Let's celebrate with The Nowhere Box and a Perfect Prig!

This week, as we welcome in the Chinese Year of the Horse, we take a pause in our feasting to toast two debut picture book author-illustrators, Sam Zuppardi and Julie-Anne Graham. 

First, a huge hip hooray! to Sam Zuppardi, whose debut picture book The Nowhere Box was published in the US and UK on 12th November, by Candlewick Press and Walker. 

The Nowhere Box: George's little brothers wreck his toys and his games and trail after him wherever he goes. Try as he might, there's just no hiding from them. George has had enough! So he commandeers an empty washing-machine box and goes to the one place his brothers can't follow: Nowhere. Nowhere is amazing! It's magnificent! It's also, however, free of pirates and dragons and ... well, anyone at all. 

Sam Zuppardi used to draw pictures at school when he was supposed to be doing work. Since then he’s worked in a book warehouse, as a student, as a nursery worker, a bookshop assistant, a toyshop assistant and a care worker. At the moment he works with children. He still draws pictures. He is the illustrator of the middle grade series The Misadventures of Edgar and Allan Poe. His debut picture book The Nowhere Box was inspired by an enduring childhood love for hide-and-seek. And cardboard boxes. He lives in York, England. Visit his website at www.samzuppardi.com

Congratulations also go to Julie-Anne Graham, who has just scored a publishing deal with The Perfect Percival Priggs. Lisa Cheng at Running Press Kids has bought author-illustrator Julie-Anne's debut picture book. It's about a boy who is perfect in every possible way – but when his aunt comes to town, she uncovers what is hidden behind his perfect smile. It's pitched as a young Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory meets Tim Burton and publication is set for spring 2015. Kathleen Ortiz at New Leaf Literary & Media brokered the deal.

Julie-Anne is currently studying an MA in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. She has a background in fashion and her love of fabrics comes across in her illustrations. In 2013 she was Highly Commended for The Perfect Percival Priggs in the Macmillan Prize for Children's Book Illustration. Her work will be on display at the CSA graduation exhibition, Candid Gallery, 5 Torrens Street, London, from 11th-15th February.

Tania Tay is an ex-advertising copywriter and has been published in Sable LitMag. She is currently writing a YA romantic thriller, has just joined The Golden Egg Academy and is on the editorial team at Words & Pictures.


  1. Great blog site i really enjoying your post very much. Please keep sharing with us.

  2. Congratulations Sam and Julie-Anne!
    I love Sam's illustrations and I'm dying to see how Julie-Anne's 'love of fabrics comes across in her illustrations!'


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