"Deep in a lonely cavern, across a wasteland of ice and snow, in the heart of the frozen north, an icicle started to drip...drip...drip...A hump of ice started to form. Slowly the icicle dripped and slowly the mound got bigger. For ten years its shape shifted and changed until it had taken the form of a child. Then one dark morning the sky burst in a crash of thunder. The figure shivered and cracked...and the ice child was born." A beautifully-told original story following the progress of the little ice boy who must learn to live amongst people and, most importantly of all, learn to love them. Peter Bailey manages to capture complex emotions and energy in the simplest of line illustrations. His charming artwork perfectly suits Nick Ward's at times plaintive and finally heartwarming story of a child coming to terms with friendship and identity.
Nick Ward developed his interest in drawing, and book illustration in particular, while still at primary school, and later obtained a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design. He has had numerous picture books published, including the The Tadpole Prince and the Farmer George series published by Chrysalis Children's Books, and A Wolf at the Door (Winner of the Stockport Schools Book Award 2002). He lives in Buckinghamshire. Peter Bailey has illustrated books by some of Britain's best-known authors, including Philip Pullman, Dick King Smith, Joan Aiken, Jean Ure, Geraldine McCaughrean, Tony Mitton, Rose Impey and many others. This is Peter's first book for Chrysalis Children's Books. Peter lives in the Wirral.