The Latest From Happydesigner!

There have been some new books finished recently and we thought you’d like to see a little round-up!

Mighty Midge McKechnie – the terror of Glen Dhu

Written by John Swankie

It’s safe to say John Swankie has been busy of late! Author of two Happydesigner-illustrated books (and a non-fiction account of his charity ride through Spain) over the past few months, John’s tongue-in-cheek style and knack for a good story has seen both Mighty Midge McKechnie – the terror of Glen Dhu, and Tidy Mulgrew gracing the virtual Happydesigner shelves this year.

The tourists who flock to Scottish beauty spot, Glen Dhu, have been terrorised by a tiny Midge for years! Might Midge McKechnie, with his cousins Big Tam and Bitey Jock, have had a lovely time chewing on all the locals and tourists, and whoever is sent to scare them off is chased away after being bitten by the midges! So what can the locals do, when the tourists all go away and the midges have won? Perhaps something unexpected will “blow in” and the midges will have to go somewhere else?

A very funny rhyming story, with typical John Swankie wit and tongue-in-cheek humour, Mighty Midge McKechnie is a Scottish tale of three naughty midges, told in an endearing way that may make you feel a twinge of sympathy for the midges who nibble on you when you’re on holiday! Perfect for children of school age and up, with fun images and naughty insects. What’s not to love!

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Tidy Mulgrew is so tiny you probably don’t even know he’s there, but he’s the reason the streets are kept clean and the rubbish is tidied away. Along with his friends, the snails Tom and Dick, and Harry the flea, Tidy collects all the things people throw away and find uses for them. One day, the townspeople want to catch whoever it is that they see is keeping their streets clean, but Tidy has a message for them that they aren’t expecting!

Tidy Mulgrew is a wonderful tale of upcycling, recycling items and reducing waste. The rhyming sentences are great fun, and would be perfect for intrepid little recyclers over the age of five. If you want to encourage sustainability in an easy-to-understand and fun way, then grab a copy of the delightful Tidy Mulgrew.

Click here to head on over to John’s website to find out more and buy a book!

Tao’s Way

Written by Christine Meyers

One day adventurous soul Tao goes on a walk with his pet owl, Wee Woo. A few wrong turns and they are lost! But who will they meet to guide them home?

Tao’s Way, written by Christine Meyers, is a story about a young boy who follows his heart and feet to find new adventures. He always takes his trusty friend and pet, Wee Woo on his travels. One day they walk a little further than usual and find that they are lost! But, in trying to get home, Tao and Wee Woo come across talking trees, magical stone mermaids and magical skies! Come along on Tao’s adventures and discover the magic of nature and the great outdoors.

Tao’s Way is perfect for children over seven, who love reading stories about nature and adventuring. With a very narrative style and lovely images, Tao’s Way will delight all little explorers.

The Tidy Spidey

Written by Craig McCann

When daddy goes into the children’s bedroom to see what sort of state they were in he is appalled! Clothes, toys and books lie everywhere! But when the children grumble about being made to tidy up, daddy tells them a story of the Tidy Spidey, who will happily clean and tidy their bedrooms for them. For a price!

The Tidy Spidey is a lighthearted book which children over seven will love. Lots of bright, funny pictures, and a gentle rhyming style make this book easy to read aloud at enjoy.

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The Long Way Home

Written by Ben Hilton

In The Long Way Home, Murphy lives with his human, Molly, but when Molly is at school Murphy has to stay at home! One day, Murphy decides to go on an adventure, but soon feels sleepy and decides to rest in a crate at the airport. It just so happens that the crate is destined to land many, many miles away. How will Murphy get home?

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Noodle and Sam Go To New York

Written By John Hamilton

When two snakes, Noodle and Sam, get in a suitcase for an adventure they don’t know what will happen next! They head to New York, where they discover the local food, some interesting uses for socks and what it’s like in the Big Apple.

Noodle and Sam Go To New York is a delightful book written by a father – with rather a lot of help from his kids! For children who love to read about new places and delight in colourful, fun illustrations!

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So there you have it! All the latest from Happydesigner. There are lots and lots of books currently being worked on, so keep an eye on our gallery page for more releases and current books. Don’t forget to keep checking our socials for news of how to buy as well!

A few of my previous clients

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  • "Sarah is amazing - very fast at understanding the requirements, great pictures and never too much trouble. I recommend her wholeheartedly" - Fernando Caldeira-Saraiva
  • "These posters and flyers are perfect”
    - Julia G, Manager at the Truro branch of Pets at Home

  • Sarah is an extremely talented designer and illustrator. She has that rare gift of being able to find something in your business or character that you never knew existed" Craig Green

  • “I was so nervous ringing you as i've never done anything like this before, but you were so friendly and put me completely at ease.” - Donna Purvis

  • "Sarah loves her work, her friendly ‘can do’ approach is reassuring whether you’re on your first or tenth book."  – Darron Jon Love
  • "I am absolutely thrilled with the colours and love the look and overall feel of the book, its so different and unique, thank you so much"
  • "I hope my recommendation will persuade you to use Sarah! I cannot fault her, for her professionalism, enthusiasm and talent." - Michelle Hawkins, Director: The Flying DoDo

  • "I can’t speak highly enough of Sarah! She has brought Roopert Snoopert to life in a way I could never have imagined.
    The illustrations are fantastic! Sarah keeps you update with progress from the draft stage right through to sign off." - Paul Micklewright
  • "It's been great working with Sarah as our illustrator! She's been so great in taking all feedback on board and delivers work of the highest standard. Would 100% recommend :-)" - Michelle Gibbs, Doodle Dozen Series
  • Sarah really understood the brief right from the beginning and has been able to translate my ideas and mental images, that at times were quite specific, into magical illustrations that are better than I’d ever hoped. She has absolutely nailed it!” – Gareth Edwards

  • “Sarah’s re-branding of my business has given it a much needed fresh and quirky feel. She provided us with an extremely friendly courteous and efficient service and injected an energy into the project, that only Sarah could.” – Discovery Leisure

  • Sarah has a great insight into how to best produce a children’s book and is really helpful in getting you there! I really cannot recommend Sarah enough – brilliant designer, friendly and professional. The experience has been a great one!“ – Jodie Jackson
  • “When we first contacted Sarah, Dainty Dizzy was a concept;  an idea to be shaped into a brand.  Sarah took this idea and illustrated it perfectly….and our brand look and feel was born.” – Dainty Dizzy

  • "Outstanding illustrator with exceptional talent. You couldn’t wish for a better artist, as it would be impossible to find. Such a spectacular gifted designer who is always happy!" - Rachel Lake

  • “I am so happy that I found Sarah to bring my book to life. Sarah took the time to listen and really made the effort to make sure that I was happy and her brilliant designs translated the words of my book into a beautiful visual story." - Jodie Jackson

  • “Sarah was lovely to work with and keen to make sure that the illustrations were a perfect match for the story. It’s obvious that she really cares about her work and wants you, the author, to be happy with the final results.” – Marion Adams

  • “Books arrived safely today- I am absolutely delighted with how they look – I can’t thank you enough – you’ve made my dream come true :)” – Jane Collins

  • "The logos are absolutely fantastic, they are spot on brief and are even better than we imagined!Paolo Pini, Step Up To Languages

  • "Sarah quickly understood what I wanted to achieve and the look I was after. Sarah kept me informed and brought me into the whole process” – Darron Jon Love

  • "WOW! Love it! I'm so happy with what you've produced- and with so little input from me. FANTASTIC!!! THANK YOU” - Darren Pascoe: 'Red Rabbit Book'

  • "Sarah understood what I was looking for and produced a fantastic logo for me.  She is very approachable and friendly – I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her” Katie Jarvis, Fancy Prints

  • "She has a keen eye for the quirky detail, she is punctual and a joy to work with. I simply cannot praise her enough.” - Clickety Books

  • "Thank you both so much for your hard work and dedication. Sarah is a fantastic illustrator! It is nice to know I have worked with someone who is so professional at her job, and will certainly remember her for the future if I need another book illustrating."
  • Sarah is professional, friendly and very knowledgeable, she delivered 100% with a new logo that was spot on! We can't recommend her enough!” - Lucy @ Get Active

  • “Thank you, Sarah, for the amazing work you did on the illustrations for my book. Working with you has been so easy thanks to your enthusiasm, flexibility, support, professionalism and, of course, the amazing quality of your work." – Stuart Neath

  • “Sarah’s advice has been invaluable, she could have just illustrated my first attempt but knew there was more to be had from the story and pointed me towards the right help." – Darron Jon Love