Paula Bowles

Paula Bowles

Illustrator

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Hello! I'm an award winning children's book illustrator, now based in Weston-super-Mare. I have worked as an illustrator since I graduated from Falmouth University in 2005. And I have been represented by The Plum Agency since 2007.
 
My publisher list includes Simon & Schuster, Nosy Crow, OUP, Little Tiger Press, and many more. I am also the illustrator of the new ‘Mazy the Movie Star’ picture book series written by Hollywood star Isla Fisher.
 
My solo author/illustrator book, ‘Tiny Crab is a Tidy Crab’ published in 2022, won the Portsmouth Picture Book Award 2023. And I won the Lancashire School Library Service ‘Brilliant book Award 2023’ for my young fiction book ‘Marv and the Mega Robot’ (written by Alex Falase-Koya). 
I have also been shortlisted for many more awards, including the Indie Book Awards 2023 and The Alligators Mouth Award 2023, and The Week Junior ‘Children’s illustrated book of the year’.

I love visiting schools and festivals, and enjoy seeing children get excited about books! I am available as a visiting illustrator to your school, venue, festival or bookshop. I'm experienced in events for years Reception - Year 6, doing assemblies and classroom activities based on my books. 

I have done many events around the Marv books at schools and festivals, which are a lot of fun! The event usually involves:

A short introduction about myself and the role of authors and illustrators.

A short reading of a chapter.

A 'quiz'.

A live draw-along.

A collaborative drawing (with the children giving me directions!)

A chance for the children to design their own superhero and side-kick on activity sheets.

Finally, finished with a short Q&A.

I can then visit each class and give encouragement and feedback.

I'm based in Weston-super-Mare but happy to travel, and tailor my visit based on your school's needs.

Please get in touch for a quote. I have different rates for half-days and full-days. For visits outside of my local area I would need to invoice for travel expenses too.

"Paula’s visit to Filton Avenue Primary School was really fun and inspirational! She wore Superkitty clothes and gave a fabulous art display that had the children totally engaged. The children loved inventing their own Superheroes to add to the display. We now have many budding illustrators. Thank you, Paula, for a lovely day!!"

Lydia Trapnell, Reading Recovery Teacher, Filton Avenue Primary School.

 

Books by Paula Bowles

I have illustrated over 15 books, including:
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Marv and the Mega Robot

Marv and the Mega Robot

Part of the multi-award nominated Marv series. Marvin is an ordinary boy who loves spending time with Grandpa, reading comics, and making science experiments with his best friend Joe. But everything changes when he discovers a mysterious superhero suit hidden in the attic . . . to his amazement, Marvin learns that he is next in a long line of superheroes. Now the time has come to meet his destiny! When the Science Fair is thrown into chaos by super-villain Mastermind and her giant robot, Marvin is the only one who can stop them. Will Marvin be brave enough to step into his power-and into his superhero suit-to become the great and marvellous superhero Marv? The first book in a powerful series of one boy's journey to unlock the superhero within. 
978-0192780447
Marv and the Dino Attack

Marv and the Dino Attack

Part of the multi-award nominated Marv series. It's an exciting day for Marvin and his classmates because they are visiting the Natural History Museum. Marvin and Joe can't wait to see all those dinosaur skeletons up close, but they get more than they bargained for when supervillain Leo turns up and brings the Dino skeletons to life! With the help of his loyal sidekick, a super-intelligent robot called Pixel, it's time for Marvin to become superhero Marv. Marv must use all of his newfound superhero skills if he wants to stop Leo and save his classmates from the gang of marauding dino skeletons running riot!  
978-1471175091
Superkitty

Superkitty

Kitty is fed up of answering phones at the Sensational Superhero Agency and dreams of catching criminals with the superhero gang. But they ALWAYS leave her behind! Then a call comes in about a stolen dinosaur bone . . . and Kitty takes matters into her own paws, following the superheroes in their pursuit of devious criminal Nefarious Norman! Will she save the day and prove that small is MIGHTY? Join Kitty and the gang in this energetic picture book about believing in your own abilities, not judging a book by its cover . . . and girl power! Perfect for fans of Shifty McGifty and Ten Little Superheroes. 
978-1788002738
Sammy Claws the Christmas Cat

Sammy Claws the Christmas Cat

A fabulously festive tale about a sleepy cat who saves Christmas - pawsitively purrfect for getting little ones excited for Christmas... Sammy Claws, Santa's cuddly pet cat, will sleep anywhere! Snoozing in a box on Christmas Eve, Sammy finds himself wrapped up as a Christmas parcel and bundled onto the sleigh with the other presents. How will Sammy escape? And how will he save the presents from two robbers with plans to steal them all away...? 
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Tiny Crab is a Tidy Crab

Tiny Crab is a Tidy Crab

Tiny Crab is a tidy crab, and a crab who LOVES his beach. So, when he invites a few friends to come and join his favourite place, he knows they will look after it, too . . . won’t they? But what if they don’t? And, worse, what if LOTS of friends arrive then leave rubbish EVERYWHERE, which Tiny Crab is forced to tidy up. Maybe even the smallest voices need to make themselves heard. Winner of the Portsmouth Picture Book Award 2023 
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Rabbit's Pancake Picnic

Rabbit's Pancake Picnic

A sweet and funny picture book about friendship - perfect for Pancake Day. With a pancake recipe included! It's finally the day of Rabbit's pancake picnic! She's going to make the pancakes all by herself . . . but she can't find her recipe book. Bother! Rabbit decides to try to remember the recipe and adds syrup, strawberries, apples, and lots of other ingredients to the mixture. Her friends try to help, but Rabbit is desperate to make the pancakes on her own. Even when the mixture turns lumpy, sticky and looks, well . . . strange. Is Rabbit's pancake picnic ruined? Perhaps she just needs to accept some help from her kind friends! This beautifully illustrated picture book with its cast of adorable woodland animals combines all the fun of Pancake Day with important messages about knowing when to ask for help and the fun of working together. Children will love the fun counting element, joining in with the repeated phrases, and then making their very own pancakes using the recipe at the end of the book. 
978-0192780423
Marv and the Pool of Peril

Marv and the Pool of Peril

When ordinary boy Marvin wears his super-suit he becomes MARV. A superhero with infinite powers . . . Marvin and his friend Joe are at the brand-new super-spectacular waterpark - WAVE WORLD! But despite the excitement, Marv's reluctant to get in the water. Although Marv can swim, sometimes he gets struck by a fear of the water that he calls 'The Panic'. Marv uses excuse after excuse to stay out of the pool. Then someone shouts 'SHARK!' Shark!? It looks like a supervillain is up to mischief again. It's time for Marvin to become MARV. But, even as a hero, overcoming his fear of the water is going to be a challenge. Can Marv defeat supervillain Shadow and her army of robot sharks to save the day? 
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Marv and the Blizzard Zone

Marv and the Blizzard Zone

When ordinary boy Marvin wears his super-suit he becomes MARV. A superhero with infinite powers . . . In this story, Marvin and his friends are ice skating at the Blizzard Zone when supervillain Master Blaster takes control of the rink, determined that everyone stops their fun to watch him skate. Soon, skaters are being frozen solid by the supervillain's powerful ice blasts. It's time for Marvin to swap his skates for his superhero suit and become MARV-unstoppable, invincible, and totally MARVellous! Only then can Marv put an end to Master Blaster's showing off. 
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Marv and the Humungous Hamster

Marv and the Humungous Hamster

Marv is an ordinary boy who loves spending time with Grandpa and reading comics with his best friend Joe. But everything changes when he discovers a mysterious superhero suit hidden in the attic . . .To his amazement, Marv learns that he is next in a long line of superheroes. Now the time has come to meet his destiny! In Marv book 6, Marv and the Humongous Hamster, Marvin gets to take Nibbles the classroom hamster home for the school holidays! He can't wait to prove to Grandad just how responsible he can be, maybe he'll even be allowed to get a pet of his own. But pet care plans go awry when supervillain Dr Boom turns Nibbles into a humongous hamster! It's time for Marvin to put on his superhero suit and become MARV! Only then can he stop Dr Boom and shrink Nibbles back down to size. 
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Marv and the Killer Plants

Marv and the Killer Plants

When ordinary boy Marvin wears his super-suit, he becomes MARV. A superhero with infinite powers . . . In this story, Marvin and his school friends are tending to the school garden when supervillain Violet Vine appears and uses her powers to make the plants grow out of control. Before long, the garden and school are covered in snaking vines, and kid-eating Venus flytraps! It's time for Marvin to swap his gardening gloves for his superhero suit and become MARV-unstoppable, invincible, and totally MARVellous! Only then can Marv get the garden, and Violet Vine, under control.  

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