After studying illustration at Anglia College of Art in Cambridge, Allison Bartlett went on to Kingston College of Art. There she began her courses for an MA, but she began working sooner than she thought. When asked what her nightmare college assignment would be, she replied, “A children’s book”, and low and behold that’s the task she was given. That book she illustrated was Oliver’s Vegetables, which went on to be shown at the 1993 Macmillan Prize Exhibition. It was seen by an agent, published the next year, and won several awards. She has worked as a children’s book illustrator ever since.