Babette Cole

Babette Cole


Fans of Babette Cole's books will not be surprised that their creator has had a somewhat unconventional life and career. Yes, she did train at Canterbury College of Art but "spent every minute trying to get out." By her third year, Babette was "producing my own little books which everyone liked except my tutors, who thought I should have been doing my Letraset, sitting up properly and not wearing my wellingtons into art school." Babette was actually thrown out of the college twice but then invited back!

Babette graduated with a BA Hons (First Class) and began talking to publishers. "Students don't know what publishers want and I think they should find out," she says. Today, she remains closely involved throughout the production process, even if that means flying out to the Far East to check the pages as they come off the printing press. Babette is no stranger to travel. She lived for a year in the Okavango Swamps in Botswana, and now makes regular trips to her second hom...


Lords, ladies and Puffin readers, read on for an exclusive interview with the writer who created her royal highness Princess Smartypants!

Some of Princess Smartypants choices in life seem similar to yours. Are you the same person?
It's my autobiography - that's quite plain!

If you could have the best horse in the world but you had to live with the Prince who gave it to you, would you?
No way! I'd sell the prince - and keep the horse!

Have you ever met real royalty?
Yes, lots of times - Princess Di, Prince Charles  and the Queen. I've been to one of the Queen's Garden parties and I've met them at various places through our love of horses. And Princess Anne once bought a copy of Princess Smartypants for her daughter, when she was in Australia!

Your Princess is a very strong minded girl. Are you conscious of creating a role model?
She is definitel...


Published by Puffin

Long Live Princess Smartypants jacket image
  • Long Live Princess Smartypants
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Aug 04 2005
  • 5 - 8 years
Bad Habits! jacket image
  • Bad Habits!
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Jul 29 1999
  • 3 - 5 years
Prince Cinders jacket image
  • Prince Cinders
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Sep 25 1997
  • 3 - 5 years
Princess Smartypants jacket image
  • Princess Smartypants
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Oct 28 2004
  • 0 - 3 years
Princess Smartypants Breaks the Rules! jacket image
  • Princess Smartypants Breaks the Rules!
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Aug 06 2009
  • 3 - 5 years

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