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Claire Powell - Illustrator

About the Illustrator

Claire Powell is an illustrator, writer and designer who lives and works in London. She has spent several years as a design director in the world of channel rebranding working for clients such as Nickelodeon, BBC Three, CBBC and BBC One. As a result of her broadcast experience Claire is very comfortable with narrative, pacing, storyboarding, movement, layout and composition. Claire has a tendency towards humour and bright, bold use of colour and she loves creating strong typographical layouts to help tell a story.

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Other books by Claire Powell

The Warrior in My Wardrobe More Misadventures with Merdyn the Wild!

The Warrior in My Wardrobe More Misadventures with Merdyn the Wild!

Author: Simon Farnaby Illustrator: Claire Powell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/05/2022

Merdyn is the greatest wizard of the Dark Ages. Obviously. Rose is his 21st-century descendent. Lucky her. And Vanheldon the vandal warrior is FURIOUS! After all, last time they met, Merdyn turned his army to stone. Seeking revenge, Vanheldon comes up with a way to kidnap Rose and transport her back to Dark Ages Transylvania, set on luring Merdyn into a terrible trap. Except - whoops! - his magical minion kidnaps Rose's teenage brother Kris instead. Rose, Merdyn and Bubbles the guinea pig must team up to save the day. But can they rescue Kris without creating historical mayhem? Will Rose's wizard ancestor even remember her? (And want to help them?) And will Bubbles ever stop pooing? From the writer of the Paddington 2 movie and writer and star of Horrible Histories and Ghosts, this hilariously silly, heartfelt comedy of errors with a historical twist is perfect for fans of David Walliams and David Baddiel. The follow-up to The Wizard in My Shed.

The Royal Leap-Frog

The Royal Leap-Frog

Author: Peter Bently Illustrator: Claire Powell Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/04/2022

A hilarious tale of rivalry, boasting and custardy chaos from the bestselling creators of The King's Birthday Suit. When a flea, a grasshopper and a frog compete to show the King who can jump the highest, it causes CHAOS in the royal dining hall. Who can jump the highest? Can the clever leap-frog use his wits to win? And will the Emperor's dog EVER get rid of the flea? This funny and irresistible retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fable, 'The Leap Frog', will make children laugh - AND show them that brains are sometimes better than brawn! With a pitch-perfect rhyming text by bestselling Peter Bently, and gloriously detailed illustrations by award-winning Claire Powell, this is an unmissable treat.

The Royal Leap-Frog

The Royal Leap-Frog

Author: Peter Bently Illustrator: Claire Powell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/04/2022

A hilarious tale of rivalry, boasting and custardy chaos from the bestselling creators of The King's Birthday Suit. When a flea, a grasshopper and a frog compete to show the King who can jump the highest, it causes CHAOS in the royal dining hall. Who can jump the highest? Can the clever leap-frog use his wits to win? And will the Emperor's dog EVER get rid of the flea? This funny and irresistible retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fable, 'The Leap Frog', will make children laugh - AND show them that brains are sometimes better than brawn! With a pitch-perfect rhyming text by bestselling Peter Bently, and gloriously detailed illustrations by award-winning Claire Powell, this is an unmissable treat.

The Warrior in My Wardrobe More Misadventures with Merdyn the Wild!

The Warrior in My Wardrobe More Misadventures with Merdyn the Wild!

Author: Simon Farnaby Illustrator: Claire Powell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/10/2021

Merdyn is the greatest wizard of the Dark Ages. Obviously. Rose is his 21st-century descendent. Lucky her. And Vanheldon the vandal warrior is FURIOUS! After all, last time they met, Merdyn turned his army to stone. Seeking revenge, Vanheldon comes up with a way to kidnap Rose and transport her back to Dark Ages Transylvania, set on luring Merdyn into a terrible trap. Except - whoops! - his magical minion kidnaps Rose's teenage brother Kris instead. Rose, Merdyn and Bubbles the guinea pig must team up to save the day. But can they rescue Kris without creating historical mayhem? Will Rose's wizard ancestor even remember her? (And want to help them?) And will Bubbles ever stop pooing? From the writer of the Paddington 2 movie and writer and star of Horrible Histories and Ghosts, this hilariously silly, heartfelt comedy of errors with a historical twist is perfect for fans of David Walliams and David Baddiel. The follow-up to The Wizard in My Shed.

The Night Before the Night Before Christmas: Book and CD

The Night Before the Night Before Christmas: Book and CD

Author: Kes Gray Illustrator: Claire Powell Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 14/10/2021

A brilliantly funny Christmas picture book from the bestselling author of Oi Frog! Listen and laugh along with the brilliant book and CD edition. 'Twas the night before the night before Christmas (That's Christmas Eve Eve). And Santa was wiping his brow on his sleeve. Green elves were sewing, Blue elves were counting, Red elves were carving, The pressure was mounting! It's the day before Christmas Eve and Santa is ever so busy ... he's got presents to wrap, reindeer to wake and a sleigh to start. But has he forgotten something? And, more importantly, will he be ready in time? Inspired by Clement C. Moore's classic festive poem, this hilarious, rhyming picture book is sure to have you ho ho ho-ing along with the CD! (p) 2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited Narrated by Terry Wilton

The King's Birthday Suit

The King's Birthday Suit

Author: Peter Bently Illustrator: Claire Powell Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/04/2021

King Albert-Horatio-Otto the Third had SO many clothes it was simply absurd ... So when two seemingly well-meaning fabric merchants promise to make an outfit of only the very BEST and most special cloth, King Albert-Horatio-Otto the Third simply cannot resist. He MUST have these new clothes! Surely, the unquestionably charitable and not-at-all-suspicious-looking tailors are genuine, and the King won't end up looking red-cheeked ... ? This funny and timely retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fable 'The Emperor's New Clothes' will not only make children laugh, but also encourage them to think and speak up for what they believe.

Octopants

Octopants

Author: Suzy Senior Illustrator: Claire Powell Format: Board book Release Date: 01/04/2021

The perfect pants are hard to find for someone shaped like me. Could Octopants be just the job? Why not dive in and see . . .? There are all-in-ones for urchins and slipper-socks for eels... but will Octopus ever find a pair of pants to fit? A hilarious rhyming romp, packed with underwater underwear!

The Night After Christmas

The Night After Christmas

Author: Kes Gray Illustrator: Claire Powell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2020

A brilliantly funny Christmas picture book from the bestselling author of Oi Frog! Phew! Now that the presents are all delivered, Santa and his elves can enjoy their own festive fun! With crackers and presents, dance-offs and light shows, Santa's Boxing-night party is the North Pole's biggest event of the year! A hilarious follow-up to the bestselling The Night Before the Night Before Christmas. This rhyming picture book is perfect for anyone who has ever wondered what Santa gets up to once all the present are delivered.

The Wizard In My Shed The Misadventures of Merdyn the Wild

The Wizard In My Shed The Misadventures of Merdyn the Wild

Author: Simon Farnaby Illustrator: Claire Powell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Merdyn the Wild is from the Dark Ages. He's the world's greatest Warlock (don't call him a wizard), banished to the 21st century for bad behaviour, and he's about to create a whole load of trouble for Rose, aged 12. Rose is a totally ordinary girl, on a mission to mend her broken family. Bubbles is Rose's guinea pig. He just poos a lot. When Rose bumps into Merdyn and discovers what he is, she quickly realises that he could be just what she needs. Rose agrees to help Merdyn navigate the confusing ways of the modern world (things like: the lidded bowl in the bathroom is NOT a sink, it's a TOILET, so definitely DON'T wash your face in it) if Merdyn gives her a spell to fix her family in return. Now they just need to hide him in the shed without Rose's mum noticing, track down Merdyn's magic staff and find a way to send Merdyn back through time to the Dark Ages. What could possibly go wrong...? From the writer of the Paddington 2 movie and writer and star of Horrible Histories, this hilariously silly, heartfelt adventure with a historical twist is perfect for fans of David Walliams and David Baddiel.

The Wizard In My Shed The Misadventures of Merdyn the Wild

The Wizard In My Shed The Misadventures of Merdyn the Wild

Author: Simon Farnaby Illustrator: Claire Powell Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Merdyn the Wild is from the Dark Ages. He's the world's greatest Warlock (don't call him a wizard), banished to the 21st century for bad behaviour, and he's about to create a whole load of trouble for Rose, aged 12. Rose is a totally ordinary girl, on a mission to mend her broken family. Bubbles is Rose's guinea pig. He just poos a lot. When Rose bumps into Merdyn and discovers what he is, she quickly realises that he could be just what she needs. Rose agrees to help Merdyn navigate the confusing ways of the modern world (things like: the lidded bowl in the bathroom is NOT a sink, it's a TOILET, so definitely DON'T wash your face in it) if Merdyn gives her a spell to fix her family in return. Now they just need to hide him in the shed without Rose's mum noticing, track down Merdyn's magic staff and find a way to send Merdyn back through time to the Dark Ages. What could possibly go wrong...? From the writer of the Paddington 2 movie and writer and star of Horrible Histories, this hilariously silly, heartfelt adventure with a historical twist is perfect for fans of David Walliams and David Baddiel.

The Peculiar Thing with the Pea

The Peculiar Thing with the Pea

Author: Kaye Umansky Illustrator: Claire Powell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2020

Prince Pete isn't ready for marriage - he's only eleven! And this peculiar business with the pea is the daftest thing he's ever heard. Mother reckons she can find him the perfect royal bride and thinks the pea is the one true test. But when scruffy-looking Patsy comes along, claiming to be a princess, Mother's careful scheming quickly turns to soup. A laugh-out-loud retelling of The Princess and the Pea like you've never heard it before! Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

Tiny Ant

Tiny Ant

Author: Claire Freedman Illustrator: Claire Powell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/04/2020

A joyful, rhyming celebration of finding your voice and not judging others by their appearance, written by the bestselling author of the Aliens Love Underpants series. It's time for the jungle talent show, and all the animals want to show off what they can do! The acrobatic lion, dancing gorilla and juggling monkey are all determined to impress the judges. But up against the mighty beasts of the jungle, what can Tiny Ant do? Find out in this hilarious, rollicking story by Claire Freedman, paired for the first time with dazzling illustrator, Claire Powell, illustrator of The Night Before the Night Before Christmas by Kes Gray (Hodder) and Daddy Hairdo by Francis Martin (S&S UK).

The Revenge of the Invisible Giant

The Revenge of the Invisible Giant

Author: David O'Connell Illustrator: Claire Powell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2020

When a batch of his experimental sweets goes wrong at the McBudge Confectionery Company, Archie needs a distraction. And when he hears about a book of magical wisdom lost in a tunnel beneath the mountains, Archie is determined to find it. It's DEFINITELY so he can be the best magical guardian of Dundoodle that he can be and DEFINITELY NOT so he can turn tree branches into flying surfboards. Only trouble is, the key to open the tunnel was broken into four pieces hundreds of years ago and hidden. Archie, Fliss and Billy set out to find the pieces of the key, but why was the tunnel sealed off in the first place? And what is the deep, sinister, MOUNTAINOUS voice Archie keeps hearing on the wind? David O'Connell, author of The Chocolate Factory Ghost, returns with the latest adventure in his madcap magical mystery series for anyone who loves monsters, puzzles and SWEETS.

The Dentist of Darkness

The Dentist of Darkness

Author: David O'Connell Illustrator: Claire Powell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

Archie McBudge's lazy summer has just turned into a magical meltdown! The second adventure in this madcap magical mystery series is perfect for fans of How to Train Your Dragon, amateur detectives and anyone who loves SWEETS! Archie McBudge was planning a sweet summer at Honeystone Hall. Picnics by the loch, watching the honeydragons flying around the hillsides, chasing ghosts through the shadowy castle hallways, and of course, testing out all the new sweets from the McBudge Confectionery Factory. But now the Wyrdie Tree, source of all the magic in the town of Dundoodle, is dying, and the guardian must save it before Dundoodle's magic is gone for good. And who's the guardian, you ask? That's right, Archie McBudge. With enemies on every side, puzzles to solve and secrets to uncover - not to mention a very scary dentist to avoid - Archie's summer's looking less like a strawberry marshmallow dream and more like a super-sour sherbet lemon with exploding bits that make your mouth go numb for a week! The follow-up to David O'Connell's The Chocolate Factory Ghost, this is a must read for anyone who loves ghosts, monsters, toffee, marshmallows, and wants to explore more of the weird and wonderful town of Dundoodle.

Princess Scallywag and the No-good Pirates

Princess Scallywag and the No-good Pirates

Author: Mark Sperring Illustrator: Claire Powell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2019

Princess Scallywag and the Queen are back in a brand new rollicking adventure, taking on no-good pirates on the high seas in their hilarious, take-no-prisoners style! Everybody's favourite Queen and not-so-princessy Princess are setting sail on the royal yacht today, but beware... stinky, sweaty, no-good PIRATES are on the horizon... Yo Ho me hearties! Whatever are a Queen, and a Princess, to do? Luckily, they've still got their trademark tricks up the royal sleeves... This brilliant picture book will make unconventional princesses everywhere laugh until they snort! A laugh-out-loud funny, subversive princess book for girls and boys age four and up - perfect for fans of Princess Smartypants and The Paper Bag Princess!

The Night Before the Night Before Christmas

The Night Before the Night Before Christmas

Author: Kes Gray Illustrator: Claire Powell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Ho-ho-ho! It's nearly Christmas Eve. Bells are jingling, reindeer are limbering up and Santa's sleigh is being polished - will Santa have everything ready in time for THE BIG DAY? Find out in this must-have stocking filler that is full of festive fun and frolics. From the bestselling creator of Oi Frog, this new take on Clement C. Moore's classic The Night Before Christmas, is guaranteed to delight all children (naughty and nice!).

Daddy Hairdo

Daddy Hairdo

Author: Francis Martin Illustrator: Claire Powell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

A hilarious story for anyone who has ever had to tangle with a head full of hair! When Amy is born she doesn't have much hair. Not for long! Soon her hair is the stuff of fairy tales - so long she could throw it down a tower to let up a handsome prince. Only, hair this long is also really inconvenient, especially on windy days. So Amy's dad comes up with some innovative solutions, and soon EVERYONE wants one of Daddy's Hairdos! A brilliant book from new talent Francis Martin and rising star Claire Powell, illustrator of Have You Seen My Giraffe?.

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