James Mayhew ( 5 - 9 years)

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James  Mayhew was brought up in Blundeston, Suffolk, on leaving school Mayhew studied at Lowestoft School of Art and then Maidstone College of Art where he graduated with a first class honours degree followed by further studies in set design.]

His first published work was Katie's Picture Show (1989), beginning a long-running series about a girl who explores famous paintings by climbing inside them. A musical stage production of Katie and the Mona Lisa was successfully premiered at the Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon in April 2013, subsequently repeated in a revised production at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015. Katie in London was one of only 50 books chosen for the Books about Town project in 2014, where famous books were recreated as benches. Mayhew hand-painted his bench which was positioned near the Tower of London until auctioned off in October 2014.

Other books include the Ella Bella Ballerina series, Miranda the Castaway, BOY, illustrations for the "'Mouse and Mole" books  "Koshka's Tales" (a collection of Russian Folk stories), Can you see a Little Bear? (illustrated by Jackie Morris) and Bubble and Squeak (with illustrations by Clara Vulliamy).

Indicative selection

Ella Bella Ballerina and Cinderella
Ella Bella Ballerina and the Sleeping Beauty
Ella Bella Ballerina and the Nutcracker
Ella Bella Ballerina and Swan Lake
Ella Bella and the Midsummer Night's Dream
Katie's London Christmas
Katie and the Dinosaurs
Katie and the Impressionists
Katie and the Sunflowers
Katie's Picture Show
Katie and the Starry Night
Katie and the British Artists
When Dragons are Dreaming
Shakespeare's Stories
Can You See a Little Bear


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