Stealing some of the glitterball limelight from Strictly Come Dancing, Sir Dancealot is out now from Bloomsbury. This nimble-toed young knight has a novel approach to combat – defeating his enemies through the medium of dance!
Written by acclaimed children’s author Timothy Knapman and illustrated by me, this is a hilarious story of sequinned clothes, dragon foes and twinkly toes.
From jiving away trolls to boogying aside bogglesnots and bopping off beasties, there’s not a fearsome foe Sir Dancealot can’t defeat.
But when a fire-breathing dragon arrives at the castle gates demanding a dance-off, everyone is worried.
Could this be one step too far for our hero of the dance floor?
Tim’s rhyming romp was a joy to illustrate. Although drawing a dancing, ice-skating dragon did present some challenges!
*September 2016 Book of the Month*
“This zany idea is perfectly executed through a jolly rhyming text and lively illustrations. Kids will love the idea of Strictly with dragons”
Read It Daddy
“Sir Dancealot” is full of fun and bops along to its own sequin-encrusted rhythm thanks to awesome writing from Timothy and brilliant energetic illustrations from Keith.
Mum To Five
“a much loved recent addition to the kid’s bookshelf”
Blimey! I’m beyond excited to be working with Disney-Hyperion Books, creating all the artwork for The Percy Jackson Coloring Book.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians is a bestselling book series by Rick Riordan. It follows the adventures of a twelve-year-old who discovers he is a son of Poseidon. Percy and his friends meet gods, battle monsters, and take on the Titans from Greek mythology.
All of which is brilliant fun to draw! It’s going to take a while (the colouring book will run to over 90 pages), but in the meantime, here’s a sneak-peek at the cover.
In other news, I’ve just received my advance copies of Sir Dancealot from the lovely people at Bloomsbury. Hurrahalot!
Written by the brilliant Timothy Knapman, and illustrated by me, Sir Dancealot defeats all manner of fearsome beasts through the medium of dance, until one day, a light-footed dragon turns up.
‘A hilarious story of sequinned clothes, dragon foes and twinkly toes.’
I’ll post more about this when Sir Dancealot will hits bookstores and ballrooms in early September.
And while we’re on the subject of dancing dragons, just for fun here’s a little Knight music to finish off with.
I found this in a second hand bookshop today. I love the cover but I was tickled by the title too.
I note from the inside sleeve that Alfred Morgan was also the author of A First Electrical Book For Boys and An Aquarium Book for Boys and Girls. So at least girls could be trusted with fish in 1956.
To be fair, the sleeve notes do at least point out that: ‘Experimenting with electricity is one of the most fascinating pastimes for any boy – or girl.’ And quite right. After all, surely everyone should be entitled to have Fun With A Spark Coil? (Chapter Six)
It all has a certain ironic kitsch charm, but sadly, almost fifty years on and matters haven’t necessarily improved.
The Let Books Be Books campaign is putting pressure on publishers to end this kind of gender stereotyping.
Speaking in a recent article in The Guardian, author Phillip Pullman said: “I’m against anything, from age-ranging to pinking and blueing, whose effect is to shut the door in the face of children who might enjoy coming in. No publisher should announce on the cover of any book the sort of readers the book would prefer. Let the readers decide for themselves.”