Your favourite book as a child?
The Magic Beach by Alison Lester
Your favourite colour combination?
Yellow and turquoise
Your favourite word?
Sophie Beer is an illustrator from Brisbane, Queensland. She completed dual bachelors in Law and Creative Industries at Queensland University of Technology before turning freelance. Revelling in colour, shape and texture, she lives by one simple rule: art should never be boring. When she’s not illustrating, she’s usually found drinking dangerous amounts of tea and indulging in her other passion: literature.
‘(A) visually stunning tale of adventure, friendship and coming to terms with change. Perfect for readers aged 3 and up.’
—Amy Adeney, My Child Magazine
‘An entertaining collaboration between author Katrina Lehman and illustrator Sophie Beer, “Izzy and Frank” is an original, utterly charming, and unreservedly recommended addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for children.’ —Children’s Bookwatch, Midwest Book Review
‘From the moment you gaze at the cover, Izzy’s bright smile, pale pale skin and gloriously red hair pull you into this charming picture book that literally pops off the page. Beer’s illustrations grab your attention with her beautifully detailed renderings rich in soft blues and warm earthy tones. The book, however, is more than just pretty pictures (and pretty they are), it tells a wonderful story of a girl that moves away, and starts a new life.’
—Alexander Fernández, Mr Alex’s Bookshelf
‘Izzy and Frank is an exquisite ode to old friends, new beginnings and the carefree adventures of childhood.’
– Shannon Wong-Nizic, Oh Creative Day
‘Izzy and Frank made my heart squeeze up and my tummy do little emotional flip flops of nostalgia and love and some other kind of adoring feeling I can’t pin down … This little book packs an emotional wallop to rival the most grown up novel. Katrina Lehman’s prose, sprinkled with deft moments of poetry, is a delight to hear and say. And Sophie Beer’s rich Pantone-infused illustrations are warm and winsome and rippling with joy, recalling the best children’s art of the 1960s and now combined. There is no separating the story from its illustrations; they work hand in hand to draw out hidden significances and bonus details to explore what it means to lose and then find hope again. This one is truly delicious in every moment. Buy or borrow it for your favourite people.’
— Danielle, Half Deserted Streets
‘Katrina Lehman and Sophie Beer have created a bright and energetic picture book with lovely alliterative language that kids will adore.’
— Alexa Dretzke, Readings