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.

Awards

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

Reviews

“… 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’

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