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About the Author
Lara Hawthorne is an illustrator based in Bristol, UK. After graduating from Falmouth University in 2013 where she studied illustration, she has had work shortlisted for the Lowry Children’s Book Award and has written and illustrated Herberto, a picture book published in Portugal, Brazil, Slovenia, France and South Korea. Her other books include The King of Christmas, Carol Ann Duffy’s 2016 Christmas poem, published by Picador, and The Night Flower, published by Big Picture Press. As well as focusing on narrative work, Lara also sells a variety of prints, notebooks and cards. Through Betty & Dupree, her prints are distributed to shops throughout the UK and internationally.
“Artist Lara Hawthorne unfurls the lyrics of a traditional English carol amid appealing naif illustrations in “12 Days of Christmas” (Frances Lincoln, 32 pages, $16.99), the second in a series of picture books titled “The Christmas Choir.” The first, 2018’s “Silent Night,” was set in biblical times, but here Ms. Hawthorne uses a present-day setting for a song first published in 1780. “On the first day of Christmas / my true love sent to me: / a partridge in a pear tree,” we read, as a young woman plucks a pear from the beribboned potted tree that has appeared outside her house. With lots of details for little ones to seek and find, this handsome book will give parents all the excuse they need to do a bit of singing by the tree.” - Wall Street Journal
“A nuanced interpretation…with detailed, richly hued naïf art” - Publishers Weekly
“This is my new holiday favorite.” - Betsy Bird, Fuse #8
"A veritable holiday feast for the eyes." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Homey." - Elissa Gershowitz, The Horn Book