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Katharine McEwen - Illustrator

About the Illustrator

As a child

As a child, I often wore my shoes on the wrong feet. I always loved making camps and hideouts with my sister, and I spent hours playing with the frogs and newts in our pond. I used to draw all the time and make books, and frequently read Asterix and Tintin books behind the sofa. My first book was called Tom and the Monster, which I wrote, aged five. It was nine pages long and written in fat blue felt-tip pen. I once won a drawing prize at school and my prize was a disc-camera and I got to personally meet The Krankies!

As an adult

My mum first inspired me to illustrate children's books as she has illustrated five of them. I knew my future would be in books because, whilst at college and university, I would respond to most of the projects with work presented in book form. I was very lucky to receive my first "proper" children's book commission from Walker Books when I graduated in 1996. This was June Crebbin's Cows in the Kitchen. I now live in Tonbridge with my husband and work in London in a shared studio.

As an artist

I had my first book, Jack's Tummy, which I also wrote, published whilst still at university and this confirmed to me my wish to illustrate further books. Since Walker Books got me started in the world of professional illustration, I have illustrated around twenty-five titles. I have yet to illustrate another story of my own, but I find the writing part a lot trickier than the illustrating.

Things you didn't know about Katharine McEwen

1. I love flying kites.

2. I like nothing better than a sunny, chilly day with a blue sky.

3. A favourite pastime of mine is rummaging in junk shops.

4. I have a weakness for cheese.

5. I am very fond of coastal ambles and beach combing.

6. As a child, I wanted to be an archaeologist.

7. Despite coming from a family of sailors, I have never mastered sailing.

8. A favourite smell of mine is rosemary.

9. Although I'm attracted to northern climes, I feel the cold easily.

10. As a child, I had a pet newt called Isaac and a hamster called Pippin.

Featured books by Katharine McEwen

Other books by Katharine McEwen

Who's Hiding in the Snow?

Who's Hiding in the Snow?

Author: Katharine McEwen Format: Board book Release Date: 01/10/2020

A beautiful lift-the-flap book for little nature lovers everywhere! There are lots of animals in the snow. Where are they hiding and what are they doing? In this innovative lift-the-flap book, little ones can pore over beautiful collaged pages and explore under rocks, snow banks and icebergs to find out interesting facts about wildlife in snowy climates. Includes more than 20 sturdy flaps to for small hands to peek behind! The eighth book in the stunning series, following Who's Hiding on the River?, Who's Hiding on the Farm?, Who's Hiding in the Woods?, Who's Hiding at the Seaside?, Who's Hiding on Safari?, Who's Hiding in the Jungle? and Who's Hiding in the Desert?.

Who's Hiding in the Desert?

Who's Hiding in the Desert?

Author: Katharine McEwen Format: Board book Release Date: 02/07/2020

A beautiful lift-the-flap book for little nature lovers everywhere! There are lots of animals in the desert. Where are they hiding and what are they doing? In this innovative lift-the-flap book, little ones can pore over beautiful collaged pages and explore under plants, sand dunes and rocks to find out interesting facts about desert wildlife. Includes more than 20 sturdy flaps to for small hands to peek behind! The seventh book in the stunning series, following Who's Hiding on the River?, Who's Hiding on the Farm?, Who's Hiding in the Woods?, Who's Hiding at the Seaside?, Who's Hiding on Safari? and Who's Hiding in the Jungle?.

Who's Hiding on Safari?

Who's Hiding on Safari?

Author: Katharine McEwen Format: Board book Release Date: 01/08/2019

A beautiful lift-the-flap board book for little nature lovers everywhere! There are lots of animals to see on safari, but where are they hiding and what are they doing? In this charming lift-the-flap book, little ones can pore over the beautiful collaged pages and explore under leaves, trees and rocks to find out interesting facts about jungle wildlife. With over 20 tiny flaps in each book, there's so much to discover. Full of sturdy flaps and simple facts, this is the perfect introduction to the outdoors. Other titles in the series include: Woods, Farm, River, Seaside, Jungle

Who's Hiding in the Jungle?

Who's Hiding in the Jungle?

Author: Katharine McEwen Format: Board book Release Date: 01/08/2019

A beautiful lift-the-flap board book for little nature lovers everywhere! There are lots of animals in the jungle, but where are they hiding and what are they doing? In this charming lift-the-flap book, little ones can pore over the beautiful collaged pages and explore under leaves, trees and rocks to find out interesting facts about jungle wildlife. With over 20 tiny flaps in each book, there's so much to discover. Full of sturdy flaps and simple facts, this is the perfect introduction to the outdoors. Other titles in the series include: Woods, Farm, River, Seaside, Safari

National Trust: Who's Hiding in the Woods?

National Trust: Who's Hiding in the Woods?

Author: Katharine McEwen Format: Board book Release Date: 07/03/2019

A beautiful lift-the-flap board book from the National Trust for little nature lovers everywhere! There are lots of animals in the woods, but where are they hiding and what are they doing? In this charming lift-the-flap book, little ones can pore over the beautiful collaged pages and explore under leaves, logs and tree trunks to find out interesting facts about woodland wildlife. With over 20 tiny flaps in each book, there's so much to discover. Full of sturdy flaps and simple facts, this is the perfect introduction to the outdoors. Other titles in the series include: Seaside, Farm, River, Jungle, Safari and Snow

National Trust: Who's Hiding at the Seaside?

National Trust: Who's Hiding at the Seaside?

Author: Katharine McEwen Format: Board book Release Date: 07/03/2019

A beautiful lift-the-flap board book from the National Trust for little nature lovers everywhere! There are lots of animals at the seaside, but where are they hiding and what are they doing? In this charming lift-the-flap book, little ones can pore over the beautiful collaged pages and explore under rocks, seashells and seaweed to find out interesting facts about seaside wildlife. With over 20 tiny flaps in each book, there's so much to discover. Full of sturdy flaps and simple facts, this is the perfect introduction to the outdoors. Other titles in the series include: Woods, Farm, River, Jungle, Safari

The Children Who Smelled a Rat

The Children Who Smelled a Rat

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2018

The fourth of Allan Ahlberg's mini-masterpieces for early readers. In this thrilling, thunderous (and extra-long) Gaskitt story, Mrs Gaskitt finds a parcel, Mr Gaskitt loses a baby, Horace has mixed feelings about a bird, and the twins' teacher, Mrs Fritter, is - ooer! - not herself. Why? How? When? Why? (again). The children smell a rat!

The Cat Who Got Carried Away

The Cat Who Got Carried Away

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2018

The third book of Allan Ahlberg's mini-masterpieces for early readers. Welcome to the latest grand and gripping Gaskitt story, in which Gus and Gloria have a lot of running to do, Mrs Gaskitt hardly ever gets out of bed and something dreadful happens to Horace! (Also starring: a brainy rat named Randolph; a barking pram; and a considerable number of penguins.) What more do you want?

The Woman Who Won Things

The Woman Who Won Things

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2018

The second of Allan Ahlberg's mini-masterpieces for early readers. One lucky morning ... Mrs Gaskitt opens the post and finds she's won a prize! Next she kisses the postman! Never mind, though - the postman is Mr Gaskitt doing his very latest job. Meanwhile, Gus and Gloria get a new teacher, Mrs Plum, with silvery hair, a big smile and a huge suitcase, who's ever so helpful when things start to go missing in the classroom. And then Mrs Gaskitt finds she's won another prize! What happens next?

National Trust: Who's Hiding on the River?

National Trust: Who's Hiding on the River?

Author: Katharine McEwen Format: Board book Release Date: 21/02/2018

A beautiful lift-the-flap board book from the National Trust for little nature lovers everywhere! There are lots of animals in the river, but where are they hiding and what are they doing? In this charming lift-the-flap book, little ones can pore over the beautiful collaged pages and explore under rocks, logs and lily pads to find out interesting facts about river wildlife. With over 20 tiny flaps in each book, there's so much to discover. Full of sturdy flaps and simple facts, this is the perfect introduction to the outdoors. Other titles in the series include: Seaside, Woods, Farm, Jungle, Safari

National Trust: Who's Hiding on the Farm?

National Trust: Who's Hiding on the Farm?

Author: Katharine McEwen Format: Board book Release Date: 21/02/2018

A beautiful lift-the-flap board book from the National Trust for little nature lovers everywhere! There are lots of animals on the farm, but where are they hiding and what are they doing? In this charming lift-the-flap book, little ones can pore over the beautiful collaged pages and explore under bushes, hay bales and barn doors to find out interesting facts about farmyard animals. With over 20 tiny flaps in each book, there's so much to discover. Full of sturdy flaps and simple facts, this is the perfect introduction to the outdoors. Other titles in the series include: Seaside, Woods, River, Jungle, Safari

Sir Lance-a-Little and the Most Annoying Fairy Book 3

Sir Lance-a-Little and the Most Annoying Fairy Book 3

Author: Rose Impey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/11/2017

Sir Lance-a-Little is the bravest, cleverest knight in all the whole kingdom of Notalot - or so he likes to think ... Now available in paperback, a fantastic new series for younger readers from the creators of Titchy Witch. All Sir Lance-a-Little really wants is to defeat his Number One enemy, the dragon Huffalot. But something always seems to get in the way - whether it's his pesky cousin Princess Plum or a Most Annoying Fairy! Featuring a delightful cast of fairy-tale characters, these hilarious stories from a much-loved author will charm children and parents alike. Illustrated in full colour throughout and designed with beginner readers in mind. Read all the Sir Lance-a-Little books: Sir Lance-a-Little and the Big Bad Wolf Sir Lance-a-Little and the Three Angry Bears Sir Lance-a-Little and the Most Annoying Fairy Sir Lance-a-Little and the Terribly Ugly Troll Sir Lance-a-Little and the Very Wicked Witch Sir Lance-a-Little and the Ginormous Giant All Sir Lancelittle really wants is to defeat his Number One enemy, the dragon Huffalot. But something always seems to get in the way - whether it's his pesky cousin Princess Plum or the Most Annoying Fairy! Featuring a delightful cast of fairy-tale characters, these hilarious stories from a much-loved author will charm children and parents alike. Illustrated in full colour throughout and designed with beginner readers in mind. Read the rest of the Sir Lancelittle books: Sir Lancelittle and the Big Bad Wolf Sir Lancelittle and the Three Angry Bears Sir Lancelittle and the Terribly Ugly Troll Sir Lancelittle and the Very Wicked Witch Sir Lancelittle and the Ginormous Giant

Sir Lance-a-Little and the Ginormous Giant Book 5

Sir Lance-a-Little and the Ginormous Giant Book 5

Author: Rose Impey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

Sir Lance-a-Little is the bravest, cleverest knight in all the whole kingdom of Notalot - or so he likes to think ... Now available in paperback, a fantastic new series for younger readers from the creators of Titchy Witch. All Sir Lance-a-Little really wants is to defeat his Number One enemy, the dragon Huffalot. But something always seems to get in the way - whether it's his pesky cousin Princess Plum or a Big Bad Wolf! Featuring a delightful cast of fairy-tale characters, these hilarious stories from a much-loved author will charm children and parents alike. Illustrated in full colour throughout and designed with beginner readers in mind. Read all the Sir Lance-a-Little books: Sir Lance-a-Little and the Big Bad Wolf Sir Lance-a-Little and the Three Angry Bears Sir Lance-a-Little and the Most Annoying Fairy Sir Lance-a-Little and the Terribly Ugly Troll Sir Lance-a-Little and the Very Wicked Witch Sir Lance-a-Little and the Ginormous Giant

Sir Lance-a-Little and the Very Wicked Witch Book 6

Sir Lance-a-Little and the Very Wicked Witch Book 6

Author: Rose Impey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

Sir Lance-a-Little is the bravest, cleverest knight in all the whole kingdom of Notalot - or so he likes to think ... Now available in paperback, a fantastic new series for younger readers from the creators of Titchy Witch. All Sir Lance-a-Little really wants is to defeat his Number One enemy, the dragon Huffalot. But something always seems to get in the way - whether it's his pesky cousin Princess Plum or a Very Wicked Witch! Featuring a delightful cast of fairy-tale characters, these hilarious stories from a much-loved author will charm children and parents alike. Illustrated in full colour throughout and designed with beginner readers in mind. Read all the Sir Lance-a-Little books: Sir Lance-a-Little and the Big Bad Wolf Sir Lance-a-Little and the Three Angry Bears Sir Lance-a-Little and the Most Annoying Fairy Sir Lance-a-Little and the Terribly Ugly Troll Sir Lance-a-Little and the Very Wicked Witch Sir Lance-a-Little and the Ginormous Giant

Sir Lance-a-Little and the Big Bad Wolf Book 1

Sir Lance-a-Little and the Big Bad Wolf Book 1

Author: Rose Impey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/07/2017

Sir Lance-a-Little is the bravest, cleverest knight in all the whole kingdom of Notalot - or so he likes to think ... Now available in paperback, a fantastic new series for younger readers from the creators of Titchy Witch. All Sir Lance-a-Little really wants is to defeat his Number One enemy, the dragon Huffalot. But something always seems to get in the way - whether it's his pesky cousin Princess Plum or a Big Bad Wolf! Featuring a delightful cast of fairy-tale characters, these hilarious stories from a much-loved author will charm children and parents alike. Illustrated in full colour throughout and designed with beginner readers in mind. Read all the Sir Lance-a-Little books: Sir Lance-a-Little and the Big Bad Wolf Sir Lance-a-Little and the Three Angry Bears Sir Lance-a-Little and the Most Annoying Fairy Sir Lance-a-Little and the Terribly Ugly Troll Sir Lance-a-Little and the Very Wicked Witch Sir Lance-a-Little and the Ginormous Giant

Sir Lance-a-Little and the Three Angry Bears Book 2

Sir Lance-a-Little and the Three Angry Bears Book 2

Author: Rose Impey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/07/2017

All Sir Lancelittle really wants is to defeat his Number One enemy, the dragon Huffalot. But something always seems to get in the way - whether it's his pesky cousin Princess Plum or Three Angry Bears! Featuring a delightful cast of fairy-tale characters, these hilarious stories from a much-loved author will charm children and parents alike. Illustrated in full colour throughout and designed with beginner readers in mind. Read the rest of the Sir Lancelittle books: Sir Lancelittle and the Big Bad Wolf Sir Lancelittle and the Most Annoying Fairy Sir Lancelittle and the Terribly Ugly Troll Sir Lancelittle and the Very Wicked Witch Sir Lancelittle and the Ginormous Giant

Sir Lance-a-Little and the Very Wicked Witch Book 6

Sir Lance-a-Little and the Very Wicked Witch Book 6

Author: Rose Impey Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/11/2016

All Sir Lancelittle really wants is to defeat his Number One enemy, the dragon Huffalot. But something always seems to get in the way - whether it's his pesky cousin Princess Plum or the Terribly Ugly Troll! Featuring a delightful cast of fairy-tale characters, these hilarious stories from a much-loved author will charm children and parents alike. Illustrated in full colour throughout and designed with beginner readers in mind. Read the rest of the Sir Lancelittle books: Sir Lancelittle and the Big Bad Wolf Sir Lancelittle and the Three Angry Bears Sir Lancelittle and the Most Annoying Fairy Sir Lancelittle and the Terribly Ugly Troll Sir Lancelittle and the Ginormous Giant

Sir Lance-a-Little and the Ginormous Giant Book 5

Sir Lance-a-Little and the Ginormous Giant Book 5

Author: Rose Impey Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/11/2016

All Sir Lancelittle really wants is to defeat his Number One enemy, the dragon Huffalot. But something always seems to get in the way - whether it's his pesky cousin Princess Plum or the Terribly Ugly Troll! Featuring a delightful cast of fairy-tale characters, these hilarious stories from a much-loved author will charm children and parents alike. Illustrated in full colour throughout and designed with beginner readers in mind. Read the rest of the Sir Lancelittle books: Sir Lancelittle and the Big Bad Wolf Sir Lancelittle and the Three Angry Bears Sir Lancelittle and the Most Annoying Fairy Sir Lancelittle and the Terribly Ugly Troll Sir Lancelittle and the Very Wicked Witch

Sir Lance-a-Little and the Terribly Ugly Troll Book 4

Sir Lance-a-Little and the Terribly Ugly Troll Book 4

Author: Rose Impey Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/11/2016

All Sir Lancelittle really wants is to defeat his Number One enemy, the dragon Huffalot. But something always seems to get in the way - whether it's his pesky cousin Princess Plum or the Terribly Ugly Troll! Featuring a delightful cast of fairy-tale characters, these hilarious stories from a much-loved author will charm children and parents alike. Illustrated in full colour throughout and designed with beginner readers in mind. Read the rest of the Sir Lancelittle books: Sir Lancelittle and the Big Bad Wolf Sir Lancelittle and the Three Angry Bears Sir Lancelittle and the Most Annoying Fairy Sir Lancelittle and the Very Wicked Witch Sir Lancelittle and the Ginormous Giant

Sir Lance-a-Little and the Most Annoying Fairy Book 3

Sir Lance-a-Little and the Most Annoying Fairy Book 3

Author: Rose Impey Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/11/2016

All Sir Lancelittle really wants is to defeat his Number One enemy, the dragon Huffalot. But something always seems to get in the way - whether it's his pesky cousin Princess Plum or the Most Annoying Fairy! Featuring a delightful cast of fairy-tale characters, these hilarious stories from a much-loved author will charm children and parents alike. Illustrated in full colour throughout and designed with beginner readers in mind. Read the rest of the Sir Lancelittle books: Sir Lancelittle and the Big Bad Wolf Sir Lancelittle and the Three Angry Bears Sir Lancelittle and the Terribly Ugly Troll Sir Lancelittle and the Very Wicked Witch Sir Lancelittle and the Ginormous Giant

Titchy Witch And The Get-Better Spell

Titchy Witch And The Get-Better Spell

Author: Rose Impey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/05/2015

When Titchy-witch's mum has the witchy-flu, Cat-a-bogus makes a big pot of Get-Better Soup. But Titchy-witch thinks a Get-Better Spell will do more good! Don't miss the rest of the Titchy-witch series, now reissued in a smart new livery.

Titchy Witch: The Birthday Broomstick

Titchy Witch: The Birthday Broomstick

Author: Rose Impey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2015

Titchy-witch thinks flying is easy-breezy. But when she sets off on her first solo flight, she finds that riding a broomstick is much harder than it looks! Don't miss the rest of the Titchy-witch series, now reissued in a smart new livery.

Bear Hug

Bear Hug

Author: Katharine McEwen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2014

Bear Hug

Bear Hug

Author: Katharine McEwen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2014

One bear is facing winter alone for the first time in his life. Just like his father showed him, he gathers leaves for his cave, and just like his mother showed him, he catches fat silver fish to eat. The bear meets his mate and both sleep away the winter in his cosy cave, snuggled in a big bear hug. When spring arrives, a new bear cub arrives also, and the new father begins to teach his child all he has learned.

Send for a Superhero!

Send for a Superhero!

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/07/2014

A bedtime read turns into a very funny superhero adventure in this exciting blend of picture book and comic book storytelling. It's time for bed and Dad is reading Emily and little Elmer a story... Danger! Filth and Vacuum, The Terrible Two, are trying to destroy the world! Who will save the day? Steel Man isn't strong enough; Flying-Through-the-Air-Very-Fast-Man isn't fast enough and Incredibly-Big-Strong-Green-Man isn't big, strong and green enough. Who can help? Clever young Brad 40 has a brilliant idea: he calls on a most unlikely superhero: Incredibly Boring Man, who sends the villains - and everyone else - to sleep! Filth and Vacuum are captured by the army, Brad is a hero, and Dad thinks Emily and Elmer have fallen asleep too. But he's wrong...

The Man Who Wore All His Clothes

The Man Who Wore All His Clothes

Author: Allan Ahlberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2012

The first of Allan Ahlberg's mini-masterpieces for early readers, illustrated in full colour by Katharine McEwen. Winner of the Red House Children's Book Award, this book is the first in a series of brilliantly funny early readers by Allan Ahlberg. One morning Mr Gaskitt puts on all his clothes, Mrs Gaskitt picks up a robber in her taxi, Gus and Gloria have trouble with a teacher, Horace the cat goes to a friend's house to watch TV and the car radio gets things wrong. What follows is an action-packed, massively swift-paced and farcical romp as different plots interweave and end in a thrilling car chase with Mr Gaskitt saving the day! With full-colour illustrations by Katharine McEwen.

Tigerbear

Tigerbear

Author: Steve Webb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2012

Join Tigerbear as he hops from rock to rock, swishes through tall grass and splishes through mud! Come and play hide and seek with Tigerbear and his new friend in a dark, dark cave . . . Is there really a scary monster? It's up to Tigerbear to save the day!

Tigerbear

Tigerbear

Author: Steve Webb Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/07/2011

Join Tigerbear as he hops from rock to rock, swishes through tall grass and splishes through mud! Come and play hide and seek with Tigerbear and his new friend in a dark, dark cave . . . Is there really a scary monster? It's up to Tigerbear to save the day!

My Dad, the Hero

My Dad, the Hero

Author: Stella Gurney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2008

A touching yet amusing story about a boy's admiration for his dad - and his acceptance of his limitations. T is part of a happy family, and he loves everything about them - especially his clever dad, who drives a taxi and can make anything you like out of wood. When T's teacher arranges for his dad to come into school to talk about what he does for a job, T should be as proud as proud. But there's one problem: his dad doesn't speak English. T worries and worries about what to do - does his teacher realize? Will everyone laugh at him because his dad can only speak Bengali? But T's dad is cleverer than T thinks. When he comes in to school anyway and does an amazing puppet show, T realizes that being the same as other people is not everything. His dad really is a hero!

Sticky Jam

Sticky Jam

Author: Meredith Hooper Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2003

Find out how the strawberry jam in your sandwich was made in this bright, clearly explained and illustrated story of sugar. Where does sugar come from? This fascinating learn-as-you-read picture book tells you everything you ever wanted to know about how sugar is made. Simple, rhythmical text, colourful illustrations and a carefully researched information section at the back take you through the process, which begins with a sugar cane growing in the earth and ends in sweet, sticky jam!

Geansaidh Snath Storaidh Na Cloimhe

Geansaidh Snath Storaidh Na Cloimhe

Author: Meredith Hooper Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/11/2003

Silidh Staigeach Storaidh an T-Siucair

Silidh Staigeach Storaidh an T-Siucair

Author: Meredith Hooper Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/11/2003

Titchy Witch And The Frog Fiasco

Titchy Witch And The Frog Fiasco

Author: Rose Impey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2003

Titchy-witch thinks the magic in her mum's Big Book of Spells is easy-breezy. But as she soon discovers, if you don't read it right, the spell may turn out all wrong!

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