The BIG news: Introducing Horace and Harriet!!

Everyone, please meet Horace and Harriet!!

I'm so happy to finally reveal that throughout 2018 four books written AND illustrated by me will be hitting the shelves! 

Aimed at ages 5 and up, and published by Oxford University Press, the series star Horace and Harriet (and Barry the pigeon, of course). 

Here's some more about them: 

Lord Commander Horatio Frederick Wallington Nincompoop Maximus Pimpleberry the Third (or Horace, for short) has been a statue in Princes Park for hundreds of years. But after suffering endless pranks, graffiti and mountains of pigeon poo, Horace has had JUST ABOUT ENOUGH.

He decides it's time to get off his pedestal . . . and he walks away. Surely he can find a better home? One suitable for such a fine commander? Assisted by his new friend Harriet (she's seven and a quarter years old and definitely NOT a statue) Horace tackles modern life in his quest to find the perfect place to live. 

Prepare for a lot of statue puns and even more hilarious slapstick adventures. The first two books Take on the Town and Every Dog Has its Day will be released in March 2018. Here are the covers (thank you to the mega talented Holly!):

Oxford University Press say: 'Horace and Harriet are Captain Pugwash and Tom the Cabin Boy for today's generation! In her author/illustrator debut, Clare Elsom has created highly designed layouts and a stylish limited-colour palette. There is humour and heart in the relationship between the pompous Horace and the resourceful Harriet that children will love.'

I can't wait to share them with you! I'll be updating lots more information about Horace and Harriet over the coming months, including some of the initial sketches, introductions to more characters and possibly a sneaky preview of some finished inside artwork... In the meantime, I'll leave you with an excited Barry:

Thanks for reading!

Clare x