Jo Lodge is an illustrator and a paper engineer and was greatly influenced by her artistic parents – her mother Maureen Roffey, an illustrator and her father Bernard Lodge, a graphic designer. In 1988 Jo graduated with a fashion degree from Kingston Polytechnic and worked for a knitwear company designing their main collection and consulting on projects for Next, Marks and Spencer and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Jo produced her first six books in1996 which were published by Rod Campbell. Her boldly coloured animal characters have been used across a range of books. Jo was nominated for the Sainsbury’s Baby Book Award in October 2001, was a finalist for the Sheffield Baby Book Award in 2007 and was shortlisted for the Booktrust Early Years awards in 2010.
She is probably best known for her Mr Croc books that have sold over a million copies worldwide.
She lives in West Sussex with her husband and two sons.