James Mayhew studied at Maidstone College of Art and his first children's book, Katie's Picture Show was published in 1989. It's been firmly in print ever since, recognised universally as the original and best introduction to art for children. Many more titles have followed, and the series sells in museums and galleries all over the world, from the Met in New York, to the Uffizi in Florence, the Louvre in Paris and beyond. He is also the creator of the much-loved Ella Bella Ballerina series, and many other titles. Alongside his work in publishing, James has devised and performed in a hugely successful series of concerts for children, combining live classical music, storytelling and live art. From Peter and the Wolf, to Scheherazade, James has worked internationally with many different orchestras and musicians, creating illustrations in time to music. James grew up in Suffolk but now lives in Hertfordshire.
A great way to introduce youngsters to Vincent van Gogh's genius *
Aldershot News & Mail *
Mayhew's illustrations are exquisite whether they are of van Gogh's masterpieces or his own story. A welcome addition to the Katie series, this deserves to be cherished * The Scotsman *
A lovely way to discuss art with a child * The Bookbag *
A great way to bring art to life for children and to help them understand and appreciate great paintings * Parents In Touch *
An exciting way to teach children about art * Baby & Me *
Cleverly done and beautifully illustrated * Birmingham Post *