Lydia Monks | 'Everyone should have a farmyard picture book in their portfolio'

Lydia Monks | 'Everyone should have a farmyard picture book in their portfolio'

"It was one of those texts that I read and I got goosebumps," recalls Lydia Monks, the illustrator of What the Ladybird Heard. "You never know what is going to take off but we knew it was a special one."

The iconic picture book, written by Julia Donaldson, celebrates its 10th birthday in July with a suitably celebratory gold-foiled edition, featuring bonus material from both author and illustrator. The story of the quietly clever ladybird who outwits a pair of robbers has sold more than 791,000 copies through BookScan in the UK. "It’s amazing," Monks tells me from her studio at home in She...

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