Illustrators – Paola Escobar

Illustrators – Paola Escobar

Anna James: Pages & Co. – Tilly and the Map of Stories (HarperCollins Publishers 2020)

Tamzin Merchant: The Hatmakers (Penguin Random House 2021)

Paola Escobar is a Colombian graphic designer and illustrator who made drawings for her grandmother’s tales as a child and has always wanted to illustrate children’s books. She has worked with publishers around the world and is proud to illustrate stories that celebrate cultural diversity and heroes of the everyday life. She illustrated the award-winning picture book Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré.

You can already read about the first two volume of the Pages & Co. series on BogiWrites here and here. In this story, Tilly and Oscar travel to Washington D.C. to unravel a mystery that can affect not only the fictional characters, but ordinary people as well. We can also venture into Shakespeare’s works in this book. The fourth volume arrives in September this year and, based on the cover, the journey of our protagonists leads to the world of Oz, the great wizard.

Tamzin Merchant lived in Australia, South Africa and Dubai before moving to the UK. She has been working as an actress since the age of 17 and has appeared in many films and series. The Hatmakers is the first book to introduce us to a new world where making hats, capes, watches, or boots from magical ingredients is an ancient skill that only a few Maker families now own. When his father disappears at sea, Cordelia sets out in search of him, but along the way she finds herself in danger for the whole empire. The next volume will be published in February next year entitled The Mapmakers.