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Sarah Nayler - Illustrator

About the Illustrator

Sarah Nayler 1971-2008

As a child

Sarah grew up in Norfolk (north and south) and always wanted to fly airplanes, but never quite got the qualifications. Her form tutor thought she might be better off going to art college. Her dad wanted Sarah to get an HGV and drive lorries with him but when her tutor said she could actually draw pictures for a living, she made my mind up. She wanted to go to Art College.

As an adult

Sarah went to art college at 18 and moved to Great Yarmouth for 2 years and then went off to Hull for further 3 years, one of which was spent hiding in the print room doing dry points and mono prints. After graduating, Sarah moved to London and started getting her portfolio seen and soon began working for the Evening Standard magazine.

As an artist

Sarah loved to draw and take her sketch book everywhere, she loved watching people and then translating them into her work, whether in paint or pencil or pen. Using a computer meant they could be coloured up digitally, but everything was drawn from scratch. Sarah even took her sketch book with her when she had chemotherapy: you never know when you will draw something fantastic. Sadly, Sarah passed away in 2008.

Things you didn't know about Sarah Nayler

100% cyan and 20% magenta 80% yellow are my favourite colours ever.

I am dyslexic.

I love chocolate very much.

I would one day like to thank my art teacher Martin Rhodes for having faith in my potentional.

I ride my bike everywhere (well try).

I admire Tony Ross and Dave Grohl is my hero.

I once bumped into Lionel Bart ( the man who wrote 'Oliver' the musical) at the Design Museum opening. I was so in awe of him that I could not talk. I wanted to say I really admired him but I didn't. I so regret it now that I always say things and do stuff so I will not regret missing out.

I have a framed picture of me and Westlife on my wall.

I cannot eat ice cream (which is such a bummer).

When my goldfish died he was 16 years old. He retired to my dad's pond.

Featured books by Sarah Nayler

Other books by Sarah Nayler

What's So Special about Dickens?

What's So Special about Dickens?

Author: Michael Rosen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2016

A winsome, user-friendly introduction to all things Dickens from former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen, with lively interior illustrations by Sarah Nayler. Dickens brought life to some of our favourite characters: his rogues' gallery includes the Artful Dodger and his avaricious boss, Fagin, the miserly Mr Scrooge, and the spiteful Miss Havisham. During Dickens's lifetime, his novels sold in their thousands, and his touring one-man show was an international hit. Now, 145 years after his death, Dickens's fame has only grown - his books are read all over the world, and have been adapted for both stage and screen. So what is it about Dickens's writing that keeps his readers coming back for more? Join Michael Rosen on a whistle-stop tour of Dickensian London. Featuring a richly detailed summary of Dickens's childhood and career, a witty recap of his best-known novels, and lively black-and-white illustrations from Sarah Nayler, this book is the perfect introduction to the work and world of Charles Dickens.

Baby On Board

Baby On Board

Author: Kes Gray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2014

A hilarious picture book to help prepare little ones for the arrival of a new baby and explain what's going on in mummy's tummy! From Kes Gray, author of the bestselling Oi Frog series. There's a baby growing inside Mum's tum. At one month it's just a blob, at three months it's as big as Mum's thumb and at four months it has teeny-tiny fingernails... Waiting for a new baby can be a confusing and worrying time for young children. Share this laugh-out-loud story to reassure your little one and involve them in all the excitement. Told from a young child's perspective, kids will love this funny count-down to the big day. Clearly divided into nine months, each month the pages in the book get bigger, as the baby gets bigger too! 'A must for anyone expecting a second child.' Angels & Urchins 'Highly entertaining.' Guardian

Project X Origins: Pink Book Band, Oxford Level 1+: My Home: A New Home

Project X Origins: Pink Book Band, Oxford Level 1+: My Home: A New Home

Author: Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Project X Origins is a ground-breaking guided reading programme for the whole school. Action-packed stories, fascinating non-fiction and comprehensive guided reading support meet the needs of children at every stage of their reading development. In A New Home we meet Meg and follow her journey as she finds a new home with a difference. Each book contains inside cover notes that highlight challenge words, prompt questions and a range of follow-up activities to support children in their reading.

Flash Harriet and the Loch Ness Monster Band 13/Topaz

Flash Harriet and the Loch Ness Monster Band 13/Topaz

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2007

Build your child's reading confidence at home with books at the right level Flash Harriet , the famous girl detective, is on the trail of a crime... and it has led her to the shores of Loch Ness. Find out what happens in this comic detective story. * Topaz/ Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. * Text type - A humorous story. * There are chapters, which give the book an adult feel. * There is a reader response page, which gives important clues to the 'Mystery at Swag Hall'. These help young readers review the plot and know the importance of clues in their own adventure writing. * Curriculum links - Citizenship: Respect for property; DT: Moving monsters. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Finch's Secret Diaries: Do Not Read Or Else

Finch's Secret Diaries: Do Not Read Or Else

Author: Pat Moon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2006

Finch is back in this third Do Not Read book, once again, told through diary format. Finch's mum is about to have triplets, Grandma Nolly is about to marry her sweetheart, biker Bill, and among all this mayhem, Finch is determined to find out exactly who her real father is. Unknown to Finch's mum, Finch gets in touch with her mum's old school friends through Friends Reunited and finally gets to meet her dad. This throws up lots of new challenges for Finch, but there's lots of laughter along the way too...

Silly Poems

Silly Poems

Author: Paul Cookson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2006

A ridiculously rib-tickling selection of the silliest poems ever written. Paul Cookson has compiled a collection of verse old and new, which will have you clutching your sides and gagging for more...

I Rule Dogsbottom School

I Rule Dogsbottom School

Author: Jon Blake Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2005

Bernie's only just started at Dogsbottom School and already she's the football captain and the paintbrush monitor. There's just one catch - she's the only pupil! Bernie must try and save the school and recruit some new pupils, but it's not easy when one by one the teachers all seem to be going completely mad...This book was originally published under the title One Girl School . This new edition has been retitled to tie in with a further two brand new books in the series. The book has also been completely reillustrated throughout. This book comes at a special introductory price of GBP2.99.

Family Poems

Family Poems

Author: Jennifer Curry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/01/2002

This title presents brilliant poems to entertain your whole family. In here you'll find rhymes from favourite poets including Michael Rosen, Jack Prelutsky and Kit Wright, as well as some poems written by kids like you. There are happy poems and sad poems, funny poems and cheeky poems, plus lots of stroppy sisters, bratty brothers, daft dads - and grandmas giving sloppy kisses.

Finch's Secret Diaries: Do Not Read This Book

Finch's Secret Diaries: Do Not Read This Book

Author: Pat Moon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/04/2001

Nolly's given me this notebook to take my mind off my insides. I love its starry cover and its smooth white pages just waiting to be filled up...I will use it to record my life and secret thoughts... Life is pretty good for eleven-year-old Finch. She lives with her unconventional 'girl power' family - a messy, scatty Mum - and a chain-smoking adopted gran, Nolly. But then things begin to change...Her best friend Cassie goes to a different school - and her gran falls ill. And then there's her mum's new boyfriend who doesn't measure up to Finch's image of her dead dad, and who spends far too much time with Finch's mum. Finch wants things to go back to the way they were. But when her campaign to get rid of 'Action Man' does succeed, Finch finds that she's bitten off more than she can chew.

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