Sunday, 2 November 2014

An illustration commission for Fortnum & Mason leads to an invitation to Judith Kerr's book launch

The inside spread of the colouring book I illustrated for Fortnum & Mason.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr is one of my favourite picture books - it is a lovely story to read aloud and the illustrations are truly charming. It was published in 1968 and though Judith Kerr has written many other books since then she did not publish The Crocodile Under the Bed (a sequel to the Tiger story) until this year.

Judith Kerr listens to Geraldine McEwan
read The Crocodile Under the Bed.
So I was delighted to be at the launch of The Crocodile Under the Bed at Fortnum & Mason in London a couple of weeks ago. Judith Kerr, now in her nineties, gave a speech and her stories were read by Geraldine McEwan. 

I was invited to the event because I illustrated a little colouring book for Fortnum & Mason and this was its first outing. It was included in a goody bag for guests along with a signed copy of The Crocodile Under the Bed. 

This experience is an example of why I love being a freelance illustrator so much. You never know what you will be working on next or where it will take you. A little colouring book commission that has been very enjoyable in itself (the people at Fortnums are great to work with) lead to me being in the same room as one of my heroes - Judith Kerr.

More information about Judith Kerr and her work is in this article by the Independent. More information about The Crocodile Under the Bed is on the Harper Collins website.

My copy of Judith's book - it is a delightful
follow up to the Tiger story, I highly recommend it.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Help for self publishing children's book authors

Some of my work.
A great new website has been launched, Help with Publishing, created by an author for authors.

It contains informative articles on writing, self publishing and marketing books.

Also on the site are listings to help writers find an editor, designer or illustrator.

I have created illustrations for self-publishing writers and very much enjoyed the experience. You can find my illustration and cover design listings on the site or email me for more information. To see my portfolios go to

If you are looking for a critique group or other kind of support and are a children's book writer or illustrator (published or unpublished) I recommend that you consider joining SCBWI, there are branches in many countries.

About Help with Publishing (taken from the website):

Hello, we’re Steve and Diana Kimpton. As the two halves of  The Word Pool partnership, we’ve been building and running book related sites since 1999. We’ve created this site to help authors find the information and technical help they need to publish their own books.  We hope you find it useful.
Diana is a children’s author with more than 40 books published so far and more in the pipeline. She has recently switched to self publishing most of her new books, and this site has grown out of the many questions she’s been asked by other authors considering doing the same.

Steve is the technical half of the partnership. His many years experience in the computer industry have given him a confidence and expertise which is invaluable in tackling web based projects and his background has helped him understand the technical side of ebook publishing.