Recent Additions to the Happydesigner Clan!

For those familiar with Happydesigner it will be no surprise to hear that there are yet more authors out there who have submitted their wonderful stories to us for Sarah to illustrate. Whether it’s a friendly bat, a sheep that won’t sleep or a little boy who took a little extra to make, we’re always pleased and surprised by the stories people choose to write. No two books are ever the same, and each one brings its own challenges and quirks. It’s a pleasure to see each book taking shape, and to see how much pride our authors take in what they do.


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“Seal’s First BIG Adventure” in progress

This month we’ve been thrilled to see two new books hitting the children’s book market, “Seal’s First BIG Adventure” and “Sadie the Spider“.

Seal’s First BIG Adventure

“Seal is very excited, he’s going on an adventure with his family! Ricky and Seal were going on their first ever big adventure, starting with their first ever plane flight! The family have a wonderful holiday, and Seal and Ricky enjoy all kinds of exciting days out. One day, Ricky is running late to catch the bus that would take them on their next day out and Seal is forgotten in the rush. That afternoon, when Ricky and his family get back to the hotel, Seal has gone! Will Seal ever come home to his family?”


Seal’s First BIG Adventure is a heartwarming tale of a little boy with a favourite toy. Seal goes everywhere with Ricky, and he takes part in all of the family’s adventures. Of course he goes with the whole family when they go on their first plane flight to their first holiday! But one day Ricky leaves Seal in the hotel and disaster strikes! The story will be a familiar tale to anyone whose children have a favourite toy that they can’t leave the house without, and for any parents who have spent long hours scouring hotel rooms, soft play areas and beaches in order to find the only toy that can stop their child from crying. Don’t worry though, it won’t spoil the story too much to say the ending isn’t a sad one. Find out what happens to Seal and Ricky by getting your own copy of Seal from Amazon. Click on this link to buy!

Sadie the Spider

Sadie is your average little spider, just trying to find somewhere to live. Unfortunately, wherever Sadie goes, people are scared of her! She tries all kinds of places, from a window frame to a cosy back door, and each time someone finds her and poor Sadie is scared off. Sadie is terrified of the screaming and runs off to find shelter somewhere else, but can’t find anywhere. Will Sadie find somewhere to live that doesn’t scare her?

Poor Sadie is terrified of everything! But, as it turns out, it’s because everyone is terrified of her. She just wants to find a quiet space where she can spin a web in peace and live happily, but every time she settles down, someone screams at her or tries to shoo her away! Sadie is a lovely character who isn’t a scary spider at all. If you have a child that is a little apprehensive about spiders, this should help to calm those fears and reassure. The story follows Sadie encountering humans, and wondering why they are all so scared of her, which is a great way to show children that spiders can be just as scared of us, especially as we are so much bigger than them! Sadie eventually finds someone who is not scared, and understands what spiders want. Has Sadie found her new home? Find out more by going to Amazon and getting yourself a copy! Click on this link to buy.

A few of my previous clients

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  • 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
  • "Sarah is amazing - very fast at understanding the requirements, great pictures and never too much trouble. I recommend her wholeheartedly" - Fernando Caldeira-Saraiva
  • 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

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

  • "Sarah loves her work, her friendly ‘can do’ approach is reassuring whether you’re on your first or tenth book."  – Darron Jon Love
  • “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

  • "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

  • “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

  • "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 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

  • “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 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

  • 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

  • “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

  • “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

  • "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’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 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

  • "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."
  • "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
  • "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

  • "These posters and flyers are perfect”
    - Julia G, Manager at the Truro branch of Pets at Home

  • "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

  • "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"
  • "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’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