Chloë Inkpen grew up surrounded by picture books. She has a natural gift for storytelling and was awarded second place in the 2008 Macmillan Prize for Illustration. Her father Mick Inkpen is one of today's most popular picture-book author/illustrators and the creator of Kipper and Wibbly Pig.
Q. Who does what? We do almost everything together; story ideas, writing, editing, design then we make notes and sketches for the pictures and Chloë does all the illustration.
Q. What's it like working with your dad? Chloë: It's great. I think we make a really good team. We tend to think each other's thoughts and very rarely disagree on anything. I've learned a huge amount from working with my dad and been able to bring my own skills to the table too. It's a lovely position to be in.
Q. What's it like working with your daughter? Mick: I love it. I've been working on my own for over twenty years so it's lovely bouncing ideas around with someone who has the same sense of humour. We wondered if it might be a bit difficult working together especially with the big difference in our experience, but it's been really easy.
Q. So will you keep working together? Yes. We always planned to do lots of stories about Zoe and Beans. So when we developed the series we made sure that Zoe and Beans are free to do anything and go anywhere. They can just as easily be in the back garden as on the Moon. And they can make new friends along the way. That means that they are always fun to write and illustrate.