Meet the illustrator: Nicola Slater

Have you ever seen a top-hatted magic pony like Jonathan before? Find out how the amazing Nicola Slater came up with the gorgeous characters and sumptuous colours on each page of the very funny, very silly Jonathan the Magic Pony.

Meet the illustrator: Nicola Slater

Born in the windy north of England to a family of cartoonists and painters, it’s no surprise that Nicola Slater has become a leading children’s book illustrator. Her status as a popcorn aficionado is another gift, but one with more uncertain origins.

Influenced by the likes of Charles Schulz, Mary Blair and The Muppet Show, Nicola was extremely excited to collaborate with Stuart Heritage on their new book Jonathan the Magic Pony. We caught up with her to talk about her favourite children’s book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and the magic trick she’d most like to learn.

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