AMANDA HALL (Born 1956)

Amanda Hall

Amanda Hall (born 1956)


Amanda Hall is an award-winning contemporary illustrator, particularly renowned for her wonderfully decorative and colourful children’s book read more...

Amanda Hall
Amanda Hall (born 1956)

Amanda Hall is an award-winning contemporary illustrator, particularly renowned for her wonderfully decorative and colourful children’s book illustrations, as well as her work for educational publications both in Britain and America.

Amanda Hall was born in Linton, Cambridgeshire, on 4 October 1956. Her father, a painter, taught Art and Design at the Cambridge School of Art (now the Anglia Ruskin University) and her mother was a published author, who also worked as a medical secretary at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. Amanda was educated locally in Cambridge and went on to study graphic art and illustration at the Cambridge School of Art, where her father had taught.

Since embarking on her career as an illustrator, Amanda has become internationally known and celebrated for her unique style. She was awarded the Silver US Parents’ Choice Award in 1997 for her illustrations for Madhur Jaffrey’s children’s picture book
Robi Dobi: The Marvellous Adventures of an Indian Elephant and, more recently, was shortlisted for the Christian Booksellers’ Convention Children’s Book of the Year Award 2008 for her work with author Mary Joslin on the Day by Day Bible. She has illustrated publications for Barefoot Books, Frances Lincoln, Templar Publishing, Pavilion Books and Dorling Kindersley, as well as producing work for Radio Times and National Geographic.

By using a combination of coloured pencil and watercolour ink, Amanda has developed a technique which allows her to produce illustrations that are brimming with colour and decorations, and she is now further extending her skills as an illustrator by adding other media. Her work is characteristically vivacious, bright and full of movement, overflowing with designs that take on an almost three- dimensional quality. She cites the myths, legends and fairy tales of cultures from all over the world as her inspiration for the fantastical and magical creatures that she produces. Indeed, the powerful artistic and historical inheritance of India, North and South America and Europe, is evident in much of her work, which often has an inherently indigenous quality.

Amanda lives and works in Cambridge, creating her illustrations in a timber shed at the bottom of her garden that she has named ‘The Shadowhouse’. When she is not working as an illustrator, she enjoys transforming gardens and rooms into fantasy spaces, and also performs as a singer.

Her many recent successes include:
Aesop's Fables, Oxford: Lion Children's Books, 2011
Michelle Marke,
The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau, Grand Rapids MI: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2012
Gloria Whelan,
Andal's House, Ann Arbor MI: Sleeping Bear Press, 2013
Shoshana Gelfand Boyd,
The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales, Oxford: Barefoot Books, 2013
Anna Egan Smucker,
Brother Giovanni's Little Reward: How the Pretzel Was Born, Grand Rapids MI: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2015
Dawn Casey,
Babushka, Oxford: Lion Children's Books, 2015

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AND SHE TOOK FROM HER BASKET A THICK SLICE OF GINGERBREAD by AMANDA HALL

AND SHE TOOK FROM HER BASKET A THICK SLICE OF GINGERBREAD

AND, IN THE MORNING, SHE OPENED AN OLD CHEST by AMANDA HALL

AND, IN THE MORNING, SHE OPENED AN OLD CHEST

SHE DREAMED OF A BABY, WITH EYES DARK AND BRIGHT AS THE STARRY NIGHT by AMANDA HALL

SHE DREAMED OF A BABY, WITH EYES DARK AND BRIGHT AS THE STARRY NIGHT

THAT NIGHT BABUSHKA HAD A DREAM by AMANDA HALL

THAT NIGHT BABUSHKA HAD A DREAM

'WHAT,' SAID BABUSHKA, 'WITHOUT WASHING THE DISHES?' by AMANDA HALL

'WHAT,' SAID BABUSHKA, 'WITHOUT WASHING THE DISHES?'

A NEWBORN KING by AMANDA HALL

A NEWBORN KING

THE CLOUDS PARTED AND A BRIGHT STAR SHONE by AMANDA HALL

THE CLOUDS PARTED AND A BRIGHT STAR SHONE

SMALL ABDUL WRIGGLED THROUGH THE IRON GRILLE OF ONE OF THE WINDOWS by AMANDA HALL

SMALL ABDUL WRIGGLED THROUGH THE IRON GRILLE OF ONE OF THE WINDOWS

THE GREAT, COLD, GLITTERING PALACE  by AMANDA HALL

THE GREAT, COLD, GLITTERING PALACE

KUNIKO SWEPT HIM UP INTO HER ARMS AND CARRIED HIM ALL THE WAY UP THE MOUNTAINSIDE  by AMANDA HALL

KUNIKO SWEPT HIM UP INTO HER ARMS AND CARRIED HIM ALL THE WAY UP THE MOUNTAINSIDE

THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD WOMAN NEVER WANTED FOR ANYTHING MORE EVER AGAIN by AMANDA HALL

THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD WOMAN NEVER WANTED FOR ANYTHING MORE EVER AGAIN

COYOTE SOMETIMES APPEARED AS AN ANIMAL AND SOMETIMES AS A HUMAN AND THIS MADE HIM VERY TRICKSY INDEED by AMANDA HALL

COYOTE SOMETIMES APPEARED AS AN ANIMAL AND SOMETIMES AS A HUMAN AND THIS MADE HIM VERY TRICKSY INDEED

THEY UNCOILED THE GREAT SNAKE AND FLUNG IT FAR INTO THE MEADOWS by AMANDA HALL

THEY UNCOILED THE GREAT SNAKE AND FLUNG IT FAR INTO THE MEADOWS

THE VERY BEST OF THE BEASTS WAS A MAHARI, A RACING CAMEL by AMANDA HALL

THE VERY BEST OF THE BEASTS WAS A MAHARI, A RACING CAMEL

LYNNET TRAVELLING THE WORLD ON HER MAGICAL BED by AMANDA HALL

LYNNET TRAVELLING THE WORLD ON HER MAGICAL BED

MIGHTY MOUNTAIN SETS OFF TO SEEK HIS FORTUNE by AMANDA HALL

MIGHTY MOUNTAIN SETS OFF TO SEEK HIS FORTUNE

SMALL ABDUL HAD A STOUT HEART AND HIS PARENTS WERE DEVOTED TO HIM by AMANDA HALL

SMALL ABDUL HAD A STOUT HEART AND HIS PARENTS WERE DEVOTED TO HIM

THE OGRE ATE HIS SUPPER SNUFFLING THE AIR SUSPICIOUSLY AND STAMPING HIS FEET by AMANDA HALL

THE OGRE ATE HIS SUPPER SNUFFLING THE AIR SUSPICIOUSLY AND STAMPING HIS FEET

UP AND UP HE CLIMBED, THE OLD WOMAN STILL SHOUTING IMPRECATIONS FROM THE GROUND by AMANDA HALL

UP AND UP HE CLIMBED, THE OLD WOMAN STILL SHOUTING IMPRECATIONS FROM THE GROUND

PRINCE LOCKET TRIED VERY HARD NOT TO LOOK AT HER TANGLED HAIR AND HER BROKEN TEETH, AND WORST OF ALL, THE HUGE WART AT THE END OF HER NOSE by AMANDA HALL

PRINCE LOCKET TRIED VERY HARD NOT TO LOOK AT HER TANGLED HAIR AND HER BROKEN TEETH, AND WORST OF ALL, THE HUGE WART AT THE END OF HER NOSE

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