Illustrator Spotlight: Emma Yarlett


I caught up with fellow Falmouth graduate and rising picture book artist, Emma Yarlett, about her gorgeous new picture book Sidney Stella and the Moon.

What’s it like having your own picture book out there and so soon after graduating?

Such a whirlwind! I had always dreamed and hoped, but never expected that dream to become a reality so soon! For me it feels as though it has been quite a long process, as I began working on the beginning stages of this project way back in 2010, but it’s incredible to see how far the book has come especially since Templar took me on board!

Sid­ney, Stella and the Moon is your first picture book – can you tell us a bit about the whole process from start to finish? (Sorry – I know this is a pretty BIG question!)

This is a super big question! Hmmm… where to start. I guess like Julie Andrews says “I will start at the very beginning!!” I hope you are sitting very comfortably, might be worth getting a cup of tea and a biscuit! Continue reading


Il Neige des Couleurs

I saw this book at the Musee d’Orsay and fell in love with the wonderfully expressive, scribbled illustrations and rich, orange tones instantly. And isn’t the title just beautiful? It Snows Colours.

Flicking through this in the museum’s shop, it didn’t matter that I couldn’t read the text, the images tell a story all of their own. I loved the simplicity of it, of a father and son spending a day together, exploring. It reminded me so much of Autumn walks with my own father, crunching through leaves and collecting fallen acorns before returning home to prepare them for acorn fights at school the next day.

‘Daddy, Daddy, look, I’m a squirrel!’ Continue reading