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Creating Characters Through Words and Illustrations

Find out how Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Steven Lenton use characterisation to ‘drive their stories’ and how they practised bringing characters to life by imitating their teachers at school!

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Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Frank Cottrell-Boyce is a successful British screenwriter. Millions, his debut children’s novel, won the 2004 Carnegie Medal and was shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award. His second novel, Framed, was shortlisted for the 2005 Whitbread Children’s Fiction Award and for the 2005 Carnegie Medal. His third novel, Cosmic, was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Frank’s critically acclaimed The Astounding Broccoli Boy was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award. This was followed by Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth.

Website:
 www.panmacmillan.com/authors/frank-cottrell-boyce
Twitter:
 @frankcottrell_b
Facebook: 
@Author/Frank-Cottrell-Boyce

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Millions

Written by: Frank Cottrell-Boyce
Illustrated by: Steven Lenton
Published by: Macmillan

Sputnik's Guide To Life On Earth

Written by: Frank Cottrell-Boyce
Illustrated by: Steven Lenton
Published by: Macmillan

Cosmic

Written by: Frank Cottrell-Boyce
Illustrated by: Steven Lenton
Published by: Macmillan

The Astounding Broccoli Boy

Written by: Frank Cottrell-Boyce
Illustrated by: Steven Lenton
Published by: Macmillan

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Steven Lenton

Steven Lenton is originally from Congleton in Cheshire, but he now splits his time between Brighton and London, where he works from his shared studio. Steven has a BA and MA in animation and has worked as a successful animator and art director for children’s television. Steven is the illustrator of the Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam series (Nosy Crow), The Nothing to See Here Hotel series (with Steven Butler) and Fairytale Frankie (Orchard Books). He also illustrates Frank Cottrell-Boyce’s fiction and picture books with Elli Woollard including The Great Gran Plan and Dinosaurs Don’t Draw (Macmillan) and The 101 Dalamations with Peter Bently.

Website: www.stevenlenton.com
Twitter:
 @stevenlenton
Facebook: @StevenLentonIllo
Instagram: @steven_lenton

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The Nothing to See Here Hotel

Written by: Steven Butler
Illustrated by: Steven Lenton
Published by: Simon & Schuster

The Hundred and One Dalmations

Written by: Peter Bently and Dodie Smith
Illustrated by: Steven Lenton
Published by: Egmont

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam

Written by: Tracey Corderoy
Illustrated by: Steven Lenton
Published by: Nosy Crow

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Written by: David Baddiel
Illustrated by: Steven Lenton
Published by: HarperCollins

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