What’s New At Happydesigner?

As usual, Happydesigner (Sarah) has been up to her paintbrushes in books that people have written that she is illustrating. Each story is someone’s baby, and we are always aware that it’s a real privilege to bring a book to life. So, it’s always nice when they are completed and we can shout about them! Keep on reading for the latest releases here at Happydesigner HQ.

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Skyla and the Snowflake Fairy

Skyla and the Snowflake Fairy

“A sprinkling of fairy magic. A dusting of shimmering snowflakes. Meet Skyla, a little girl whose dream comes true thanks to the Snowflake Fairy. 
A beautiful insight into Skyla’s first exhilarating, snowy encounter and proof that if you believe enough, your dreams really can sparkle.”

It’s never too early to be thinking ahead to organising Christmas presents (honest, it really isn’t!), especially if you’re like us and this rather unseasonal weather is making you hanker for your fave cardie and a hot chocolate by the fire. Skyla and the Snowflake Fairy is a really lovely story about a little girl who just loves the snow. She wishes for it so hard and one day, the Snowflake Fairy grants her wish! “Skyla” is the first story from the talented writer at Honeypot Hill Publishing, Reina Bonici-Mompalao-Lee. You can find her on Facebook, and you can buy the book here.

Coming Soon…

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Sheep Don’t Go Shopping!

Sheep Don’t Go Shopping!

“When his Mum drives Gareth to school she tells him to look out for animals, but even though he looks and looks he can never see them. However, when he says this to his Mum she tells him the animals are in such silly places that Gareth can’t believe they’re true. After all, horses don’t go to the hairdressers, ducks don’t go to the dentist and SHEEP DON’T GO SHOPPING!”

Or do they? In this hilarious book, Pippa Taylor follows a little boy’s journey to school with his mum. In Sheep Don’t Go Shopping, young children of all ages will find something to entertain and delight. From the humorous illustrations to the very silly stories Gareth’s Mum creates, all children will enjoy this funny story of school-run entertainment. You never know, on your next trip to school you may just spot a sheep out shopping! Find out more here.

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“Radish is a young hare in a tough situation. His parents argue a lot, and sometimes forget that he is only a baby hare and needs feeding. Radish is sad, and one day Sparrow visits the burrow he shares with his parents. Sparrow is concerned that Radish’s parents are struggling to look after Radish, and gets advice from her wise friend Barney. Together, Sparrow and Barney help to get Radish settled in a forever home.”

This charming story, accompanied by delightful illustrations, is based upon a real story. Radish is a young hare who is struggling with life at home. A helpful sparrow gets him out of a tough home life and into a foster home, and then helps him with his forever home.

The roles and narrative in this book are intended to help children understand and make sense of their own life story in situations which involve being taken into care and then placed for adoption. The author, Anna Jacques, was inspired by her own son’s adoption story, and she wanted to have a story that dealt with some of the huge issues that can arise in adoption and foster scenarios. As she couldn’t find one, she decided to write one. This book will be on sale soon.

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Where Are We Today?

Where Are We Today?

“Bob and Pauline are two pigeons with a sense of adventure. Whether they’re at a football match, meeting the queen, flying over Loch Ness or heading to the seaside, these two pigeons are inquisitive and fun!”

Written in a lovely rhyming style, Where Are We Today? will be suitable for children of all ages who love picture books. The detailed and fun illustrations will keep even young wrigglers interested, and the exciting places Bob and Pauline visit will excite young imaginations. Join them on their journeys to find out where they’ll be heading to next! This book gives parents a great opportunity to talk to youngsters about places they have visited or would like to visit.

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Up Popped a Dinosaur

Up Popped a Dinosaur

“When Bowser the truck teases his friend Tug the water draining tank about dinosaurs, he meant to scare Tug! However, when one of the other lorries makes a bony discovery in the quarry, the team decide to teach Bowser a lesson for scaring Tug!”

Suitable for more grown-up little readers, or intrepid listeners at bedtime, Up Popped a Dinosaur gently teaches children not to scare other people with tall tales, or they may well get taught a little lesson! The lovely illustrations will keep little readers entertained whilst they listen to the story, and bigger readers will be able to help out with some of the smaller words. If you’re after independent reading books, this would be great for eager readers who are capable of putting a few sentences together and understanding longer words and dialogue.

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Mr Leafy and Friends

Mr Leafy and Friends

“Mr Leafy and his friends live and surround us all, but they are rarely noticed despite standing so tall. Mr Leafy and his friends are important to help sustain life and this book aims to help little ones appreciate the nature outside. There are lots of things that Mr Leafy sees, as he stands viewing the world majestically.”

Mr Leafy and Friends is a gentle story about the life of Mr Leafy, a tree with a keen eye. Mr Leafy watches nature go on around him, whilst taking part himself! Wriggly worms explore his roots, horses bask in the shade of his trees and children make sure he gets plenty of hugs. Ideal for keen little readers, or for very young children upwards at bedtime, Mr Leafy is a story that you can enjoy with any age child. It’s a lovely reminder of how to look after our world, and a great message to pass onto the next generation. The engaging illustrations will have you returning again and again to this book to spot something new each time!

A few of my previous clients

happydesigner clients

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

  • 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

  • “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 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

  • “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

  • "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."
  • “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

  • “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

  • 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 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

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

  • "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
  • “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

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

  • "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

  • “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

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

  • "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

  • “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