Chatham illustrator publishes first children’s book

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Lifelong animal enthusiast James Boast, 27, has published his first book, in which he aims to teach youngsters about the circle of life.

Having always had a strong interest in animals, James wants to encourage more children to learn about the rainforest and its ecosystems.

Now a freelance illustrator, James’ childhood bedroom in Chatham was a brightly painted rainforest scene and he’d often be found searching for frogspawn or creepy crawlies. He even risked his fellow classmates safety when he decided it’d be a great idea to take a live beehive into school.

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But little did this young adventurer know, he’d grow up to become an illustrator and use his work to influence others.

Says James: “It’s been a lifelong dream to have my work published in a children’s book and the fact I can use it to influence children’s understanding of, and behaviours towards animals and the environment, is a real bonus”.

The book became available on 25 May in all major book shops. The words are written by Laura Knowles and it’s published by Quarto Kids.

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To find out more about James, visit his website here: or find him on social media @jamesboast on Twitter and Instagram.


The Bookseller previews:

“Lush illustrations and simple poetic language introduce the jungle ecosystem and the food chain to young children­ in great style. Includes lots of animals to spot and a gatefold spread.”

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Huffington Post:

“Now *that* is what you call bounteous children’s book post. Thank-you SO much @QuartoKids”

Love Reading4 Kids ­ review:

“Visually stunning, this book vividly demonstrates the circle of life…The illustrations and simple text deliver a memorable description of the life cycle, supplemented by additional notes at the end which explain the food chain and its various participants in greater detail. The jungle is wild and brilliant in the illustrations and a spectacular gatefold brings all its colourful animals together in one breath-taking scene.”

* The book has also been nominated for North Somerset Teacher’s Book Award 2017 ­Longlist

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