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Karl James Mountford

Karl James Mountford is an illustrator who works in both traditional and digital media. He has created artwork for such titles as ‘The Uncommoners ‘ by Jennifer Bell, published by Penguin Random House (2017), and ‘The Peculiars’ by Kieran Larwood with Chicken House publishing (2018), to name just a couple. Karl specialises in book cover design and chapter illustrations but also works on picture books, with recent titles including ‘Maurice the Unbeastly’ by Amy Dixon, published by Sterling Children’s Books (2017), and ‘The Curious Case of the Missing Mammoth’ by Ellie Hattie with Little Tiger Press (2017).

Karl currently lives and works in Wales, where his sketch books rarely get a day off.

Karl is represented by Freddie Dawson — to work with Karl please email Nicky Lander while Freddie is on maternity leave.

Best Books of 2022
A gentle and welcoming read-aloud addition to any collection."
"The cover art by Karl James Mountford captures the quirkiness of Helena’s world..."
"A weird and wonderful tale about a town where nothing is at it seems."
"A creepy, magical tale of bravery and self-belief."
"[It] will hook you in from the start and keep you guessing into the final pages."
"One of those books that you think about when you're not reading it..."
"This book is highly engaging"
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2021 - Shortlisted
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Summer Reading 2021 List
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2021 - Winner
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30 Best Children's Books for 2020
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Great Books Guide 2020
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2021 - Longlisted
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2nd place
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Best Book of 2018
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2018 — Shortlisted
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