Charles Fuge

Charles Fuge – Designer

Children's illustrator specialising in comical animal paintings (actual and invented), with over thirty years experience in the business.


I have been illustrating picture books since 1988 when I won the Macmillan Prize for 'Bushvark's First Day Out'.
This title also won the Mother Goose Award for best newcomer to children's books.

Since then I have authored over twenty books and illustrated more than sixty, including the internationally best selling 'Sometimes I Like To Curl Up In A Ball' (which was runner up in the Kate Greenaway Medal).

I specialise in animal characters (both fictional and non fictional), using water colour and pencils.
Publishers include: Macmillan/Puffin/Simon & Schuster/Gullane/Walker/Nosy Crow/Templar & Hodder.

I am best known for my colourful and comical characters, but I really enjoy doing darker edgier stuff too.
Monsters are a big fave!
I am open to a variety of illustration jobs including book covers, cartoons and animal caricatures (for example, goofy pet portraits).

Children’s Non-Fiction Nature
Picture Books
  • Macmillan Prize
  • Mother Goose Award
  • Runner up Kate Greenaway Award
  • BA First Hons Illustration

Work experience


Jan, 1988 — Present


A Home In The Snow

Bently, Peter

Lonely Wasp

Fuge, Charles

Yes We Can!

McBratney, Sam

Gilbert in Deep

Clarke, Jane

Gilbert the Great

Clarke, Jane

This Is the Way

Fuge, Charles

My Dad!

Charles Fuge

I Know a Rhino

Charles Fuge

Yip! Snap! Yap!

Fuge, Charles

Home on the River

Bently, Peter

When You Smile

Charles Fuge

Join an adult and child sloth in this charming, rhyming adventure as they share in the joy a smile can bring - the perfect gift to celebrate the relationship between a child and their carer.When you smile at me, though the day may look gloomy, A ray of warm su... read more

Fuge, Charles

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