Illustrators – Karl James Mountford

Illustrators – Karl James Mountford

Jennifer Bell: The Uncommoners (Penguin Random House 2016, 2017, 2018)

Jaclyn Moriarty: The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone (Arthur A. Levine Books 2018, originally published by Allen & Unwin 2017, Australia)

Sophie Green: Potkin and Stubbs (Templar Publishing 2019, 2020)

Karl James Mountford is an illustrator currently living and working in Wales, who works in both traditional and digital media. He created illustrations for books like Jennifer Bell’s “The Uncommoners” and a new edition of Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart trilogy, but also redesigned some covers of the classics like Mary Poppins or Peter Pan. Karl specializes in book cover design and chapter illustrations, but also works on picture books. His recent titles are Amy Dixon’s “Maurice the Unbeastly” and Ellie Hattie’s “The Curious Case of the Missing Mammoth”.

The first volume of the Uncommoners trilogy is Jennifer Bell’s debut novel. The two siblings, Ivy and Seb, accidentally end up in a strange world under London after their grandmother’s accident, where common objects can have uncommon powers.

Bronte Mettlestone received sad news one day: her parents are dead. She doesn’t get very bitter because she only saw her parents in a picture because she was so small when she was left to her aunt. Now, however, because of the parents’ will, she has to embark on a long journey to deliver the parents’ gifts to the other aunts. It’s a very nice story, it could be a classic if it weren’t new.

Sophie Green’s trilogy is a noir-style middle grade novel in which Lil Potkin and her partner Nedly Stubbs try to catch bad guys raging in Peligan City. The investigation is made more difficult (or even easier) by Nedly being a ghost only seen by Lil…

Among the books published in Hungarian, we can meet the artist’s drawings in Kieran Larwood’s ‘The Peculiars’ and Helena Duggan’s ‘A Place Called Perfect’ trilogy (the first two volumes have been published in Hungary so far and the first was the finalist of the Waterstones Children’s Book Award in 2018).

To see other beautiful illustrations by Karl James Mountford, visit him at karljamesmountford on Instagram or @karlj_mountford on Twitter.