Patronus on a Postcard

Bloomsbury Children’s Books have asked 26 illustrators to draw an animal on a postcard which relates to the Harry Potter patronus idea. The originals will be auctioned, and the funds raised donated to the UK Booktrust, is a hugely important charity which encourages children to read. The above image is Jim Kay’s stag, which is Harry’s own patronus. Congratulations to Bloomsbury for coming up with this excellent fundraising idea for such a good cause, and also to the illustrators who also value the work that Booktrust does for our children.

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John Harris travel books

We’re just about to add more of John’s originals for sale to the website. These will be paintings which he’s done for various travel books and also fiction. This one was for a book by Dervla Murphy, Wheels Within Wheels. Much of her travelling was to exotic countries but I think this one about County Waterford is particularly evocative.

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Anthony Maddock, designer/illustrator

Anthony Maddock isn’t just the most imaginative and experienced graphic designer with all the expert knowledge you need for all the technical side of things. He can also come up with very stylish cover ideas using his own illustration.

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World Illustration Awards

And more news on Grahame. The Rhythm of the Rain has been shortlisted for a World Illustration Award by the British Association of Illustrators. This is his own charming account of the water cycle and how it affects children across the world.

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Publication of Life!

I am so utterly thrilled by this book, illustrated by Grahame Baker Smith. It covers so much and it is fascinating reading. Published today.

Life, The First Four Billion Years, Walker Books.

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Neil Packer’s apples

A spread from the forthcoming book on Taxonomy. Neil Packer. Magic.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – the cover

The cover of the edition illustrated by Jim Kay was released last week at the London Book Fair. Also one or two illustrations to be included in this book, to be published on 8th October 2019 (scroll down).

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Jane Delawney

Jim Burns’ prize-winning painting from Boskone 2019.

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Kate Greenaway Medal

Many thanks to Jeffrey Alan Love for his stunning work on the illustrated Norse Myths, and to Olivia Lomenech Gill for hers on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Both now longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

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The Hero’s Quest

This is going to be a gorgeous book. A scary alphabet for all ages. To be published by Walker and Candlewick later this year.

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