One of the UK’s finest illustrators, Angela has won the Smarties Book Prize and the 1991 WH Smith Illustration Award.,"Work is fantastic," says Angela Barrett, illustrator of THROUGH THE TEMPESTS DARK AND WILD: A STORY OF MARY SHELLEY, CREATOR OF FRANKENSTEIN. "If there's one thing I'd like readers to take away from this book, it's an awareness of the pleasure that work can bring, and the realization that women of Mary Shelley's time period were frowned on if they tried to pursue it."
Certainly Angela Barrett, whose classic, elegant illustrations grace numerous children's books, finds great pleasure in her work as an artist. She says she especially enjoyed painting the "high dramatic parts" of Mary Shelley's story, such as the haunting image of Mary and friends sitting around a fire telling ghost tales (notice the eerie faces peering from dark folds in the curtains) and the final tableaux of scenes from FRANKENSTEIN. Known for her work's exquisite detail and symbolic imagery, Angela Barrett admits that some illustrations for THROUGH THE TEMPESTS DARK AND WILD proved "a bit of a chore"--painting every last book in a book-lined study, for example--but notes that her painstaking work is always "worth it in the end." Critics agree: Angela Barrett’s "stunning watercolor illustrations," says SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, "glowing with soft color and period detail, . . . draw readers into a melancholy and emotional world."
In THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES, Angela Barrett brings her graceful style to the retelling of a true classic, placing it in a foppish Edwardian setting that perfectly complements the tale's enchanting wit. In this book, the artist's lifelong fascination with fashion design and dressmaking is clearly evident, as is her fondness for dogs. "Dogs are as much a fashion accessory of nobility as hats and shoes," she notes. "After all, it is dogs and children who always know what REALLY is going on." Angela Barrett approached her illustrations for ROCKING HORSE LAND AND OTHER CLASSIC TALES OF DOLLS AND TOYS with a fanciful outlook as well. "Like most children, when I was young I too believed that toys have a life of their own when we leave the room," she says. "It was wonderful to bring this belief to life in my illustrations."
Angela Barrett's interests include dressmaking and stage design, but her main love is books--"the sight, the smell, and the feel of them as well as reading them." She lives in London, England.