Delight as children's book makes shortlist
A FALMOUTH author and illustrator has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize.
Rebecca Cobb said she was "so happy" about the nomination for her picture book Lunchtime, about a little girl persuaded to eat her lunch by a crocodile, a bear and a wolf, published by Macmillan.
She is up against five other titles in the picture book category, with the winner – who will receive £2,000 – to be announced on March 20.
Other contenders include Rabbityness by Jo Empson and The Worst Princess by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie.
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"I feel very honoured that Lunchtime has been chosen to be among such an amazing list of beautiful children's books," she said.
A rising star of the children's book illustration world, Ms Cobb graduated from Falmouth College of Art in 2004.
Most recently, she's worked with Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson on picture book The Paper Dolls.
Cutting her teeth on magazine illustration, she got her big break when Falmouth publisher Ron Johns asked her to illustrate Helen Dunmore's words for picture book The Ferry Birds about two turnstones who hitch a ride across the River Fal.
Ms Cobb was then taken on by Macmillan, who published her first self-penned, poignant picture book Missing Mummy, for bereaved children. This was followed by Lunchtime, praised by judges for its "stunning illustration style, child-friendly voice and warmth".
Kimberley Nevard, of Waterstones, said: "This book is gorgeous, it makes me think of Eric Carle, and it's very telling that she's already worked with Julia Donaldson."