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Children's Book Week - See Illustrator Peter Willis's Studio

Children's Book Week - See Illustrator Peter Willis's Studio


British children's book illustrator Peter Willis is Mims House Books’ featured illustrator for Children’s Book Week 2022

When you feel creative, do you want a space alone by yourself? Or do you want to work in middle of everything? What do you think Peter Willis likes?

Childrens Book Illustrator Peter Willis


Q: Do you have a studio where you work?

No, I don’t! I work on my kitchen table at home in Newcastle. I like a lot of noise around me when I’m working so a lot of the time, we have friends popping in, traffic going by, people making a cup of tea etc.

When I’m working, I usually listen to the Football on the radio (Newcastle United) or I watch a DVD on my lap top of something that is a bit related to the book – So for The Nantucket Sea Monster I was watching Jaws or Moby Dick.

We have a caravan (travel trailer) just over the border in Scotland as well, so I do a lot of work there when it is too wet to go out – which is basically all the time!!!

 The Nantucket Sea Monster cover 

Q: With eight books out now and one more coming in 2023, which one is your favorite book?

That is incredibly difficult as I have really enjoyed doing every one of them for various reasons. If I was pushed, I would have to say The Nantucket Sea Monster as I have been on holiday in that area and have real affection for it. I also love the way America looked during that period (the 1930s). It seemed very colorful compared to what England looked like at the time.

While Peter is a book illustrator, he also does many other types of art. Come back tomorrow to see what else he’s working on!


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About Darcy Pattison

Children’s book author and indie publisher DARCY PATTISON writes award-winning fiction and non-fiction books for children. Five books have received starred PW, Kirkus, or BCCB reviews. Awards include the Irma Black Honor award, five NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books, two Eureka! Nonfiction Honor book, two Junior Library Guild selections, two NCTE Notable Children’s Book in Language Arts, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book, an Arkansiana Award, and the Susannah DeBlack Arkansas Children’s History Book
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