the swirling twirls, the teeniest details, the sneaky eyes in the deepest darkest shadows and the fairies floating along rainbow beams.

Cassandra works as an independent illustrator specialising in hand-drawn works created with gouache and pencil. Her award-winning illustrations have graced the pages of many children’s books.

After living in France and Switzerland for almost 12 years, Cassandra is currently based in the beautiful South Coast region of NSW Australia.


Awards

Winner Crystal Kite Award, Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrator 2011, There Was An Old Sailor.
Finalist Book of the Year, Speech Pathology Australia 2010, There Was An Old Sailor.
Finalist Korean Picture Book Awards 2010, There Was An Old Sailor


Clients

ABC Children's Books
Denise Ryan + Associates
Hachette Livre Australia
Harper Collins
HIPPY Australia
Scholastic Canada
Scholastic Australia
Walker Books
UNICEF


Recent Children's Books

The Lost Treasure, Walker Books 2010
The ABC Book of Australian Poetry, ABC Books/Harper Collins 2010
There Was An Old Sailor, Walker Books 2010
All Together Now, Scholastic Australia/Omnibus 2010
What Will I Dream Tonight, HIPPY Australia 2010
My Toys trio, Scholastic Canada 2009
Sing!, ABC Books 2009
One Mad Rooster, Paul Bird 2009


Exhibitions

Ailleurs, La Maison Fusier, Ferney-Voltaire France 2018 (solo)
Le Marin et La Mer, NEST Gallery, Geneva Switzerland 2011 (solo)
Year of the Rat - Illustrators Australia, SPACE 39 Gallery, Melbourne Australia 2008
Head Case, Sofitel, Melbourne Australia 2008
Small and Petit, Hudson Balaclava, Melbourne Australia 2006 (solo)
The Commons: Basefield Projects, Chapel on Chapel Gallery, Prahran Australia 2005
Connected, SPACE 39 Gallery, Melbourne Australia 2

 

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Biographie

Cassandra Allen est une illustratrice pour livre d’enfant. Née en Australie, elle habite désormais en France et continue à travailler sur des projets internationaux.

Après plusieurs années d’études à l’école des Beaux-arts de Melbourne, elle ouvre son studio de graphisme et photo. Quelques années plus tard, elle suit sa vraie passion et consacre toute son énergie à l’illustration.

Après avoir posé ses valises en Europe en 2007, Cassandra commence l’illustration pour enfants. Le plus connu livre à ce jour est “Il était une fois un vieux marin”, qui a été publié en 2010 et réedité plusieurs fois depuis.


Laureats

Prix du Crystal Kite Award, Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators 2011
Finaliste du Book of the Year, Speech Pathology Australia 2010
Finaliste du Korean Picture Book Awards 2010

 

“De riches illustrations dans des couleurs océaniques magnifiques et des accents comiques. Les expressions du marin sont particulièrement humoristiques et drôles.”

- Aussiereviews.com

“L’histoire est merveilleusement complétée par les illustrations sensationnelles aux couleurs de la mer de Cassandra Allen … avec de formidables touches d’humour. Absolument adorable.”

- Kids Book Review

“…The illustrations, in richly muted ocean tones, are beautiful, with lots of comical touches. The sailor’s expressions are especially humorous and endearing… “

- Aussiereviews.com

 

“…the story is beautifully complemented by Allen’s stunning illustrations in whimiscal seaside colours… with an enormous dash of humour. Absolutely adorable…”

- Kids Book Review