Leicestershire illustrator designs cover of Nobel prize winner Malala's new children’s book
Leicestershire artist & illustrator Sarah Coleman has produced the title and embellishments that adorn the front of Malala’s Magic Pencil, the latest book from the youngest ever nobel peace prize winner, Malala Yousafzai. Her beautiful creation sits alongside an illustration of a young Malala by french illustrators Kerascoët.
Sarah, (better known as Inkymole) attended school in Hinckley, Leicestershire and now works from a home studio based in the town.
Activist Malala became well-known in 2012 when she was rushed to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth hospital after being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan. After making a recovery, she has continued her extraordinary efforts in raising awareness of female education around the world, and in 2014 was announced as the winner of the Nobel peace prize, aged just 17. She sent a signed copy of Malala’s Magic Pencil to Sarah to say thank you.
Publishers Puffin say the book is based on the premise of a magical pencil, which was dreamt up by Malala as a young girl in Pakistan. She would imagine redrawing reality, erasing the rubbish dump near her house and giving gifts to her family. But as Malala grew older, she saw it was not just smaller things in her life that she wanted to change, there was a whole world that needed fixing. The book has themes of hope and speaking out that will inspire children, and along with the beautiful illustrations, would make the perfect Christmas gift.
Malala’s Magic Pencil is available to buy on Amazon
You can find Inkymole here: