Helen Kellock

Website: http://www.helenkellock.com

Helen Kellock is an award-winning illustrator and writer based in Glasgow. She graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2018 with a Distinction in her Illustration Masters and has since won The Batsford Prize 2018, Children’s Illustration, and been highly commended for both The Macmillan Book Prize 2018 and The Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2018. She was also highly commended in the Penguin Random House Student Design Award 2018.

Helen loves drawing, narrative and making picture books. Her debut picture book, The Star in the Forest, will be published by Thames and Hudson in 2019.

Helen Kellock is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Lucy – lucy@jennybrownassociates.com

The Star in the Forest
Thames & Hudson, September 2019
Helen Kellock - The Star in the Forest

One evening in the fall, sisters Pip and Maisie are sitting in their grandparents’ cosy cottage on the edge of a forest. Maisie is restless and longs for adventure, but life at the cottage is always slow. When a bright light suddenly falls from the sky into the forest next door, Maisie can’t believe her luck—finally, an adventure has come her way! She has boots on and flashlight in hand before Pip has even put down her book.

Maisie is desperate to discover the special something as quickly as she can. As the two sisters journey through the dark forest toward the mysterious light, her imagination runs wild—perhaps it’s space treasure, gold dust, or maybe even a creature from a different planet! Pip, meanwhile, takes in the dark shapes and strange sounds around her, tentatively adjusting to the forest and its wild inhabitants.

When Maisie finally reaches the source of the light, she is bitterly disappointed—the special something is no more than a lump of rock. But thanks to Pip’s careful observations, they realize it is, in fact, a star! (From Thames & Hudson website)

With enchanting illustrations, this delightful debut picture book is sure to enchant children and parents alike.

Praise for The Star in the Forest

“An atmospheric debut”, The Bookseller