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Profile

Author and Illustrator living in the UK. Titles include TS Eliot’s ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’, ‘The Whopper’ and the ‘Bob and Flo’ series.

Before taking the exciting leap into making children’s books I specialised in motion graphics, print design and vector illustration. In 2013 Frances Lincoln / Otter-Barry Books commissioned me to illustrate How the Library (NOT the Prince) Saved Rapunzel (by Wendy Meddour) and Bob and Flo - The Missing Bucket was acquired by Oxford University Press at the Bologna Book Fair. I’ve never looked back since!

I have a passion for picture books and I love working on texts by other authors as much as illustrating my own. I’ve delivered workshops at The Guardian, Little Liberty’s of London, The Royal Festival Hall and Barnes Children’s Literary Festival. My books have been shortlisted for several national awards.

Contact

You can get in touch with me either by email on ashdownpetrie@gmail.com or seek me out here on twitter.

Education

  • Central Saint Martins MA Communication Design (Illustration & Communication Design)

  • Westminster University Illustration First Class BA (Hons)

  • Norwich School Of Art Foundation in Art & Design

Awards & News

  • Live action/animation feature film 2017 Optioned for The Whopper Rebecca Ashdown, Templar

  • Sheffield Book Award 2017 Shortlisted for Odd Socks Michelle Robinson, Andersen Press

  • Hillingdon Picture Book of the Year 2017 Shortlisted for Odd Socks Michelle Robinson, Andersen Press

  • The Society of Illustrators 2017 Selected for The Original Art Show for Even Fairies Fart Jennifer Stinson, HarperCollins USA

  • The Portsmouth Book Award 2016 Shortlisted for The Whopper, Templar

  • Kate Greenaway CILIP Award 2015 Shortlisted for Bob and Flo - hide and seek OUP

  • The Sheffield Children’s Book Award 2015 Shortlisted for Bob and Flo - the missing bucket, OUP

Publishers

  • UK Faber & Faber : Templar : Andersen Press : Frances Lincoln/Otter-Barry Books : Oxford University Press : Rising Stars

  • US Houghton Mifflin Harcourt : HarperCollins : Candlewick Press : Random House : Little Bee : Holiday House : Kar-Ben : Sterling

Co-editions USA, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Korea, China, Italy, Australia and Turkey.

Books 2014 - 2019

  • Kugel for Hanukkah? Gretchen M Everin & Rebecca Ashdown, Kar-Ben Publishing USA 2019

  • A Gift for Grandpa Rebecca Ashdown, Rising Stars UK 2018

  • Vanya the Viking Rebecca Ashdown, Rising Stars UK 2018

  • How to Train the Perfect Parents Rebecca Ashdown, Templar UK 2018

  • Even Fairies Fart Jennifer Stinson & Rebecca Ashdown, HarperCollins USA 2017

  • Wally Wants to Hug Barbara Joosse & Rebecca Ashdown, Little Bee USA 2017

  • Zoo Boy and the Jewel Thieves Sophie Thompson & Rebecca Ashdown, Faber & Faber UK 2017

  • Seed Mix Rebecca Ashdown, Rising Stars UK 2017

  • Bob and Flo - Hide and Seek Rebecca Ashdown OUP, UK 2016

  • Odd Socks Michelle Robinson & Rebecca Ashdown, Andersen Press UK 2016

  • The Glump and the Peeble Wendy Meddour & Rebecca Ashdown, Frances Lincoln UK 2016

  • The Whopper Rebecca Ashdown, Templar UK 2015

  • Zoo Boy Sophie Thompson & Rebecca Ashdown, Faber & Faber UK 2015

  • Bob and Flo - The Missing Bucket Rebecca Ashdown, OUP UK 2014

  • How the Library (NOT the Prince) Saved Rapunzel Wendy Meddour & Rebecca Ashdown, Frances Lincoln UK 2014

  • Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats TS Eliot & Rebecca Ashdown, Faber & Faber UK 2014

Rebecca Ashdown  (middle) Sarlat, France 1979

Rebecca Ashdown (middle) Sarlat, France 1979

Rebecca is an outstanding illustrator and, as an author, I feel very lucky when my text is matched with her work. Her style is exciting, imaginative and unique, and she is adaptable, enthusiastic and responsive to changes if and when required. In summary, Rebecca does far more than ‘illustrate the author’s text’. She reads attentively and insightfully, then adds to the author’s imaginings and creates a delightful new world of her own.
— Wendy Meddour, author of 'How the Library (NOT the Prince) Saved Rapunzel' and 'The Glump and the Peeble'