Billy and the Beast
  • Billy and the Beast

  • Nadia Shireen

    One of The Observer's Best Children's Books of 2018!

    'It's a great story for everyone, especially those not used to seeing themselves centre-stage'- The Guardian

    'A refreshing picture book star' - The Observer

    From the author of Bumblebear, comes a new hero for our times. Introducing: Billy!

    Whilst on a lovely walk in the woods, Billy and her trusty sidekick Fatcat hear a terrible rumble… a terrible rumble coming from a Terrible Beast

    He’s making a Terrible Soup out of all of Billy and Fatcat’s friends!

    Luckily, our brave heroine Billy has a trick or two up her sleeve (or in her hair)…

    Join Billy on her mission to defeat the Terrible Beast (and save those adorable little bunny rabbits too).

Nadia Shireen enjoyed making homemade magazines and comics as a child. She studied law at university and then worked in magazine journalism; it was during this time that she started to draw again. After a lifetime of doodling in the sidelines, Nadia decided to pay some attention to drawing and in 2007 was accepted onto an MA course in Children's Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. Her debut book Good Little Wolf received a mention in the Bologna Ragazzi Opera Prima Award and won the UKLA Book Award. Nadia has been shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. She lives in London.