The Family Tree
Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway 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.
- Ink, watercolour, paper