Clare Elsom

Clare Elsom

Author of books, Children's author, Illustrator

http://www.elsomillustration.co.uk/
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Audiences

Age 1 to 3, Age 3 to 5, Age 5 to 7, Age 7 to 11, Further Education, University

Genres

Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Fiction, Fiction narrative, Humour, Picture book, Short story

Book types

Fiction for children, Fiction 5-9, Picture book

Details

About me and my work:

I'm a children's author and illustrator who lives in Devon, England.

I created young fiction series Horace & Harriet, a highly illustrated series aimed at ages 5 and up. The books follows the delightfully silly adventures of a 17th century statue called Horace, and a brilliant seven year old girl called Harriet. The series has been featured in Just Imagine’s Reading Gladiators reading scheme for 2019 and is published by Oxford University Press.

I have also illustrated dozens of popular children’s books, including the best-selling Flying Fergus series written by Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy and Joanna Nadin, Furry Friends by Holly Webb, Maisie Mae by Poppy Harper, Spies in Disguise by Kate Scott and The Last Chocolate Chip Cookie by Jamie Rix.

 

About my visits:

I love visiting schools, libraries and bookshops and I regularly appear at children's literary festivals. I am happy being interviewed and have recorded both podcasts and live radio. In 2018 I was featured on Blue Peter and CBBC Book Club alongside the rest of the Flying Fergus team... and I have to Blue Peter badge to prove it!

My school visits involve a high energy talk, audience participation, reading of my books and LOTS of drawing from both me and the children (and any adults!) I talk about how I became an author and illustrator, and how anyone can use simple ideas to form the basis of an imaginative story. (This usually involves turning a simple drawing of a square into a bikini wearing, skateboarding elephant. Just you wait...!) I leave time for questions and book signing, and can help schools run a book sale.

My work is most successfully aimed at Years 3 and 4, but I am delighted to talk to all age groups from reception to Year 6, and can tailor my visits to anything from small classroom workshops to large assembly talks. 

I am also happy to do visits to older children or to higher education, to talk about the process of writing and illustrating for children. 

 

Some words about Horace & Harriet:

'Horace and Harriet are Captain Pugwash and Tom the Cabin Boy for today's generation! In her author/illustrator debut, Clare Elsom has created highly designed layouts and a stylish limited-colour palette. There is humour and heart in the relationship between the pompous Horace and the resourceful Harriet that children will love.' Oxford University Press

"Clare Elsom has created lovable, unforgettable characters who jump off the page, grab us by the hand and pull us into their uproarious and delightful tale." TES, Anna Tomlinson, Valley Park Primary School 

Horace and Harriet’ is a quirky new series written & illustrated by Clare Elsom which is full of so much chaos, misadventure and humour that it’s bound to delight younger readers, with its many laugh out loud moments. Superbly illustrated with a wonderful attention to detail, a really fun and appealing book." Book Lover Jo

 

Books by Clare Elsom

978-0192758804
Horace and Harriet: Friends, Romans, Statues!

Horace and Harriet: Friends, Romans, Statues!

Lord Commander Horatio Frederick Wallington Nincompoop Maximus Pimpleberry the Third (or Horace, for short) has been a statue on a plinth in Princes Park for hundreds of years. But now he's friends with Harriet and every time he leaves his pedestal he's ready for all sorts of adventures. This time the two meet up in Rome where Horace poses as a gladiator, impresses as a statue, and is reunited with a long-lost relative. Packed with splendiferous pictures this is a rollicking read for children of five and up. 
978-0192758767
Horace and Harriet: Every Dog Has Its Day

Horace and Harriet: Every Dog Has Its Day

Lord Commander Horatio Frederick Wallington Nincompoop Maximus Pimpleberry the Third (or Horace, for short) has been a statue on a plinth in Princes Park for hundreds of years. But now he's friends with Harriet and every time he leaves his pedestal he's ready for all sorts of adventures. When Harriet starts a holiday job, Horace is inspired to find his own gainful employment, with hilarious results. Packed with splendiferous pictures this is a rollicking read for children of five and up. 
978-1471405211
Flying Fergus 1: The Best Birthday Bike

Flying Fergus 1: The Best Birthday Bike

Fergus Hamilton is a boy with a big imagination. Living with his mum and grandad and his dog, Chimp, he dreams of a state-of-the-art Sullivan Swift and becoming the most brilliant boy cyclist in the world. So when he gets a rusty second-hand bike for his ninth birthday he can't help feeling a bit disappointed. But then he discovers something amazing when he takes it for a ride. . . Written by Olympian cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, with award-winning author Joanna Nadin. Illustrated by Clare Elsom. 
978-1471405228
Flying Fergus 2: The Great Cycle Challenge

Flying Fergus 2: The Great Cycle Challenge

Fergus Hamilton lives and dreams bikes and is really excited about training for the Great Cycle Challenge with his friends. But he's also got a secret. If the pedals on his bike spin backwards, he's magically transported to to Nevermore, where cycling is banned and his dad is a prisoner. Princess Lily wants to help, but first they'll need to brave the spooky abandoned Bicycle Graveyard. . . Written by Olympian cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, with award-winning author Joanna Nadin. Illustrated by Clare Elsom. 
978-0192758743
Horace and Harriet: Take on the Town

Horace and Harriet: Take on the Town

Harriet is seven. And a quarter. Horace is seventeenth century. And a STATUE! Lord Commander Horatio Frederick Wallington Nincompoop Maximus Pimpleberry the Third (or Horace, for short) has been a statue on a plinth in Princes Park for hundreds of years. But after suffering pranks, graffiti, endless mobile phone chat, and pigeon poo, Horace has had enough. He decides it's time to get off his pedestal . . . and walks away. Surely he can find a better home? One suitable for such a fine commander? Assisted by his new friend Harriet (she's seven and a quarter years old and definitely NOT a statue) Horace tackles modern life in his quest to find the perfect place to live. The trouble is, nowhere seems to be quite as good as Mayor Silverbottom's house. And Mayor Silverbottom just happens to be a descendant of Horace's arch enemy... Packed with splendiferous pictures this is a rollicking read for children of five and up. 
978-1471405235
Flying Fergus 3: The Big Biscuit Bike Off

Flying Fergus 3: The Big Biscuit Bike Off

Fergus and his friends are still glowing with pride at being runners' up in the Great Cycle Challenge and practicing hard for the next round of the cycling competition - the District Championships. But without fancy bikes and with only the local common to train on, can the team really go all the way? Then disaster strikes the team when local biscuit company, Bruce's Biscuits announce plans to build their new factory on the common. They have offered the council a lot of money for the land and there's no hope for Fergus and the team to raise enough to match it. Fergus hopes that if he can find Dad in Nevermore he might have a bright idea to help them. But when Fergus spins the pedals backwards on his bike three times, he gets more than he bargained for! Written by Olympian cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, with award-winning author Joanna Nadin. Illustrated by Clare Elsom. 
978-1471405242
Flying Fergus 4: The Championship Cheats

Flying Fergus 4: The Championship Cheats

The District Championships are coming up and the Hercules' Hopefuls are nervous. Their hard work and training are about to be put to the test. But that's not the only thing on Fergus's mind. Mum has been acting oddly, and when rival coach Choppy Wallace turns up with an offer that's just too good to be true, Fergus is suspicious. It's high time he got Dad back from Nevermore, but he'll need a little help from his friends Princess Lily and Unlucky Luke . . . Written by Olympian cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, with award-winning author Joanna Nadin. Illustrated by Clare Elsom. 
978-1848125773
Flying Fergus 5: The Winning Team

Flying Fergus 5: The Winning Team

The Hercules' Hopefuls are going to the Nationals, and not even Wallace's Winners competing too can wipe the smiles off their faces. But then disaster strikes in training. To stand a chance of beating the Velociraptors, the terrifying all-girls speed squad, Wesley and Fergus will need to work together. It's Fergus's biggest challenge yet - well, apart from breaking Dad out of the Dungeon of Despair in Nevermore, that is . . . Written by Olympian cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, with award-winning author Joanna Nadin. Illustrated by Clare Elsom. 
978-1407154329
Furry Friends: Sophie's Squeaky Surprise

Furry Friends: Sophie's Squeaky Surprise

A heart-warming and humorous animal series by Holly Webb, with gorgeous illustrations throughout. Sophie isn't happy about moving to a strange new country and starting at a new school. But then she meets Josephine - a macaroon-eating, tutu-wearing guinea pig, who lives with her furry friends in the centre of Paris. Josephine soon shows Sophie that living in a new place is exciting and being friends with a guinea pig is the best adventure of all. Written by Holly Webb, illustrated by Clare Elsom. 
978-0349001531
Maisie Mae: No Boys Allowed

Maisie Mae: No Boys Allowed

Maisie Mae and her best friend Bethany-next-door like pink, unicorns and heart-shaped cushions. Maisie Mae's five stinky brothers like worms, football and CHAOS! Join eight-year-old Maisie as she holds her own in a boisterous family where practical jokes are the order of the day. She might like girly things, but that doesn't mean she's above a prank or three - especially when it comes to twins Harry and Ollie who she has to share a room with. When Maisie's dad inherits some money from a great-uncle everyone had forgotten about, he has brilliant news. They're going to convert the attic into a new bedroom. Maisie and her brothers immediately start arguing over who will get it. Mum and Dad silence them - whoever behaves best in the next few weeks will get the room . . . With a bedroom of their own up for grabs, Maisie Mae and her brothers launch into full-on warfare to make each other look as bad as they can. Will Maisie get a NO BOY ZONE of her very own? Or will everything end in diaster? Written by Poppy Harper, illustrated by Clare Elsom 
978-0349001548
Maisie Mae: Bad Luck Bridesmaid

Maisie Mae: Bad Luck Bridesmaid

Maisie Mae and her best friend Bethany-next-door like pink, unicorns and heart-shaped cushions. Maisie Mae's five stinky brothers like worms, football and CHAOS! When Maisie Mae is asked to be a bridesmaid it's a dream come true! Because weddings mean flowers and cake and, most importantly, BEAUTIFUL dresses. But things never run smoothly in Maisie's house and disaster is followed by more DISASTER! This time, Maisie might not even be able to blame her five stinky brothers. Maisie is probably the UNLUCKIEST bridesmaid in the history of forever . . . Can best friend Bethany-next-door help to save the day? Written by Poppy Harper, illustrated by Clare Elsom 
978-0349001555
Maisie Mae: Camping is Not Very Ooh La La!

Maisie Mae: Camping is Not Very Ooh La La!

Maisie's family are heading to France for the best camping trip ever! There'll be croissants and baguettes and . . . snails? But when they arrive, France feels an awful lot like England. And camping seems like an awful lot of bother. Especially when you've got FIVE stinky brothers who are talented in the art of being really extremely ANNOYING and your best-friend-who-is-almost-as-good-as-a-sister is in a whole other country. But then Maisie meets Mademoiselle Claudette and things start looking up. Perhaps camping might be OOH LA LA after all? Written by Poppy Harper, illustrated by Clare Elsom 
978-1848124011
The Last Chocolate Chip Cookie

The Last Chocolate Chip Cookie

Being polite can take you a long way! There s one chocolate chip cookie left and Jack s just about to eat it. But then his mum reminds him of his manners! He must offer it to EVERYONE else first. So Jack offers it to all sorts of people. He even goes into space and offers it to an alien. But the alien doesn t want to eat the cookie he wants to eat Jack! A hilarious picture book about manners, sharing and the hazards of storing food in your pockets! Written by Jamie Rix, illustrated by Clare Elsom 
978-0192758781
Horace and Harriet: The Sports Spectacular

Horace and Harriet: The Sports Spectacular

Lord Commander Horatio Frederick Wallington Nincompoop Maximus Pimpleberry the Third (or Horace, for short) has been a statue on a plinth in Princes Park for hundreds of years. But now he's friends with Harriet and every time he leaves his pedestal he's ready for all sorts of adventures. It's the day of the Sports Spectacular and once Harriet, Fraser, and Megan convince Horace that his park isn't being invaded, he soon gets into the spirit of the games. But will his winning streak land Horace in trouble, especially when crafty Coach Whipston wants a share of his success? Packed with splendiferous pictures this is a rollicking read for children of five and up. 

Keywords

ANIMALS BOYS CARTOON CHARACTERS CHILDREN COLOUR CREATION CYCLING DEVON DRAWING ENERGETIC FERGUS FICTION FIVE FUNNY GIRLS HORACE HUMOUR ILLUSTRATION ILLUSTRATOR IMAGINATION KIDS MAGIC PICTURE PICTURES SEVEN SPORTS YOUNG