Lily and the Magic Comb – an illustrated children’s book celebrating diversity
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Lily and the Magic Comb written by VV Brown and published by Woke Kidz Books is an enchanting story celebrating diversity and identity. The adventurous tale empowers children to become whatever they want to be. The vibrant illustrations show the exciting journey that Lily is taken on when she uses her new comb. The book was created to help fill a void in the children’s book market. You are more likely to find a book depicting an animal than featuring a black or ethnic minority character. It was featured in the Independent’s top 12 children’s books empowering black characters. Here is a smashing review by Candid Cocoa:

“I adored illustrator Kate Hazell’s powerful central spread with Lily’s brown-skinned face taking up the entire space from edge and edge. Hazell’s eye-catching kaleidoscopic scenes are full of energy, and evoke that feeling of being in the middle of a quirky dream. Her attention to detail over the variation in Lily’s hair-curl pattern is also fabulous.” Candid Cocoa

I had a lovely amount of creative freedom on creating the images, page layouts and lettering for the book. I created the illustrations with pen and ink before adding in texture and colour with watercolour, bringing the images together at the end with Photoshop.

Kate Hazell
Bristol, United Kingdom
Tel: 07813029805

I create lively and engaging illustrations. First I draw with pen, ink and water colour and then finish with a digital tweak. I like scotch eggs a bit too much. Guilty of a pun or … Show more.

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Kate’s illustrations gave the front section of BBC World Histories magazine its own distinct character. She provided striking, quirky and original illustrations for a wide range of topics, in a tight timeframe. We liked her flexibility, lightness of touch and thoughtful approach. It was a great pleasure working with her!
— Susanne Frank, Art Editor BBC World History magazine