Behind the scenes with Gordon Crabb’s covers

It’s rare to go into a bookshop here in the UK, particularly W H Smith, without finding a Gordon Crabb cover prominently displayed. At the moment, the shops are full of Harper Collins’ book, The Christmas Wedding which is the latest in the series of Dilly Court novels. He’s been working on those for many years and they are among the best.

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Here’s to more of this in 2020

These are the people who have made 2019 such a blast for me. I just can’t thank you enough.

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Neil Packer’s Tool Shed

Is this how you keep your tools? This is one of the illustrations from Neil’s forthcoming book about taxonomy, One of a Kind. It’s about so much more than how we sort things out though. We’re going to exhibit some of the work, as well as his originals for The Odyssey and The Iliad and other prints next year. There will be more on that in our newsletter so let me know if you’d like to be signed up.

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Ian Miller’s Grim Tarock cards

The campaign on Kickstarter to promote the set of Tarot cards illustrated by Ian Miller is still galloping ahead. There’s still time to join . . .

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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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