Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Jim Kay has now signed many many copies of the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, published last month. Here he is, eagerly getting on with the next book, which is fatter than ever. He just wants to be left alone for a while now. You can read about him in the New York Times though.

Photo: Charlotte Hadden for the New York Times.

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The Kate Greenaway Medal 2020

I’m so thrilled that these four books are all nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal for 2020. None of these books were easy projects, all broke new ground, and each one shows a breadth of both draughtsmanship and the ability to interpret someone else’s ideas which I think defines the critieria for this much-loved award. These are four of the absolute best artists working in children’s books today.

Alexis Deacon, Levi Pinfold, Neil Packer, Grahame Baker Smith. To me? Four winners.

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On the Riverbank

The new edition of The Wind in the Willows, illustrated by Grahame Baker Smith, is now published. Grahame’s interpreted this wonderful classic text in his own way and I think this book will delight today’s children as much as earlier editions must have excited the children of 1908 and ever since.

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Jeffrey Alan Love’s new portfolio

It’s been a busy summer for Jeffrey. His own picture book, The Hero’s Quest, has been produced for Walker Books and will be published in November. Also, his sketchbook, The Mountain of Smoke, reached its Kickstarter target in a matter of hours so we’ve updated his illustration portfolio with a host of new images.

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Publication of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Jim was interviewed by Wizarding World about his approach to this book, and you can see a short film here. And some “scenes” animated here.

And these are the Mermen . . .

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A Monster Calls, originals for sale

We’re celebrating the publication of the spectacular fourth Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by offering for sale original paintings and drawings by Jim – from other books. Jim isn’t ‘just’ a Harry Potter artist. Walker Books gave him his first chance, and they’ve produced some spectacular books as a result.

A Monster Calls,winner of both the Carnegie Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal has been described as ‘outstanding’ by The Times, and ‘compelling . . . powerful and impressive’ by Philip Pullman. Jim’s illustrations matched Patrick’s text perfectly and the emotional impact of that combination has struck people worldwide. The book is now available in forty languages. The original cover is above, and also the special edition produced to coincide with the subsequent film, directed by J A Bayona. Then some concept drawings, now for sale.

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The Hero’s Quest

How fabulous to receive three copies of Jeffrey Alan Love‘s new book, The Hero’s Quest. These are the English, Dutch and Italian editions, to be published in October. This introduction into the life of our hero as he rides through myth and magic is beautifully conceived and, of course, illustrated in dramatic style. Commissioned by Walker Books in the UK.

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John Harris’s work for Dublin

We’ll be at the Worldcon in Dublin from 15-18th August and looking forward to seeing everyone there. Here are a few of the pieces of John Harris’s work we’ll be putting in the Art show there. Some pastels, some paintings.

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World Fantasy Award Nomination

Jeffrey Alan Love is delighted to have been nominated for the 2019 World Fantasy Award. Many congratulations to him. In other news, his extremely stylish graphic novel, The Thousand Demon Tree, is now available on Amazon. This is just one spread from it – and I couldn’t recommend it more highly. John Harris says: ‘The cinematic sense of the extended journey and its loneliness is very witty and effective. I love the fact that the story is silent – a song without words.’

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