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Clive McFarland

Clive McFarland is an author and illustrator of picturebooks.

He was raised in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland before studying art in Derry and Liverpool. His first and second books were both shortlisted for the AOI World Illustration Awards. His publishing clients include HarperCollins, Templar and Penguin US.

Clive McFarland is represented by Susan Penny — to work with Clive please email Susan


“The tunnel spread is engaging: against a totally black background, staring eyes and mottled steppingstones marking a path for the courageous fox stand out… There’s lots that appeals: a polite but determined fox, just enough danger, and plenty of colorful art.” — Kirkus for ‘The Fox and the Wild’

“Young readers will find McFarland’s tale most agreeable, with just a few sentences per page, adorable characters, and a warm, inviting palette. It harks back to Eric Carle’s The Grouchy Ladybug and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, without the edge of the former and avant-garde minimalism of the latter. However, this gentle, timeworn tale still maintains its charm, with well-designed spreads of digital collage. A pleasing and amiable tale.” — Kirkus for ‘Caterpillar Dreams’

“McFarland’s short text is as literal as it gets, and the arts-and-crafts earnestness of his illustrations, made from digitally enhanced paper and watercolors, ostensibly promises little more than a standard-issue quest. What McFarland has going for him is a sneaky sense of visual wit.” — Publishers Weekly for ‘A Bed for Bear’


Shortlisted for The AOI World Illustration Awards 2017 with ‘The Fox and the Wild’, published by Templar

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Shortlisted for The AOI World Illustration Awards 2017 with ‘A Bed for Bear’, publishing with Harper Collins

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