EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK (Born 1955)

Emma Chichester Clark

Emma Chichester Clark (born 1955)


In 1988, Emma Chichester Clark won the Mother Goose Award as the most exciting newcomer in children’s book illustration. read more...

Emma Chichester Clark
Emma Chichester Clark (born 1955)

In 1988, Emma Chichester Clark won the Mother Goose Award as the most exciting newcomer in children’s book illustration. Since then she has written and illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including the series, ‘Blue Kangaroo’ and ‘Melrose and Croc’. A hallmark of her work is her sensitive and convincing portrayal of human feelings and foibles, even within the most fantastic situations.

Emma Chichester Clark was born in London on 15 October 1955, but lived in Ireland until 1975. She decided to become an illustrator while still a pupil at Cobham Hall School, in Kent, and in 1973, took a foundation course at Bristol Polytechnic. She studied Graphic Design at Chelsea School of Art (1975-78), and while there was particularly inspired by the teaching of Susan Einzig, and by a single visit from Linda Kitson, who encouraged a greater use of sketchbook drawing. After two years of working in a design studio, she studied at the Royal College of Art (1980-83) under Quentin Blake, Michael Foreman and Peter Brookes. She has taught Illustration at the City and Guilds School (1984-85) and Middlesex Polytechnic (1984-85).

Her early work comprised dark, atmospheric images in oil pastel influenced by Goya and Balthus, which were used to illustrate numerous magazines, and adorn dust jackets for Jonathan Cape, Pan, Penguin and other paperback publishers.

However, Emma made her name with her more familiar style, in coloured inks, in 1986, when she won the Mother Goose Award for Best Newcomer with
Listen to This, an anthology of stories to be read aloud, collected by Laura Cecil. Since then she has worked in collaboration with many authors, including Margaret Mahy, Michael Morpurgo, Roald Dahl, Adrian Mitchell and Geraldine McCaughrean.

She has also written and illustrated over twenty of her own books, including
I Love You, Blue Kangaroo! (winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal for 1998) and Melrose and Croc: Together at Christmas (winner of the Blue Peter Book Award: The Most Fun Story with Pictures for 2007).

Emma exhibited at the Thumb Gallery in 1984 and 1987, and began to show at the Chris Beetles Gallery in 1999.

Later collaborations with other authors include: Emma Barnes,
How (Not) to Make Bad Children Good and Wolfie, both Hairmyres: Strident Publishing; Nanette Newman, What Will You Be, Grandma?, London: Brubaker, Ford & Friends; Colin McNaughton, Have You Ever Ever Ever?, London: Walker Books; and Michael Morpurgo, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, London: Walker Books (Illustrated Classics).

Those to her own texts include:
No More Kissing!, London, Andersen; Plum, Rabbit and Me, London, HarperCollins Children’s Books; Lulu and the Best Cake Ever, London: HarperCollins Children’s Books; Come to School, Blue Kangaroo!, London: Andersen Press; Lulu and the Treasure Hunt, London: HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Her most recent books include:
Bears Don't Read!, London: HarperCollins Children's Books; When I First Met You, Blue Kangaroo!, London: HarperCollins; and Love is My Favourite Thing, London: Jonathan Cape.

Hans Christian AndersenWild AnimalsChildrenCats
Mice & Small RodentsBirdsFairy & FantasyChristmas
FamilyAnimalsChildren's LiteratureWildlife (British)
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OF ALL THE CLOTHES HE OWNED, THE CLOTHES HE LOVED BEST WERE HIS GOLD PANTALOONS by EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK

OF ALL THE CLOTHES HE OWNED, THE CLOTHES HE LOVED BEST WERE HIS GOLD PANTALOONS

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS by EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS

THE WHOLE COURT PARADED OUT OF THE PALACE by EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK

THE WHOLE COURT PARADED OUT OF THE PALACE

THEY HELPED HIM PUT ON HIS NEW CLOTHES, BUTTONING INVISIBLE BUTTONS AND SMOOTHING INVISIBLE SLEEVES by EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK

THEY HELPED HIM PUT ON HIS NEW CLOTHES, BUTTONING INVISIBLE BUTTONS AND SMOOTHING INVISIBLE SLEEVES

NOT LAST NIGHT BUT THE NIGHT BEFORE,
THREE LITTLE PIGS CAME KNOCKING AT THE DOOR by EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK

NOT LAST NIGHT BUT THE NIGHT BEFORE, THREE LITTLE PIGS CAME KNOCKING AT THE DOOR

THE FARMER'S WIFE, OH FIDDLE-DEE-DEE!
I SAW HER BUT SHE DIDN'T SEE ME.
(SEE HOW THEY RUN!) by EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK

THE FARMER'S WIFE, OH FIDDLE-DEE-DEE! I SAW HER BUT SHE DIDN'T SEE ME. (SEE HOW THEY RUN!)

NOT LAST NIGHT BUT THE NIGHT BEFORE,
MISTER PUNCH CAME KNOCKING AT THE DOOR by EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK

NOT LAST NIGHT BUT THE NIGHT BEFORE, MISTER PUNCH CAME KNOCKING AT THE DOOR

JACK ROLLED IN, SHRIEKED WITH LAUGHTER, 
SISTER JIM CAME TUMBLING AFTER by EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK

JACK ROLLED IN, SHRIEKED WITH LAUGHTER, SISTER JIM CAME TUMBLING AFTER

GOODNESS GRACIOUS, FANCY THAT,
SHE BUNDLED IN AND KNOCKED ME FLAT.
(SHE'D FOUND HER SHEEP) by EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK

GOODNESS GRACIOUS, FANCY THAT, SHE BUNDLED IN AND KNOCKED ME FLAT. (SHE'D FOUND HER SHEEP)

SHE LANDED WITH A THUMP! by EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK

SHE LANDED WITH A THUMP!

DOWN, DOWN, DOWN by EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK

DOWN, DOWN, DOWN

SHE BEGAN TO FALL by EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK

SHE BEGAN TO FALL

LOOK! SHE'S DANCING! by EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK

LOOK! SHE'S DANCING!

CHATTING TO THE BIRDS by EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK

CHATTING TO THE BIRDS

LITTLE KITTY, KITTY! by EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK

LITTLE KITTY, KITTY!

NO! NO! NO! by EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK

NO! NO! NO!

POOR LITTLE KITTY! by EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK

POOR LITTLE KITTY!

CATCH, LITTLE KITTY! by EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK

CATCH, LITTLE KITTY!

ROLY, POLY TICKLY TUMMY! by EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK

ROLY, POLY TICKLY TUMMY!

'I MISS SQUILL,' SAID WILL by EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK

'I MISS SQUILL,' SAID WILL

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