Raised on a diet of Roald Dahl and Maurice Sendak, avid reader Levi Pinfold seemed destined to find his way into the world of children's book illustration.
On graduating from Falmouth University Levi quickly quickly found himself on a pathway to children's publishing as he developed his now instantly recognisable style. His use of detail and lyrical talent for storytelling alongside the stylised realism of his illustrations proved a winning combination.[show more . . .]
Levi's love of music and occasional banjo playing inspired his debut picture book The Django based on the life of legendary Jazz musician Django Reinhardt and won him the BookTrust Best New Illustrator Award. Created in watercolour and gouache it became the foundation for his future career in creating award-winning picture books.
His second standalone picture book Black Dog was awarded the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for excellence in children's book illustration. This was followed by Greenling which won the UKLA Picture Book Award.
Levi has recently turned his considerable talents to illustrating fiction for older readers, creating exquisite pieces for the 20th Anniversary special editions of the Harry Potter series and working with author A. F. Harrold on The Song from Somewhere Else published by Bloomsbury which went on to win the Amnesty Honour at the 2018 CILIP Kate Greenaway Awards.
Levi currently lives with his wife in Queensland, Australia in a small town with a fudge shop, a lot of open space and very few distractions.
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