Illustrator and author Karen George has illustrated books written by Julia Donaldson, James Catchpole, and herself.
Mr Mornington's Favourite Things is written by Karen herself. The touching, gently humorous story of a child's friendship with her elderly neighbour comes out with Welbeck in 2023.
When she was small, Karen spent most of her time drawing and painting, and making library tickets for her books. A little older, she continued to draw and paint - gaining a First Class honours degree in Fine Art from Liverpool, followed by an MA from the Royal College of Art.
Karen then brandished very big paint brushes on film sets, often from very tall ladders. This made her arms ache and her legs wobbly, so she climbed down and bought some very small brushes. Around this time she became a mum, and her two boys demanded she read them three picture books every bedtime. So she got them library tickets and they spent a lot of time in the library choosing stories. And this gave Karen the idea of what to do with those small brushes…
In 2009 she won the Waterstone’s Picture This competition. Her prize was to illustrate Freddie and the Fairy for Julia Donaldson. Happily, this means that Karen still spends most of her time drawing and painting for picture books – and she writes, too. Hugh Shampoo - her first book as author and illustrator - came out in 2013.
Her own books no longer have library tickets, but she works part time as a primary school librarian, where she joyfully scans library books and reads stories to a never ending supply of small children. Karen lives in Bristol with her family and their cat, Dr Calamari.
Karen is the illustrator of What Happened to You? by James Catchpole, and now in 2023 the sequel - You're SO Amazing! Both are published by Faber in the UK, and Little, Brown in the US.
Karen's represented by The Catchpole Agency.