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Sarah McIntyre

Sarah McIntyre is a British-American writer and illustrator of children's books and comics, and is one of the most exciting talents in children's books today.

Sarah grew up in Seattle in the United States and went to university on the other side of the country, in Philadelphia, where she studied Russian language and literature and met her diplomat husband Stuart, a British diplomat. She studied illustration at the Camberwell College of Art and graduated in 2007. Her picture book work includes illustrating Morris the Mankiest Monster by Giles Andreae, You Can't Eat a Princess! by Gillian Rogerson, and When Titus Took the Train by Anne Cottringer.

Sarah has won the Sheffield Children's Book Award, the Bishop's Stortford Picture Book Award for Morris the Mankiest Monster, and the Leeds Graphic Novel Award for Vern and Lettuce.

Sarah is the illustrator for the Summer Reading Challenge 2014. She blogs prolifically, and aims to post on her own blog every day. She shares a studio with three friends in an old police station in Deptford, south London, (complete with cells!).

Sarah McIntyre

Sarah;'s new book with Philip Reeve - Pugs of the Frozen North will be published in September 2015.

Sarah's website and blog is at


Why did you decide to become a children's illustrator?


How do you decide on a theme for your books?

Deciding on a theme for the story

Sarah McIntyre tells us that she likes to create a
"WOW" and give us something that we have never
seen before. In her book, she has created a 'Shark
in the bath' and 'Vampires in the jam'!


How do you plan your books?

Planning your books and stories...

Sarah McIntyre is both an Illustrator and
Writer so she can help us to think about
creating stories in a more visual way.
This is the aim of our Masterclass; writing
narratives about real and fictional experiences.


Developing your chracters

"Draw with abandon" even try to "draw something badly!"
Lets think again about those thumbnails.
Are they too perfect?

How do you develop your picture book characters?


Which is your favourite character?

Favourite Characters

Do you have one from any of the books that you have read?

Sarah McIntyre likes Iris the Mermaid and even feels that they share some of the same characteristics.

"She's a lot like me with a bad singing voice, short sighted, with a lot of courage"


Do you have a particular style of writing and illustrating?

Decisions, Decisions...

Sarah McIntyre gave excellent advice about the
style of your story or how it is told. she said:

"It's less about style and more about
telling the story the way it needs
to be told"


What techniques do you use to illustrate your books?


How do writing comics differ from writing books?


Advice for young writers?


How do you collaborate with other writers and illustrators?

What is a comic jam?


What advice would you give to someone who wants to become an illustrator?


Creating your own picturebook online?

What is life as an illustrator like?


How to draw a space monkey - LONG

Imagine if...

Sarah McIntyre shows us how to draw a Space Monkey.
What if it didn't stay on the page?
She told us that she'd quite like to adopt one of her
other types of monkeys, a sea monkey but it
might make her a bit afraid.


How to draw a space monkey - SHORT


The Monkey song

Sarah McIntyre Video Conference