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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 James Mountford is represented by Freddie Dawson — to work with Karl please email Freddie


“… an assortment of reds, yellow, and greens are the only colors used, yet they beautifully set the tone for a book that’s as wonderfully oddball as Maurice himself. VERDICT A gentle and welcoming read-aloud addition to any collection.” — School Library Journal for ‘Maurice the Unbeastly’

“One of those books that you think about when you’re not reading it and can’t wait to find out what happens next.” — Tom Fletcher for ‘A Place Called Perfect’, a Tom Fletcher Book Club 2017 title

“A creepy adventure story full of twists and turns that will hook you in from the start and keep you guessing into the final pages.” — Scoop Magazine for ‘A Place Called Perfect’


Shortlisted for the Academy of British Cover Design competition 2021 for ‘Inkheart’, written by Cornelia Funke, published by Chicken House.

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Listed for the Summer Reading 2021 List by Love Reading 4 Kids for ‘The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars’.

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Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2021 - Books for Older Readers for ‘Wranglestone’, written by Darren Charlton, published by Stripes Publishing.

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Listed on iNews 30 Best Children’s Books for 2020 for ‘The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars’. Written by Jaclyn Moriarty and published by Guppy Books.

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Selected for BookTrust’s Great Books Guide 2020 with ‘The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone’ by Jaclyn Moriarty (Guppy Books)

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Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2021 with ‘The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone’, written by Jaclyn Moriarty, published by Guppy Books.

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Book Industry Guild of New York Book Show for Hardcover Young Adult Fiction Covers 2nd Place

Awarded Guardian Best Book of 2018 for ‘Last Stop on the Reindeer Express’ published by Little Tiger Press.

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Shortlisted for the The Waterstones Children’s Book Award 2018: Children’s Picture Book category for ‘A Place called Perfect’

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