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Born 1955. Studied at Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London.
Emma won the Mother Goose Award in 1988 as the most exciting newcomer to children's book illustration.
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Emma Chichester Clark, No more kissing!, first published in Britain by Andersen Press, 2001, © Emma Chichester Clark

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"Books for children should offer something you don't get later on"

"I started drawing just about as soon as I could hold a pencil. But I could never find enough paper and my mother wouldn't let me use her Basildon Bond. So secretly I used to tear the blank pages out of her grown up books and draw on them and make my own little books". She has published titles since 1988.

Magic Word: Adventure
"I think books for children should be wild and adventurous. They should offer you something you can escape into, something you don't get later on- it might be the only chance. It's the only time that children can develop their imagination and it's so porous it's vital to fill it with extraordinary things, not mundane, boring things".

Magic tricks of his trade
"I still draw with a pencil, just an ordinary pencil. I can't cope with pen and ink. And for colour, I'm completely addicted to Dr Martin's Radiant Concentrated Colour. It's much easier to use than ordinary watercolour and you can put layers and layers of colour one on top of another".

Inspiration
Madeleine books by Ludwig Bemelmans
Babar books by Laurent De Brunhoff
Quentin Blake


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