Artist News Roundup: Christian Robinson and Lesley Barnes

September 2, 2015

It's been a busy start to the week in the little Red Cap Cards family. So many fantastic projects are going on that sometimes it's hard to keep up with our illustrators! First up, congratulations to Christian Robinson, who is on the cover of the September 1st issue of Kirkus Reviews.

Mac Barnett and Christian Robinson on the cover of Kirkus Reviews

Although the piece is subscription only, you may want to grab one after this snippet of a teaser: We talk to author Mac Barnett and illustrator Christian Robinson about how their friendship fueled one of the most exciting picture books of 2015, Leo: A Ghost Story.

A review for Leo can be found here. Pick up your copy here.

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Also out today, another project by one of our newest artists, Lesley Barnes! Lesley's first children's book, Jill and the Dragon is now out and available through Tate Books.

This description from The New Brunswick Bookstore has gotten us so excited to take a peek! “…and they all lived happily ever after…'At least, that's what Jill's story book tries telling her, but Jill can't help noticing that at the end of the story, one character looks far from happy. Dragon is despised by the King because all he can do is singe, burn and barbecue. So in an attempt to see her fairy tale ring true, Jill invites Dragon out of the book so she can teach him some alternative life skills. Dragon throws himself into all of Jill's favourite things: flower arranging, fashion styling, playing the trumpet, and hosting a tea party, with disappointing results. When it seems like all hope is lost, Jill and Dragon discover that Dragon has one very unique, and palatable, hidden talent…A stunning debut from an exciting illustrator, Jill and Dragon introduces a feisty, independent-minded, new character in Jill, and reminds us that everyone has a talent, however well hidden.”

Jill and the Dragon by Red Cap Cards artist, Lesley Barnes
Jill and the Dragon by Red Cap Cards artist, Lesley Barnes
Jill and the Dragon by Red Cap Cards artist, Lesley Barnes

So excited for the both of you! And excited to see what's next…

Images via Kirkus Reviews and Lesley Barnes.