Dave Shelton
Dave Shelton

All About Dave Shelton

Dave Shelton was shortlisted for The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2013 for his book A Boy and a Bear in a Boat.
Dave was born and raised in Leicester (more or less) and educated at Loughborough, Cambridge and Brighton. He now lives and works in Cambridge.
Dave has been drawing and colouring in professionally since 1990 and, as yet, has not starved to death as a result.
Dave believes that there is no time of the day or night when it is inappropriate to take a bath or to eat breakfast.
Do not, under any circumstances, allow him to talk to you about pens!!!!

Dave’s School Visits
Works with years 3 – 6 and is happy to do three one hour sessions a day which can either be presentations or workshops.

Dave’s Books

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A Boy and A Bear in a Boat

‘Dave Shelton puts a sweet and simple idea into a fabulous book. The very first chapter will bring you to the edge of your seat. The book explores friendship and loyalty and that these things are not given but things you must earn.
Humour is an eminent feature in the book, although the text doesn’t use complicated words, the clear language is enough to keep you guffawing on every page. Shelton is exceptionally talented at making people chuckle.
A boy and a bear in a boat explains itself. The book starts with a boy clambering onto a boat ready to sail to an unknown destination with his captain, the bear, with the help of the sturdy rowing boat, the Harriet and a map that is blank and blue. The bear claims to know where he is going but as the story passes this seems somewhat dubious.
On their journey – which is supposed to be short and quick – Finding a pirate ship, facing a sea monster and getting stranded on a rock is only half the fun they have. And it all starts with a boy and a bear siting in a boat. The two enemies face a lifetime adventure, which turns them into the best of friends.
Underneath the surface and underneath the chortles the book has a deep meaning. Between the lines of this book, is a metaphor for the circumstances in which we find ourselves, spending time with people we don’t like and rubbing along and not knowing what lies over the horizon.
Funny and remarkable, the drawings of the buddies will keep you breathless. This brilliantly styled novel will leave you with laughter and tears, with a smile, and a memory of a friendship that will never die.’
Review by the The Guardian

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Good Dog, Bad Dog?
The whole idea for GDBD came together, by necessity, very quickly. I had been working on a different strip entirely for the DFC initially when I was given the opportunity to offer something that would also run in the Guardian’s Comic section. This was a fantastic opportunity but because my previous strip hadn’t been devised to run in three page episodes (as the Guardian required) I needed to come up with a new idea fast. I scoured a couple of old sketchbooks for ideas and found the phrase “good dog, bad dog” scrawled in one. The phrase had occurred to me while living for a while with a landlady who had two dogs. One was an old, slow, quiet lovable old mutt, the other was a hyperactive puppy who distributed my teabags all over the kitchen a bit too often for my liking. So I’d just written down “Good Dog, Bad Dog” in response to that situation. I’d thought it was a good title, though it had no idea for a story attached to it at all at that stage.

Because I love film noir I figured making it some kind of comedy version of noir might be fun and from there I cobbled together a very short pitch to show to my editor, Lovely Ben Sharpe. He approved that and then I think I plotted out the gist of the eight episodes of The Golden Bone Of Alexandria and drew a few character sketches and was quickly told to go ahead. I absolutely didn’t know what I was doing and, beyond the very basic plotline I’d concocted I was making it up as I went along to an alarming degree but I think that gave it all a freshness that it might have lacked if I’d spent more time on it.

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Dave Shelton, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at trevor@caboodlebooks.co.uk