James Mayhew

James is the award-winning author and illustrator of ELLA BELLA BALLERINA and the KATIE series.   He’s been creating books for children for 30 years.

He loves experimenting with different techniques and finding just the right approach for each new project. Alongside his work in publishing, James works with a variety of orchestras and musicians, presenting concerts that combine music and art, created live on stage, including the Royal Albert Hall. His collaborators include the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, illustrating classics like The Firebird.

He lives in his beloved Suffolk, where he grew up, and where the skies and light are perfect for artists. But when he can, he escapes with his Catalan partner, to Montserrat, near Barcelona, for churros and chocolate!

TITLES INCLUDE
MRS NOAH'S POCKETS by Jackie Morris - Otter-Barry

GASPARD THE FOX by Zeb Soanes - Graffeg

THE MOUSE AND MOLE SERIES by Joyce Dunbar - Graffeg

THE BOY AND THE CLOTH OF DREAMS by Jenny Koralek - Walker

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST by Phillippa Pearce - Macdonald

As Author/Illustrator:

THE KATIE SERIES - Hachette. Titles include-KATIE AND THE DINOSAURS, KATIE AND MONA LISA, KATIE IN LONDON, KATIE'S PICTURE SHOW, KATIE AND THE BRITISH ARTISTS, KATIE'S LONDON CHRISTMAS

ELLA BELLA BALLERINA SERIES - Hachette. Titles include SLEEPING BEAUTY, SWAN LAKE, CINDERELLA, THE NUTCRACKER, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, THE MAGIC TOYSHOP

KOSHKA'S TALES: STORIES FROM RUSSIA - Kingfisher

MIRANDA THE EXPLORER AND MIRANDA THE CASTAWAY - Orion

REVIEWS
KATIE SERIES
“An unsung hero of picture books… Mayhew’s lively pastiches are a lovely way to start a lifetime of enjoying art: if you want to know what made Mona Lisa smile, ask Katie.” – Amanda Craig, The Times.

ELLA BELLA BALLERINA
“Mayhew’s simple storytelling and delicate watercolors in blues, pinks and lilacs meld together to tell the tale of the much-beloved ballet and evoke its timeless mystery and ethereal qualities for young audiences. Curtain calls for Ella Bella and the whole troupe.” – Kirkus Reviews.

MRS NOAH'S POCKETS
This book is fabulous in all particulars…full of wild waters and gambolling fantastic beasts.” – Imogen Russell Williams, The Guardian (Best books of 2017).

GASPARD THE FOX
“A wonderfully warm-hearted animal adventure based on Zeb Soanes’ observation of a local urban fox… The three friends and their adventure and the urban landscape of the setting are all perfectly captured in James Mayhew’s illustrations.” – Julia Eccleshare.


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