The Family Tree

Nominated for the Kate Greenaway and Carnegie Medal 2019

The Times children’s book of the week

Book Trust, best kid’s books of 2018

The Family Tree is the first of two YA novellas I have been illustrating by the much admired author Mal Peet. The story is formed from the memories of a young man as he looks back at a time in his childhood when his father builds him a treehouse in an ancient Beech in their garden. Though the boy’s memories are full of golden Summer light and special moments between him and his dad, there is a sadness to the story as the boy’s father begins to retreat from the world, and from his family.

Read about my process illustrating The Family Tree here.

Materials

  • Ink, watercolour, paper