Friday, 17 August 2012

Working at Walker Books, 2012

Arranging the page order for NEW Maisy Mouse book.

It has been a very busy summer, but I finally have the opportunity to sit down and update you on my news from Walker Books.

It was the most amazing few weeks working with the designers in the Picture Book Team. I have collaborated on some fantastic projects such as NEW Maisy Mouse creations by Lucy CousinsJon Klassen's latest book This is not my hat, a new project written and illustrated by Sue Heap and James Marshall's classic Goldilocks and the three bears. I am so excited to see the work in print!

Book plate designs for 'This is not my hat', by Jon Klassen.

This experience also allowed me to handle some breathtaking original artwork by Helen Oxenbury and very precious twenty-year-old Noah's Ark illustrations by Lucy Cousins. This was extremely interesting to see the artwork before it is touched by the designers. I also got to handle early concept stages for new Mary Murphy and Sue Heap projects. 

Handling original Noah's Ark artwork by Lucy Cousins. 
Noah's Ark artwork by Lucy Cousins.

As well as having the opportunity to contribute to such exciting projects, I have met some amazing illustrators. I had a beautiful Maisy book signed by the very colourful Lucy Cousins. I also met the absolute genius Chris Haughton and the illustration legend that is Miss Polly Dunbar!

With Polly Dunbar in the Picture Book Department.
Working on new 'Tilly and Friends' picture books. 

I would like to say a very big thank you to all of you lovely people in the Picture Book Team. I miss working with you all, but will make sure I pop in (with some cake) next time I am in London.

Best wishes,
Holly :) x


  1. What a wonderful experience, and I dare say you learnt more than you could have hoped for too.
    Thanks for sharing a small slice of your time with the Picture Book Team with us online.

  2. I'm really glad you enjoyed your time there, I absolutely loved my time in my work experience placement at caterpillar publishing, it was just a shame it was only 3 days...mmm I might have to apply at Walker Books, It sounds great there!!

  3. I definitely did learn a lot June! Thank you for the message. I am pleased that you enjoyed the little post!

    I'm pleased to hear that you got to go to Caterpillar for a while Rachel! Definitely keep your eyes peeled for one at Walker too. They are lovely! Let me know if you get to arrange something! I'll keep my fingers crossed! :)

    1. aww thanks Holly :D I defiantly have to keep a look out, seemed like you did so much there! and by the way, in the Caterpillar studio I noticed one of your illustrations pinned to the walls - the girl hanging on some balloons - they must love your work oww :D

    2. Ahh that's lovely! Thank you for letting me know Rachel :) x