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The Selfish Crocodile

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A story about a selfish crocodile who gets tooth ache and is helped by a mouse, the crocodile then changes and becomes thought full to the other animals. The first picture book I illustrated and most enjoyable. It has become a modern classic. Written by Faustin Charles.

Michael Terry

Michael Terry

illustration of Boy night fighting dragon.
illustration of Running fox
illustration of Fox looking at mouse.
illustration of Giant looking at man.
illustration of Annoyed Lion
illustration of Moose with beaver.
illustration of Raccoon and hair.
illustration of Rook talking to boy.
illustration of Viking group
illustration of Fierce bear charging out of forest towards a rabbit.
illustration of Front cover of Captain Wag and the Polar Bears.
illustration of Polar bears pushing Pirate Ginger Tom's boat.
illustration of Captain Wag talking to polar bears.
illustration of Captain Wag and crew at sea in snow storm.
illustration of Captain Wag with crew at sea in storm.
illustration of Shark playing piano with fish in wreck.
illustration of Fox turning around.
illustration of Fox sitting on top of hill.
illustration of Boy called George with dragon [his fear].
illustration of Boy called George in his bedroom with in the dark Dragon.
illustration of Mouse talking to Lion after it was tied up.
illustration of Raccoon falling, tumbling over.
illustration of Red Squirrel sitting.
illustration of The Selfish Crocodile shouting at other animals.
illustration of Wide-Mouth Frog talking to Giraffe.
illustration of Bird talking to Tiger.
illustration of Tortoise and the Hare race, with hare asleep in the evening.
illustration of Animals voting if to go to Troll's party.
illustration of Animals pushing and pulling Troll, who has a cold.
illustration of Caricature of Andy Murray.
illustration of Caricature of Boris Johnson.
illustration of Caricature of Clint Eastwood and Norman Mailer for Observer magazine.
illustration of Caricature of Donald Trump and his Scottish golf course.
illustration of Caricature of Lady Thatcher as rusty iron lady, for advertising.
illustration of Illustration number 4 for 'The Slightly Naughty Vikings' an Amazon Kindle ebook.
illustration of Illustration No5, angry vikings, for The Slightly Naughty Vikings an Amazon Kindle ebook.
illustration of Illustration No 6 the slightly naughty vikings talking to villagers.
illustration of Illustration No 7 of The Slightly Naughty Vikings an Amazon Kindle ebook.
illustration of Angry Vikings illustration 10.
illustration of Illustration 12 for The Slightly Naughty Vikings an Amazon Kindle ebook. Slightly Naughty Viking on left, angry Viking on right.
illustration of Edwardian House
illustration of Two Edwardian houses semi-detached.
illustration of Regency Terrace house.
illustration of Badger sign for Vintage Inns.
illustration of Tea pot [china house] as sign for Vintage Inns.
illustration of Cockerel, Farmhouse for Vintage Inns sign.
illustration of Green Man for Vintage Inns sign, mans head and background animals as made from topiary.
illustration of Happy Cheese for a Vintage Inn sign, different cheese and mouse in background.
illustration of Hare and Tortoise for Vintage Inns sign, hare riding on tortoise shell.
illustration of Orange Tree for Vintage Inns sign, topiary.
illustration of Snow Goose for Vintage Inns sign, goose made from snow.
illustration of Snowy Owl for Vintage Inns sign, owl on skies.
illustration of White Lion for Vintage Inns sign, frozen lion.
illustration of White Lion for Vintage inns sign, snow on lion.
illustration of Windmill for Vintage Inns sign. Cloud blowing windmill.
illustration of Apple with description.
illustration of Banana with description.
illustration of Pear with description.
illustration of Badger with description.
illustration of Donkey for The Times advert. 'Do you wish you where better informed'.
illustration of Koala for Quantas Air Lines advert.
illustration of Two people gossiping.
illustration of Wolf in Sheep's Clothing. Man talking to woman.
illustration of Ugly Sisters study.
illustration of Hairtopiary a blend of topiary and hair.
illustration of Hairopiary 2, a blend of hair and topiary.
illustration of Highland cattle artwork.
illustration of Crow in a flap artwork.
illustration of Realistic portrait of an otter with text.
illustration of Caricature of a Moose with text.
illustration of Owl in pen and ink.
illustration of Rhinozeb a cross between a rhino and a zebra.
illustration of Two snails depicting slow music.
illustration of Hill town, a verity of buildings on a hill.
illustration of Gossipy Parrot illustration for picture book.
illustration of Illustration featuring Gossipy Parrott and Crocodile for picture book.
illustration of Group of animals looking at The Little Hotchpotch. Picture book.
illustration of Anteater
illustration of Lion for The Little Hotchpotch picture book.
illustration of Group of animals for Little Hotchpotch picture book.
illustration of Illustration of The Little Hotchpotch picture book.
illustration of Owl and the Pussy Cat and the pea green boat.
illustration of Owl and the Pussy Cat, trees and pig.
illustration of The Owl and the Pussycat.
illustration of Illustration for The Rhino's Horns which are decorated with plants by the baboon.
illustration of Rook perching on branch.
illustration of Mouse running up crocs tummy.
illustration of Selfish Croc picking his teeth.
illustration of Selfish Croc being watched by other animals.
illustration of Selfish Croc with tooth ache.
illustration of Mouse in Selfish Crocs mouth.


Michael was born in 1947 in Folkestone on the Kent coast. After living abroad and moving around the country he arrived back in Folkestone, there he later went to Art College from 1964 to 1967 studying graphic design and illustration. In 1967 he moved to London and worked in various design groups and advertising agencies as a designer and typographer. In 1972 he went freelance as an illustrator producing work for advertising, editorial and publishing and quickly gained a reputation in these fields. During this time he was successfully represented by Folio. Michael was awarded a D&AD award for illustration and a Mecanorma award for best poster illustration. In 2010 he was short listed for The Red House children's book award for 'Munch Crunch Dinosaur Lunch' and Short listed at the Bishops Stortford Children's Book Award for 'The Wide Mouthed Frog'. Some of the clients he has produced work for are: Cadburies, British Airways, Quantas, Midland Bank [HSBC], Vintage Inns, Ikea, Queens Club tennis tournament, Puffin Books, Little Tiger Press, Bloomsbury Children’s Books, Gullane Children’s Books, The Times, Observer and Telegraph. USA clients have been: Readers Digest Children’s Books, Golden Books [Random House] and Schoolastic. Since the mid 90’s he has been equally successful in children’s books and has produced illustrations for many books in this field. Some of the children’s books illustrated are: 'The Selfish Crocodile' [best seller], 'Little Hotchpotch', 'Rhino’s Horns' written by himself, 'Sulky Vulture' 'The Lonely Giraffe', 'Ellie and Elvis' and 'Captain Wag the Pirate Dog' series written by himself and 'The Wide-Mouthed Frog' all published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books and 'Here comes the Crocodile', 'Chameleon's Crazy Colours', 'Ouch!', 'Crunch Munch Dinosaur Lunch' and 'What's More Scary than a Shark?' published by Little Tiger Press and numerous Dick King-Smith books published by Puffin Books. His latest book 'Who lives Here?' was published by Bloomsbury in conjunction with London Zoo. Since 2012 he has moved into fine art, his inspiration being the natural world as with his illustration work. Michael has four sons, a granddaughter and grandson. He lives on the coast in Kent with his partner Marta.


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