Ivy and the Lonely Raincloud (Hardcover)
Everyone loves the warm sunshine—except the lonely raincloud. No one wants to be his friend! But one day, he stumbles across a grumpy little florist . . . could she be looking for a friend too?
In this charming tale, a solitary raincloud finds a way to make a sad little girl happy again, by using the very thing that most people dislike about him—rain!
About the Author
Katie Harnett grew up in Sheffield, UK, graduating with an Illustration BA at the University of the West of England followed by an MA in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art in 2015. Her work was selected to be exhibited in The Illustrators Exhibition at the Bologna Book Fair in 2012 and 2015, where she received the Bologna Children's Book Fair ARS IN FABULA Grant Award. She is inspired by nature, old movies and photos, patterns, and the work of Cy Twombly, Tove Jansson and Eric Ravilious (amongst many others). She works using a combination of gouache, watercolour and coloured pencils. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and is included in upcoming exhibitions in Moscow and Beijing. She now lives and works in Cambridge, where her studio has many feline visitors.
Harnett’s illustrations are colorful and charming.
[…] city life hums with beauty and possibility in Harnett’s artwork, giving readers reasons to smile.
Ivy and the Lonely Raincloud presents a unique look at a friendship blossomed from an unlikely source. […] Harnett enlivens the scene with a variety of well-constructed illustrations that are action oriented and energetic. There is depth of expression and creative perspective. Great attention is paid to patterns, details and the subtle inclusion of other children, animals and toys. […] Another nicely done feature is the way in which Harnett incorporates diversity. While Ivy has a dark complexion, other people in the town are clearly from a variety of ethnicities. Such diversity will serve to make Ivy and the Lonely Raincloud appeal to children from all walks of life.
—New York Journal of Books