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A Monster Calls

The final illustrations for A Monster Calls were produced digitally but in order to produce the work Jim made many sketches and monoprints. It's often at the earliest stage of a drawing that the artist finds the spirit of the work and certainly many of these do have that even though some are quite brief. Unfortunately many were lost due to flooding but these fragments remain.
Winner of the Galaxy Children's Book Award 2011 and the Red House Children's Book Award in 2012, and shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award, the Carnegie Medal, the BSFA Award, the Oxfordshire Book Award and the Stockport Schools Award as well as the German Children's Literature Award, Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis.

The book has had astonishing success. The combination of Siobhan Dowd's idea for the book, later so beautifully written by Patrick Ness, and the unusual and sensitive illustrations by Jim has been well rewarded throughout the world.
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