I’m really excited to be able to reveal for you today, the cover of Claire Barker and Ross Collins’s new Knitbone Pepper adventure, ‘Knitbone Pepper Ghost Dog: The Silver Phantom.’ I’ve been a huge fan of this series since it launched with ‘Knitbone Pepper Ghost Dog,’ over three years ago and the latest instalment will be published on April 4th 2019 by Usborne.
So without further ado here it is…….
This is such a charming cover, I have to say it’s definitely my favourite in the series so far. I love the use of the vibrant colours for the cover that will definitely stand out on any book shelf and demand to be read. Illustrated by Ross Collins with cover design by Hannah Cobley and Will Steele, I predict this will be a huge hit with Knitbone Pepper Ghost Dog fans.
In ‘The Silver Phantom,’ we return to the crumbling Starcross Hall where Knitbone Pepper, a friendly ghost dog, haunts the Pepper family with a gaggle of other ghostly pets. When a vintage plane flies into Starcross Hall it brings with it Martin the hamster’s beloved owner, Winnie’s long-lost ghostly granddad. But he’s a human ghost, and everyone knows they always spell trouble…
Claire Barker graduated from Bath Spa University with a degree in English Literature and History. She studied illustration for a further two years and worked as a teaching assistant for several more. Claire used to live on narrowboats but now lives with her family on a small, untidy farm in deepest, darkest Devon. When she’s not busy writing or illustrating she spends her days wrestling sheep, battling through nettle patches and triumphantly catching rogue chickens.
Ross Collins is an award-winning illustrator who has worked on over 100 books, including titles by authors such as Michael Morpurgo, Julia Donaldson, Francesca Simon and Ali Sparkes. He has also written over a dozen picture books, including The Elephantom, which has now been brought to the stage at London’s Royal National Theatre by the creative team behind “War Horse”. Ross studied at the Glasgow School of Art, achieving a first in Illustration, and winning the MacMillan Children’s Book Prize for his first book The Sea Hole the same year.
Thank you to Claire and Usborne for inviting me to host the cover reveal, I can’t wait to get my hands on this gorgeous book. ‘Knitbone Pepper and the Silver Phantom,’ is available to pre-order now online or from any good bookshop.