Rights to Harry Woodgate’s beautiful picture book, Grandad’s Camper, have been snapped up by Andersen.
Inspired by Harry’s university dissertation looking at the lack of representation for older LGBTQ+ characters in children’s fiction, Grandad’s Camper will publish in May 2021.
The book aims to let readers “celebrate love in all its forms” and features a granddaughter whose grandad is mourning the loss of his beloved husband. Their camper van is hidden away in the garage because as Gramps isn’t around anymore, the adventures they shared travelling in it just wouldn’t be the same. But the granddaughter soon hatches a plan to bring alive all the happy memories from the past.
Grandad’s camper van is hidden away in the garage – now Gramps isn’t around any more, the adventures they shared travelling in it just wouldn’t be the same.
As she listens to his wonderful stories, Grandad’s granddaughter has an idea to cheer him up…
Editorial director Sue Buswell said: “Harry’s extraordinary use of rich textures of collage and print combined with a bold and captivating use of bright colour sets them apart as an outstanding and exciting new talent, exploring a wealth of new worlds and experiences for the Andersen picture book list.”
Woodgate is a freelance illustrator based in St Albans, and has been shortlisted for the Folio Society Book Illustration competition for the past two years. They have worked with Little Tiger in the past, and their art frequently appears in editorial pieces for The Sunday Times and other publications.