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Viola Wang

Viola was born and raised in Beijing, China. After completing her first degree in oil painting, she moved to London. During her ten years here, she has studied further degrees and worked as a Graphic Designer. Viola recently completed the Children’s Book Illustration MA at Cambridge School of Art, before going on to win the Sebastian Walker Award, and is now very excited to begin her new career as a children’s book Author/ Illustrator. She loves the multicultural environment in London and is fascinated by the people she meets here, to the point where diversity and equality have become her main focus – understanding where we come from and learning about other cultures.

Viola Wang is represented by Arabella Stein — to work with Viola please email Arabella


‘This neon bright large format picture book certainly lives up to its name. It comes as no surprise to learn that the author, Viola Wang, gained an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge, won the Sebastian Walker Award and now teaches at the Cambridge School of Art. As a reassuring tale for those afraid of the dark, the colours jump off the page as little rabbit goes in search of the light, asking ‘Where does the light go when it’s dark?’, surely a question heard by many parents. He finds it in many places –a firework display, underground trains, fireflies in a cave, fish in the deep sea and others. And he asks another intriguing question – ‘Is there light at the end of the universe?’ The message is reminiscent of the perennial favourite ‘The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark’, and will be equally comforting for young readers aged 2–6.

‘Children who find it hard to get to sleep at night will be charmed by Rabbit Bright. Worried about where the light goes once darkness falls, a young rabbit investigates and finds a host of luminous delights, from fireworks that explode across the sky to flashing fireflies that glow in the air. Viola Wang’s illustrations – a confection of neon pink, fluorescent orange, green and yellow – are a delight.’ Review by Charlotte Heathcote, Sunday Express. Published by Hodder Children’s Books

“Fluorescent colours feature heavily across this children’s book that tells a brave tale. Written and illustrated by London-based Viola Wang, the book utilises rhyme to tell the story of a rabbit that must find light in dark places. The way things seem to be going, it’s probably a life lesson we could all use right now!” - It’s Nice That Magazine

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“Wow, now here’s a multi-coloured cure for the doldrums, but actually “Rabbit Bright” by Viola Wang gently (but very colourfully) delves into a topic that many parents will nod along to, and many kids suffer from at one point or another in their early years - that fear and uncertainty about the dark… Viola’s illustrations are fizzingly good! A super little book for titchies to help them snuggle up tight and not worry about the dark, with the most vibrant and neon-tinted illustrations you’ve ever seen in a children’s picture book.” - Read It, Daddy Blog.

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“This eye-popping picture book sees a brave rabbit venture into the dark of night turning nightmares into colourful dreams. Rabbit Bright by Viola Wang will reassure those readers who are afraid of the dark and help them find the light. Viola Wang has a beautifully bold illustrative style, coupled with pops of luminous colour across each spread.”

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Longlisted for The Klaus Flugge Prize 2021 for ‘Rabbit Bright’.

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Shortlisted for The Northern Illustration Prize for illustration ‘The Arrival’.

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