Guy Parker-Rees

Children's author, Illustrator

Guy Parker-Rees
Booking enquiry

Available for

After dinner, Commission, Interview, Talk, Workshop

Website

http://www.guyparkerrees.com

Contact

guy@guyparkerrees.com

Audiences

  • Adult
  • Age 5 to 7 (KS1)
  • Age 7 to 11 (KS2)

Awards

  • Nottingham Experian Big 3 Award - Shortlisted
  • Blue Peter Best Book to read out loud
  • Kate Greenaway longlist twice
  • Richard and Judy selection
  • Portsmouth Book Award
  • Sheffield Book Award
  • shortlisted twice
  • Dundee Book Award
  • Highly commended
  • Commended
  • Won

Details

“Guy Parker-Rees is one of the most exciting... artists in the children’s book world.”

The Rough Guide to Children’s Books.


I like to bring the act of making a picture book to life and to get children excited about books. It's a fun, behind the scenes look at how an author and illustrator goes about making a picture book. So I talk a bit about how I work as an illustrator and as an author, how I come up with ideas for characters or how I develop characters from another author's text. I  show the stages of the process of picture book illustration.

There's lots of participation along the way as the children help me draw a character or two on large bits of paper. I might also show how I illustrate different feelings (the School can keep all of these).
Enthused and inspired, the children then make up their own picture book characters.

I also read a story- again,often with much participation, acting out ...and dancing!
If the children have been imaginative enough, my friend Gerald the Giraffe just might come out for a rather spectacular dance!

I mainly do my workshops with Key Stage 1, but also run workshops with KS2.

The talks last about 45-60 mins and I like to have up to about 60 children at each session. I would usually do about three or four sessions in the day. I can do a powerpoint presentation for larger groups.

The structure of the day and the sessions is very flexible and I'm happy to work around any suggestions, themes or ideas you may have.

I charge the Society of Authors suggested rates of £400 for a full day (up to four sessions) and £300 for a half day plus VAT + travel expenses.
I am based in Brighton.


Books

I have illustrated over sixty books, including:

978-1841215655

Giraffes Can't Dance

Author Giles Andreae. This was the first book in which I found a way of illustrating that I was really happy with. It's such a wonderfully life-affirming story, I'm very pleased it's gone on to be such a bestseller.
978-1407136936

Never ask a Dinosaur to Dinner

Author Gareth Edwards. Some very funny advice for any young person!
978-1841212944

Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus

Author Tony Mitton. 'Click your fingers and tap your feet, you're in for a right royal treat here' School Librarian
978-1407166261

Dylan the Doctor

The first in an exciting series of books I have written about Dylan the stripy dog and his friends
978-1408305706

The Chimpanzees of Happytown

Author Giles Andreae. 'A wonderful book from the king of poetry. A story about happiness and freedom, this is a book to cheer the soul. Teamed with Parker-Rees trade-mark humour." Angels and Urchins.

Genres

  • Humour
  • Novelty
  • Poetry

Organisations

  • Federation of Children's Book Groups.
  • Brighton illustrators group
  • Society of authors

Keywords

ANIMALS CHILDREN CHILDREN COLOUR CONFIDENCE CREATIVITY DANCE EMOTIONS EXUBERANCE FEELINGS FUN GIRAFFE ILLUSTRATION SELF ESTEEM