V&A costume expert pens debut children’s novel

V&A costume expert pens debut children’s novel

Oxford University Press has acquired a standalone children’s book written by V&A costume expert Lara Flecker and illustrated by Trisha Krauss.

Midnight at Moonstone is about a girl called Kit who runs away to visit her grandfather at Moonstone Costume Museum. The museum seems ageless and lifeless but its incredible costumes come to life on the stroke of midnight.

Flecker and Krauss said: “Since childhood, we have both independently loved historical costumes, fascinated by their fantastical shapes, elaborate fabrics, and the mystery of those who once wore them. By combining a modern day story with detailed illustrations, our aim is to introduce children to this magical world from the past. We hope our readers enjoy this book as much as we have enjoyed making it.”

The costumes in the book are based on real history costumes, including an 18th century child’s gown in the V&A Museum and a 19th century kimono in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Senior commissioning editor Clare Whitston bought world rights from Abi Sparrow and Philippa Perry of SP Agency and will publish in April 2019.