

Our House on the Hill, Andersen (London, England), 1987, Viking (New York, NY), 1990.

The Great Escape, Houghton (Boston, MA), 1988, revised edition, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 1996.

I Can't Sleep, Walker (London, England), 1989, Orchard Books (New York, NY), 1990.

A Robot Named Chip, Andersen (London, England), 1990, Viking (New York, NY), 1991.

My Dad, Andersen (London, England), 1991.

Paul's Present, Andersen (London, England), 1992.

Follow That Chimp, Walker (London, England), 1993.

Tom's Pirate Ship, Andersen (London, England), 1993, published as Andy's Pirate Ship, Holt (New York, NY), 1994.

No More Television, Andersen (London, England), 1995.

My Busy Day, Anderson (London, England), 1996, Harper-Collins (New York, NY), 1997.

A Sunday with Grandpa, Andersen (London, England), 1998.

Quack, Quack!, Andersen (London, England), 2001.

One, Two, Three, Follow Me!, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 2002.

Red, Blue, Color Zoo, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 2002.


The Airport, Grosset & Dunlap (New York, NY), 1984, published as A Busy Day at the Airport, Walker (London, England), 1994.

The Building Site, Grosset & Dunlap (New York, NY), 1984, published as A Busy Day at the Building Site, Walker (London, England), 1994.

The Factory, Grosset & Dunlap (New York, NY), 1984, published as A Busy Day at the Factory, Walker (London, England), 1994, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 1996.

The Service Station, Grosset & Dunlap (New York, NY), 1984, published as The Garage, Walker (London, England), 1984, published as A Busy Day at the Garage, Walker (London, England), 1994.

The Train Station, Grosset & Dunlap (New York, NY), 1984, published as The Railway Station, Walker (London, England), 1984, published as A Busy Day at the Railway Station, Walker (London, England), 1994, published as A Busy Day at the Train Station, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 1996.

The Harbor, Grosset & Dunlap (New York, NY), 1984, published as The Harbour, Walker (London, England), 1984, published as A Busy Day at the Harbour, Walker (London, England), 1994, published as A Busy Day at the Harbor, Candlewick Press (Cambridge, MA), 1996.


Hazel Townson, The Great Ice-Cream Crime, Andersen (London, England), 1981.

Martin Waddell, The Great Green Mouse Disaster, Andersen (London, England), 1981.

Hazel Townson, The Siege of Cobb Street, Andersen (London, England), 1981.

Janice Eliot, The Incompetent Dragon, Blackie (Glasgow, Scotland), 1982.

Hazel Townson, The Vanishing Gran, Andersen (London, England), 1983.

Martin Waddell, Going West, Harper (New York, NY), 1983.

Hazel Townson, Haunted Ivy, Andersen (London, England), 1984.

Felicia Law, Old Farm, New Farm, G. Stevens (Milwaukee, WI), 1986.

Nigel Gray, A Country Far Away, Andersen (London, England), 1988, Orchard (New York, NY), 1989.

Derek Sampson, Follow That Pharaoh, Methuen (London, England), 1988.

Hazel Townson, Fireworks Galore!, Andersen (London, England), 1988.

Mary Welfare, Who's Afraid of Swapping Spiders?, Methuen (London, England), 1989.

Anne Fine, Bill's New Frock, Methuen (London, England), 1989.

Anne Fine, The Country Pancake, Methuen (London, England), 1989.

Tony Bradman, The Sandal, Andersen (London, England), 1989, Viking (New York, NY), 1990.

Jeff Brown, Stanley in Space, Methuen (London, England), 1990.

Tessa Krailing, Whizzkid, Paperbird (Loughborough, England), 1990.

Angela Royston, Digger, Kingfisher (London, England), 1990.

Angela Royston, Helicopter, Kingfisher (London, England), 1990.

Gillian Cross, Gobbo the Great, Methuen (London, England), 1991.

Anne Fine, Design a Pram, Heinemann (Oxford, England), 1991.

Anne Fine, "The Chicken Gave It to Me," Methuen (London, England), 1992.

Michael Coleman, Fizzy Hits the Headlines, Orchard (London, England), 1993.

Angela Royston, The Busy Digger, Kingfisher (London, England), 1993.

Jeff Brown, Stanley's Christmas Adventure, Methuen (London, England), 1993.

Hazel Townson, Charlie the Champion Liar, Methuen (London, England), 1993.

Nigel Gray, Keep on Chomping!, Andersen (London, England), 1993.

Jacqueline Wilson, Twin Trouble, Methuen (London, England), 1994.

Hazel Townson, The Peckthorn Monster, Methuen (London, England), 1994.

Michael Coleman, Fizzy Steals the Show, Orchard (London, England), 1994.

Sam McBratney, Henry Seamouse, Longman (Harlow, England), 1994.

Michael Coleman, Fizzy, T.V. Star, Orchard (London, England), 1995.

Hazel Townson, Charlie the Champion Traveller, Methuen (London, England), 1995.

Hazel Townson, Meet Ziggy, Ginn (Aylesbury, England), 1995.

Hazel Townson, Robber Zoom, Ginn (Aylesbury, England), 1995.

Hazel Townson, Skateboard Zoom, Ginn (Aylesbury, England), 1995.

Hazel Townson, Downhill Zoom, Ginn (Aylesbury, England), 1995.

Hazel Townson, Football Zoom, Ginn (Aylesbury, England), 1995.

Hazel Townson, Pop-Star Zoom, Ginn (Aylesbury, England), 1995.

Hazel Townson, Party Zoom, Ginn (Aylesbury, England), 1995.

Hazel Townson, Danger Zoom, Ginn (Aylesbury, England), 1995.

Anne Fine, How to Write Really Badly, Methuen (London, England), 1996.

Michael Coleman, Fizzy in the Spotlight, Orchard (London, England), 1997.

Hazel Townson, Charlie's Champion Chase, Mammoth (London, England), 1997.

Richard Kidd, Are We Nearly There Yet?, Bloomsbury (London, England), 1997.

Chris Powling, Sophie's Nu-Pet, Ragged Bears (Andover, England), 1998.

Hazel Townson, Lift Off, Barrington Stoke (Edinburgh, Scotland), 1999.

Alan MacDonald, High Five Henry, Oxford University Press (Oxford, England), 2002.

Julia Donaldson, Bombs and Blackberries: A World War II Play, Hodder Wayland (London, England), 2003.

Julia Donaldson, Brick-A-Breck, A&C Black (London, England), 2003.


Ray Wild, A Car Called Maurice, Collins (London, England), 1982.

Ray Wild, A Telephone Called Tim, Collins (London, England), 1982.

Ray Wild, A Clock Called Kate, Collins (London, England), 1983.

Ray Wild, A Television Called Sammy, Collins (London, England), 1983.


Hazel Townson, The Crimson Crescent, Andersen (London, England), 1986.

Hazel Townson, The Staggering Snowman, Andersen (London, England), 1987.

Hazel Townson, Walnut Whirl, Andersen (London, England), 1989.

Hazel Townson, Hopping Mad, Andersen (London, England), 1991.

Hazel Townson, The Kidnap Report, Andersen (London, England), 1992.

Hazel Townson, A Night on Smuggler's Island, Andersen (London, England), 1993.

Hazel Townson, The Sign of the Crab, Andersen (London, England), 1994.

Hazel Townson, Cats and Burglars, Andersen (London, England), 1995.

Hazel Townson, The Clue of the Missing Cuff-Link, Andersen (London, England), 1996.

Hazel Townson, Trouble on the Train, Andersen (London, England), 1997.


Artist Philippe Dupasquier has written and illustrated many children's books of his own, as well as illustrating numerous books by prominent British authors. Dupasquier, the father of two children, once commented: "Apart from my work in children's books, I would like to have more time for painting and watercolor as fine art. The family is a major theme in my books. It is also my favorite 'activity' when I am not working."

Dupasquier's first self-illustrated work, Dear Daddy, tells the story of little Sophie, who waits for her father to return home from a year-long sea voyage with the merchant marine. The text consists of Sophie's letters to her father describing events in her life. The pictures on the bottom half of each page show Sophie's birthday party, the delivery of a piano to her house, the growth of her baby brother's first tooth, and other occasions. The pictures on the top half of each page, meanwhile, show the details of her father's life aboard ship. The story concludes with a happy family reunion. A Junior Bookshelf reviewer called Dear Daddy "a delightful, moving little book," while Joan McGrath of School Library Journal predicted young readers would find it "warm and reassuring."

Our House on the Hill is intended for very young children on the verge of reading. It contains no words but, like Dear Daddy, tells the story of a family's experiences over the course of a year using two sets of illustrations that complement one another. On each left-hand page is a birds-eye view of a house and yard during a given month. The landscape includes many small details of the season, such as hot dogs on the barbecue or laundry drying on a line. On each right-hand page is a series of small pictures that tell a story about one of the details from the previous page. In a review for School Library Journal, Nancy Seiner commented that Dupasquier's "lively sketches, filled in with soft watercolors, make the characters and their surroundings come to life," and claimed that families would enjoy reading the book again and again.

The Great Escape, Dupasquier's next book, is a "brilliant and breathless account of a prisoner's escape and the madcap chase after him," according to Julia Eccleshare in Times Literary Supplement. Told in pictures, the story follows the escaped prisoner and his police pursuers through a circus, a wedding, a museum, a hospital, a foxhunt, and a variety of other interesting places. The prisoner finally goes through a sewer that leads him back inside the prison. Susan H. Patron, writing in School Library Journal, commented that Dupasquier's "full-color cartoon drawings are crowded with funny details and lots of action."

Dupasquier returned to the wordless picture book format with I Can't Sleep. This time, a young girl, her parents, her brother, and her cat all have trouble sleeping one night. They gather in the kitchen for a midnight snack and then wander outside to look at the stars. Finally, they all fall asleep together in one bed just in time for the sunrise. A Publishers Weekly reviewer praised Dupasquier's artwork, noting that the "watercolors, appropriately hushed and rumpled, have a lively cinematic quality" that enhances the story and characters.

My Dad, published in 1991, is especially well-suited for "children having trouble at home," according to Beverley Mathias in School Librarian. In the story, a young boy thinks about all of his father's negative qualities, like not allowing the boy to do whatever he wants or paying too much attention to the boy's sister. After a while, though, the boy also thinks of many positive things about his dad, like when his dad reads to him or takes him on outings to special places. Mathias claimed that all children feel their parents are unfair at times, and this balanced portrait of a father might help children to understand a parent's role.

Dupasquier also wrote and illustrated a series of popular books about busy places that are familiar to children. The "Busy Places" series includes six titles: The Airport, The Building Site, The Factory, The Garage, The Harbor, and The Train Station. Each book follows the events that take place at that location during one twenty-four hour period. All of the illustrations in each book feature the same scene with new details appropriate to the time of day. For example, The Factory begins when the night watchman of a candy factory goes home in the morning. The story continues with the arrival of a group of schoolchildren for a tour and includes a number of comic mishaps in candy production. The action builds and then subsides, concluding when the night watchman returns in the evening. In each book, the area surrounding the work place is also pictured and contains changing details. In a review of the series for Times Literary Supplement, Barbara Sherrard-Smith noted that "the pictures are full of life and human interest, stimulating children to explore, examine, discover, to discuss and be involved, and look with new eyes at the next busy place they visit."

Dupasquier teaches preschoolers about colors and numbers in two self-illustrated titles, Red, Blue, Color Zoo and One, Two, Three, Follow Me! In Red, Blue, Color Zoo, each die-cut page features a horde of different animals, all drawn with the same colored pencil, including flocks of yellow butterflies, pink flamingos, and black bats. Each page is shaped like a crayon of that color, further emphasizing for children the theme of the book. One, Two, Three, Follow Me! also uses animals and die-cut pages. In this title, each page is shaped like its number. A new barnyard animal joins the crowd on each page. The hen, cow, pig, cat, and each new animal chase each other about, until number nine, when they all stop short at the shout of "Boo!" The animals turn and run in the other direction, sure that some fearsome creature lurks on page ten but it is only a very small mouse with a very loud megaphone. This book "stands out from the [counting book] crowd," Kathryn Ross commented in the Scotsman.

Biographical and Critical Sources


Booklist, January 1, 1986, p. 684.

Books for Keeps, November, 1988, p. 8; January, 1996, pp. 14-15.

Childhood Education, summer, 1989, Helen H. Shelton, review of Our House on the Hill, p. 242.

Junior Bookshelf, October, 1985, review of Dear Daddy, p. 211; October, 1990, p. 219; April, 1993, p. 58.

Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2002, review of Quack, Quack!, p. 103.

Listener, November 29, 1984, p. 27; November 7, 1985, p. 32.

New York Times Book Review, March 25, 1984, James Fallows, review of Going West, p. 31.

Publishers Weekly, February 27, 1987, review of Jack at Sea, p. 164; February 26, 1988, review of Our House on the Hill, p. 195; April 8, 1988, review of The Great Escape, p. 92; August 25, 1989, review of A Country Far Away, p. 61; February 9, 1990, review of The Sandal, p. 58; June 8, 1990, review of I Can't Sleep, p. 52; December 13, 1999, review of A Country Far Away, p. 85; February 3, 2003, review of Red, Blue, Color Zoo, pp. 77-78.

School Librarian, August, 1991, Beverley Mathias, review of My Dad, p. 100.

School Library Journal, March, 1985, p. 147; November, 1985, Joan McGrath, review of Dear Daddy, p. 69; October, 1987, Mary Jane Kibby, review of Jack at Sea, p. 110; August, 1988, Susan H. Patron, review of The Great Escape, p. 80; October, 1988, Nancy Seiner, review of Our House on the Hill, pp. 118-119; October, 1989, Rosanne Cerny, review of A Country Far Away, p. 104; May, 1990, Denia Lewis Hester, review of The Sandal, p. 81; August, 1991, Luann Toth, review of A Robot Named Chip, p. 145; August, 1994, Beth Tegart, review of Andy's Pirate Ship: A Spot-the-Difference Book, p. 129; July, 1999, Sarah O'Neal, review of A Sunday with Grandpa, p. 69.

Scotsman (Edinburgh, Scotland), December 28, 2002, Kathryn Ross, review of One, Two, Three, Follow Me!, p. 7.

Times Educational Supplement, December 23, 1988, Bill Tidy, review of The Great Escape and A Country Far Away, p. 21; December 4, 1992, Neil Philip, review of Paul's Present, p. S8.

Times Literary Supplement, June 29, 1984, Barbara Sherrard-Smith, "The World Outside," review of the "Busy Places" series, p. 737; October 9-15, 1987, p. 1120; September 9-15, 1988, Julia Eccleshare, "Texts and Pretexts," p. 1000.*