Illustrator of the Month - Sophy Henn Illustrator of the Month - Sophy Henn

Sophy Henn writes and illustrates charming children’s books in her Sussex studio. She spends her days dreaming up adventures for Pom Pom Panda, Where Bear and drinking lots of tea!

Edie
Sophy Henn
Marvellously independent, confident and full of optimism, little Edie strides across the pages of this lovely book and straight into readers' hearts. In bright, busy scenes we see her helping her family by waking everyone up nice and early, organising... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2017
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Playtime with Ted
Sophy Henn
Playtime with Ted is one of a new series of interactive board books from the super-talented Sophy Henn and like her bestselling picture books it's fresh and funny, and a wonderful celebration of the joys of being a child. Ted... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Hardback | Released 06/04/2017
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Bedtime with Ted
Sophy Henn
It's bedtime for Ted, but he's just too busy yet – flip the flaps and you can see why: Ted is in the bath with some penguins, busy brushing his teeth with a crocodile and drinking his milk with a... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/04/2017
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Pom Pom Gets the Grumps
Sophy Henn
Poor Pom Pom is having a bad day – he can't find his blanky, his baby brother has his favourite toy, even his breakfast is soggy. Everyone at school is having fun but Pom Pom just can't shake off his... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 02/02/2017
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Pom Pom the Champion
Sophy Henn
In Pom Pom Sophy Henn has created another endearing little character all parents and children will recognise. After beating his mummy at a board game, Pom Pom decides he likes being the winner, and that from now on he'll win... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2015
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Where Bear?
Sophy Henn
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Illustrated Book 2015 Friendship is celebrated in Sophy Henn's heart-warming and visually stunning picture book. Boy and bear are best friends, but the boy realises that the bear is getting just ‘too big and bearish'... Featured in: 3+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/02/2015
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Pom Pom is Super
Sophy Henn
Sophy Henn knows just what makes young children tick, and Pom Pom, the friendly panda is a little character all parents will recognise. He feels a bit left out when his friends loudly announce their super powers, he doesn't seem... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2016
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Pass it on
Sophy Henn
Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize The super-talented Sophy Henn, of Where Bear? and Pom Pom the panda fame, has created a truly joyous new picture book. A little girl – in stylish capri pants and a sombrero –... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/02/2016
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Edie
Sophy Henn
Marvellously independent, confident and full of optimism, little Edie strides across the pages of this lovely book and straight into readers' hearts. In bright, busy scenes we see her helping her family by waking everyone up nice and early, organising... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/02/2017
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Sophy has a new picture book character, making her debut in February 2017. Welcome Edie!

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We asked Sophy where the idea for Edie came from...Sophy said.."Edie just sort of popped into my head, pretty much fully formed. I think she is an amalgamation of lots of little girls, the ones who lead from the front in the playground/at nursery. There are always characters who are VERY busy, organising everyone and helping out whether you want them to or not. I love that spirit and can do attitude, which doesn’t often last in such an undiluted form once peer pressure and self-awareness kick in. I wanted to celebrate it and its unfailing positivity."

Sophy Henn’s Pom Pom Bear series, Pass It On and Where Bear? have made her a firm favourite picture book author and her festival/ bookshop events are always hugely popular.

Where Bear?, her first book, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize in 2015. She was also the World Book Day Illustrator for 2015 and 2016. Pass It On won the Junior Design Gold Award 2016.

A Q&A with Sophy Henn

* What are the best and worst things about being an author-illustrator? I love my job and cannot believe how lucky I am! I get to think up characters & stories, then draw them…everyday! I really love the age group that I work with...I have a big cardboard Pom Pom that I take to events now and when the audience filed in a little boy started hopping around pointing at it cheering “Pom Pom, Pom Pom!”.

* Name one thing about you which people may be surprised to learn. I love to tap dance!

* Who has been an inspiration to you, personally and professionally? My daughter has been my main inspiration. The fun I had reading to her when she was little and seeing the joy she got from books inspired me to try my hand at writing and illustrating.

* What was the first book you remember? Janet and Allan Ahlberg's Cops And Robbers. I loved all the detail in the illustrations, the little visual gags tucked away in the pictures for you to hunt out. And the main character’s scandalous behaviour was very exciting.

You can read the whole Q&A on Sophy Henn's author page.

Sophy Henn lives and works in Sussex, England. She studied Fashion at Central Saint Martins, accidentally had a London-based career as an Art Director in advertising, then completed an MA at University of Brighton in Illustration. Now she writes and illustrates children's books in her studio, with a large cup of tea by her side, and can't quite believe her luck.

Read more at www.penguin.co.uk.

You can find out more about Sophy Henn on her website www.sophyhenn.com.


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