Ollie's Christmas Reindeer by Nicola Killen
  

Ollie's Christmas Reindeer

Written by Nicola Killen
Illustrated by Nicola Killen

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Get into the Spirit of Christmas! Nicola Killen’s story of a little girl’s magical adventure deserves a place in every Christmas stocking. Ollie is woken by jingling bells and dashes into the snow. Reindeers are clearly her special thing - she’s wearing her reindeer suit in bed, complete with antlers, and her favourite toy is a cuddly reindeer – so she can’t believe it when she meets a reindeer, looking for its lost collar (the source of the noise). Together they fly through the night sky across the sleeping world. Unusually, the illustrations are mostly greys and black, lit up by silver foil, splashes of red and touches of blue; deceptively simple they are full of warmth, and little Ollie is a very merry little character indeed. Special die-cut panels increase the fun, leading readers along with Ollie from one scene to the next. Delightful! ~ Andrea Reece

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Ollie's Christmas Reindeer by Nicola Killen

When a jingling sound wakes her from her sleep, a little girl's dreams come true when she meets a lost reindeer in the forest. Setting off on a magical adventure together it soon becomes a Christmas never to forget. Nicola Killen's evocative illustrations are sure to enchant in this beautiful book with die cut pages, foil and flashes of festive red colour.

Reviews

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'There's lots of lovely alliteration in this book and I'm sure that very soon its cute child narrator won't be the only one charmed by crocodile.' Books for Keeps

'Killen's endearingly lo-fi illustrative style has bags of childlike charm.' Junior

'Wonderful illustrations… there is a quirky and endearing style.' Early Years Educator

About the Author

Nicola Killen

Nicola has always loved drawing and still likes nothing better than taking her sketchbook to the zoo to draw her favourite animals – rhinos and penguins of course! Nicola was designing Christmas cards before she started an MA in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. Her final show won Egmont's Best New Talent Award and since then she has been working on her own picture books. In her spare time Nicola enjoys cooking for friends, visiting museums and singing (but only in private!). She lives and works in Cambridge, England.

A Q&A with Nicola

Where & when were you born?

I was born in Cambridgeshire in the 1970s. My Mum and Dad still live in the house I was born in!

Where do you live & who with?

I live in Cambridge in a shared house. Sadly we're not allowed to have pets, otherwise I would have a dog!

How did you first start writing/illustrating?

I've always loved drawing. I did a degree in Graphic Design but specialized in illustration. I spent 18 months training to be an accountant after university but following a holiday to Cornwall decided to try and make a living from illustration. I started making handmade cards, then designing cards for publishers. After working in-house at a couple of design companies for 7 years I decided to apply for the MA in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge. When doing the course we were encouraged to come up with our own ideas to illustrate and that's how I started writing.

What inspires you?

I tend to be inspired by little things that people say or do. If I hear something funny, I'll jot it down in my notebook. Sometimes it will stay there for several years before it develops into an idea. I love visiting galleries, watching films and drawing for visual inspiration.

Have you won any awards for your work? A Blue Peter badge and expandable sponge! - When I was about 12 I was a runner up in a competition designing a computer graphics sequence for Children's BBC. My idea of a sardine can opening was made and used for several months!

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Creative, hardworking and a bit silly!

What do you do to relax?

Drawing, visiting museums and galleries, watching films, and singing along to the radio (badly)!

Where do you write?

I write anywhere - I make notes in a notebook or sketchbook if I get an idea so I don't forget it! When I have an idea, I'll start to develop a sequence of pictures to go with it and this usually happens in my studio which is a small office I share with two friends. Sometimes it's so hard to find any space on my desk I have to tidy up first!

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Format

Paperback
32 pages
Interest Age: From 3

Author

Nicola Killen
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Author's Website

www.nicolakillen.com/

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd

Publication date

3rd November 2016

ISBN

9780857076014

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