About Lauren Ace
Lauren is from south Wales, studied Drama at the University of Exeter and now lives in Bristol. Until recently she lived in London, where she has worked in publishing since 2007. An award-winning publicist, Lauren looked after Julia Donaldson during her tenure as Children’s Laureate and has managed campaigns for World Book Day and the announcement of Chris Riddell as Children’s Laureate. She is now Editorial Director for Fiction at Little Tiger.
About Jenny Lovlie
Jenny is from Ekkerøy in northern Norway. Drawing was always her favourite pastime and after graduating with a BA in Illustration and Animation from Kingston University 2014, now also her job! Her style is bright and colourful with lots of texture, plants and animals. She draws a lot of inspiration from the Arctic landscape, flora and fauna. Jenny lived in Cardiff for many years and is now based in London.
About The Boys
The boys had been friends for as long as they could remember and a little while before that. They were like brothers. Follow the adventures of Tam, Rey, Nattie and Bobby – four boys who share a friendship that will last a lifetime.
From playing on the beach as babies to navigating the journey from childhood to adulthood, this beautifully illustrated picture book explores the importance of male friendships. Emotive storytelling by Lauren Ace gently presents themes of individuality, grief, togetherness and feelings, while Jennie Lovlie’s stylish artwork delicately presents the difficulties and triumphs of growing up. This is the perfect book for young readers who are facing big changes, and opens up discussions about school-life and the future.
From the creators of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize winner, The Girls.
“Gentle, tender and joyful…” – Guardian
“…a nostalgic story with a refreshingly modern feel.” – Daily Telegraph
“The book is at pains to show non-stereotypical images of boys and men… and manages to be not only insightful but affecting.” – Financial Times
“With echoes of Helen Oxenbury’s illustration style, Lovlie’s characters glow, while her detailed, textured depictions of the seashore feel really alive.” – Observer
“Utterly charming… luminously illustrated…” – Attitude